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Old 01-15-2003, 02:26 PM
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I run premium because it's recommended by MB.

No fuel-related problems yet, but that may not have anything to do with octane quality.

If ever I do have a fuel-related issue, at least it's a parameter I can rule out.

Many on this forum used regular (81-85) and have had good results.

Higher octane fuels have a higher "flash point" i.e., needs higher temps in order to ignite. So there is less of an issue with problems such as "pre-ignition" or detonation.

But if you start hearing pinging under load conditions, then you do need to bump up the octane choice.
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