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Bought a new ford eco sport

log book suggests to use only premium fuel.i have never heard of companies recomending this fuel in there brochures.i remember years ago this fuel was introduced.the experts were saying it was only unleaded hyped up,for more money to oil companies.can anyone please help.is premium better.

Last reply: 11th Jul 2015 / 21 replies / Post by david

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EJS91

Posted by: EJS91
Posted: 23rd Mar 2015

EJS91 says: It is just a more pure form of the cheaper fuels. It will help you get more life out of the car, but is not necessary. Just better for the engine. Reply

david

Posted by: david
Posted: 23rd Mar 2015

EJS91 says: It is just a more pure form of the cheaper fuels. It will help you get more life out of the car, but is not necessary. Just better for the engine.

david says: thanks EJS91 cheers Reply

kat2

Posted by: kat2
Posted: 24th Mar 2015

kat2 says: its better for the engine and the wear and tear on the engine many companies also allow ethanol or biofuels in their cars but not for high performance such as a GT or XR8 etc. I think a lot of it comes down to if they're tied up with fuel companies too so maybe a vested interest. As long as the car is regularly serviced and taken care of I don't see a problem with normal fuel as opposed to a high octane fuel being used in a car if you're unsure ask a mechanic for an unbiased opinion Reply

david

Posted by: david
Posted: 25th Mar 2015

kat2 says: its better for the engine and the wear and tear on the engine many companies also allow ethanol or biofuels in their cars but not for high performance such as a GT or XR8 etc. I think a lot of it...

david says: thanks kat2.now my decision is should i go on high octane or stick to unleaded,thanks for imfo much appreciated david Reply

Franny

Posted by: Franny
Posted: 1st Apr 2015

david says: thanks kat2.now my decision is should i go on high octane or stick to unleaded,thanks for imfo much appreciated david

Franny says: I would recommend high octane fuel. 98 octane + is more expensive yes, but your fuel economy will out weigh the price difference. Also higher octane fuel burns cleaner, therefore maintaining the engine. Doesn't matter what fuel is used though if you're not having the vehicle serviced regularly. Reply

david

Posted by: david
Posted: 2nd Apr 2015

Franny says: I would recommend high octane fuel. 98 octane + is more expensive yes, but your fuel economy will out weigh the price difference. Also higher octane fuel burns cleaner, therefore maintaining the...

david says: thanks franny i will use high octane as you suggest.i do appreciate your help.thanks and a happy easter tto all. Reply

woolysmissus

Posted by: woolysmissus
Posted: 1st Jul 2015

woolysmissus says: If the manufacturer recommends it you need to see if not using it will affect your warranty. If you have watched any of the consumer shows you will have seen that it doesn't do that much good for anyone but the petrol stations and the oil companies. A suggestion is just that. Just check the terms of your warranty. Reply

david

Posted by: david
Posted: 1st Jul 2015

woolysmissus says: If the manufacturer recommends it you need to see if not using it will affect your warranty. If you have watched any of the consumer shows you will have seen that it doesn't do that much good for...

david says: thanks woolysmissus Reply

Jimmyboynsw

Posted by: Jimmyboynsw
Posted: 1st Jul 2015

Jimmyboynsw says: Some engines do work better with premium fuels, and in fact give better fuel consumption. Not sure about Fords as I don't consider them cars. Reply

david

Posted by: david
Posted: 1st Jul 2015

Jimmyboynsw says: Some engines do work better with premium fuels, and in fact give better fuel consumption. Not sure about Fords as I don't consider them cars.

david says: thanks for your reply Reply

Jimmyboynsw

Posted by: Jimmyboynsw
Posted: 2nd Jul 2015

david says: thanks for your reply

Jimmyboynsw says: Glad you have a sense of humour Reply

John351

Posted by: John351
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

John351 says: We definitely notice the difference driving around town when using 98 octane instead of 91. Acceleration is more zippy etc. and economy is better. You may find that the tuning of your Eco Sport is set for the higher octane so some setting may need to changer if you used 91.

Having said that, we just did 5,000Km to Qld and back to SA. On using tanks of 91, 95 and 98 there was no difference in fuel consumption so apart from the purported engine protection etc. there is no benefit on long runs (for us anyway) Reply

Dakey

Posted by: Dakey
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

Dakey says: I have always been told to use premium if your car has been tuned in for it as it is better for your motor and seems to run a lot smoother and more mileage from it per litre. Reply

gd055

Posted by: gd055
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

gd055 says: See the following article at http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/ford-ecosport-suv-priced-from-20790-20131126-2y8zh

Both engines boast respectable fuel economy, with the EcoSport returning an admirable figure of 5.7L/100km, while the 1.5-litre boasts a 6.5L/100km combined reading. Both engines are compatible with 91-octane unleaded, but Ford is recommending premium unleaded for the best economy. Reply

stratman

Posted by: stratman
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

gd055 says: See the following article at http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/ford-ecosport-suv-priced-from-20790-20131126-2y8zh

Both engines boast respectable fuel economy, with the EcoSport returning...

stratman says: I dont believe the claims of improved fuel economy using premium are justified and examined through proper testing - its just a perception because the engine has more power and appears to run more smoothly. I wouldnt trust any published economy figures because those figures are determined under lab conditions using dynamometer testing at oprtimal engine RPM's and torwue to produce the best figures. My ecperience is that you can add 25% to the stated figure to get a realistic idea of what your consumption will be during normal day to day driving in real life Reply

stratman

Posted by: stratman
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

stratman says: My understanding is that premium fuels have a higher octane rating than E10 91o Octane or 95 octane in premium is rated at 98 Octane. The RON ( octane number ) is important and ties in to the compression ratio of the engine - higher compression ratios requires premium fuels to prevent pinging or a lack of synchronicity between the explosion of the fuel in the cylinder and the stroke of the piston. In short most engines these days can run quite well on E10 which has only a 91 octane rating and no issues regarding pinging. Pinging will eventually destroy vital engine components and ruin the engine - make sure you use the right octane rated fuel for the vehicle otherwise you will eventually destroy the engine Reply

tterrypu

Posted by: tterrypu
Posted: 3rd Jul 2015

tterrypu says: There is no real benefit in Premium fuel except that you may get slightly better fuel consumption. If you are going to use Premium the compression ratio of the vehicle would need to above 8/1 but nominally it is just a waste of money.
(95 premium can give around 4% lower fuel consumption than 91, assuming the engine computer adjusts to take advantage of the octane difference. 98 might give 3% reduction over 95, again assuming the computer adjusts the engine parameters.) (Ex NRMA blog). Reply

19chris51

Posted by: 19chris51
Posted: 4th Jul 2015

19chris51 says: I have a Hyundai (1999) model, was told by a mechanic ALWAYS use Premium petrol, keeps your motor running smoothly, and it lasts longer. Well I did follow his advice and now 15 years later, when I put my car in for tune ups, every mechanic, EVERY Mechanic, has told me it is in excellent condition, There is a plus, it gets excellent Mileage as well Reply

maulik

Posted by: maulik
Posted: 6th Jul 2015

maulik says: hi
i think its true using premium fuel is more better compaired to others so its increase your engine life and its give you more speed .
Thanks Reply

mikec48

Posted by: mikec48
Posted: 6th Jul 2015

mikec48 says: For higher performance engines it is normally a highly recommended option by the manufacturer. For all engines, it is better for the engine and usually increases the range on a tank of fuel. I have a Mondeo Zetec and normally get an 100km per tank when I use the premium fuel. Reply

desue

Posted by: desue
Posted: 11th Jul 2015

desue says: the log book is correct as the engine and componients are made to work best with that type of fuel as the fuel runs more lube in it and runs at a hotter temp to make running more effecient and if you use plain fuel this will cost you more in wear tear and matiance this will be the case with lots of newer model cars ..... hope this helps you Reply

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