Hi. I read that the 2018 2.0 needs 93 Octane. Well that is not available in North Dakota so how screwed am I for engine issues down the road? We only got 91. :surprise:
I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking. I’ve been known to punch it when I’m passing someone or if I need to merge into traffic quickly but the days of flooring it at every stoplight, racing, trying to be the fastest car on the road or finding top speed are long over for me. I did specifically buy the 2.0 because I like the style of the car, the 1.5l is anemic and I’m not usually a huge fan of 4 cylinders in general but the 2.0 turbo makes the car fun to drive.Good to know. With 47K and no issues, do you ever put the pedal to the floor? I normally don't but sometimes I get the urge.
That’s something I just don’t get peoples hang up on, the need for premium fuel.I had an Audi that needed premium. Sure it was fun to drive, but with our Malibu Hybrid I don't miss that (here in WI) 20% premium......on premium......
I second your remarks and would add another part that some don't consider.That’s something I just don’t get peoples hang up on, the need for premium fuel.
Normally I fill up at just under a half tank but at times will go down to a 1/4 or so which makes a fill up around 10 gallons roughly. If you’re looking at a $.50 per gallon difference on premium fuel, and it’s usually more like $.25 or so, that’s under $5 a fill up.
The car runs better, it’s peppier, the car is more fun to drive all for less than a crappy Taco Bell lunch or a coffee at Starbucks. I fill up both vehicles maybe twice a week, so figure about $15 for me having to run the good stuff.
Seems like it’s not that big of a deal in my book.
Agreed. No reason to pay $0.50-0.75 more per gallon on premium in your Hybrid since premium isn't required or recommended. You get good performance without the premium penalty.I had an Audi that needed premium. Sure it was fun to drive, but with our Malibu Hybrid I don't miss that (here in WI) 20% premium......on premium......
I understand your position in regard to fuel economy, but there is more to the story besides MPG.I have a 2017 2.0 and use regular gas. I get 35 mpg. I don't know how any higher octane would get better.
I understand the MH does not need premium. My thought is I am happy it doesn't, and I am equally happy to save the $500 per year (20,000 miles/20mpg*.5(Audi mpg)) premium premium.Agreed. No reason to pay $0.50-0.75 more per gallon on premium in your Hybrid since premium isn't required or recommended. You get good performance without the premium penalty.
Have you ever run a few tanks of 93 to see if it seems smoother, more powerful, or gets better mileage overall? If not, why not consider it as a cheap test just to see? Like others have said, a fill-up of 10 gallons at "only" 30¢ a gallon more than mid-grade is only $3.00 a tank, and 3 tanks like that is still less than $10.I have a friend at the dealer that asked the mechanics. They said that mid-grade is fine so that's what I've been using in my 2017 2.0 Turbo. No problems at all. When I do get into it I've had nothing but fun.