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ipark79 02-18-2013 01:32 PM

what gasoline brand do you use?
 
Hi, I am first time BMW owner, just bought X3 28i last week and I was wondering what brand of gas you guys use.
I traded in my Toyata Camry for my X3 (big step up for me!).
I really didn't care about what gas I used for carmy so I used Costco gas or other cheap gas stations.
But now I have a premium brand car, should I be using premium brand gas? Or does it really matter?
I read some threads on other BMW series and some say it doesn’t matter and some say it matters….
From your experience, is there a particular gas brand that is “better” for BMW..?
I’d really appreciate your inputs!

wpattison 02-18-2013 02:07 PM

Honestly, I only really care about the octane rating. Most reputable outlets will have decent gas. I've used Costco, 76, Chevron, etc...

Always stayed with the Premium level octane, though.

Enjoy!

02420X3 02-18-2013 02:29 PM

I generally use Shell or Exxon/Mobil.

edbiology 02-18-2013 03:02 PM

Hey congratulation! I am like you, first time BMW owner, last car was toyota corolla for 10 years! A car mechanist once told me don't use cheap gas brand, like arco, because overtime your engine would accumulate more carbon waste. Not sure if that's true but I always had used Shell on my corolla, and its engine is still strong at 235K miles. Now I always use Chevron 91. I read it somewhere that Shell V-power actually gives you couple more HP but it's harsher for your engine.

The X Men 02-18-2013 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edbiology (Post 7389203)
I always use Chevron 91. I read it somewhere that Shell V-power actually gives you couple more HP but it's harsher for your engine.

I agree, a few mechanics have told me to use either Shell or Chervon, they both have the best additives.

tango131 02-18-2013 03:18 PM

shell 93 octane. in a pinch, mobile/exxon 93. if it's available in your state, always use 93.

Want the Thrill 02-18-2013 04:07 PM

Shell 93

Fighterpilot 02-18-2013 04:14 PM

I go for the premium stuff in the low 90's. Most places I can get 93 but like today at Phillips 66 they top out at 91.

Our SA once told us NOT to use BP, at least from the local St. Louis area as it had been tested to have more than 10% ethanol. Funny since BMW recommended BP right in the manual

I usually go for the 93 at QT or the same at Shell.

Around here we can only get ethanol 'enhanced' fuel. The link below will show places in the US to get non-ethanol fuel. It's probably preferred to anything.

http://www.pure-gas.org

noka 02-18-2013 04:48 PM

BMW recommends Top Tier retailers (documented in Owner's Manual): http://www.toptiergas.com/
Interestingly, BP is listed as recommended in the Owner's Manual but is not listed as a Top Tier.

eddragon 02-18-2013 06:43 PM

Chevron 91

lbjgh 02-18-2013 07:17 PM

Shell.

I was using Costco but I noticed less performance.

MMME30W 02-18-2013 07:37 PM

I use Costco Kirkland Signature Premium normally, or Shell V Power/Chevron when traveling.

I look for fast pumps (clean filters) and busy stations (fresh gas).

e1322739 02-18-2013 07:59 PM

My SA recommended Chevron Supreme or Shell V Power. He specifically told me to avoid no-name brands as the dealership had seen resulting fuel system damage.

ASG 02-19-2013 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MMME30W (Post 7389804)
I use Costco Kirkland Signature Premium normally, or Shell V Power/Chevron when traveling.

I look for fast pumps (clean filters) and busy stations (fresh gas).

Good advice IMO re clean & fresh. I use Shell V or ConocoPhillips.

Teemo Panda 02-20-2013 12:22 AM

All gas comes from the same refineries, the only difference is the detergent :P

noka 02-20-2013 03:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kamigawa120 (Post 7392297)
All gas comes from the same refineries, the only difference is the detergent :P

...which is supposedly what distinguishes "Top-Tier" retailers from others.

The X Men 02-20-2013 06:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kamigawa120 (Post 7392297)
All gas comes from the same refineries, the only difference is the detergent :P

Beside just detergent, other additives may include corrosion inhibitors and lubricants for greater efficiency and power.

ASG 02-20-2013 06:12 AM

I decided to try an ethanol-free gas yesterday! Not easy to find around here. 40cents (US)/gal higher than other 91-octanes! (Note: 91 octane is premium in Colorado.) Filled tank from a remaining range around 20 miles, so presumably just a few gallons of Shell-V left.

At over a mile in altitude, I think I've noticed the following: smoother sounding exterior idle on warm engine, more power, throatier sound. But, could this be the same effect as a good cleaning "makes the car run better"? ;-)

While I try to buy gas from friendly oil origins, I will likely resume to to 10% ethanol just to...you know, support the local corn growers.

The X Men 02-20-2013 06:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ASG (Post 7392493)
At over a mile in altitude, I think I've noticed the following: smoother sounding exterior idle on warm engine, more power, throatier sound. But, could this be the same effect as a good cleaning "makes the car run better"? ;-)

That is because ethanol only have 2/3 of the energy of gasoline, the energy in a gallon of ethanol is 76000 BTU and the energy in a gallon of gasoline is 116090 BTU. Non ethanol gas, will also result in better gas milage.

Fighterpilot 02-20-2013 06:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The X Men (Post 7392539)
That is because ethanol only have 2/3 of the energy of gasoline, the energy in a gallon of ethanol is 76000 BTU and the energy in a gallon of gasoline is 116090 BTU. Non ethanol gas, will also result in better gas milage.

So we end up spending more to get less. How is that helping anyone? Oh yea, more corn growing. My guess is w/ logic like this the govt is behind it.

Norman38 02-23-2013 12:02 AM

Really would like to know....Shell or Bp? I've been using Bp 93 since August 2012 in my 2013 X3 28i. Which is better?

02420X3 02-23-2013 01:38 AM

BP isn't available where I live. While I buy mostly 93 octane Shell and Mobil/Exxon, what I'm really looking for is Top Tier, which is what I usually buy.

PS
I had dinner with a Sunoco dealer tonight, and I buy his 91 octane gas from time to time. And yes, Sunoco sells 93 octane, but unlike Shell and Mobil, they sell 91 octane too. Sunoco isn't a Top Tier gasoline. If it were, I would buy it more often.

The X Men 02-23-2013 06:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Norman38 (Post 7399152)
Really would like to know....Shell or Bp? I've been using Bp 93 since August 2012 in my 2013 X3 28i. Which is better?

Both good gas.

tango131 02-23-2013 08:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Norman38 (Post 7399152)
Really would like to know....Shell or Bp? I've been using Bp 93 since August 2012 in my 2013 X3 28i. Which is better?

Shell 93. At least in Chicago area bp sucks. It also supplies the Costco gasoline stations. They had a big bugaboo a few months ago re selling contaminated gas. Shell or Mobil Exxon

2008 X3 sports 02-23-2013 08:26 AM

Always use Chevron 91 for my X3 coz its better to stay at one brand. Got my advice from my mechanic who had 30 yrs exp......

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