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Old 05-20-2014, 06:30 AM
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Cool Stories when filling up at a "gasoline" station

Let's hear your favorite gas station fillup stories! Have you ever had anybody try to "warn" you not to but DIESEL in your (diesel) car, thinking you are about to make a huge mistake? Ever had a gas station attendant refuse to turn the diesel pump on for you? Anybody else ask you "is that a DIESEL?" or "what do you get for mileage with that?"

Here's a recent encounter I had at the diesel pump and it involves another BMW diesel owner....

I was filling up the 535d at Haffner's ("It Kicks!") in Hudson NH last night when a driver in a BMW X5 Xdrive35d pulls up behind me, waiting for the diesel pump. I was just about to get in my car and leave when he pulled up. I pointed to his car and gave him a thumbs up and then approached his car. I told him I have one of these (an X5 Xdrive35d) too. My X5d is a 2012 and he said his is a 2011 model that he leased and is ready to turn it in soon at the end of the lease. He wants to get into a 535d Xdrive sedan like mine. I told him he will love it and it's a hoot to drive too. He also said he's been driving diesel cars since 2001 and absolutely will not go back to a gasser ever again if he can help it. AMEN!! Same here bro! His previous diesel vehicles include VW TDIs and he was well aware of TDIclub but I don't know if he posts in the TDIclub forums or not.

I then got back into my 535d and moved out of his way so he could get to the diesel pump. It was a good random diesel bonding moment with a fellow BMW diesel driver that's also been a TDI owner too.

Let's hear your favorite gas station fillup stories!
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:29 AM
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Back in the last century when I was driving back and forth across country (NAS Alameda to Washington DC) in my 1960 M-B 180Db I had numerous experiences with being waved away from the diesel pumps by attendants -- in Manhattan KS once the pump was around the back and was used for "fuel oil" -- I wondered about that, but it worked fine. Of course there were innumerable instances where folks would wander over and wonder why I will filling my car with fuel oil, each requiring a look under the hood and a quick tutorial about glow plugs and huge batteries. The car was a wonder for its time. Built like a tank -- used for taxis in many places, Hong Kong for one -- with a little peanut of a 4 potter. Top speed of about 70 mph and would lay a smoke screen worthy of a Destroyer going up a hill under full foot. Got about 35 mpg and the cheapest fuel I found was in Texas at (drum roll, fan fare) 09.9 a gallon! They were having a gas war (remember those?) and it was usually 19.9!
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:59 AM
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I get it all the time. Every one see it and asks about it.

In NJ its illegal to pump your own gas, but most places you have to pump your own diesel, so I have gotten a few of the 'you know thats a diesel pump right?" questions.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:34 AM
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I've gotten a "why would you want nasty diesel in such a nice SUV?" and a "did not know BMW made diesels."


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Old 05-20-2014, 12:03 PM
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I've gotten a "why would you want nasty diesel in such a nice SUV?" and a "did not know BMW made diesels."


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I've gotten this before at the pump.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:21 PM
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Pulled into a truck stop in Rock Springs, Wyoming and pulled up to the diesel pump. The 2 attendants came out to see what this new BMW was I was putting Kenworth fuel into. Got the nod of approval. :-)
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:50 AM
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I tell people it is a "hack".

Modern cars get twice the mileage and 30 percent more horsepower when run on a 50/50 mix of gas and diesel.

"The government" doesn't want people to know because they lose fuel tax revenue.

Then I drive away...
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:48 PM
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I've gotten a "why would you want nasty diesel in such a nice SUV?" and a "did not know BMW made diesels."


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That is probably one of the best ones I've read in the forums. It's probably the weirdest or most off-the-wall one I've read. LOL, I'm still waiting for someone to try to stop me from putting DIESEL into my (diesel) car.

I have had someone ask me if I've seen the Audi TDI commercial where everybody is trying to stop the lady from putting diesel into her Audi. "STOP!!!!! That's DEEE-SUL!!!!!" they yell as they run toward her in slow motion. Her: (calmly) "I know!" The guy who asked me about the commercial then acted it out and we both got a chuckle out of it.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:00 PM
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I got a few of these when I first got the car back in 2009/2010, but not lately.

This week I was filling up at a different and new station out of my area and it was one of those pumps where one side has the truck size larger nozzle and the smaller automobile sized on the other side. Had to pull around to get to the right one when a guy in a slightly older MB diesel pulled up to the "wrong truck side" and gave me a strange look as he saw me filling my BMW with Diesel.

Of course he asked, "is that a diesel?" and then started to exclaim how great his MPG was in his MB Diesel. I acknowledged and told him about the bi-turbos, etc...., then warned him he was on the wrong side of the pump.

Diesel was $3.83/gal which was cheaper than mid-grade, a rarity the past few years.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:33 PM
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I tell people it is a "hack".

Modern cars get twice the mileage and 30 percent more horsepower when run on a 50/50 mix of gas and diesel.

"The government" doesn't want people to know because they lose fuel tax revenue.

Then I drive away...
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:55 PM
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I like telling people 'The dealership told me it runs better when I put diesel in it every now and again'
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:01 AM
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I like telling people 'The dealership told me it runs better when I put diesel in it every now and again'
That is evil...I LOVE IT!
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Old 05-23-2014, 03:57 PM
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One thing I've found tends to get people all flummoxed over you putting diesel into your car is when they try to warn you ("Hey! That's DIESEL!") and you agree with them by replying with a "Yeah! It's GREAT stuff!" It throws them for a loop for a moment because your response keeps their attention focused on the fuel and away from your car. Maybe I should add "...and it Ultra-Low Sulphur too!"

I haven't used this reply yet but have it ready if needed.

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Old 05-28-2014, 11:11 AM
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Just had this yesterday again. Filling up when the guy on the other side of the pump peeks around, see the green handle sticking out of the car and does a double take. He looked like he was going to warn me but must have seen the smirk on my face and changed it to a 'i didn't know they made those in diesel' I just smiled and said 'yup'
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:32 AM
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I get diesel at a BP close to the house that also services commercial clients. All the car dealers also use the commercial pumps. One day a mazda guy was filling up a car for delivery. I gave him grief about the mazda 6 diesel being delayed and also told him I need a small SUV in diesel form and that if the VW isn't going to bring the Tiguan the CX-5 would be a great candidate for the diesel engine for their diesel engine.

I've also run into Mercedes dealers at that pump who give me looks.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:56 AM
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I used to get it a fair bit, but my wife gets it more often, just like in the Audi A8 TDI ad. We've driven diesels for 14 years now (Jetta TDI, Liberty CRD, 335d and now a GLK250BT) and as diesels are becoming more popular, we get less "Hey, that's diesel!" at the pumps.

I think the best ones are when my wife is on the highway and fills at a truck stop that has the diesel pump over on the commercial side...that's where the truckers would try to warn her...until she starts talking to them about the thermodynamic efficiency of diesels over gasoline, then they realize she knows what she's doing...

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Old 06-12-2014, 02:51 AM
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I get it all the time. Every one see it and asks about it.

In NJ its illegal to pump your own gas, but most places you have to pump your own diesel, so I have gotten a few of the 'you know thats a diesel pump right?" questions.
When I get those questions I reply "I heard you get better fuel economy with Diesel and so thought I would try it out!"
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:55 AM
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Had a guy in a Duramax ask me about my car at the pump the other day. "Diesel huh? I didn't know BMW made those.." I went on to tell him about the performance, mileage etc and he said he's definitely going to look into BMW diesels. We gave each other compliments on our rides and parted ways. Not the best story but always fun to run into an enthusiast.


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Old 07-20-2014, 05:22 AM
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So if I bought an X5d would I have to change my user ID from luigi524TD to luigiX5d ??
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I get it all the time. Every one see it and asks about it.

In NJ its illegal to pump your own gas, but most places you have to pump your own diesel, so I have gotten a few of the 'you know thats a diesel pump right?" questions.
illegal ??????

I prefer pumping myself for various reasons..

Sometimes when I go to Shell some of the pumps don't want to accept the Shell Savers Card (linked to my debit card) but gets charged as cash :thumb up:

When I go to BP, use my rewards card first then insert my debit card (also get charged as cash)
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illegal ??????

I prefer pumping myself for various reasons..

Sometimes when I go to Shell some of the pumps don't want to accept the Shell Savers Card (linked to my debit card) but gets charged as cash :thumb up:

When I go to BP, use my rewards card first then insert my debit card (also get charged as cash)
In NJ and OR, it is illegal to pump your own gasoline. The no self-serve laws in these two states only applies to gasoline and does not apply to diesel. You CAN legally pump your own DIESEL in NJ and OR but not every station owner and attendant may know that. Best thing I've heard to do is get out of the car and stand there and watch 'em like a hawk while they start the pump and make d@mn sure that DIESEL goes into the tank and not gasoline by mistake. Tell the attendant you'll take over from there and top it off. Usually they will be OK with that because it frees them up to serve waiting gasser customers.

I try not to fill up in NJ to avoid the hassle when I'm traveling from NH to somewhere.
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illegal ??????
Yes, it IS illegal to pump your own fuel in NJ. However as the pumps are the same as the ones used for self serve, most attendants will not stop you from pumping yourself, but some will.
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In NJ and OR, it is illegal to pump your own gasoline. The no self-serve laws in these two states only applies to gasoline and does not apply to diesel. You CAN legally pump your own DIESEL in NJ and OR but not every station owner and attendant may know that. Best thing I've heard to do is get out of the car and stand there and watch 'em like a hawk while they start the pump and make d@mn sure that DIESEL goes into the tank and not gasoline by mistake. Tell the attendant you'll take over from there and top it off. Usually they will be OK with that because it frees them up to serve waiting gasser customers.

I try not to fill up in NJ to avoid the hassle when I'm traveling from NH to somewhere.
I'm from NYC so when I pump in NJ (gas) I always pump myself, I never let them pump.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:50 PM
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illegal ??????

I prefer pumping myself for various reasons..
Yes, illegal. In Oregon as well as in New Jersey. Diesel is exempted in both states as well. But Gasoline, MUST be pumped by the station employees. Go right ahead and laugh. The state governments, the courts, and the cops do not care a whit whether you prefer to pump it yourself or why you might prefer to do it yourself.
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Yes, it IS illegal to pump your own fuel in NJ. However as the pumps are the same as the ones used for self serve, most attendants will not stop you from pumping yourself, but some will.
You CAN legally pump your own DIESEL in NJ. The no self-serve law only applies to GASOLINE. Same with OR. I'm glad I stopped using gasoline years ago.

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