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Gas - Is It Different In C/S America

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1. Posted by drivepanam (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Real quick question; Will I have an issue with the quality/type of fuel if I am driving a US based car through Central and South America (I have seen a limited amount of information on possibly modifying the engine???)

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

As far as I know, you should be fine. Would help though to post which type of fuel your car takes :)

Another problem; crossing CA by car is not an easy task. Browse the forum to find some threads on this issue, your main problem will be crossing from Panama to Colombia (Darien Gap).


3. Posted by drivepanam (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Thanks for the reply, I think I'll be traveling with something like a Subaru Forester, something that will run on 87 octane fuel (CT also actually mixes 10% ethanol into their gas as well). Any other comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

P.S. I've def done research on the Darien gap and thanks to everyone that posts on this sight I'm aware of how to avoid it.

4. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 130 posts) 10y

You'll be OK in any of the C.A. countries with a car that runs on this octane rating. You'll even find "super" at above 90, so your mileage should be fine.
If you have a Yahoo! address, check under Groups "Costaricaliving", where you'll find various members who have done the crossings from the U.S. to Central America. Some even have done the trip from Boston Ma. to the south of Chile.
Just get your car and personal documentation right and prepare for some "financial help" occasionally. (don't get frightened, $ 10 goes a long way)