which gas station in california has the best gas and what should i use for a 97 bmw 318i?

Asked by Jul 22, 2013 at 09:41 AM about the 1997 BMW 3 Series 318i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just wanna know if I should be using 91 octane and from what gas station.

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BMW recommends 91 octane. Should you use it? It won't hurt to use 87. But I like to use what is recommended. Which is the best gas? Stick with national chains is your best bet.

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Yes, Brand names, they have detergents and cheap gas does not and ALL gasoline sold in Calif is 10% Ethanol. Never ever use E85 If you live someplace like Needles, Blythe..or North say Tahoe area, whatever, if near State Line cross it and buy gas in Arizona or Nevada Oregon. They don't mandate Ethanol

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Major retailers in CA all use some kind of detergent in their gas; Chevron and Shell promote their cleaning ability a lot. Your car will run on 87 octane just fine - for awhile - but then you may start hearing some pinging.....generally it's wise to follow the manufacturer's recommendation and pony-up for the premium.

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