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Asked by Helen Moss

THE debate about whether you should use ULP or PULP is interesting, but my experience has left me confused. I own a 1996 Volkswagen Transporter that has been nothing but trouble from day one. On one of the many occasions I took it to a dealership to complain, I was told that if I did not run it on premium unleaded I would invalidate my warranty. Given that there was a sticker on the car that said 91-93 RON, I thought I was within my rights to use ULP without hurting my warranty. Can a VW representative legitimately tell me that if I don't use a higher grade of petrol than is specified on VW's own sticker, then I could lose my warranty?

Answered by CarsGuide

26 Mar 2004 Graham Smith

THEY can't.. We contacted VW and were told that, while the company recommends you run the higher octane because it performs a little better, the vehicle will run perfectly well on ULP. The choice is yours.

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