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gas station preference???

ok i have heard lots of different things about different gas stations and the quality of gas. for example i heard shell and bp are at the top quality wise ans say marathon and speedway are at the bottom. i only use shell or bp now.

-are some places really better quality gas than others?

-if so, what are the bests/worsts
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I havae a Mobil Speedpass, so I like Mobil for the ease of paying, but I like Amoco and Shell too. But it seems the old Fizzer runs on well on any brand of gasoline.

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i wouldn't go near strats. theres a lot of bad gas. It's a lot worse then the zoo.

I use mobil and amoco. All of them are pretty good in quality. The only thing to really worry about is a gas station that may have water in their storage tanks or particles.
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from what I understand (yes you can learn from tv....mainly history channel) gasoline for stations in a specific region comes from the same refinery, so if the "modern Marvels" explanation is correct, BP, Shell, clark and marathon gas should be pretty muchn the same.

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Prefer BP & Shell for the bike.

And no not all gas is the same. Its the same batch / refinery but its the quality gas that companies buy. if you look at quality in the abcd range "The big 3" buy grade A,--your mobil,Sunoco, buy the B,-citgo, thortons buy C, - And either d lot is waste for factory or whatever.



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I've always heard that the different gas stations buy the same gas from the regional refineries BUT different brands have different additive packages, and your Mobil/BP/Shell have a better additive package than the cheapie stations. The more expensive stations may also have better tanks etc. and have less of a problem with moisture and other crap in their gas. All that said, I've never had a problem with gas from anywhere. I do occasionally run fuel system cleaner through the tank though.

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BP Amoco or Shell

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Originally Posted by RickC1957
I havae a Mobil Speedpass, so I like Mobil for the ease of paying, but I like Amoco and Shell too. But it seems the old Fizzer runs on well on any brand of gasoline.
me too I upgraded to a speed pass watch twices as handy as regular speed pass...I dont even need to take off my gloves to pay a big plus just put my wrist up 2 the pump thats it...
and mobil's 93 octane has lots of engine cleaning detergents

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BP, Shell, Mobil, or Sunoco only. I won't even put cheap gas in my beater. At work we've definately seen a difference in longevity of fuel system components with customers who use cheap gas and the ones that use good gas. We have a large fleet account that has their own gas pumps to fill their vehicles up on their property. Against our advice they buy the cheapest gas they can get, you can even tell the difference in the way it smells this stuff is such crap. The average life of a fuel pump on their trucks (mostly chevy pickups and jeeps) is less than 20,000 miles, which could also be caused by sediment in their storage tanks but the fuel tanks on the vehicles are usually clean inside. We also replace countless injectors and fuel pressure regulators on them and have to change fuel filters about every 6,000 miles. Now how much are they really saving buying cheap gas?

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Citgo can't be all that bad, it's on the preferred list for BMW cars. I think you should just go to the gas stations that are busy, they have the freshest gas and gas that idoesn't get a chance to get condensation and water in it. I use Marathon and Citgo and never had any problems. As far as gas in the bike goes, use the min. octane they recommend using a way higher octane decreases performance.

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Some people feel that the most expensive gas is the best (BP, Shell & Mobile), but I have been to other states where those cost the same as the "cheap" gas station. I usually go with the lowest price and I have not had any fuel problems. Most people feel pretty strongly about their gas preference, and all it takes is one bad experience at one station and the whole company is now bad. Some people will only use premium eventhough their car/bike doesn't require it. It is a personal thing I guess. What ever makes them happy.

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For what it's worth, I sometimes work with a guy who's been involved with petroleum sales, and his story is that most gas stations will buy whatever they can get cheapest. Gasoline being a commodity, in principle it shouldn't matter who actually produced the gasoline. What that means is that it doesn't matter that much where you go, you're probably getting exactly the same product.

His other story is that, at one time, Amoco required its stations to buy only Amoco-produced products. Some of the station owners went to court over that, and Amoco lost (anti-trust grounds, I think).

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i used to get shell only, then got shitty customer service at a bunch of stations. now I buy Chevron exclusively for the bike. I'll put anything (except shell) in my truck.
chevron's usually a good price, and I LOVE their 93 octane fuel. seems my bike just jumps for joy everytime she's filled with it. so why piss her off?
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