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[Discuss] Its not possible to make things easier for users

On 01/14/2013 10:08 PM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> Derek,
> A coworker of mine pointed out to me that there are a small number of
> car engines out there that really can't run on low octane gasoline. He
> was specific about the new BMWs (he's a BMW guy) requiring 89 octane
> gasoline.
> So yes, there are exceptions. Such exceptions are documented (at least
> they'd better be). Also, I looked up some of the BMW documents about
> this. I quote:
> "The minimum AKI Rating is 89.
> If you use gasoline with this minimum AKI Rating, the engine may
> produce knocking sounds when starting at high outside temperatures.
> This has no effect on the engine life.
> Minimum fuel grade
> Do not use any gasoline below the minimum fuel grade; otherwise, engine
> damage may occur."
> And then BMW recommends BP gasoline. That aside, yes, if you run a 2012
> or 2013 BMW with 87 octane gasoline you may well ruin the engine, void
> the warranty, etc.
I guess that is why I don't see BMWs in Hess stations :-)

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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