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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:24 AM
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Any thoughts on the best fuel?

Hey guys, got a 2009 128i .. was just curious on what you guys think about the best gas for the vehicle. As of now I'm torn between Shell Trunorth premium , or Sunoco high performance ultra. Any thoughts? Also it's my first bimmer so wasn't sure what the best place for oil changes is? The original dealership is just so over priced when it comes to labor cost per hour. Thanks again!

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:50 PM
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Hey guys, got a 2009 128i .. was just curious on what you guys think about the best gas for the vehicle. As of now I'm torn between Shell Trunorth premium , or Sunoco high performance ultra. Any thoughts? Also it's my first bimmer so wasn't sure what the best place for oil changes is? The original dealership is just so over priced when it comes to labor cost per hour. Thanks again!

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I've always used my dealer for oil changes, especially as they periodically send out $80 coupons. And for gas, I ran my '08 128i on the least expensive 93 octane I could find. No problems whatsoever, and an overall average of 27.7 mpg over 40,000 miles. I figure that during that period I saved about $500 over the cost of major branded 93 octane - especially since it all comes from the same distributor.

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:07 PM
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Thanks man so what was the average cost on a oil change going through dealership? What would be the difference between that and like valvoline , i believe that carry the right synthetic fur bmws? And id have to disagree on the gas thing bro. Premium gas overall just keeps the whole car insides cleaner. Thanks

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Old 04-11-2013, 03:06 PM
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Try this site

http://www.toptiergas.com/
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:31 PM
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Nordic Kat, a regular source of good info in the e90 forum, posted this analysis of fuel from the lab ather work. Much more tech-centric than I prefer, but useful still.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=411398

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:04 PM
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Hey thanks a lot guys still no.exact preferences?

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:05 PM
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What this guy said. I only fuel up at Top Tier stations. They're not always the most expensive; sometimes they can be the cheapest or close to the cheapest if you hunt around. Out of Top Tier, I personally prefer Shell the most (mostly for arbitrary reasons), but over in DFW QuikTrip (QT) gas seems to be bottom dollar consistently - it's on the Top Tier list as well.

I'd check out www (dot) {your city name}gasprices (dot) com. They've got the whole skinny on what gas costs in your area.

As for oil changes, I'd find the best reputable, indy shop that specializes in euro cars. Depending on your area and the shop, you might still get "VIP" service (loaners and/or shuttle pickup) too!
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:56 AM
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Thanks so much texan helped tons. Shell v premium is going to be my choice i believe :-)

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:37 AM
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What this guy said. I only fuel up at Top Tier stations. They're not always the most expensive; sometimes they can be the cheapest or close to the cheapest if you hunt around. Out of Top Tier, I personally prefer Shell the most (mostly for arbitrary reasons), but over in DFW QuikTrip (QT) gas seems to be bottom dollar consistently - it's on the Top Tier list as well.

I'd check out www (dot) {your city name}gasprices (dot) com. They've got the whole skinny on what gas costs in your area.

As for oil changes, I'd find the best reputable, indy shop that specializes in euro cars. Depending on your area and the shop, you might still get "VIP" service (loaners and/or shuttle pickup) too!
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I strictly use Shell Premium or Mobil if I'm not around a Shell. You'll notice the difference when your car starts getting higher mileage on the engine. BMW and luxury cars in general should only be filled with premium gas, sources are multiple mechs I trust. And if a dealer tell you any different that's because they want your car to break down and they will have to fix it, more money in their pocket, but that's how dealers work.

As far as the oil change, why not change it yourself? If you're using premium oils and filters which are more expensive they equate to the same cost as going into a shop to get the oil change but with conventional oil vs you doing it with Mobil 1.

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:40 AM
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In addition, changing the oil really isn't difficult, takes 20 minutes for someone who has performed the task enough times. There are plenty of tutorials online, look them up, see if you're comfortable with doing it, if so give it a go. If not take it into a local machanic, of course look them up, check out some reviews or ask some friends and family who they recommend.

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Old 04-20-2013, 11:36 AM
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I've been following this thread with some curiosity as I'm waiting on delivery of a 128i (next month) myself. But I came across thread after thread in the F30 forums discussing this subject, which all suggest that none of the manufacturers really have an edge, as long as you're getting Top Tier gas or something equivalent (e.g. whichever manufacturer did the detergent blend for Costco's revamp).
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:29 AM
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I've been following this thread with some curiosity as I'm waiting on delivery of a 128i (next month) myself. But I came across thread after thread in the F30 forums discussing this subject, which all suggest that none of the manufacturers really have an edge, as long as you're getting Top Tier gas or something equivalent (e.g. whichever manufacturer did the detergent blend for Costco's revamp).
Right, top tier gas is always the way to go. For me I just like the brand. I'm sure if I went to a different top tier company I'd might not be able to tell the difference, but most times Shell is the station that's nearby in most of my travels.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:27 AM
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I've always used my dealer for oil changes, especially as they periodically send out $80 coupons. And for gas, I ran my '08 128i on the least expensive 93 octane I could find. No problems whatsoever, and an overall average of 27.7 mpg over 40,000 miles. I figure that during that period I saved about $500 over the cost of major branded 93 octane - especially since it all comes from the same distributor.

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How did you manage to get 27.7 mpg? Freeway driving only?
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:16 AM
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How did you manage to get 27.7 mpg? Freeway driving only?
Doesn't seem too out of the ballpark in my opinion for a 128i... I average 24mpg over 20K miles with my 135i DCT coupe... and I have been known to hang the tail out frequently
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:05 PM
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How did you manage to get 27.7 mpg? Freeway driving only?
It's a superb touring machine so it had lots of trips & back road exploring. Probably 80% non-traffic.

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Old 07-26-2013, 11:18 PM
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I use Sunoco high performance ultra for my vehicle. It is better than the street gas and provide better explosion protection . It also tolerates more compression in engines with modern, efficient combustion chambers. I think Sunoco is a name of trust and a lot of skilled professional of BMW repair use this.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:28 PM
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Most of it is all the same, it all comes from the same place it just depends where you buy it, if they are a high volume retailer they more than likely has the cleaner gas as to apposed to the smaller scale operations were they may only do a single fuel truck a month. I used to work at a station that went thru about 30k + gallons a day and the fuel truck came twice a day.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:12 PM
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I used nothing but premium for the first year in my 128i. Since then, I have used 89 octaine fuel unless I'm running an autocross or something. I record each tank of gas. I see no difference. I averaged about 27.2 the first year - it varied from a little under 27.2 to a high of 27.3. My overall average is currently 27.2. I usually use shell gas. The secret to getting better mileage in the 128i is to accelerate gradually. Same as any car. I let it run sometimes but usually I don't.

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I run Shell 93 octane.

Regardless of what fuel brand you prefer, ALWAYS use gas stations that have separate nozzles for reg, mid, and premium. Those that have 1 nozzle for all 3 always put some runoff lower grade fuel from previous fill-ups into your Bimmer.
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Mobil 1 0W40 for European Cars is recommended by BMW. You can now buy it in 5 qt jugs at Wal*Mart. A Mann oil filter along with the filter wrench can be gotten off Amazon.

The car is very easy to service for both oil changes and replacing brake pads:





Finally, you have to reset the service indicator:



BTW, the procedure is the same for all BMWs
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