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Old 06-09-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Which fuel company do you go with?

Curious as to which fuel company you guys usually go too.

I have a co-op membership card which gives me awesome rewards once a month. I have a tune so I run 91 in my 6 (which is recommended for it)

I was just curious if anyone did the research and found out Co-Op premium is junk or?
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:15 PM   #3
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Who ever has the cheapest price. I used to only go to Chevron but it really does not matter. I noticed no difference when I started going to off brand gas stations. The additives are a joke and gas is regulated pretty well these days.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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here in mexifornia, all gas is the same..the only difference would be what a dealer wants in that gas...like ethanol, dealers offer gas stations a .10cent lower price for adding the crap..
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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Who ever has the cheapest price. I used to only go to Chevron but it really does not matter. I noticed no difference when I started going to off brand gas stations. The additives are a joke and gas is regulated pretty well these days.
The additives are not a joke. Find an insider at Chevron, Shell, Bp, Texaco, whatever and they'll explain it to you. All it took was one short Vietnamese gentleman with a Ph.D in chemistry from Chevron to convince me.

At the time, about '05 or so, only Chevron had additives in all three grades and Shell had it in premium. Now, mostly through botched mergers, others have caught up.


To answer the question in short, Chevron whenever possible, Shell second, any major brand after that, never the off brands. Always, always, premium.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:27 PM   #6
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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I try to use a station that has a larger than normal clientel of higher end cars that require premiun...At least I know the premium grade will be "fresher" and possibly already in the hose before I use it...lol...
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:31 PM   #8
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I have oil refinery chains and Marathon and Exxon to choose from. I generally like Exxon better since I have noticed the other day my SS pinging from the refinery chain so I filled back up with 93 from the Exxon just as it was 93 from the refinery chain and it has since quit pinging. Going out before I go today and pull my fuse to reset the map.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:34 PM   #9
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I thought there was something in the manual about recommended fuels/additives, where Mobil was one of them. Might just be marketing. Started with Sunoco, only because they're close. Went back to Mobil now that they've dropped the extra fees for using a card at the pump... that really annoyed me, greedy bastards! Nothing but 93 since I got the car.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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Sunoco only for me. I get the best mpg with it. There are no shell or Exxon stations near me. Places like delta sonic are the worst places to get fuel. They water it down so much it's not worth the savings or risk.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #11
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I get on Gas Buddy and look for the cheapest BP or Shell in my area. Usually my location has the cheapest gas in town anyway.

Good gas is the same price as what we call "crap gas" here but if a crap station is running a great deal I'll run a tank of it, won't hurt anything.

It's a mental thing, everything else we will pay slightly more for a supposedly better brand.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:42 PM   #12
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:47 PM   #13
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:51 PM   #14
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:53 PM   #15
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Shell or Exxon 93 only for my car.
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I don't do BP though not yet at least still upset over the gulf shore incident

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Old 06-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #16
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I don't do BP though not yet at least still upset over the gulf shore incident
Ok, I too haven't used BP gas once since then. People will give grief saying it isn't the local gas station owner's fault, well, they can choose to carry another brand and they don't
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #17
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I used to run BP Ultimate exclusively. However, since my tune, the engine has better cold/low speed operation running Phillips 66 93 octane fuel, Even though I'm tuned for 91 octane. Runs great on the Phillips.

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Old 06-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #18
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I thought there was something in the manual about recommended fuels/additives, where Mobil was one of them. Might just be marketing. Started with Sunoco, only because they're close. Went back to Mobil now that they've dropped the extra fees for using a card at the pump... that really annoyed me, greedy bastards! Nothing but 93 since I got the car.
Greedy bastards? Do you have any idea how much merchants have to pay for accepting cards? Some Shell station charge .50 for using a card while Arco charges .35 cents. If it bugs you pay with cash that simple.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:09 PM   #19
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Greedy bastards? Do you have any idea how much merchants have to pay for accepting cards? Some Shell station charge .50 for using a card while Arco charges .35 cents. If it bugs you pay with cash that simple.
Yep, it's time for people that won't carry cash to start paying more. Times are tough and those that choose to use a middleman (bank) to manage their daily spending should be the ones to pay that middleman.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #20
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:20 PM   #21
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #22
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #23
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I work in the petroleum industry and have done so for almost 13 years. From my experience mostly in AZ the best places to get your fuel are large corporate chains.

Everyone gets their fuel from the same tank farm, some may add some additives but it's very minor. The biggest thing to ensure the quality of your gas is the handling of the fuel and the upkeep of the station. Most mom and pop stations are in poor repair and they do as little as possible to keep things up to snuff.

Larger chains in AZ such as Valero, QT and Kroger keep all their fuel monitoring equipment operational at all times. Keep the pumps in great repair and do all the necessary maintenance to the fuel dispensers. Like changing the filters and calibrating the pumps a couple times a year.

I've been to privately owned stations who have filters that are dated 10 years old on their pumps. Depending on the volume of your site you should be changing your filters every 90-180 days tops. FYI for any guys living in AZ all Shell and Chevron stations are privately owned thus not maintained like and of the bigger corporate sites.


Just take a look around at the station when you're there. Look at the pumps and see if their in decent shape, also look inside the store and see how well it's kept up. Those will give you and idea of how well things are maintained at the site.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #24
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Chevron or sometimes Shell. Only 91 around here.
Same here.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #25
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it's all pretty much the same as it shares the same pipeline network. the only difference in any gas is the very, very, very tiny amounts of additives put in, most of which is a scam. my favorite is Shell boasting of the nitrogen they add. about 70% of the air mixing with the gas in your combustion chamber is already nitrogen.

a good read
www.smartmoney.com/spend/rip-offs/what-gas-stations-wont-tell-you-19750/


"Since 1994 the government has required that detergents be added to all gasoline to help prevent fuel injectors from clogging. State and local regulators keep a close watch to make sure those standards are met; a 2005 study indicated that Florida inspectors checked 45,000 samples to ensure the state s gas supply was up to snuff, and 99 percent of the time it was. There s little difference between brand-name gas and any other, says AAA spokesperson Geoff Sundstrom. What s more, your local Chevron station may sell gas refined by Shell or Exxon Mobil. Suppliers share pipelines, so they all use the same fuel. And the difference between the most expensive brand-name gas and the lowliest gallon of no-brand fuel? Often just a quart of detergent added to an 8,000-gallon tanker truck."
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