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Old 08-22-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Bad batch of BP Gas - a warning for you guys in Midwest

In case you missed this link on Jalopnik today, there is some really bad BP fuel in the system in several Midwest states. Supposedly, they will pay for repairs, but good luck with that....
If you live in the affected areas, you probably have already heard about it. But, just in case you have not, I thought I would pass it on, before you start blaming your fuel pump.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...finery-bad-gas
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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Good, I will travel to there and purposely catch some "bad gas" and total my car.
Time for a diesel.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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This was all over the local news and I can see this turning into a big PR nightmare for BP, especially since social networking is so big and can have a big impact. All we need are some youtube vids or tweets to go viral to start it off...

Luckily I upgraded to 7-Eleven and Costco gas awhile ago....
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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not my area but i only use Shell and Costco so hopefully this doesn't affect Canada
ran into a bad gas issue at a Chevron one time but caught it before any damage was done.. bye bye Chevron however.. worst customer service as well.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #5
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There was a drastic increase of cars in repair shops all reporting the same problems. Rough starts, stalling etc. Stick with Shell people!
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:03 AM   #6
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I am going to bump this up for a few days, before people start replacing fuel pumps on their own dime.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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Stick with Shell people!
This.

And let this picture be a lesson to anyone wanting to cheap out on gas for their E46. Premium or bust.

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Old 08-24-2012, 11:11 AM   #8
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sooo is it only regular and mid-grade gas? they didnt rly say, unless I over looked it. If so then none of you guys out there should have to worry. But nonthe less be carefull out there.

SHELL FTW!!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:28 AM   #9
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This.

And let this picture be a lesson to anyone wanting to cheap out on gas for their E46. Premium or bust.


hahahahaa!

I was thinking the same thing I don't ever put below 93!
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #10
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for some reason i have always used the same shell even the same pump, i guess i was doing something right

someone who knows should create somewhat of a list of quality stations/companys
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someone who knows should create somewhat of a list of quality stations/companys
Done. Shell.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:10 PM   #12
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i guess until last week i did fill at bp because i was driving in the woodward dream cruise all week and that was a convienent stop. umm.......................
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well thats good to know, many instances in my town the shell might be a little higher $ but ill keep it going, thanks a lot guys =)
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hahahahaa!

I was thinking the same thing I don't ever put below 93!
You know higher octane is less combustible? High octane just means a higher concentration of RETARDANT, to prevent premature combustion in like a ferrari or V8. IMO 87 is good for V/I6 and below. I always get the same mileage and no knocking. It's such a marketing scam for people thinking it's "cleaning better with higher grade" Wasting money on a rust bucket thinking it's Bentley status.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #15
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You know higher octane is less combustible? High octane just means a higher concentration of RETARDANT, to prevent premature combustion in like a ferrari or V8. IMO 87 is good for V/I6 and below. I always get the same mileage and no knocking. It's such a marketing scam for people thinking it's "cleaning better with higher grade" Wasting money on a rust bucket thinking it's Bentley status.
Just shut the h*ll up, Just because its not a bentley doesn't mean we cannot treat it like one. We are obviously on this site because our cars aren't just modes of transportation
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:14 PM   #16
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You know higher octane is less combustible? High octane just means a higher concentration of RETARDANT, to prevent premature combustion in like a ferrari or V8. IMO 87 is good for V/I6 and below. I always get the same mileage and no knocking. It's such a marketing scam for people thinking it's "cleaning better with higher grade" Wasting money on a rust bucket thinking it's Bentley status.
actually it has more potential energy when under high compression but at standard atmospheric pressure, yes it indeed is less combustible. The non ///M e46 has a 10:5.1 compression ratio, that's high enough to require 91 and above, regular is asking for trouble, and if your knock sensors fail you will be needing a new engine in the near future.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:19 PM   #17
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I use Shell or Sunoco religiously. It doesn't matter if I'm in the E30, the 36, or the ZHP. However, Shell is throwing around new ads saying that they're using 20% more of their detergent in their fuel. Ugh.
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I use the same Exxon station and the same pump. It's become habit.

If 87 and 89 are the only ones apparently affected then I'd say a lot of the new people may have a problem.
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How is exxon mobil gas? I get premium at shell or mobil only. For all bimmers I've ever owned.
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How is exxon mobil gas? I get premium at shell or mobil only. For all bimmers I've ever owned.
http://www.toptiergas.com/retailers.html

Remember, gasoline is a commodity and traded extensively to meet supply and demand to the various retailers. The primary difference between brands of gasoline is the additive packages the different retailers use.
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