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Old 09-14-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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What brand of Gas?

What brand of gas are you guys running in your new 2012 focus??

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Old 09-14-2011, 10:25 PM   #2
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People are using unleaded premium, atleast that's what I've been reading on the forums :)
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:59 PM   #3
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I started using Shell Gasoline years back and found it was the best for the high performance of my Contour SVT.
I have been using premium Shell gas in the first three half-tankfulls I have gotten (I have only 770 mi total so far on my new Focus)
I would never buy BP as they are criminals... and i used to buy Citgo, but usually avoid it now, after getting some crummy gas once.
I live a block from a Mobil station, but just do not use them as they have pretty high prices.
So I Go out of my way (but on the way to a co-op i belong to) to buy Shell gasoline.
All the gas is 10% Ethanol around here. i wish i could buy non Ethanol gas.
The premium cost of gas is only $0.20 per gallon more. I may go to regular after awhile to see if the milage changes.. after break-in and the first oil change.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:49 AM   #4
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In my 40 years of driving I have never been able to detect any performance or economy difference between brands of gas.

These days I primarily use Gulf simply because there are a lot of them around and they are consistently the lowest price.
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:25 AM   #5
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I use a chevron station about 3 miles away from my usual dealings in town. They are the only station around that has non-ethanol premium. I can usually get 30-40 more miles per tank than i can with the blended.

This popped up a day ago on one of my comics. http://xkcd.com/951/
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:03 AM   #6
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In my 40 years of driving I have never been able to detect any performance or economy difference between brands of gas.

These days I primarily use Gulf simply because there are a lot of them around and they are consistently the lowest price.
Agreed... but to a certain degree. It might interest some of you to know that that places like Wawa, Costco, Sam's, etc. manage to keep prices low by buying surplus gas from multiple suppliers. Basically whomever offers the cheapest price at any given time will get the bid for whatever gas they're going to put into the pumps. Now I'm no rocket scientist but I'd rather not pump a mysterious concoction of multiple brands into my car's gas tank. Different brands use different detergent formulas, and mixing all those random chemicals together is probably not good in the long term.

Besides that I don't think any single brand has ever made my car run better or worse. But I still mainly stick with major brands for extra peace of mind. I used to prefer BP before the big spill... but obviously not anymore. Sunoco now, because there are so many of them around and they don't charge debit card users in my area. If I need gas badly I'm not going discriminate between other major brands though. If I need gas REALLY badly, only then will I risk going to that one shady gas station down the street with missing/scratched off/expired/failed inspection stickers at the pump.

No matter where you go though, make sure there is a current and passed inspection sticker at your pump! I accidentally pumped half a tank of gas at one empty station until I realized this. I was wondering why the Gulf station across the street was way more crowded (had the same price). Well... that's why. To this day people still avoid that station like the plague.

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I always laugh when people are so anal about this. I don't think most of them realize that they're burning their savings up by spending that extra time to get there.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:09 AM   #7
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I generally stick to Esso stations, mostly cause I collect the Esso and Aeroplan points.
I don't think any stations here let you buy ethanol-free gas, it's all E10 :( I would buy the real stuff if I could.
Every day I happen to drive by one of the 5 stations in all of Ontario that sell E85, but alas the Focus is not a flex-fuel car like it was supposed to be.

When I was down in Australia, you had a choice between E0 and E10 gas at the pumps. The difference was about 2 cents/litre.
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:47 PM   #8
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I've been buying only Texaco for years, except recently I've been buying Chevron because the pumps at my favorite Texaco pump way too slow (20 minutes to fill the Focus, tried it once recently).

Years ago I would buy from cheap places, especially Arco. I eventually caught on to the fact that the fuel pump in one of my cars would whine loudly on Arco gas and was quiet on Texaco gas. Eventually found out that's due to water in the gas and I just happened to have a fuel pump that's very sensitive to water in the gas. Around the same period of time I performed an engine swap on my daily driver and pulled the head off the old engine and found a crusty brown layer on top of all the pistons, valves, combustion chamber. I also performed a head swap on a V8 Mustang that I was driving intermittently at the time and found the same thick brown crust on everything.

I put 1+1+1 together and stopped buying Arco gas and decided to stick with the more premium brands.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:31 PM   #9
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Gee Atlantic Richfield (arco) used to be one if the top tier brands, I didn't even know they were still around, haven't seen one since I was a kind.

BTW, water content in the fuel is more a function of the station than the brand. When I was a kid I worked at a local gas station. We would stick the tanks every day and when the water in the bottom of the tanks got 1/2 way to the pick-up we would have the water pumped out. Less scrupulous stations would push it much closer and water would get sucked up with the gas.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:33 PM   #10
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Nothing but Shell for me!
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