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WHAT OCTANE GAS SHOULD I USE IN A 32V NORTHSTAR VVT ENGINE?

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The bigger your engine compression ratio is... the higher the fuel octane that you have to use to reduce carbon deposits. If you value your car and will keep for a long time then use the higher octane. Otherwise, use the low-octane since price of fuel is steadily going up. Your's to decide.

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A blast from the past (fav. movie)
i love caps, snaps me back to my first home computer (Northstar z80)
and my silly ASR33, printing terminal, caps only, flash ! im there....
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