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octane question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rickbuch0625, May 13, 2008.

  1. May 13, 2008 at 9:53 AM
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    rickbuch0625

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    what octane is recomended for the v6. and what is everybody else using?
     
  2. May 13, 2008 at 12:19 PM
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    Janster

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    I believe it recommends 87.....

    I'm using 87 simply because gas is expensive enough!!

    In my older tacoma that I owned (96) - when hauling or towing heavy loads, I'd use higher octane to prevent knocking & pinging.
     
  3. May 13, 2008 at 1:07 PM
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    j4x4ar3

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    Recomendations as found in the user manual is Premium for optimal performance but will run fine on Regular.

    I'm running mid-grade since it doesn't knock with mid and I don't have to spend premium prices when I'm not towing. I do fill with premium when towing my travel trailer though.
     
  4. May 13, 2008 at 1:09 PM
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    lsocoee

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    I believe they changed their official requirement to regular. Optimal performance still requires premium. The computer can sense the requirements of the fuel and retard the timing.
     
  5. May 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM
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    sawdust

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    Are you saying that a Taco running on regular is retarded? :mad: Them's fightin' words!
     
  6. May 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM
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    lsocoee

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    your timing is retarded, you fool!
     
  7. May 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM
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    Buffalofan

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    It recommends midgrade which depending on where you live is different. In Chicago I would use 89 octane but in Denver the equivalent due to altitude is 87 octane, so that is what I use.
     
  8. May 13, 2008 at 2:22 PM
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    zmtnbik

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    And in CO I use 91, because my baby deserves the best! Not to mention I only fill up once every 2 - 3 weeks.
     
  9. May 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM
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  10. May 14, 2008 at 10:19 AM
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    told me the same thing. From what they said, elevation makes a big difference. If I travel to CA I would put premium in my Tacoma. Howeer, as we run around at 4500 feet above sea level or more, the regular will work fine. However, he also told me I would most likely get about 1-2 MPG better with premium.
     
  11. May 16, 2008 at 5:38 PM
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    I use to put 87 in my Tacoma, and yes it does retard the timing because someone told me to try 90 for a month and after a while the engine began to run smoother and felt more responsive. I do a lot of driving so I full up twice a week.
     
  12. May 16, 2008 at 5:41 PM
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    eordonez

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