Premium or regular?

Asked by May 16, 2013 at 09:11 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse 120,000 miles.  Is it bad to run regular?

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run regular its not gonna hurt anything. premium will, your wallet.


Premium. Not sure what motor you have but most non turbo eclipse s have a 9:1 or 10:1 compression ratio. Must have high octane or the fuel will predetinating before plug fires and before the pistons make it all the way to the top of their stroke.

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Will cause loss of performance

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whichever the manual calls for...quite certain that it is 91 octane~


Mitsubishi Eclipses with the 2.4 L four-cylinder engine accept regular fuel with a minimum octane level of 87. When equipped with the 3.0 L V6 engine, the Eclipse requires premium fuel rated at 91 octane or higher. The transmission paired with the engine has no bearing on the recommended fuel type.

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thank you takes a real GURU to feel comfortable with sweating out the details such as you've done~ kudos, my brother~

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get tired of this whole "will not be happy with anything except 91 or 93 octane...that damned MINI is like a fussy man in a wheelchair~


If you run 87 in the 2.4 you will not be satisfied with the performance. Have owned two of them and it calls for premium fuel.

...darn. yes...only a 1.6 liter but plenty of performance there...wouldn't be there if not for the high-test gas...good point-sir~


Oh 1.6 in your mini. Eclipse is either a 2.4L or 3.0L.

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