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wgargan Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:55 pm

I am just curious to see if people are faithful to a brand or just buy whatever is cheapest.....I use Shell Diesel. Just bought the Gas powered Van, I have read good things about techron.

vanagonforever Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:00 pm

In my Vanagon I use Sunoco gas since it is right next to my office however I'd like to eventually get a TDI in my Vanagon so I can start using the B100 that I buy from a local biodiesel non-profit for my Jetta.

RCB Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:14 pm

I usually use Arco gas and every other fill up I drop in a bottle of Techron for a 16 gallon tank. Seems Techron is on sale every other week or so at either the Pep Boys or Kragen Auto.

Wildthings Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:32 pm

It all comes out of the same pipelines and storage tanks, so there is very little difference between brands. My engines get a $2.99 bottle of fuel injector/carb cleaner every 10K or so, that seems to be all they ever need.

Randy in Maine Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:33 pm

Irving out of Canada.

Bruce Wayne Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:05 pm

Arco. it's down to $2.39 here. some Lucas fuel treatment now and then.

meyervw Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:28 pm

Chevron is all my VW and BMW get. Not all gas is the same as 1 of you believes. The additives Chevron and Shell put in their gas is second to none.

Jamos Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:37 pm

I usually fill up at my local Costco. Not sure who supplies their gas.
About every other fill-up, wherever I buy it from, I drop in a few oz. of Marvel Mystery Oil. It seems to be beneficial, mileage and performance-wise.

Williamtaylor33 Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:38 pm

in the US - Shell
In mexico - Pemex or Esso

madspaniard Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:18 pm

Jamos wrote: I usually fill up at my local Costco. Not sure who supplies their gas.
About every other fill-up, wherever I buy it from, I drop in a few oz. of Marvel Mystery Oil. It seems to be beneficial, mileage and performance-wise.

same here, Costco in Richmond

jackbombay Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:04 pm

Whatever is cheapest, Found diesel for $2.99 in Dubois Wyoming today, the cheapest I have seen it in a few years!

retswerb Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:16 pm

I was a dyed-in-the-wool Chevron guy for several years after discovering a 3-4 mpg difference on an old Subaru between Chevron and Arco (which I had previously always bought). After that I figured it was probably worth the extra money in terms of how it was treating the inside of my engine even if I didn't see the same mileage difference on my other vehicles (some seem to respond to the additives differently than others).

This year though I confess I have given in to Costco's regularly $.25 cheaper gas, although I've continued to buy maybe every fourth or fifth tank of Chevron for old times' sake.

Perales Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:19 am

I will use Shell when available and convenient, they also give AirMiles points, although there is not a Shell station near my home. Usually I will use what is nearby when I am running on fumes. (I know, this is not a good idea, but with the price of gas recently...) OK in the winter I keep it topped up more or less.

winkshog Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:19 am

There is a local company WESCO they are cheap and it is on my way to work..their is only three dealers of gas in our area WESCO. Shell, Blarney Castle. their are shell, bp, mobile, marathon.....gas station they may have different names, but the gas only comes from the 3 dealer listed. This is for the Ludington area in Michigan

have a great day

meyervw Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:23 am

winkshog wrote: There is a local company WESCO they are cheap and it is on my way to work..their is only three dealers of gas in our area WESCO. Shell, Blarney Castle. their are shell, bp, mobile, marathon.....gas station they may have different names, but the gas only comes from the 3 dealer listed. This is for the Ludington area in Michigan

have a great day
There used to be a small hole in the wall gas station where I used to live. IThe gas was cheap. One day I watched the Chevron truck pull up and drop fuel. So I bought from them. Probibly had alot of water in it but oh well.

tencentlife Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:36 am

Which brings up an importnat point: NEVER fill up at a station where fuel has just been delivered. The new fuel stirs up the water and sediment that has settled on the bottom of the storage. If you see the truck there delivering, wait a day to buy from that place or go to another station. I've seen this several times, both my own and others' experiences.

I asked one of the tanker drivers once, just a year or so ago, what they did to control that problem. I had heard that they used to pour TSP into the tanks to grab up any suspended water and settle it out. The dirt tends to favor the water so it gets carried to the bottom, too. Water is much much heavier than gasoline so it will fall out by itself, but you don't want to be selling watery gas while you wait so they would use the TSP to hasten the settling.

This driver said that used to be a problem long ago but the filters on the pumps catch all the water and will shut off if it gets too bad, so it hasn't been anything to be concerned about for many years. He also said you can tell when a pump filter is needing service because the delivery rate slows down. I still don't believe it's not a concern, because it wasn't that many years ago that we filled up a cube truck and as we pulled away I spotted the tanker behind the building where we couldn't see it when we pulled in. I mentioned that we might have problems, and sure enough not an hour down the road the truck started to lose power badly. I pulled that filter out and dumped out the dirt and water like three times before we got to our destination a few hours later. Finally the filter was so abused we had to get a new one to go on at all, but at least we made it and weren't stranded out in eastern AZ on I-40.

So, a word to the wise.

As to brands, I favor Chevron for the Techron content. Techron is pretty great stuff, I've used it to clear up a wanky FI more than once, so having a little going thru the nozzles seems like a good idea and I never have fuel-related engine problems. I used to add a bottle yearly but since I buy Chevron about half the time I don't bother with that extra treatment anymore. Consumer Reports evaluated it awhile back and it was one of the few fuel additves that delivered results.

Perales Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:40 am

tencentlife wrote: ... Techron is pretty great stuff,... Consumer Reports evaluated it awhile back and it was one of the few fuel additves that delivered results.
Is that report online or in their magazine? I would be interested in reading it.

tencentlife Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:41 am

It was many years ago, so happy searching!

psych-illogical Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:36 am

I'm a hardcore Chevron fan as well. If I can't find Chevron I can usually find Shell. The techron is really good stuff in terms of basic FI preventive maintenance. I run it in my van and my BMW motorcycles. I've got 40K miles on my rebuilt injectors and have never run any injector cleaner/treatment through the system. Injector spray pattern is still like new.

GrindGarage Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:54 pm

I put shell in vechiles that count.... there hi test is the best! i have a 72 bmww 2002 that when i have to go for other gas i gotta get out and spin the dist. a bit or it will ping... i dont know what they put in it but it makes a huge difference... so since i luv my vanagon i give it the same treatment along with lucas fuel inject cleaner a tank before an oil change

-cliff



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