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Here in Colorado the lowest Octane rating for gas is 85. That is so because of our altitude there is less oxygen so you don't need 87 octane for regular gas. In fact our mid grade is 87 and high grade is 89. So, the manual for my brand new 2012 Outback says to use 87 octane. The dealer says to use 85 in the summer and 87 in the winter. Makes no sense as the air/fuel ratio is the same for winter and summer. Has anyone living in high altitude experimented with 85 octane gas?
 

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Meh.
I has wagons.
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85 should be fine in your area. IF it pings or knocks use 87.
 

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I live up in Summit County, Colorado and live at 9,000 ft. Just purchased my 2011 OB, and am wondering the same deal.... Would it be worth the $1.50 extra a tank to put 87 octane in, or just stick with the 85 octane?
 

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87 is the lowest octane they sell in MD and my 14 year old 195K miles OBW loves it. It goes as high as 92 here.
 
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