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Old 03-08-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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regular or premium gas for v6 camaro?

got mine a week ago and i need to put gas. what type of gas should i put it? regular or premium?

mines a 2011 v6 1LT
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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The V6 engine was actually designed to use regular. Lucky us.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:52 PM   #3
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Regular is just fine. Some members' studies have shown very slight improvement in engine performance with using premium, but I suggest you educate yourself on this subject by visiting the V6 section of the forum. It's quite a polarizing debate!

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Old 03-08-2011, 02:55 PM   #4
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I've been doing some careful comparisons of 85 vs 87 octane lately (87 is mid-grade where we live).

So far, I see no fuel economy advantage using 87, and I haven't noticed any more power either.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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I've been doing some careful comparisons of 85 vs 87 octane lately (87 is mid-grade where we live).

So far, I see no fuel economy advantage using 87, and I haven't noticed any more power either.
87 is the low grade in NC, wow.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:02 PM   #6
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87 is the low grade in NC, wow.
Altitude adjustment, high altitude requires lower octane for the same performance, sorry but I don't know the science behind this.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #7
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87 is the low grade in NC, wow.
Yes, 87 is low grade in Ohio too. It has to do with altitude, in the mountains less octane is required.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:10 PM   #8
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Lower octane fuel ' burns' easier. This is why low octane fuel can detonate a high performance engine. At altitude the oxygen content is slightly less. That is why 85 octane fuel burns like 87 would at sea level.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #9
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I use 87 in mine. Congrats on the new ride.!!!!!
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #10
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If mine needed more than regular, it would be sadly disapointed!
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:01 PM   #11
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It depends on your goal. The car runs fine with regular if you are in need of cost reduction with gas prices so high that would be the way to go. If you want the optimum performance try the high octaine & see if you feel a difference. I did. I am trying to stay with 93 octane. We shall see as gas prices rise. Mine is a daily driver on a 70+ mi per day round trip commute. "Top tier gasoline" is recommended. You may also want to read up on that subject (just google it).
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:34 PM   #12
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I use the 89 mid-grade. I have an '05 Altima (bought new) with the same double ovh cam / 4 valve setup. At first I swapped constantly between 87 and 89. My final conclusion after 20,000 miles that the extra performance was worth the extra 15 cents per gallon. It also would bing once in awhile with 87.

I decided that my 2LT deserved the same gas from the start.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:39 PM   #13
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:14 PM   #14
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I go for half a tank regular and half a tank premium. There is differents ways to do so. I fill her up and at half a thank I fiil her up with the other octane and so on, this gives me a 50-50 octane.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:41 PM   #15
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Talk to an automotive engineer (I have) and the will tell you that anything more than 87 octane in the V6 Camaro is a waste of money.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:21 PM   #16
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:57 PM   #17
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I tried 87 in my V6, and it was OK, but just didn't seem smooth enough. Went to 91, and was smooth as silk. Dropped to 89, and still smooth, with none of the hesitation I got before.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:32 PM   #18
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I used 91 for early on when the car was new and I had the airaid v1 intake. With that intake 91 helped with throttle response and what not but since all the mods and miles on the car since last sept its been on 87 and I dont see how I would notice an improvement now, the car runs smooth and strong. Some day I'll try 91 again and see.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #19
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I go for half a tank regular and half a tank premium. There is differents ways to do so. I fill her up and at half a thank I fiil her up with the other octane and so on, this gives me a 50-50 octane.
Unless you only have 2 octanes available this makes no sense at all. Essentially what your trying to do is mix something like 87 and 93 to make what 90? Doesn't really work that way. You could always just fill up on 89 and call it a day IMO.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #20
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I run 87..tried 97 but saw no difference, but I only have 1700mi on it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:15 PM   #21
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I've been doing some careful comparisons of 85 vs 87 octane lately (87 is mid-grade where we live).

So far, I see no fuel economy advantage using 87, and I haven't noticed any more power either.
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Doesnt the manual say no less than 87?
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:35 PM   #22
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Talk to an automotive engineer (I have) and the will tell you that anything more than 87 octane in the V6 Camaro is a waste of money.

True for most normal cars and engines, but NOT true for the 3.6 L in our Camaros. Has been proven by a few while on the dyno that using higher octane stops the engine from pulling down the timing which in turns means more HP.

Glad to see we have another thread on this great debate of 87 vs. 93.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:05 PM   #23
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If i was going to the track i might put premium in but for everyday driving even if it did give a little more power it simply isnt worth it at the prices gas is at.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:10 PM   #24
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A properly maintained modern engine should not "need" 89 octane until it has about 150,000 miles on it. And even then, a good long road trip can help clear the crud out of the piston heads and you may be able to return to 87 octane for in-town driving.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:19 PM   #25
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I've been using premium 93 for a while and it does make a noticable difference with the V6. However, with gas prices at this rate....regular 85 is looming in my future. This car has computer adjustments that corrects for timing, air, exhaust, gas....its very high tech. Though my v6 loves premium and responds accordingly it will have to do with regular until prices come down. I'm not building a race car...I want a show car!!! I have to be able to afford it. There is no real reason for high gas prices except, for greed.....Oil company's greed be DAMNED...your greed will be your end! Your higher prices will eventually cause people to drive less and therfore use less. Higher profit margins will not offset the decline in use and you will LOOSE! Other prices (food, water, building materials) will rise due to high delivery rates and we will have even less money to spend on gas. Its a MAD, MAD WORLD!!!
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