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Nissan Murano, SUV
#18 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [jaymk]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 09, 2008 (10:35 pm)
Hopefully this link will work. Otherwise you'll have to go to Edmunds.com, select New Cars and drill down to the '09 Murano. From there select a model (I used the base S) and then click on Standard Features.
Under Mechanical Features/ Engine "premium unleaded (recommended)"
#19 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [steve_]
Feb 10, 2008 (4:46 pm)
Any thoughts of the new 09 Murano? Which one to buy, 09 RX or the new Murano?
I know the RX are going to be changed next year but the new Murano has so much to offer. Difficult decision.
#20 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [jaymk]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2008 (5:17 pm)
I'm having good luck with my Quest at 122k so I'm partial to Nissan drivetrains and the VQ engine variations. The only other car that was as troublefree was my old Toyota Tercel (117k when sold). Hard to go wrong with either Nissan or Toyota/Lexus, mechanically. Hard to go wrong, mechanically, with most cars these days.
The base Murano can be configured ten thousand cheaper than the AWD RX 350 but the Lexus has a better basic, drivetrain and roadside warranty. I like the smaller standard wheels and the full size spare you get on the Lexus.
Oops, the Lexus requires (not recommends) premium unleaded. Believe it or not, that's pretty much a deal killer for me. Of course, I'm spending your money and not mine, so who cares really?
Some info is still being researched but the comparison tool may help you sort out your own needs:
#21 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [steve_]
Feb 10, 2008 (7:24 pm)
This is from the 09 User Manual:
NISSAN recommends the use of unleaded
premium gasoline with an octane rating of at
least 91 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) number (Research
octane number 96).
If unleaded premium gasoline is not available,
you may use unleaded regular gasoline with an
octane rating of at least 87 AKI number
(Research octane number 91), but you may
notice a decrease in performance.
. Using a fuel other than that specified
could adversely affect the emission
control system, and may also
affect warranty coverage.
. Under no circumstances should a
leaded gasoline be used, because
this will damage the three-way catalyst.
. Do not use E-85 fuel in your vehicle.
Your vehicle is not designed to run
on E-85 fuel. Using E-85 fuel can
damage the fuel system components
and is not covered by the
NISSAN new vehicle limited warranty.
NISSAN recommends using gasoline that meets
the World-Wide Fuel Charter (WWFC) specifications
where it is available. Many of the
automobile manufacturers developed this specification
to improve emission control system
and vehicle performance. Ask your service
station manager if the gasoline meets the
Some fuel suppliers are now producing reformulated
gasolines. These gasolines are specially
designed to reduce vehicle emissions. NISSAN
supports efforts towards cleaner air and suggests
that you use reformulated gasoline when
Gasoline containing oxygenates
Some fuel suppliers sell gasoline containing
oxygenates such as ethanol, MTBE and methanol
with or without advertising their presence.
NISSAN does not recommend the use of fuels
of which the oxygenate content and the fuel
compatibility for your NISSAN cannot be readily
determined. If in doubt, ask your service station
If you use oxygenate-blend gasoline, please take
the following precautions as the usage of such
fuels may cause vehicle performance problems
and/or fuel system damage.
. The fuel should be unleaded and have
an octane rating no lower than that
recommended for unleaded gasoline.
. If an oxygenate-blend, other than
methanol blend is used, it should
contain no more than 10% oxygenate.
(MTBE may, however, be added up to
. If a methanol blend is used, it should
contain no more than 5% methanol
(methyl alcohol, wood alcohol). It
should also contain a suitable amount
of appropriate cosolvents and corrosion
inhibitors. If not properly formulated
with appropriate cosolvents and
corrosion inhibitors, such methanol
blends may cause fuel system damage
and/or vehicle performance problems.
At this time, sufficient data is not
available to ensure that all methanol
blends are suitable for use in NISSAN
#22 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [fitc]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2008 (8:13 pm)
The World-Wide Fuel Charter is new to me. (link)
Sounds a bit like Top Tier Gas.
Thanks for the info!
#23 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [steve_]
Feb 10, 2008 (9:53 pm)
Btw, the manual is available online, and it will answer a lot of pre-sale questions people may have...
2009 Nissan Murano Owners' Manual
It is ~4 MB in size.
#24 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [fitc]
Feb 10, 2008 (10:56 pm)
Wow thats some info.
Thankyou for letting us know and again thankyou for typing all that information for us. Lets keep it simple, If I'll get the Murano I'll definitely be using the 91 octane gas as thats the highest grade I have seen around here.
#25 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [steve_]
Feb 10, 2008 (11:13 pm)
Thanks Steve for the comparision, thats really nice of You.
#26 of 36 Re: What grade of gas does the Murano need [jaymk]
Feb 11, 2008 (7:23 am)
Oh, I didn't type all of that - I just copied the relevant section from the manual.
Keep in mind that in the US and Canada, what we call "Octane" is actually the Anti-Knock Index (AKI). So our "87 Octane" gasoline will be rated higher (91-92) in Europe. I think that's what the Manual was trying to say, but they made it somewhat confusing. The bottom line is, you'll be fine using Regular Unleaded (87), but may experience worse gas mileage, and the engine might perform slightly below the specs.