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so what is everyones preferred gas? personally, mine are:

1. Mobil
2. Chevron
3. Shell

I try to stay away from arco as it toasted my dakota's distributor/plugs/ignition wires...not fun when the truck dies going 85mph in the fast lane, trying to cut across 4 lanes of traffic with no power steering or brakes to get to an off ramp
 

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How exactly does a certain gas toast distributor/plugs/wires?
Inquiring minds.
 

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i wish i knew, but it did it twice and both times was with arco gas...every time i filled up with arco gas it would stall with the clutch in slowing down for corners...never did it with any other brand of gas
 

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YoTRacer158 said:
so what is everyones preferred gas? personally, mine are:

1. Mobil
2. Chevron
3. Shell

I try to stay away from arco as it toasted my dakota's distributor/plugs/ignition wires...not fun when the truck dies going 85mph in the fast lane, trying to cut across 4 lanes of traffic with no power steering or brakes to get to an off ramp
I dunno.... 270,000 in my work chevy, 180k in my old 85 ranger, 2,000 HRS on my evinrude 225 on my sportfisher. Oil pump killed the boat motor. The others were a lifter and a timing chain. I hardly ever put gas on them. But, I use Arco, and Fram filters. So, I guess my taco with 50,000 should break any day now... :D :D But, to be fair, my RC30 ran best on Chevron super. But, it had a little "kiss" here and there. Would never have passed any kind of smog.
 

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YoTRacer158 said:
so what is everyones preferred gas? personally, mine are:

1. Mobil
2. Chevron
3. Shell

I try to stay away from arco as it toasted my dakota's distributor/plugs/ignition wires...not fun when the truck dies going 85mph in the fast lane, trying to cut across 4 lanes of traffic with no power steering or brakes to get to an off ramp

Chevron 89 octane makes my little 4cyl run like a champ!
 

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What ever is in the tanks at are Petro Pass cardlock.
 

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Gas is gas, just stay away from the little mom and pop stations that might not maintain their tanks (water and rust and stuff)
 

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for me its Chevron or 76 only. truck doesnt run as good with any other brand
 

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if I am low on cash (which is most of the time), Safeway. Otherwise 76 or Chevron. It used to be only 76 or Chevron, but now I will gladly take a deal when I can get one.

* Edit - waiting to see when the "all gas is the same" debate will pop up again....
 

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Gas is gas, just stay away from the little mom and pop stations that might not maintain their tanks (water and rust and stuff)
I'm afraid you're wrong here...that's why they now have "Top Tier" rated gasolines in which automakers recognize gasolines with additive packages (detergents to keep your engine cleaner) that meet their standards. These include Chevron, QuickTrip/ConocoPhillips, Shell, and Entec stations.

Also, I believe gas stations have to have their tanks inspected periodically, so a problem with "water and rust and stuff" wouldn't pass inspections.
 

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Personal preference is Chevron. I use to run Arco in some cars in the past, but would get contamination type of deposits on the plugs. I could really feel and improvement after every tune up and thought it was normal. I since then switched to Chevron and notice my plugs last longer and performance doesn’t decrease between tune-ups as much.
 

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I use Citgo most of the time because they are the closest, usually cheapest, most numerous stations around and it runs OK on it. I prefer Chevron. It really seems to make a difference. Runs smoother, and I know it gives slightly better mpg. But I have to go out of my way to get it. In any brand, I use only 89 octane in my Tacoma.
 

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The reality is you use what's local. Doesn't make much sense to drive 100 miles to the station! I've heard that "Wawa gas" is great, not sure who supplies it.
 

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for me its Chevron or 76 only. truck doesnt run as good with any other brand
Different people have different experiences. My truck has only pinged twice after a fill in 6 years, both were with Chevron. And my truck is normally aspirated. Before they changed the MTBE law in Cali, people were claiming 76 (no MTBE) gave up to 10% better mileage. I decided to try it because it cost less than 10% more. I tried it for 6 weeks (plus a tank to flush out the previous stuff and a couple to adjust the ECU) in winter, and somewhat longer in summer (I don't have my notes with me right now). In both cases it showed no difference, just cost more.

My own preference is to just mix it up, if there are any differences in cleaners, what one will leave behind another might get. Lots of people badmouth Arco, but the Camry I had before the Tacoma did ping easily, and Arco kept it happier than many of the expensive brands.
 

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Something to remember.... Say here in Socal, there are only a few refineries. And, they are stretched to the limit, all the time. Little shops like Thrifty gas, and the mom & pop stations get the OVERFLOW production from anyone they can get gas from. That is why their gas is a little less expensive sometimes. The other thing.... when say a 76 refinery has an issue, and cannot deliver, the 76 station gets their gas from an independent supplier. So, as long as the truck is not marked Arco, Chevron, etc... it can deliver fuel to the station. It is not preferred, but it is fairly common in Socal. So says the nice guy who runs the ???? station at Brookhurst and Slater. I'll keep him out of trouble. They are not supposed to say stuff like that.
 

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What gas to use

http://www.toptiergas.com/
I came across this website that lists gasoline brands recommended by six top manufactures including Toyota. BTW have any of you heard about the EPA contemplating upping the ethanol content of gasoline up to 15% from the current 10%? Supposedly they are doing this because the ethanol industry says that they need this or they will go out of business. My manual says to use no more than 10% so I am concerned what would happen if they upped the content.
 

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I usually use Safeway in my area, or the cheapest I can find. I haven't had known problems from this in my truck. I have heard both sides: either all gas is the same or some are better than others so it'll be interesting how this polls out.
 

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holy fuckin 4 year old post shithead.
 

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calm down now lol. I'm glad he bumped it i havent seen this thread before! Interesting!
 
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