Somebody I know, an engineer, told me to use the cheaper gas, I have not done it, what do people think about put mid grade or low grade gasoline into a 2001 BMW x5 3.0?

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Asked by Feb 26, 2014 at 08:45 AM about the 2001 BMW X5 3.0i

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Is it OK to save money by putting in a lower grade gasoline in a BMW X5?

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You may experience a loss of engine compression and a decrease in power and fuel economy. Over time you could experience a knock or ping. That being said, you can more than likely run regular in your car with no problems. I personally use only premium fuel when called for by the manufacturer.

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Your car's computer automatically adjusts for changes in outside temperature, altitude, and even octane. It will do anything to accurately measure the ingredients going into combustion. You will likely experience a little less power under hard acceleration, but that's all. The higher octane gives your car more pep, but a little less won't hurt it. On the other hand, low-grade or "cheap" gas will do more harm than lower octane. Trust Chevron and 76, as they include fuel injector cleaner in the fuel.

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89 is the lowest that engine should use. The M54 engine can adapt quite well compared to newer BMW engines. Also make sure you use top teir fuels in your vehicle.

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Thanks so much for your info. I live in Door County, small town type place to live so I have BP to choose from or gas stations that just say 'Gas Depot', So my thought is I go with the mid- grade and not the super expensive, not least expensive but where I live it would be about 89 octane at the BP. Is 89 octane OK compared to the 91 octane I have been putting in for the last 4 years?

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Yes that is fine

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Thanks everyone!

I had a 1994 Acura Legend that required premium fuel and I found it cheaper to go to the dollar store and buy octane booster for $1.00 a bottle to add to each fill up. No I'll effects.

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