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Hi All!

I'm looking to get a new 2005 Altima 3.5SE or SE-R (in Canada). The specs say that it uses premium fuel. Is this just a "recommendation" from Nissan, or is it required?

With gas prices, this could potentially make a difference in my decision making.
 

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I did a search and other than lay opinion, I haven't heard any reason why premium is better? I realize that knock might be an issue and a slight decrease power, but most people say that it isn't noticible anyway.

Is there a possibility of engine damage using regular? Will Nissan void your warranty?
 

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If you can't afford premium don't buy the car. Go get an Accord V6 which runs on regular.

While VQ won't have a problem with regular, it's made for premium. The difference is only $0.10/L (some only $0.07/L). If you don't do a lot of bumper to bumper driving, that works out to about $16 extra in gas/month for average driver. That's like 1 lunch in T.O.

EDIT: just saw your post. No regular is perfectly fine. No Nissan won't void warranty for using Regular. And Nissan downgraded the requirement from compulsory premium in 02 to recommended premium in 03 and forward. Mainly for pressure from Accord V6 which gets 240HP on regular.

From my experience, (I'm in Calgary by the way which is 3000ft up), I get around 10L/100km which 60% highway and 40% city driving. 10% of my driving is pretty "spirited". I drive 300km/week and that works out to around $25/week and $100/month is gas. Using regular will only save me $12/month which to me is meaningless.
 

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ncnmra said:
I did a search and other than lay opinion, I haven't heard any reason why premium is better?
That's all there is, opinions. You will find die hards on both sides of the fence. Although somewhere in the infinite threads on this is an article or two by car specialists who say regular is fine, (premium not needed), and will not harm your car. And you can't even get a straight answer from Nissan head quarters. Another member and I both called and asked which should be used in the 02's. I was told one, he was told the other. It's really up to you. :)
 

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lizzy494 said:
That's all there is, opinions. You will find die hards on both sides of the fence. Although somewhere in the infinite threads on this is an article or two by car specialists who say regular is fine, (premium not needed), and will not harm your car. And you can't even get a straight answer from Nissan head quarters. Another member and I both called and asked which should be used in the 02's. I was told one, he was told the other. It's really up to you. :)
One was me..They told me that 02's needed premium..But, 03 and up did not. I speculate it was because shortly after the Altima came out so did the 240 hp Accord that used regular fuel...

Conclusion..Fuk nissan and thier bullshit
 

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When I searched on this site before buying I read premium is better. As soon as my full tank of regular the dealer gave me when I bought the car 2 days ago runs out it will be premium all the way.

My other car requires premium so I'm already used to paying for it.
 

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Plz plzzzzz no more of these what fuel grade should I put in my car :angry2: :confused2.

READ The friggin manual.
 

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the 3.5SE will run on regular gas, but for optimal performance you will need to use premium
 

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Look at the cost this way. Say 20mpg just to be a round number. 93 Octane is generally $.20 more expensive than 89 octane. Basically it boils down to $.01 a mile. Figure out how many miles you drive a year and decide if it makes a difference to you. If $100 extra to drive 10,000 miles is too expensive, buy a hybrid and get 60mpg on the highway.
 
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