[DML] Re: Failed emmissions AGAIN
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[DML] Re: Failed emmissions AGAIN

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Tom Niemczewski" <tomciodmc@xxxx> wrote:
> One of the reasons for your failed emissions might be the prolonged
use of 
> premium fuel.

Tom, here's another good question for you, or for anyone else that can
address it:

The DeLorean was manufactured to be sold in the United States with the
exception of the 100 or so cars in the 17000 VIN series which were for
Canada, right? The car was not technically for sale in Europe. That
being the case then why would American cars intended and destined for
sale in the U.S. market come with Owner's Handbooks that reference the
European 91 octane rather than the U.S. 91 octane?

If the 91 octane referenced in the DeLorean Owner's Handbook was the
European 91, and not the U.S. 91, wouldn't your average US buyer read
"91 octane unleaded only" and naturally assume it's telling them to
use the 91 in every pump at every U.S. gas station they would most
likely ever encounter, causing them to always inadvertently put too
high of an octane in their cars and, according to you, eventually lead
to the problems you described? How would your average U.S. DeLorean
buyer back in '81 firstly know there is a difference between U.S. 91 &
European 91, and secondly, if they did know that, how would they know
that the Owner's Handbook was referring to the European 91 so that
they would know they should actually use U.S. 87? That does not make
any sense whatsoever.

DMC did some stupid stuff, but referencing the wrong standard in an
American car's handbook that would cause owners in the primary market
to unknowingly use the wrong octane, eventually causing deposit
buildup that would result in emission problems seems too absurd to be

I think the Owner's Handbook is referring to, and therefore
recommending U.S. 91 to be used in the DeLorean because I don't
believe using slightly higher octane than needed based on the engine's
compression ratio will hurt anything, unlike using lower octane in a
high compression engine will damage it.

Hey, I'm a noob, so if I'm wrong, educate me with bulletproof sources.

Dan W.
VIN 16192

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