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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Difference in gas?

Is all gas the same? Is gas from Speedway the exact gas that is at Shell or BP? Why is it that places like Speedway or Sams always has cheaper prices than Shell or BP?

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Difference in gas?

different places have different additives. like chevron adds techron to their gas.

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Difference in gas?

Also, there are LEADED and UNLEADED fuel. Usually the former is less expensive (or cheaper - which I don't like to use) and is also less pure.

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Difference in gas?

I wasn't aware that you really had a choice what type of gas to put in your car. You either have a car that runs on unleaded or diesel. Or am I sorely mistaken?

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Difference in gas?

Where, oh where, in this great land of ours, can you find LEADED gas, or even a car that runs on it?

Looking at the big picture, there isn't much difference between gasoline brands.........
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gas mileage on my Mazda 3 5Hb

I have only had my Mazda3 for a couple of weeks. I was told it would take abt 1 tank of gas bfr I seen my stick get the mileage it is suppose to get. But I am now on my second tank and still only get 15 mpg. Is there something wrong with my car???? I owed a new truck bfr but it got the mileage intended from day one. Never heard of this bfr. Any help on the matter from other Mazda3 owners ??????
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Difference in gas?

hmmm, I haven't seen leaded gas since maybe the 1970s but I dunno...

As for differences as you mentioned, I thinking most are probably more or less the same though some have additives which are likely patented like Chevron with Techron. All the gas companies market some form of additive for cleaner burning, etc.

But as for pricing differences, I believe companies like Walmart (Wallyworld, as I call it) or Sam's or any other store that sells gas as a component to their main product lines unlike a gas station is probably either taking a loss or less profit from gas because they're making up for it in the groceries and other stuff that's bought inside their stores.

My take is that when I'm not in a rush and I happen to be at Wallyworld, etc. and there's not long lines I'll get gas from them to save a few pennies per gallon but on the whole my time is valuable as well so I get gas from wherever it's convenient.

Besides at over 27 MPG, I find getting gas is not as frequent as when I drove my Lexus RX300 which got more like 17 MPG. It's almost fun to drive past a gas station and not have to stop in twice a week!

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Difference in gas?

Just my two cents on the LEADED gas....

Very few cars use it, but some bigger trucks do use it and most gas stations have one pump that has diesel. Usually (in Texas at least), the deisel is the green nozzle, while the unleaded gases are black (or different colors).

I used to have a 2002 VW Golf TDI that used diesel... Head to any VW dealer and you can find a diesel car, VWs TDI models all use diesel, and they get some amazing milage (they still break down all the time, but I was getting in the high 30s in my gold on diesel).
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Difference in gas?

My mother owned a big, blue, beastly van until 1989 that used leaded fuel and our local gas station had enough demand for it, so they still carried it. Now there are leaded additives that you can add to a tank of gas to get the leaded fuel mixture and they are still available.

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