Do Land Rover Vehicles Need Premium Gas?

November 6th, 2018 by

man filling car at gas pump

Using the wrong type of gas for your vehicle can cause a number of unwanted problems. While mixing up certain types of gas doesn’t always create issues, but it is very important to align with what your owner’s manual calls for. For Land Rover vehicles, you should always try to use premium gasoline. There are a number of reasons why you should follow this rule. Let’s take a look at why it’s important to use premium gasoline for your Land Rover, courtesy of the team at Land Rover Charleston.

Why Use Premium Gas For Land Rover Vehicles?

The type of gasoline used for an engine is based on the kind of engine the vehicle has. Different types of gas have different octane levels, which effect how the gas interacts with the engine. Premium gas is higher octane, while regular, unleaded gas is lower octane. Though not all Land Rover owner’s manuals will say you must use premium gasoline, all will encourage it. If you use standard, unleaded gasoline in your Land Rover, you can experience issues such as:

  • Engine knocking
  • Engine pinging
  • Decrease in fuel economy
  • Decrease in overall power and performance

Premium gasoline isn’t as expensive as you may have been lead to believe by some. The pricing between unleaded and premium is generally negligible, especially given the better fuel economy you’ll receive using premium gas. Engine computers will do their best to limit damage by adjusting the timing, but damage will still occur over time. To prevent unwanted and unnecessary engine problems in the future, avoid using standard, unleaded gas. Your Land Rover is a luxury vehicle after all. Care for it like one.

What About Diesel Engines?

Most models in the Land Rover lineup have options for diesel engines. Unlike engines that benefit from premium gas, there are far more catastrophic problems caused by using standard gasoline in a diesel engine. Problems that can arise from not using diesel for a diesel engine include the following:

  • Severe damage to the fuel-injector pump
  • Because of different combustion rates between gas and diesel, the gas will combust sooner, this causes issues such as:
    • Misfires
    • Engine knocking
    • Engine part repair, replacement, or rebuilding

Like with any engine, diesel engines should be given the proper gas based on the dictation of the owner’s manual. While there are baselines you can follow, the final verdict should always come from the owner’s manual.

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If you have any questions regarding proper Land Rover vehicle maintenance, the expert technicians in our service department have you covered. Should you need any service, or want to browse our showroom, visit us today near Huntington or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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