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Explorer Sport - fuel?

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Sgt1411, April 30, 2014.

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What grade of fuel do you use in your Sport?

  1. Regular 87

    34 vote(s)
    30.9%
  2. mid grade 89

    8 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. Premium 91-93

    58 vote(s)
    52.7%
  4. I use more than one grade

    5 vote(s)
    4.5%
  5. I'm tuned I have to run Premium

    6 vote(s)
    5.5%
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  1. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I'm currently running 91 octane although I was tempted to try 94 when I filled up a couple of days ago. With the 12 cent per litre discount I get using my Petro Canada card it works out to about the same price as using 87 without the discount.

    Peter
     
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  3. Sgt1411

    Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

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    Im tuned with SCT X4 and using Chevron 94....no ethanol
     
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    Exact same thing happened to me.:thumbsup:
    huge difference it was night and day.

    For those of you with sports running 87, I encourage you to try a tank of 91-93
     
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    I've ran both 87 and 93 and couldn't tell you if it made that big of a difference. I ran the 93 for a few months, so the computer had time to learn.

    For me to really tell the difference, I'd have to run the 93 for a while, then do a run with the 93 and immediately back that up with an 87 run.
     
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    What do you guys use on your sport? Does it really have impact on performance and last longer or run out faster?
     
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    explorer sport 2015 - fuel?

    Do I really need to use premium gas in the new 2015 explorer sport. I have had numerous cars in the past taht say they need it but really dont the last one was an E350 mercedes that ran just fine on 87 octane
     
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    Your owners manual covers this. The short answer is No, you don't have to use premium.
     
  9. blwnsmoke

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    You do not need it.. you will lose about 10% on the HP/TQ by using 87. My recommendation is in the hot summer months to run premium.. in the winter months (I don't know where you are located since you didn't fill that out in your profile), run 87 or 89 if you are concerned about fuel costs.

    Love to play devil's advocate though.. if you can afford a $50k vehicle, I don't see why one would choose to not put in the "recommended" fuel.
     
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  11. peterk9

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    Welcome to the Forum dwadd.:wavey:
    As the Owner's Guide says, to get top performance you use premium but it will run just fine on 87 as well.
    I have also merged your thread with this existing one. Read through it and decide what octane you want to use.
    Also, do you still have the Mercedes? If not, it's time to update your profile so it shows 2015 Sport in the margin.

    Peter
     
    Last edited: January 14, 2015
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    Owners guide page 196 recommends 87 Octane for EcoBoost. Says Premium is recommended for severe duty use. Doesn't say anything about 93 Octane. Octane levels vary according to location.
     
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    You are absolutely correct. Not sure why I stated "93 octane" instead of "premium". I edited by previous post. I use Petro Canada gasoline exclusively. Sunoco (Suncor Energy) took over Petro Canada a few years ago and as a result some of the Sunoco stations were converted to PetroCan. The Ultra 94 is the same as the Sunoco gas but it isn't available at all PetroCan stations. The one I usually go to has 91 as the highest octane and that is what I'm currently using in my MKT.

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    I have only used 87 Midgrade in my Sport so far. Will probably try 91 premium when summer roles around. I live in the country though and am not going to drive a lot of miles for a specialty gas in a DD people hauler. Couldn't complete the Poll since none of the options apply.
     
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    Fuel costs are not really a big issue for me filling up every 4 - 6 weeks.:D

    Peter
     
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    I don't think anybody (on this board at least) claims that the Explorer NEEDS high octane fuel. What HAS been said is that the Sport can take advantage of premium fuel to get more power and torque than with regular fuel. So... some people see a benefit in paying a little more money for more vroom.
     
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    It's not about being duped. It's about buying a Sport because of the "Sport features" (suspension and engine). If you are going to take a 10% hit on power and not take full advantage of the Sport, then why get it?

    My point is that if I'm going to buy a vehicle that is designed and tested on 93 octane, then I plan on putting it in the vehicle.

    At approximately a $6 per tank difference in price, that seems ridiculous to complain about $6 and lose performance when you specifically bought a $50,000 Sport. Retarding the timing to compensate for 87 does not mean that it is "designed" for 87.
     
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    I'm a GM for one of the biggest gas station chains.. I see exactly what happens with the different grades. Funny how sometimes they are in 10 cent increments and sometimes they are 20-30 cent increments..

    Regardless, 40 cents a gallon would not sway me over losing performance of a vehicle.
     
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    Exactly why I run Chevron 94 with no ethanol, plus with a 94 octane tune from SCT its night and day difference for a few bucks a tank.
     

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