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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 11-12-2011, 07:44 PM
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Question Best gas brand for the x3

I know there is very little difference between the brands BMW refers to as having "top-tier detergent gasoline," but what brand is best of the bunch?
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:09 PM
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I've had good results with Shell V Power in my Z3 M. It is the only one I've found that cures the fluctuating fuel gauge common in that model. This indicates good detergent properties. My gas cars run well on it and I've never had a fuel related problem.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:29 AM
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I believe BMW suggests BP
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:22 AM
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Not all brands are available depending on where you live. Most "top tier" gas will be fine in the car. I use Chevron almost exclusively, and occassionly Shell. For the 35i, always use 91 octane (NA rating) or better.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:32 PM
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If you go with BP, try to avoid the stuff they're still scraping out of the Gulf.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:49 PM
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BP is everywhere around here but I go with Exxon Mobil, a top tier gas and can be found almost anywhere--93 Octane.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:06 AM
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I use a Shell station that has ethanol free gas.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:40 PM
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Here in the People's Republic, there is no such thing as ethanol-free gasoline. I use either Shell or Exxon/Mobil, both of which are Top Tier Detergent Gasolines. The list of Top Tier brands in the US is:

76 Stations
Aloha Petroleum
Chevron
Conoco
CountryMark
Entec Stations
Exxon
Holiday Stationstores, Inc.
Kwik Trip / Kwik Star
MFA Oil Co.
Mileage Stations
Mobil
Phillips 66
Quik Trip
Rebel Oil
Road Ranger
Severson Oil
Shell
Texaco
The Somerset Refinery, Inc.
Tri-Par Oil Co.
U.S. Oil

Note that while BMW may recommend BP fuels, BP is not on the list of Top Tier Deteregent Gasoline brands.

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Old 11-14-2011, 01:53 PM
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I use Costco premium.

Failing that, I would use Shell, Exxon, Mobil (I.e. Exxon ) Chevron, or BP.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:11 PM
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The Top Tier thing is kind of a gimmick. Companies actually have to pay the group to be on the Top Tier list, they do get tested and certified but it doesn't really mean the gas is any better than say BP who chooses not to pay the fee's to get on the list. I just stick to well know gas companies and look for ethanol free premium when I can get it. About half the major stations in my area don't put ethanol in there premium grades.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:21 PM
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Here in the People's Republic, there is no such thing as ethanol-free gasoline. I use either Shell or Exxon/Mobil, noth of which are Top Tier Detergent Gasolines. The list of Top Tier brands in the US is:

76 Stations
Aloha Petroleum
Chevron
Conoco
CountryMark
Entec Stations
Exxon
Holiday Stationstores, Inc.
Kwik Trip / Kwik Star
MFA Oil Co.
Mileage Stations
Mobil
Phillips 66
Quik Trip
Rebel Oil
Road Ranger
Severson Oil
Shell
Texaco
The Somerset Refinery, Inc.
Tri-Par Oil Co.
U.S. Oil

Note that while BMW may recommend BP fuels, BP is not on the list of Top Tier Deteregent Gasoline brands.
Shell is Top Tier per your own list....
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:49 PM
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Typo - should have said "both of which are Top Tier".

The Canadian list is:
Chevron Canada
Esso
PetroCanada
Shell Canada
Sunoco Canada
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:53 PM
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Gas is gas.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:46 PM
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Gas is gas.
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I've been using the least expensive gas I can find for almost 50 years of driving. Never had a fuel related issue. Just stick with the octane rating required and don't worry so much about the brand name. Every car I have owned has gone well over 200K miles without any significant engine issues.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:23 PM
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Gas is definitely not all the same - a useless fuel gauge and a few mass airflow/oxygen sensors sensors later you'll learn
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:32 PM
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Gas is definitely not all the same - a useless fuel gauge and a few mass airflow/oxygen sensors sensors later you'll learn
+1 to that.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:16 AM
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Gas is definitely not all the same - a useless fuel gauge and a few mass airflow/oxygen sensors sensors later you'll learn
MAF sensor and oxygen sensors don't touch the fuel. Fuel gauge sender problems can be caused by a bad batch of fuel, but the possibilty of that happening is not brand related in any way.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:06 PM
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I can't help but think of Monster Cables when I read this thread...
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