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Old 03-16-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
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i was looking at a new turbo baja, someone told me you have to run high octane fuel
how high must you go ? is 89 ok ?
just woundering with gas prices going up and all
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Old 03-16-2005, 07:49 PM   #2
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mmmmm 89 is not OK. If you worried about the gas spences, dont buy a turbo baja.
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Old 03-16-2005, 08:24 PM   #3
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I was unsure the first time and went middle of the road and put in 91... I found it only likes 93. You must use only premium... it's also posted right on the gas door. So I agree, if you're worried about prices, it could be a problem for you. This car costs me more than quadruple in gas than what my Hyundai cost... but I do drive the Baja just a wee bit differently than the Hyundai ~evil grin~
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Old 03-16-2005, 08:29 PM   #4
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I am used to cars that sip the gas. The Baja is as bad as the legend about 18 MPG in the city and about 25MPG in the highway. Now the VW gets me about 19 to 21 MPG in the city (foot never leaves the floor and the 7500 RPM redline is fun) and about 32MPG in the highway if I am only going 10 to 15 MPH above the limit.
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Old 03-16-2005, 09:03 PM   #5
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PREMIUM ONLY! States that in the owners manual, as well as on the gas cap door.
93 octane or better is what you should use.
I know gas prices aren't getting any better, but you don't want to take a chance on hurting your engine.
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:31 PM   #6
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Here in CA we are limited 91 octane as premium. so if you want to save a little if you have 93 avaiable you can drop down to 91.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:54 PM   #7
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I'm running Sunoco 93 most of the time.

My previous daily driver was a '98 VW Jetta TDI, getting 45mpg & it was chipped, talk about night & day fuel economy.
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Old 03-19-2005, 10:34 PM   #8
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I could only get 89 octane one time and it ran just fine, but is was cold out 40 deg
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Old 03-20-2005, 08:19 PM   #9
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91 is the bare minimum, u can look it up in your Owner's Manual. Of course w/ turbo the higher the octane the better, but 91 is fine.
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Old 03-29-2005, 10:19 PM   #10
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91 is the bare minimum, u can look it up in your Owner's Manual. Of course w/ turbo the higher the octane the better, but 91 is fine.
Correct, as stated in the owners manual, premium only. It also states no lower than 91 unless absolutly necessary and in that case, no lower than 87, and then only temporarily.

Ive had a Baja turbo for about 5 days now, only 791 miles on it now, so I havnt been able to really get on it, but ide imagine that 93 if available would suit it best.
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Old 04-13-2005, 08:46 AM   #11
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I am only at about 1500 miles, so only a few gastanks full so far, but its appearing I am getting better mileage with 93 verse 91.
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