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11-01-2012, 11:51 AM
Does brand name gasoline make a difference? Answer inside.
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/no-...d=m1078092

Quote:According to the Department of Energy, all gasoline is refined through the same process and must meet the same set of federal standards. The so-called no-name stations purchase their gas from whatever supplier is the cheapest at the time, so there are plenty of occasions in which the no-name station is filling their tanks with name-brand gas. It's just that they are not allowed to advertise the brand.

That said, there is a group of gasoline retailers that has pledged to meet a set of increased standards known as top-tier detergent gasoline. Top-tier retailers have gone through a certification process that proves they've increased the amount of detergent additives in their gasoline beyond Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Some people feel the increase in additives leads to higher-quality gasoline because detergent additives are supposed to provide optimal performance and decrease engine deposits.

Finally, be careful about what you think of as no-name gas. Some of these top-tier retailers -- there were 22 at press time -- are name-brand companies such as Chevron Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell, while others would likely be perceived by some as no-name companies, for instance Kwik Trip Inc. and Mileage

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12-01-2012, 07:18 AM
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My job in the Army was 77F1P for ten years before they changed the naming around. For those that wasn't in the Army it is a "Petroleum Supply Specialist." We refueled everything, mostly helicopters my last 3 years. It was much more to it, but it's dependent on your Unit type Smile

I told people this before but they refuse to believe anything I say. They say they get fuel from some place and it sucked so they stuck with a certain brand. This is usually because of shitty storage tanks below ground. Most stations don't have good water/fuel separators and they also have bad tanks that leak in earth debris. Usually this debris is sand.

I'm glad you posted this.

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12-01-2012, 08:48 AM
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(12-01-2012 07:18 AM)Clint Barnett Wrote:  My job in the Army was 77F1P for ten years before they changed the naming around. For those that wasn't in the Army it is a "Petroleum Supply Specialist." We refueled everything, mostly helicopters my last 3 years. It was much more to it, but it's dependent on your Unit type Smile

I told people this before but they refuse to believe anything I say. They say they get fuel from some place and it sucked so they stuck with a certain brand. This is usually because of shitty storage tanks below ground. Most stations don't have good water/fuel separators and they also have bad tanks that leak in earth debris. Usually this debris is sand.

I'm glad you posted this.

Also, for any parents with infants. The exact same thing is true of baby formula. I started out buying Infamil because we thoguht it was the best quality. And paying 26 bucks for the 23.4 oz container was getting ridiculous so I did a little research and found out that there is no bad formula. It's federally regulated. I searched for the best deal and discovered Target's brand, Up And Up in a 40 oz container for 16 bucks.

It pays to investigate.

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12-01-2012, 10:32 AM
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Yeah but did all the other babies make fun of yours for having target brand formula?
I have a genuine issue with all products made for children but I won't sidetrack the topic. You're absolutely right in saying there is no real difference in formulas.

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12-01-2012, 11:42 AM
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(12-01-2012 10:32 AM)lucradis Wrote:  Yeah but did all the other babies make fun of yours for having target brand formula?
I have a genuine issue with all products made for children but I won't sidetrack the topic. You're absolutely right in saying there is no real difference in formulas.


LOL. Well currently she doesn't have the ability to feel shame or embarassment. So no biggie. But as she grows older I'll think back to when I wanted Doc Martins in school and got Wal Mart brand. My daughter will have Docs if she wants them.

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12-01-2012, 08:06 PM
RE: Does brand name gasoline make a difference? Answer inside.
(12-01-2012 07:18 AM)Clint Barnett Wrote:  My job in the Army was 77F1P for ten years before they changed the naming around. For those that wasn't in the Army it is a "Petroleum Supply Specialist." We refueled everything, mostly helicopters my last 3 years. It was much more to it, but it's dependent on your Unit type Smile

I told people this before but they refuse to believe anything I say. They say they get fuel from some place and it sucked so they stuck with a certain brand. This is usually because of shitty storage tanks below ground. Most stations don't have good water/fuel separators and they also have bad tanks that leak in earth debris. Usually this debris is sand.

I'm glad you posted this.

That is something I hadn't even thought to consider. Interesting. You should be able to answer a couple of questions I'm on the fence with.

If my car was engineered to accept 87 octane fuel, is there any advantage to using a higher octane?

Are synthetic motor oils worth the difference in cost?

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12-01-2012, 08:14 PM
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(12-01-2012 08:06 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  If my car was engineered to accept 87 octane fuel, is there any advantage to using a higher octane?

Are synthetic motor oils worth the difference in cost?

More octane: No, it would be wasted and could burn too hot or too quickly.

Synthetic oil: Definitely yes.

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12-01-2012, 08:45 PM
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I just switched to a synthetic oil (Magnatec) and it has made a huge difference with the way my car runs. It's excellent. Yes, it about $6 dearer (per litre) than the standards but it's worth it. I also use the more expensive fuels as I have been told many times that the cheaper fuel will ruin my high-performance engine. My baby's worth it! Tongue

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12-01-2012, 08:54 PM
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(12-01-2012 08:14 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(12-01-2012 08:06 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  If my car was engineered to accept 87 octane fuel, is there any advantage to using a higher octane?

Are synthetic motor oils worth the difference in cost?

More octane: No, it would be wasted and could burn too hot or too quickly.

Synthetic oil: Definitely yes.

That's what I've been doing. I'm curious as to whether using higher octane gas on a car engineered to accept 87 might actually be detrimental?

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13-01-2012, 09:29 AM (This post was last modified: 13-01-2012 09:33 AM by Chas.)
RE: Does brand name gasoline make a difference? Answer inside.
(12-01-2012 08:54 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(12-01-2012 08:14 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(12-01-2012 08:06 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  If my car was engineered to accept 87 octane fuel, is there any advantage to using a higher octane?

Are synthetic motor oils worth the difference in cost?

More octane: No, it would be wasted and could burn too hot or too quickly.

Synthetic oil: Definitely yes.

That's what I've been doing. I'm curious as to whether using higher octane gas on a car engineered to accept 87 might actually be detrimental?

It's mostly just wasted money.

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