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Gas: premium vs regular

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The Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey all have the same 3.5 Liter engine with 240 HP as the MDX. However, the recommended fuel for those vehicles is Regular gas, whereas the MDX recommends Premium. Why??

My salesman and the service dept. said its ok to use regular gas in the MDX. In fact, all the MDX loaners are filled up with regular gas. (I wonder if my initial tank of gas from the dealer was regular).

Let's check with other dealers if Regular gas is OK to use in the MDX. Could save us alot of $$$ in the long run.
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Fuel costs

>>It is sorta funny though about premium car buyers, we will spend $40 K on an auto and then fuss about the fuel costs<<

One of the reasons why I could afford the $40k MDX is because I don't throw money away needlessly. Premium fuel in the Boston area is another 20-24 cents/gallon - 15% to 20% more expensive than regular. Too bad you can't find 91 octane around here - only 89 and 93.

Why would you want MORE octane that your car needs? Wouldn't that be a waste of $?
>>>It says 91 (minimum) Octane RECOMMENED. A lower octane CAN be used, but at a loss of performance.<<<

I think the dilemma is that in many/most parts of the country, you can buy 93 OR 89 octane, but NOT 91. Personally, I use 93, but would love to find 91 octane and save some $.
>>>I was in houston 3 wks ago, and saw regular listed for 91 cents/gallon. I couldn't believe it. Unfortunately, gas prices have gone up since then.<<<

Must have been some of that left-over Enron gas!
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