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What Acuras use regular gas
01-20-2007, 01:29 AM
I want to by my son an Acura (no I am not an independently wealthy or trying to spoil him) I just like Honda vehicles and wanted to get him something nicer what heís got now and teach him to drive a stick. So out of letís say 94-98 range Acuras which ones are coming with stick and use regular unladed? Thx.
01-24-2007, 08:51 AM
all hondas recommend using high test... you can get away from that and use regular on almost any car... unless its built... will it run as good than with high test? no... i recommend getting an integra LS, it can use regular its cheap to fix when he beats the hell out of it because he didnt buy the car himself and has no respect for it.
01-24-2007, 12:04 PM
^ While that is true, it's not a good idea IMO. Higher octane gas is used on higher compression ratio engines and boosted engines, to prevent knock aka premature detonation. When you use the lower gas, the ECU will retard timing, and yes therefore it will run with less power, but still run. The thing is, your ECU doesn't retard the timing until it sees knock. Which means some damage is already being done...before the ECU compensates.
Have you thought about Honda's at all....basically the same cars. I used to have a 90 Accord EX, and a few friends have had a couple of the 4th generations (90-93) as well. I think the CR on all models (DX, LX, and EX)was 8.8:1 and I don't recall them requiring premium fuel (although I could be wrong)
I ran it on regular 87 octane the whole time without incident. Also the 94-97 Accord DX and LX models still had the 8.8:1 CRs, and lastly the 98-02 DX models too.
They were reliable, cheap to purchase, insure, maintain and repair. And slow enough to not do too many stupid things in. It was a great starter car for me...and I'd recommend it.
Most of hte acuras that I can think of have upwards of the 9:1 and 10:1 CRs and require hte use of premium. Again, Greenblurr is technically correct, teh ECU will compensate..it's just a question of how much damage gets done everytime it has to compensate.
01-25-2007, 08:27 AM
i know in some cars, the ecu will "learn" what gas your using and readjust timing permanent or until it is reset. and i never said i recommended using regular in ANY car, i just said you could get away with it. i even used it in my factory civic EX. id rather pay a little more more now than burn up my motor.
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