So At last we all should agree that Minimum fuel grade required for Civic X 1.5T is RON 91. This was something we discussion like million times here in the group. Many members kept on insisting that no nothing happens with regular 87. Well a lot can happen if you use low grade fuel than required in Turbo engines. I explained it in my blog more than a month ago [Read herePKDM 2016 Honda Civic: A Pandora Box Full Of Confusion - PakWheels Blog ]. Now all is clear.. you need minimum 91. Also we all know that fuel will be upgraded in country.. But will it in the entire country soon? No its not like that.. What people will do who booked 1.5T and lives in cities where there is un availability of required fuel??. Atlas pre booked cars without even telling the buyers about it.
A lot potential new buyers still looking forward getting a turbo Civic are looking into alternative means to handle the issue of Hi-Octane. One such way is adding octane boosters available off the shelves from auto accessory stores. I wish it was that easy, and we could do something like that. These additives or octane boosters are based on magnesium or lead, commonly known as MMT’s. All car companies, including Honda, stringently prohibit using any additives to the fuel. These boosters carry metallic additives which are dangerous and can result in premature failure of spark plugs as well as engine cylinders and the collapse of emission system. There is no substitute for Hi-Octane 91, and you can’t add an additive to boost the octane amount. Also, these octane boosters mention on the packing that they add 5 to 7 point octane. In fact, in reality, the 5 to 7 point implies 0.5 or 0.7. So if we agree and assume, they raise the octane rating it will be 87.5 or 87.7 if combined to regular RON 87. Therefore, please don’t think of mixing an additive/booster in your fuel if you own a Turbo Civic. It will hurt your car over time. Also, you will void the warranty on your car engine and component. Many studies have shown the adverse effects of these Octane boosters on the life and performance of the engine including the related components, especially emission system.
Dealers violated customer rights.. I guess new turbo Civic buyers should start researching how and from where they will acquire the required fuel. The hi-octane is not in stock on many fuel pumps. This also makes your 3 million PKR car limited to metropolitan. Current updates show that even in cities like Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar, availability is limited or not at all. In short buyers who opted for 1.5T thinks that incomplete information resulted in a wrong decision by them, and as the advance is now non-refundable, they feel like this is now a forced sale.