Do You Ever Treat Your Car to Premium Gas?

fuelgradesA while ago, my parents recommended that I fill up the tank of my 2003 Camry with premium gas every now and then to extend the longevity of the car.

With gas prices as low as they’ve been, and considering that I work from home and only have to go to the gas station once every 30-40 days, spending $7 extra a few times a year isn’t a big deal.

However, at least according to this article, the vast majority of cars don’t need intermittent “flushes” via premium gas. In fact, for most cars, the improvement in performance is extremely minimal–you’d only notice it if you were an automobile enthusiast.

So I’m curious: Do you ever treat your car to a tank of fancy gas? Does it make your car happy? Would you recommend it?