Petrol - RON values on the pumps

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  1. gaz_l

    gaz_l MB Enthusiast

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    Greetings, citizens.

    Filled up tonight at the local Shell station, which was recently refurbished. Probably the second/third time I've done so.

    However, I noticed this time there's no RON numbers on the pump labels - fairly sure that before regular was labelled as 95 and V-power as 98. I thought it was a legal requirement to display the RON values of petrol on the pump, is this just me having another senior moment or have the goalposts moved? I've had a shufti on the Shell website and it's a mine of no information..

    Cheers,

    Gaz
     
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    DrFeelgood MB Enthusiast

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    At my local Shell the V-Power is labelled as 99 ron on the pump handle, the rest are not labelled.
     
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    From:

    Shell V-Power - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    'In the United Kingdom and Denmark (where Super Unleaded must be a minimum of 97 RON), V-Power has a rating of 99 RON (whereas V-Powers' predecessor Shell Optimax was rated at 98 RON). There is one other 99 RON fuel available in the UK, namely Tesco MOMENTUM99.'
     
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    Previous post might have made me seem a bit over observant, not the case.

    My Beemer only runs right on V-Power and I spend £700 a month on the stuff so have had plenty of time looking around Shell forecourts recently.
     
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    What would happen if you used "ordinary" unleaded ? ?
     
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    No bang for your buck. Or a rather subdued one at least.
     
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    So it can be used - you just get a lower level of performance ? ? ?

    Basically the same as any modern car ?
     
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    Generally, yes, but in more severe cases it can cause pre-ignition (pinking) and other rough running issues.
     
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  9. DrFeelgood

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    Apparently there are some injector and high pressure fuel pump issues with the 3.0 petrol.

    Car just runs rough on 95ron, also seems brand makes a difference.

    It hates BP fuel, brought on a engine management light on supermarket stuff.

    On the plus side I see 35mpg which isn't too shabby for a large petrol engined cruiser.

    Also, the car is a petrol manual (as opposed to my last diesel/auto) and I'm surprised that I need to give it a fair gunning before changing up to prevent pinking.

    Anyone noticed that CLS auto/diesel are becoming soo much more affordable?
     
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