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Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

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I'm owned my Sporting for nearly two weeks now, and she will need petrol in the next few days, and I'm curious as to which would be the best petrol to put in her?

Some say go for branded fuel and don't touch Sainsburys / Morissons / Tesco petrol etc as it's watered down (no idea if this is true)
Others recommend using the higher octane fuel, and on the other hand, some say it's only good for high performance cars.

So....
I thought that the best place / people to ask are Seicento Sporting owners for their experiences / views

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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

Any 95 octane will be fine.

Some folk claim to be able to tell the difference using 98/99 octane fuels, but I doubt they've ever done a double blind test.
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

I tried the higher octane 97 unleaded in mine a few times, and I'm sure that it made it run worse...personally on a standard engine, I would just use the normal 95 unleaded. I use Sainsburys or Tescos 99% of the time, as the nearest "branded" station to me charges an extra 10p/litre....and in the last 10 years the only problem I've ever had was petrol from a BP station, which had water in their fuel tank.
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Thanks both of you :-)
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

Hi Tara,

I have a Seicento Active, I mainly use Tesco fuel in mine, I have tried other like Texico (didn't run well on that fuel) Sainsburys and Asda i've used with no issues.

I've also run on Shell STD and V-power but didn't notice any difference.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

Thanks Martyn

I'll be using BP or Sainsburys then, as they both give the same price per litre, and they offer the cheapest petrol in my town.
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

I've just worked out the fuel efficiency of the car, and over 230 miles (mixed motorway and town driving 70-30 mph ) I've got 47 MPG.

Is this ok / good / average?

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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

Depends on the town/motorway mix, but that's not bad at all.
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

30 to 60 is possible, you need to use highmiler techniques to get more

there is an owner's handbook in the downloads section of the site which is useful for fuse replacement or folding the rear seats up etc.

e.g. the screen washer bottle filler cap is well hidden
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Ah, I see....

Broken down, the 47 MPG was over 150 miles motorway and 80 miles short stop-start town driving. :-)
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

Er - sorry to rain on anybody's parade , but I have run both my present 2000 Sei and previous Chinc (and previous Honda nx650 'bike) on super only , Tesco 99 for preference , except when not available , and you certainly can tell the difference in terms of throttle position , sprightliness , and ability to climb hills .
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

But it's hardly a double blind test, therefore has no objective relevance. Indeed, I know of no objective tests which prove any performance increase with vehicles designed for 95 octane. (And you'd certainly expect to see them!)

Sorry to pee on your delusion!
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

anything over 95ron in a normal cento is just a waste really, i use high octane in the turbo but thats highly strung motor and it helps prevent detonation etc. With mr fingers, its just a placebo - even if the difference was measurable on a dyno it would be so small that you could not tell the difference. Its like fitting an aftermarket panel filter, it may make an extra 1 maybe 2 bhp if your lucky but this is not a big enough change in performance for a human body to feel. Placebo's can be strange and bizarre things.

Tara, any unleaded you will find on a forecourt in the UK will do fine really
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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

Great :-) (interesting too)

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Re: Good petrol? Bad petrol? (for a 2001 Sporting model)

lots of people will buy a more expensive product on the basis that it must be better cause it is more expensive, Fiat recommend 95 octane...

The MPG is very dependent on the number of cold starts the first five miles it guzzels fuel after that it sips.
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