This post was most recently updated on July 6th, 2018
Nigeria imports her refined fuel mainly from the USA. We have a single unified grade of between 87 to 90 octane rating. Unfortunately, the octane rating of “premium unleaded fuel/petrol is 95. Do we have alternatives to premium unleaded gas? Interestingly, Nigerians love good life and those who can afford it are cruising around in luxurious cars an SUVs. 99% of luxurious vehicles requires a “premium unleaded gas”. But then, we only have “regular unleaded gas in Nigeria and most developing countries of the world. The questions that this article will address are as follows:
- What is a “premium unleaded gas/fuel?
- Benefits or importance of using a premium gas
- How can you tell if your vehicle requires a premium gas or not?
- How can the people in the developing countries of the world including Nigerians get access to “premium unleaded gas”?
- What are the alternatives to premium unleaded gas?
- List of the best performing octane boosters that can be used to upgrade your regular fuel
Alternatives to premium unleaded gas: What is a premium unleaded gas?
It might seem like premium is the better fuel, and in terms of octane, it is, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle should receive it. For example, most Acuras use premium gas. Also, most Lexus follows the same path. This is not to mention the German machines such as modern Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volks, BMW and so on. On the other hand, vehicles such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan and similar low-performance engines utilises “regular unleaded fuel.
Some luxury cars from Ford and GM, such as the 2009 Lincoln MKS and the Cadillac STS, have been specifically manufactured to use regular unleaded. Even Toyota Venza up until 2015 uses regular unleaded fuel
Premium levels of octane are designed for aggressive, high-performance engines. Lower performance engines don’t need premium fuel, and the superior fuel generally isn’t going to do anything but waste your money. In extreme cases, if you use a premium gas in your lower performance engines, you may be calling for trouble.
How exactly to tell the type of fuel for your vehicle? Does it requires a premium gas or not?
Moving forward in our quest to getting the alternatives to premium unleaded gas. W first need to unravel how you can detect if your vehicle requires a “premium unleaded gas or not”
In most states premium gasoline is defined as a gas having an octane rating of 91 or 95 — regular typically has an octane rating of 87 to 90. But will using a lower-grade gasoline actually hurt your car’s engine? This is an especially important question if you own a luxury car. Moreover, the manufacturers of most luxury vehicles recommend premium gas.
Where to check to find out if your car requires a “premium unleaded gas or not”?
- check your owner’s manual.
- Check sites online for your vehicle’s specifications as regards fuel. I normally use Edmunds.
- Check the label inside the fuel door. Open the fuel door. If you have a release lever or button inside your car, release the door to check. Look for a label on the fuel door or by the fuel filler neck. Although, the label can peel off or become unreadable
- Here’s another helpful hint: If your car does take premium, look to see whether the manufacturer “recommends” premium fuel or if it “requires” it. If it’s only a recommendation (as it will be in some cases), you can safely use regular unleaded fuel. However, you may take a small hit on your vehicle’s engine performance.
- If premium unleaded fuel is a requirement, of course, you have to pay the extra money for premium fuel every time you fill up. Otherwise, you will need to use supplements or what I call the alternatives to premium unleaded gas. This is because the car’s engine is precisely tuned for that grade of gas.
- Alternatively, you can call or email your vehicle manufacturer’s support line. Ask an agent which type of fuel is right for your car. You’ll need to supply your year, make, and model, and the VIN number for the agent to accurately answer your question.