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Is one gas brand better than the other?

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Old 03-04-2009, 09:15 PM
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Is one gas brand better than the other?

I have heard a lot about Chevron Techron fuel system cleaner. Today I was passing by a Chevron gas station and noticed the Chevron gas comes with Techron pre-mixed. So does that mean using Chevron gas in my car will keep the fuel system automatically cleaner - thereby keep car running smooth??

I have also heard from people that Shell, even though its comparatively bit expensive, is a superior brand than am/pm, 7-eleven or other brands, but they dont say in what respect. If I am concerned about FE and overall performance of my car, should I be choosing one brand of gas over the other?
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

When I lived in Alaska, all the gasoline in the state came from the same Tesoro refinery. The different brands specified their own additives in some cases, but that was the only difference, other than grades. In fact, I watched the same tanker truck drive from one gas station to another. After that, I just buy the cheapest gas available.
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

I'm not sure about the Chevron brand, but I have had some reports from some car junkies that they have seen an improvement in smoothness when consistently using Shell.
As I assume they know more than me, I attempt to fill up with Shell when I can.
If anyone has any other recommendations, I'm sure we'd be all ears.
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

BMW, GM, Honda, Toyota, VW and Audi seem to think so. www.toptiergas.com
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

I choose Texaco because that's the only station around here with straight gas. Otherwise, I don't think there's a difference.
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

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When I lived in Alaska, all the gasoline in the state came from the same Tesoro refinery. The different brands specified their own additives in some cases, but that was the only difference, other than grades. In fact, I watched the same tanker truck drive from one gas station to another. After that, I just buy the cheapest gas available.
I don't know how much difference the brand makes, but BP, at least, can test for their own gas as noted in this article about a midwestern distributor that was cheating on the brand. The distributor subsequently developed troubles with Marathon and Citgo and is currently in Chapter 11. They are cheap, but buy gas from their stations at your own risk I suppose.

Last summer I posted a link to an Iowa case where a retailer was caught selling E85 as regular. A major brand or well known chain provides at least a little assurance that I'm getting the advertised grade. In my area Casey's and Kum & Go seem to be fairly cheap and I'm unaware of any shenanigans on their part (for instance, when I've removed tanks for them they have been properly maintained and premium lines fed from tanks tagged for premium. )
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

I has been my experience with several cars, that in my area at least, Shell is best. At least compared to off-brand gas, I seem to get marginally better mpg with Shell.
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

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I have heard a lot about Chevron Techron fuel system cleaner.
From personal experience, I pick up a case of Techron from Costco and run a bottle through the car when it gets down to around 1/2 full or slightly higher every 3 or 4 months. Usually there is a noticeable improvement in performance.
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

I was going to stay out of this because I am a scientist and don't even believe what I have seen with my own two eyes unless I can PROVE it. BUT, seeing all the comments about Shell, I had to jump in.

Many years ago I drove a 1958 Continental Mark III. It had a HUGE engine and was really picky about fuel. Over time I discovered that when I put Shell gasoline in the thing it definitely ran smoother at idle. Now I just couldn't believe this since I knew that ALL the gasoline came from the same tank at the supply depot, BUT...I watched it happen time after time.

This was back in the day when gasoline was less than 20 cents a gallon so I never bothered to measure the mileage except to note that it was about 7 mpg under most conditions.

The comments I see here make me more convinced, BUT NOT TOTALLY convinced that Shell does, indeed, put something in their gas that is good for the car.
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Re: Is one gas brand better than the other?

In my '88 Escort I've noticed considerably better mileage (usually 5%-15%) from Texaco, Sam's Club and even an off brand Quality Mart than from BP or Citgo. To be truth the best tanks I have had all winter have come from the Quality Mart gas so I've been using their gas pretty regularly for about a month now. I also ran a tank of Shell recently and although it did get better mileage than the BP or Citgo it still didn't do as good as some of the other brands I just mentioned. That's the only car that I own that I have noticed brand making a difference in.
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