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#1598 of 2244 Re: 2013 Acura RDX gas type [alvares]
Dec 04, 2012 (6:48 pm)
the manual is pretty clear that regular is not supposed to be used, but stops short of saying you can't. I think it is less strict about mid-grade.
I have just bit the bullet and put in premium. figure that I don't want to take chances, considering I plan to keep this a real long time!
there is also the "why did you spend so much on a car if you can't afford the gas" aspect!
FWIW, I also have a 2000 3.2TL. Originally my sisters. When she first got it (new), she tried regular, and it was not at all happy about it. So she tried mid-grade, and it seemed fine, and that is what it has had ever since (up to 168K now). Once in a while I put in premium, and honestly did not notice the difference.
But, if you try regular, please let us all know how it goes!
#1599 of 2244 Re: 2013 Acura RDX gas type [stickguy]
Dec 04, 2012 (8:21 pm)
No problems at all running 87 almost all of the time in our RDX with ~2400 miles. Filled with 93 a couple of times and can't tell a difference. I do try to stick with branded gasoline, especially Chevron and Shell with their extra cleaning agents.
BTW, if I run 87 vs 93 in both of our vehicles, I save ~$600/year...nothing to sneeze at.
#1600 of 2244 Re: Any data points for FWD Tech? [sunnyfl1]
Dec 05, 2012 (3:48 am)
Yes sunnyfl1 give me an email so I can get yours, its not working the email you gave me. Here is my email aalvarez2929aol.com
#1602 of 2244 Re: 2013 Acura RDX gas type [stickguy]
Dec 05, 2012 (8:25 am)
Below is a direct copy from the online RDX owners manual.
Unleaded premium gasoline, pump octane number 91 or higher
Use of lower octane gasoline can cause occasional metallic knocking noise in the engine and will result in decreased engine performance.
Use of gasoline with a pump octane less than 87 can lead to engine damage
You will notice that it clearly states "fuel RECOMMENDATION". Manufacturers make a distinct difference between "recommendation" and "required". I believe it's clear that Acura allows 87 octane but performance will be affected. They do make a point of not using anything less than 87 octane which I don't even know if that is available or not.
I thinks it's a personal decision. Some people like to play the ego game and say "well, if you buy an Acura you shouldn't be cheap and put regular in it". I don't view it as cheap....I view it as frugal. Maybe somebody doesn't need all the horses that premium provides. I know a dealer service manager that has a 10 year old TL and has never used premium it. I personally use premium but I did use one tank of regular and the only thing I noticed was that it appeared to drop my MPG by one mpg. I have a couple of vehicles that I switch off and am retired so I don't put a ton of miles on so premium is not a problem price wise. But I can understand if someone puts a lot of miles on that it could make a big difference over time. Premium is sometimes .40 to .45 more per gallon than regular where I live at upper tier stations. So a 10% increase in price versus a possible 4% decrease in mpg may appeal to some people. I'm not one to say they shouldn't as it's their car, not mine.
#1603 of 2244 Re: 2013 Acura RDX gas type [srizvi1]
Dec 05, 2012 (4:28 pm)
Hello srizv1 so what gas did you pump 87,91, or 93 Octane?
Dec 08, 2012 (7:54 am)
I just wanted to post my buying experience as I actively followed this thread prior to my purchase. I purchased a AWD without Tech in the DC area for 33995 including the freight charge (33100+895), plus TTL. I felt like that was a pretty reasonable deal based on others posts. Hopefully it helps others have an idea.
#1605 of 2244 Re: AWD Non-Tech [kkumar99]
Dec 08, 2012 (8:11 am)
a strong price. I got my AWD non-tech on 8/31 for $33,500 (inc. freight) but that was a "if you can take it today only" deal.
You did good.
#1606 of 2244 Re: AWD Non-Tech [stickguy]
Dec 08, 2012 (11:52 am)
You got it right on invoice stick guy but kkmar did not pay too much over invoice either, so I would say it's a good deal. Most people may just a little under msrp. I assume the prices you guys got the car you need to add the fees, tax correct? Because when I bought mines I had to pay the other things
#1607 of 2244 Re: AWD Non-Tech [alvares]
Dec 08, 2012 (12:56 pm)
Of course, had to add taxes, tag, etc, but didn't include those cause I figure it's generally not negotiable. By the way, if I'm not mistaken, the invoice should be around 34,400 with the destination charge, right? Or the destination included in the 33,540 invoice listed everywhere?