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Thread: What Type of Gasoline is Needed for the non-Abarth 500?

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    What Type of Gasoline is Needed for the non-Abarth 500?

    Does Fiat require or recommend premium gas, or is regular good for this car? I LOVE the style of the 500, but I like that my current car is bigger and gets equivalent/better mileage using regular gas.

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    I use regular in my loung. I ran premium at first, but after I tried regular and didn't see an increase in performance, I went back to regular.

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    According to the manual premium is recommended but the minimum octane requirement is 87.

    I've been using 87 octane unleaded with no ill effects.

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    Forget the EPA ratings. You will get more MPGs than the EPA numbers show. Browse around in this forum and you will see what others are experiencing. Most of my use is 60% hwy and 40% city. I am averaging 39 - 41 miles per gallon on regular gas with a 5-speed manual. My style ebbs and flows between spirited and speed limit. Cheers!
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    According to a Fiat engineer, using regular does not effect fuel efficiency. It will effect outright power output, but most people will never notice. 500ways is right, it is easy to exceed the mpg figures with this car just by driving conscientiously.

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    Cool! Good to know - I usually try to (my version of) hyper-mile anyway... You know, upshift early, coast as much as possible downhill or coming up to traffic lights or congestion, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoungeLizard View Post
    Cool! Good to know - I usually try to (my version of) hyper-mile anyway... You know, upshift early, coast as much as possible downhill or coming up to traffic lights or congestion, etc.
    Just remember to leave the transmission in gear and the clutch still engaged when 'coasting'. The fuel management system essentialy shuts off fuel to the engine during those times. If you leave it in neutral it has to continue to feed fuel to the engine to keep it running. Or so I have been told/seen here in the forums.
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    You need to do testing with your car and your driving. Some people report better gas mileage with premium, enough higher to offset the higher price. Some do not.
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    Ya I drive it in sport mode all the time with premium but I feel I still get pretty good mileage. To each his/her own

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoungeLizard View Post
    Cool! Good to know - I usually try to (my version of) hyper-mile anyway... You know, upshift early, coast as much as possible downhill or coming up to traffic lights or congestion, etc.
    that is about the extent of what im willing to do as far as approaching light/stop signs. i will coast in gear when possible and usually shift at or before 3k rpm's. nothing like what most hypermilers do. i dont usually use premium and still have a lifetime average of over 44 mpg's.

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