I was wondering if anyone has filled up on anything lower than 91 Octane, we only have 95 or lower and I have been filling up on 95 since I bought the car but I was wondering if the mid range would be OK....does anyone know?
Be careful with using ethanol blended gas and NEVER use pure ethanol gas (ie: E85) in the Smart. Only engines specifically designed for Ethanol gas (many of which are labelled as "Flex-fuel" engines) can run E85 - running it in your Smart will actually damage your engine due to the differences in burn rates, viscosity, etc.
Blended ethanol gases CAN be used but in the U.S. Ethanol blended gas can be up to 10% ethanol, which studies have linked to premature engine wear through corrosion of ferrous parts and disintegration of rubber seals and hoses (http://www.environment.gov.au/atmosphere/fuelquality/publications/2... which is a study of 20% blended ethanol gas... but the effect is similar but not as dramatic for 10%).
Personally, I'd avoid gas with ethanol in it. I prefer my corn on the BBQ or in my tortillas... not in my engine.
Your general explanation of PON, RON, and MON is correct. However, Smart doesn't recommend 91 RON for the 451, they recommend 91 PON. On page 170 of the 451 manual I was given in California, it says:
"Only use premium unleaded gasoline with a minimum Posted Octane Rating of 91 (average of 96 RON/86 MON)."
This comports with the label on the fuel filler flap, which says to use "RON 95 (min. 91)". The "91 min." reference, while a bit ambiguous, seems to be a reference to 91 PON, since 91 PON would result from (96 RON+86 MON)/2. Interpreting this to mean the recommended octane is 91 PON (premium gasoline) is the only way I can see to harmonize what the filler door says with the 451 owner's manual.
i don't know if it was psychosymatic, but driving home, it seemed i had to press down farther on the go pedal. i didn't hear any weird noises. i had about 6.5 gallons of 87 octane and probably 2.5 gallons of 93 octane, so i figure my mix is about 89 POM in my tank now, i'll top it off in 3 days with the 93 before my trip to road america. weather is supposed to be crappy saturday morning, cold air is good for the engine, (supposed to be cool and humid!) (i fill it up pretty close to the top, ignoring the clicks off)
Smart enuf is definitely correct and I am half correct. Confusingly enough the gas tank cap definitely indicates 'RON 95 (min 91)' but the manual also definitely indicates a min of PON 91 as enuf indicated.
All I can say is that I have filled 2 tanks with PON 91 and 4 tanks with PON 89 and have noticed no difference - no backfiring, pinging, lack of horsepower or fuel economy.
In this thread: http://www.451s.com/forum/topic/show?id=1912846%3ATopic%3A23194
Smart indicates that you can run regular fuel with 'no damage to the car' but running premium will give you ~2mpg better fuel economy. That last part doesn't make sense to me because your fuel economy can't get BETTER... it can only get worse if you run a lower octane than recommended causing your engine to knock, which the knock sensor will detect and cause your air/fuel mixture to change such that you're burning less efficiently.
To sum up, I don't believe there is a definitive answer... just lots of speculation. To my mind there's no difference between 89 & 91... so I'm gonna switch back to 89 on my next tank.
I think we're both right, and Smart needs to hire a new technical writer. As you suggested, the filler door label's "RON 95 (min. 91)" could easily be interpreted as a minimum RON of 91 and a recommended RON of 95, which would translate to a minimum PON of 86 ((91+81)/2). This would mean filling up with regular unleaded (at PON 87) would comply with the filler door label. It could also be interpreted as min. PON of 91, as I suggested, which would mean filling up with supreme unleaded is required.
All Smart has done with the conflicting door label and manual instructions is to give us smart owners some ammunition to fire back with if Smart tries to claim an engine problem is due to our use of below-spec gasoline. I'm hoping it does not come to that, but hey, it's their messed up manual and filler instructions!
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