Ford Escape Automobiles Forum banner
1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Is it okay I use the midgrade gas as opposed to regular? It seems that the car drives slightly better and doesn't shudder as much?

am i being paranoid? thx
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,977 Posts
If 89 makes a difference over 87, you either have a problem with your engine, or the place you get your 87 has old or contaminated gas.

Have you tried 87 from a large gas station that is well kept? One of those "top tier" or "tier 1" stations that are supposed to have the good stuff.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,256 Posts
Traditionally the mid grade stuff is the worst deal overall. I agree that if you notice a difference then look to the gas quality or engine issues. Maybe you are getting some winter blend that is effecting your performance?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,362 Posts
If you have no engine "spark" knock, especially under acceleration, you don't need higher octane.

I agree---try a different brand.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,182 Posts
I agree with the above. ^^^. Some winter blends don't seem to be as good when they went to the 10% Ethanol blend. Maybe just me, but our Escort was sensitive to the blends of differing branded gas. It was always stuttering on Exxon and Texaco. Burned the QT brand and RaceTrac just fine. Those are discount brands as well. It also did better mpg wise at the discounters... :shrug: go figure.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
71 Posts
I would think the premium gas might be slightly better considering the Duratec 3 liter has 10 to 1 compression,theoretically talking of course...I haven't tried it yet.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,648 Posts
If you look in the manual it even states that you do not want to use anything other than 87 octane fuel. Like the others have recommender I would go and try some new brands.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
For us, 89 octane has been netting anywhere from 230-280 miles to the tank versus 200-220 with 87 octane. Almost all of our driving is under ten miles both ways and in city traffic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
416 Posts
I get terrible performance out of 87, after the E3 plug swap.
Running on 93, and it's better than before. Oh well.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top