hey everyone i was just wondering what kinds of gas such as premium, leaded, unleaded.... it says premium on the gas tank, but is it bad to use leaded or unleaded? will this mess up the motor, just wondeirng cause gas is all ****ed up right now!..
Mr. Medic and I definately notice a performance difference when we get "crappy" gas. So much so that hubby (when home) often puts an octane booster in the tank with each fill up, and I have taken to doing the same.
I went about six fill ups without it (out of laziness and never picking any up)while he was gone, and it seemed to be "running hard". When he came home on R&R, the first thing he did was throw in an octane booster, and she ran much, much better and quieter. The difference is literally audible. We have ALWAYS used the "premium" top grade fuel, but as you probably know the quality of so called premium fuel varies from gas station to gas station. It works my nerves that we end up adding that booster to what is supposed to be the best fuel, but it is what it is.
(Side note: I was livid after we bought the thing for that reason ONLY. We didn't ever think to look inside the gas cap when we test drove it and bought it. Two days later, when he went to fill up, I heard my husband yell *&$#@%*&!!!! when he discovered the words "Premium fuel only" inside the cover)
I try to justify it by telling myself that if we can afford the FJ, we can afford to fuel it properly, but at this point, I've considered selling our oldest to the circus to offset the price of gas.
87 octane, 97% of the time. I've done comparisons running multiple tanks of regular vs. premium and found it more economical to run regular. The very slight increase in mpg using premium does not offset the higher cost. JMHO
I've seen the scanned picture of the bulletin, but does anybody have a link to where I could find this officially on Toyota's website? I never received any bulletin, just wanted to verify the validity.
I've always used 87, but 2 weeks ago the local Valero had 89 for only $0.03/gal more than 87 (no idea why, maybe an error in their system). So I jumped on it and really didn't notice a difference, until I went back to 87 on the next tank. Then I realized just how much difference the 89 made. I'll soon be buying a small car for daily commuting, so I'll probably start using 91-93 in the FJ since I won't be driving it much.