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Old 06-10-2005, 10:17 AM
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Gasoline in Albuquerque

Anyone here from Albuquerque? I filled up twice so far plus a $10 quick stop. The full tanks were done at Sam's Club on Eubank. 91 Octane only. Shortly after whenever I revved the engine up, it'd make a fluttering sound. The car is so new (just got it last Saturday) that I didn't notice that it also was sluggish. My husband put some Octane Boost in it and it's not making that sound anymore and runs MUCH NICER!

It's Sam's Club bad gas? Or do they lie about their Octane level? Just wondering if anyone's had this problem.

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Old 06-10-2005, 01:20 PM
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I have used Sam's gas often without issue. I use the Sam's over at Cottonwood Mall. Of course I use the 91 octane from Sam's, but more often then not I use mid-grade - 87 octane - from various sources without issue. I've had my 8 for nearly two years now. I think there was something else going on that had nothing to do with the gas.

BTW congratulations on the the car. Remember it is a rotary, so be sure to check the oil often. It uses oil by design. Having to add some every-now-and-then doesn't mean there is something wrong with the engine.
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:11 PM
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And don't forget to follow the 'warm up the engine' rule. This rules simply says never....NEVER....start a cold RX8 engine and then turn it off before letting it warm up. Say to move it out of the garage so you can wash it. Always ensure the engine is warm before you turn it off.

Now...having said that. You might want to read some of the topics on this forum on this subject you that you can understand the exceptions...as if there are any.

Second....well actually the only second rule is, 'don't baby the engine' it isn't good for it. This is even more the case since it's a rotary.

Just a few bits of advice to a new RX8 owner. I'm sure there are others I will pass along over time.
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Old 06-10-2005, 05:23 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Yes, my husband has been assuring me "do NOT baby this engine" and yes I make sure it's warmed up before I have fun with it.

And you're right, it's not the gas. It started that flutter noise today. I've been reading the boards thoroughly and haven't come across it so I posted about it to see if anyone else has experienced this. I'm sad I might have to take it in! I don't want to part with it!
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:03 PM
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Sorry to hear about the problem. I would love to hear the flutter noise myself. Have you seen the post about the rotary BBQ set for tomorrow (Sat) at noon? It is being held off of 2nd street just north of Alameda....a little past the Mule Barn restaurant. It might be something worth attending. There will (hopefully) be a good number of vey experienced rotary engine people in attendance. Someone might be able to solve (or at least identify) the source of your noise. The post on the BBQ can be found on the mountain forum. Check out:
https://www.rx8club.com/showthread.p...&page=10&pp=20

I also will bring along my CANScan diagnostic tool to scan the computer for faults.

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Old 06-14-2005, 10:40 AM
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I didn't get your message until yesterday. Doh! Tis ok. The engine light permanenty came on Sunday while driving up to the crest. So it's in the shop and I'm lonely!
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Old 06-14-2005, 03:21 PM
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Sorry to hear about your 8 being in the shop. Lets hope it isn't there for long! We're all guessing the CAT has gone bad, so let us know what they find as the problem.

Read the New Mexico about plans to get together the weekend of Jun 25/26. We would be pleased to have you participate.

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Old 07-14-2005, 12:57 PM
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Just to update. They re-flashed it. It continued to do it. I was ready to take it back AGAIN (3rd time). Hubby put in Chevron 91 in it and it was fine. Been putting in Chevron 91 ever since (about 4 tanks of gas) and it's been absolutely perfect.
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Old 07-15-2005, 11:29 PM
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Hmmm... wewwy wewwy intwesting. I've been using 91 at Sam's without a problem. For the first time, I went with 89 tonight just to see what happens. Heading over to AZ in the AM so this tank won't last long. Simply due to the extra heat, I'll probably use 91 while over in Phoenix.

So, MeToo, when you going to come out of the bosque and let the rest of us inspect your baby?
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My 2 cents - never use cheap gas, never!! I prefer chevron (techron), but will use shell, exxon/mobil, and occasionally phillips 66, although I try to minimize that. At $2.50 a gallon, $.10 a gallon is less than 5 %. The top name brand fuels have additive packages and better quality control on their gas, and you should notice a performance difference in both short and long term.

How many ABQ RX8 folks are there? I'm in the NE section, still planning my purchase. Currently have a 98 A4, 99 miata, and 05 Legacy GT wagon in the stable.
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Myself, family and friends prefer chevron. Any recommendations on octane buster?
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we should plan a rotary meet for those of us in Albuquerque. sounds like there hasn't been one for awhile.
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It would be cool at some point to do a multi-state meet with your friends up north (Colorado) too. We had a great 10+ car meet back in April.
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A meet sounds grate. I live in Roswell but in Albuquerque as much as possible.
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