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Old 06-25-2015, 09:30 AM
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Just a thought....

I originally deleted this post but flying ace wanted to know what I posted. So I reposted my original thought below.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:41 AM
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:18 PM
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I was just wondering whether or not BMW made a different color gas cap, or is one even made, to differentiate gas from diesel. I was thinking a yellow one will work. It may help some who "forget" they own a diesel and try to fill up with gas. I was thinking of painting the top bar of the gas cap yellow. This may cause the filler to pay attention. But in my case, I'm the only one who fills up our cars! Lol
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:13 PM
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Same here. My partner fills up "his" car but would rather walk than fill up one of "mine". To illustrate, I was at south Lake Tahoe last weekend for a run and left him in Reno with the X5 somewhat low on fuel. He walked to the Food Truck Friday event. Fine with me.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:08 AM
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I was just wondering whether or not BMW made a different color gas cap, or is one even made, to differentiate gas from diesel. I was thinking a yellow one will work. It may help some who "forget" they own a diesel and try to fill up with gas. I was thinking of painting the top bar of the gas cap yellow. This may cause the filler to pay attention. But in my case, I'm the only one who fills up our cars! Lol
There is a big yellow sticker in the fuel compartment of my car that says DIESEL. Our cars do have a mechanical misfuel interlock in that as long as the stations are using the correct size nozzles, a regular gas nozzle is too small to unlock the little internal door. The problem I have found with this is as the diesel nozzle gets beat up (probably from being dropped or plain worn), it's no longer the proper size and you have to rotate the nozzle to get the little internal door to open.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:56 AM
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What makes you think that a shot of color will make any more difference to folks who refuse to read the words "diesel" and "diesel only" on the cap?
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:00 AM
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Same here. My partner fills up "his" car but would rather walk than fill up one of "mine". To illustrate, I was at south Lake Tahoe last weekend for a run and left him in Reno with the X5 somewhat low on fuel. He walked to the Food Truck Friday event. Fine with me.
So you went ahead and filled it up? You are an enabler!!! JK. My wife leaves the filling to me and just takes the other car! So when I get in, I HAVE to fill it, but at least she tells me the fuel is low. Not a big deal after a while.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:01 AM
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There is a big yellow sticker in the fuel compartment of my car that says DIESEL. Our cars do have a mechanical misfuel interlock in that as long as the stations are using the correct size nozzles, a regular gas nozzle is too small to unlock the little internal door. The problem I have found with this is as the diesel nozzle gets beat up (probably from being dropped or plain worn), it's no longer the proper size and you have to rotate the nozzle to get the little internal door to open.
Mine just has diesel stenciled on the cap. No other advisory sticker anywhere else.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:15 AM
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My car has both the engraved cap and the yellow DIESEL sticker. But this is all academic for me, there is no self service in NJ
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:43 AM
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What makes you think that a shot of color will make any more difference to folks who refuse to read the words "diesel" and "diesel only" on the cap?
Or maybe why put anything that says diesel in that area? There are times when others fill up who aren't used to diesels. Sometimes people have brain farts and need to be reminded. Not a bad thing , but if it saves someone the cost of cleaning the fuel system, it's all good.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:25 AM
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i learned the best way is to just beat it in someone's head. So if it was a mandatory full service station, you just get out of the car and say the word "diesel" 16x's, and that'll get the attendent's attention. Same goes with the wife.

I'm heading up to Oregon next weekend, while I am aware the full service law doesn't pertain to diesel pumps, if attendent insists, I would have already said the word "diesel" 16 x's already.
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:17 PM
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So you went ahead and filled it up? You are an enabler!!! JK. My wife leaves the filling to me and just takes the other car! So when I get in, I HAVE to fill it, but at least she tells me the fuel is low. Not a big deal after a while.

I took the other car (the 650) to South Tahoe, and ironically it was low on fuel too. I filled up the X5 on Monday just as we were leaving Reno to drive back to Bay Area home. He walked to Food Truck Friday. 21 years of tough love here, no enabling.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:02 PM
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I took the other car (the 650) to South Tahoe, and ironically it was low on fuel too. I filled up the X5 on Monday just as we were leaving Reno to drive back to Bay Area home. He walked to Food Truck Friday. 21 years of tough love here, no enabling.
I got it! I thought u filled it up. Either way, it's all good.
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