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Old 07-04-2013, 12:42 AM   #1
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What octane do you use?

I have ran the Petro Canada 94 Ultra since the first tank. I'm at 1500km now and have absolutely nothing in my tail pipe tips. They are as clean as the day I got the car. I hear many people say their ZL1 gets a ton of black sot in their tail pipes so I'm wondering why I am not. I'm doing the suggested break in but it still makes me confused as to why I am not getting anything in my pipes. Is it the 94 Ultra burning that clean or should I have my car looked at by the dealer? I was thinking of using just 91 premium but I'm not sure if that is a good idea.Opinions would be appreciated. Thank you! Also found out that I can't get 94 Ultra in British Columbia so when I go to my vacation property am I going to upset the car by using 91 instead of 94?
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:03 AM   #2
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I use 94 on my 2011 SS as well, however, when I travel to BC or down to the states I have no option but 91 or 92. My pipes got black sot and noticed it after somewhere around 6 months of use. Got the car brand new, and after 6 months I had 24000 kms on it. Mostly highway.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:33 AM   #3
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91, thats our highest option unless you find a station that sells the racing fuel which is crazy unless you are racing. California....
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:49 AM   #4
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I use 93 Octane in both of my Camaro's.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:10 AM   #5
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I use 91 it's the best I can get here.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:43 AM   #6
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:15 AM   #7
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:18 AM   #8
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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93 - used to have Sunoco, but no more.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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91, no other options here
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #11
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mix 50/50 102 and 93.... I don't drive the car every day or it would get very expensive.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:12 AM   #12
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93 here in Ga/Fl/SC area but I plan to try some ethanol free marine grade premium gas soon.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #13
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #14
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I have ran the Petro Canada 94 Ultra since the first tank. I'm at 1500km now and have absolutely nothing in my tail pipe tips. They are as clean as the day I got the car. I hear many people say their ZL1 gets a ton of black sot in their tail pipes so I'm wondering why I am not. I'm doing the suggested break in but it still makes me confused as to why I am not getting anything in my pipes. Is it the 94 Ultra burning that clean or should I have my car looked at by the dealer? I was thinking of using just 91 premium but I'm not sure if that is a good idea.Opinions would be appreciated. Thank you! Also found out that I can't get 94 Ultra in British Columbia so when I go to my vacation property am I going to upset the car by using 91 instead of 94?

Chevron in British Columbia has 94 octane at most stations. I run it exclusively in my ZL1. Im at 1000km and drive it hard at times and I dont get much carbon soot in the tail pipes either.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #15
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Just keep on using whatever your using Tyler. Clean tips are what you want.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #16
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93. Valero has it with no ethanol here.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:01 PM   #17
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I use PetroCanada 94 as well, and don't have much black soot in the tail pipes, either.

Good to know that Chevron sells 94 in British Columbia, as I'll be taking my ZL1 there in August.


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Old 07-04-2013, 03:02 PM   #18
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93 here even though there is only one station that sells it in this whole dang area the rest are 91.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:15 PM   #19
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94 Petro Canada with Torco additive
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #20
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #21
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Shell 91 octane
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:31 PM   #22
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There is one station in my area that has ethanol free fuel, should I be using
That as much as possible???
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:46 PM   #23
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93 is the highest we have at most pumps. depending if your exhaust fuse is in or out changes which tailpipes get sooted
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:36 PM   #24
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So I can assume that there is absolutely no problem running 91. The book says 91 recommended but 93 for best performance. Easy to find 94 in Calgary at Petro Canada (Sunoco for the American peeps) but I travel to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia a lot and there is nothing out there with an octane rating above 91. I can make it there and back on a tank now but after break in I'm not so sure. I may have to put in some fuel there at some point. Hence the thread I made to ask everyone what issues if any they have encountered by using 91 octane premium. There is an Esso and a Petro Canada there. Those are my choices. Both stations are "Top Tier" approved so maybe I'm worried for nothing. I want nothing but the best for this car. My bud has a 2013 GT500 who has ran 91 octane in since new. His book also stats that 91 octane fuel is fine but for best performance us 93 or higher. I had him try the Petro Ultra94. His feedback was that the car ran great but the fuel economy dropped quite noticeably. I thought higher octane would provide best performance and best economy. I thought it would be the other way around but apparently the economy was better for him on 91. The fuel economy monitors is quite accurate I assume so I believe him. Neither of us care about fuel economy but it's nice to know what's happening. He did report no soot in his pipes while on the 94 also.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:28 PM   #25
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93 always, Chevron is my preference followed by Shell, Texaco. After that I just don't buy gas.
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