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The Ghibli is my first leased car. Since I'm basically just borrowing it for a few years, I wonder if I need to put higher octane gas in the tank. Here in CA, we have 87, 89 and 91; I've been using 91, but I'm wondering if I should just save a few bucks and use 87 since I'm not keeping the car longterm. Is there really a difference in performance? Health of the engine?
 

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You can find posts on the site where guys have done that and the engine sputters and gives them trouble........you just bought a Maserati with a hand built Ferrari engine!!! really a racing engine.......what would Earnhardt do!!! not save a few bucks!!! go find savings elsewhere not worth it........oh and do not forget manual sports mode!!! I am getting 12 MPH and proud of it..........Want to save money on gas get a Prius......just my 2 cents ........now what are you waiting for go burn some gas!!!!!
 

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The Ghibli is my first leased car. Since I'm basically just borrowing it for a few years, I wonder if I need to put higher octane gas in the tank. Here in CA, we have 87, 89 and 91; I've been using 91, but I'm wondering if I should just save a few bucks and use 87 since I'm not keeping the car longterm. Is there really a difference in performance? Health of the engine?
I live in LA too where gas is about 15 cents more for 91 vs. 87. How much do you save on a tank? 15 gals at 15 cents per or a little over $2 per fill up? How often do you buy gas? Once a week? Twice?

So over the life of a 3 year lease you could potentially save $300 to maybe $4-500 (around 3 cents a day) while you compromise performance and potentially your engine.
 

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Etodd31856 just summed it up... nothing to say here... next thread please..
 
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@Etodd31856 -" I am getting 12 MPH and proud of it" - the best line in quite a while! :D ****, yeah! \m/>:D \m/
But DaveinLA brought an interesting topic - I wondered many times who much difference there really is between 87 and 93 - and how much oil moguls want us to believe there is :D
At this point you are in 10th level of inferno - those who use 87 fuel and those who took Ghibli to an automatic car wash :D:

 

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I exclusively use 93 Octane. 91 is hard to find in my area, so stations that carry it cost more than 93.

Our engine is tuned for the higher octane, so using a lower octane will contribute to lower performance, sputtering and/or check engine light as others can attest.

We did a little test on my sons Mustang since he is using 30 gallons of gas a week going back and forth to work on highway. There is $0.30 spread on premium vs regular. He re-tuned for regular gas and it ran fine with no loss in MPG. Using the regular gas with the premium performance factory tune contributed to a noticeable poor performance.

Last caveat ... not all gas (octane rating) is of equal quality so octane alone should not be a pure judge of performance.
 

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Last caveat ... not all gas (octane rating) is of equal quality so octane alone should not be a pure judge of performance.
Exactly, good point. For the records, I use 93 Shell. I wonder if there is a comprehensive comparison of different fuels out there.

Another caveat - getting premium grade gas at a middle-of-nowhere gas station, where it is probably sitting since 1990s.

Interesting article: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/regular-or-premium

"The results were more dramatic with the test cars that require premium fuel. The turbocharged Saab's sophisticated Trionic engine-control system dialed the power back 9.8 percent on regular gas, and performance dropped 10.1 percent at the track. Burning regular in our BMW M3 diminished track performance by 6.6 percent, but neither the BMW nor the Saab suffered any drivability problems while burning regular unleaded fuel. Unfortunately, the M3's sophisticated electronics made it impossible to test the car on the dyno (see caption at top).
Our tests confirm that for most cars there is no compelling reason to buy more expensive fuel than the factory recommends, as any performance gain realized will surely be far less than the percentage hike in price. Cheapskates burning regular in cars designed to run on premium fuel can expect to trim performance by about the same percent they save at the pump. If the car is sufficiently new and sophisticated, it may not suffer any ill effects, but all such skinflints should be ready to switch back to premium at the first sign of knock or other drivability woes."
 

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Been using 89 octane (plus) for 9,000 miles. More power than I need and highway mileage is 26-28 with no problems. Lately been putting in 91 octane sometimes since it's so cheap but no noticeable difference in performance. I think 93 is simply a waste of money with no benefits. But use whatever you think works and be happy!
 

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I read somewhere that mid range fuel is just simply a mix done by the pump - apparently the worst choice - but who knows, there are so many myths out there.
 

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This bugs me...why buy a high performance/expensive car and then skimp on something as silly as a couple bucks?? The manufacturer says to use 91+...what do you think they are in bed with the oil companies?? give me a break...car is tuned for higher octane gas. Cars can be tuned for 103 octane gas..is that a fluke too?
While you are at it, just go and get the lowest grade non-synthetic oil for your next change..let us know how that works out for you. Probably save $40 or so..
 

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Agreed... i use.. 93 no matter what.. myth or no myth. You get a high performance car paid top dollar for it and then you want to put in corolla fuel in that... that is just insane... no matter what i am putting in 93... and i think i feel the car more alive.. Burn it like there is no tomorrow.. lolz...
 

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Laugh at me, however Costco premium whenever I can find it. It's top tier gas, they move it quickly (no old gas), and the price is always right.
 
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As another NE based owner (LI), 91 octane availability is un-common for me; with the price of gas these days it would seem to be a no brainer to use 93 and never 87.


In the past on non-exotics, I have 'blended' 87 and 93, but that will NOT be the case with the Ghibli.


The only caveat I would add is that there were some posts on the engine check light thread pointing to issues (circumstantial) with Shell gasoline; I use Gulf, Hess or sometimes Mobil gas stations, none of which have 91.
 
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Been using 89 octane (plus) for 9,000 miles. More power than I need and highway mileage is 26-28 with no problems. Lately been putting in 91 octane sometimes since it's so cheap but no noticeable difference in performance. I think 93 is simply a waste of money with no benefits. But use whatever you think works and be happy!
suggest you read the article re premiunm vs regular and you will learn why you should use premium..........and you will learn the science and chemistry vs the oil exec creating myths to sell more premium gas!! A wise man once told me "you get what you pay for" and I have never found that to be wrong......
 

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i drive all over the place and prefer the name stations but no matter what always been using 93 octane on all my cars.. in all honesty i cant even believe this is even a topic at maserati.. its just sad . seriously !!! its a god **** maserati even if it is the " $600 per month one "
i used to be surprised when people would consider this on bmw's and im still surprised for anyone willing to use less than 91 on any luxury car.
go back to honda if you want to use 87 on benz, bmw, lexus, infiniti, acura, volvo, caddy, porsche... this shouldnt even be a discussion !
 

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Any word on Ghibli Hybrid?

Sorry, it was 87 grade joke :D

Overall, I think it was a good topic - that's why we have forum - to ask different questions, even if sometimes the answers are obvious to majority of the forum members.
 

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Agree 93 octane is a no brainier, but never hurts to ask-that's what the forum is for. Remember there are no dumb questions but there can be dumb answers. Cheers. Merry Christmas.
 

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Thats exactly what i think...bang on target @superdan

i drive all over the place and prefer the name stations but no matter what always been using 93 octane on all my cars.. in all honesty i cant even believe this is even a topic at maserati.. its just sad . seriously !!! its a god **** maserati even if it is the " $600 per month one "
i used to be surprised when people would consider this on bmw's and im still surprised for anyone willing to use less than 91 on any luxury car.
go back to honda if you want to use 87 on benz, bmw, lexus, infiniti, acura, volvo, caddy, porsche... this shouldnt even be a discussion !
 
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