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    Is it just me, or does the boxer make more power on shell gas? Is it true that some brands are better than others, or is that just good marketing?

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    In my experience generic gas is as good as any other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vroom! View Post
    Is it just me, or does the boxer make more power on shell gas?
    There are many boxers (motors) and none of them from Japan are particularly special in my view. In any case, I do think it's just you.

    Is it true that some brands are better than others,
    Not for my money, no. I shop solely based on price. I can't name a nation with a better regulated, higher quality fuel supply. It comes down to money or at most, if I'm not shopping solely on price, one factor I might consider is the quality of coffee and how clean the restrooms are in the station.

    or is that just good marketing?
    Getting people to pay more or prefer one brand over another in the 21st century in one of the most advanced nations on the planet isn't just good marketing, it's brilliant.
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    Personally, I can tell a difference between different kinds of gas. It's both audible, and tactile in that I can feel certain...misses, if you will, with different brands. All of the brands have to conform to a certain standard with regards to ignitability, but that doesn't mean that all fuels are created equal. Use what you think works best for you and what you're willing to pay for.
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    I will say this: the Chevron stations that have the coffee machine that grinds the beans on the spot and then brews are worth visiting.

    In all my driving in the US (mostly CA, but also NY, OR, NV, AZ) I've not managed to get a bad tank of gas.

    One thing I have noticed is that it takes more fuel to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas than it does to drive back, with cruise control on, along the same route. That may be elevation changes though, plus ambient temps (the return trip is usually at night). I doubt it's a difference between CA and NV gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    One thing I have noticed is that it takes more fuel to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas than it does to drive back, with cruise control on, along the same route. That may be elevation changes though, plus ambient temps (the return trip is usually at night). I doubt it's a difference between CA and NV gas.
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    It's just a brand with a store front for the same product. I've actually witnessed a contracted fuel truck filling gas for two different gas stations. ...You are neither going to "invigorate" your engine nor "put a tiger in your tank".
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    Shell is brilliant at marketing,which is why they have hypnotized me into buying only their gas.Plus I like the yellow colors.
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    The base product is the same but the bigger names have their proprietary additive package. Whether or not they are adding it is a different story and if your car is being properly maintained with quality products (fuel filters,air filters,oil,oil filters..) you really don't need those additives on a daily basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    It's a combination of your casino winnings and the dead hookers in the trunk.
    This actually got me thinking. The fuel use is worst when leaving LA and leaving LV because the car is heaviest then (the fuel tank is full) and because that's where traffic is densest. There is more traffic leaving LA than there is leaving LV, so that plus elevation change plus time of day ambients could explain it (assuming as you pointed out that the trunk has the same contents going either way...).
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    I usually only go to Shell for gas, not only have I not had a problem with my car liking their gas, they are literally right around the corner from me.

    I go there more for their service than anything. They're like an older style gas station, all really friendly talkative guys, they'll clean your windows for you ect....

    I know this may come off as racist, but I'm not: The other main reason I go there is because they all are good working class men and I don't have a language barrier with them. I don't have to say "$20 of v-power" 500 times for them to get it right and still have to watch them to make sure they put the right gas in. They always know to put vpower in my car without me even saying it. Too many times have I had to argue with people or had regular put into my cars because they can't speak English.

    Edit to make me not sound so much like an a-hole:

    I guess what it all comes down to for me is that they just have great customer service and that has earned my business.
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    im on the "not much of a difference" wagon. however, there is a big difference in the stations themselves. i tend to go to newer ones, the tanks in the ground are in much better shape and less of a chance for any type of damage or contamination in the fuel (water).

    though i do find myself going to more Sunoco's than anything else. thanks NASCAR.
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    Granted there its no way to do a real, thorough comparison on this, but I seem to get better mileage on Shell gas than say, the no name brand from Liberty etc.

    The statement about not all fuel is created equal is true. I consistently took my last car to a bargain gas station and ended up having a fuel system clog due to their low grade, "dirty" gas...

    There is a difference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    I usually only go to Shell for gas, not only have I not had a problem with my car liking their gas, they are literally right around the corner from me.

    I go there more for their service than anything. They're like an older style gas station, all really friendly talkative guys, they'll clean your windows for you ect....

    I know this may come off as racist, but I'm not: The other main reason I go there is because they all are good working class men and I don't have a language barrier with them. I don't have to say "$20 of v-power" 500 times for them to get it right and still have to watch them to make sure they put the right gas in. They always know to put vpower in my car without me even saying it. Too many times have I had to argue with people or had regular put into my cars because they can't speak English.

    Edit to make me not sound so much like an a-hole:

    I guess what it all comes down to for me is that they just have great customer service and that has earned my business.
    No offense, but for those of us who don't live in Jersey and are allowed to pump our own gas, customer service is a non-factor. Just saying....
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    Very valid point. I forgot that NJ is retarded for a minute there lol. One of the many things I hate about this state.
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