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Old 11-04-2018, 07:04 AM
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As I'm on the way home in Reno from my 4th 1000+mile trip of the year in my F10 535xD, I pull into a fuel station up to the pump with green nozzles. A utility panel van pulls forward and asks me to back up to the other pump. I decline saying I need that pump. He then proceeds to cuss me out calling me inconsiderate. I reply, I need the diesel pump. He looks surprised and then apologizes saying, oh you have a diesel?

This is the most comfortable vehicle my wife and I have ever owned for long distance drives. It covers the 400+ mile drive from Reno home on less than 3/4 of a tank of fuel at an average of 34.5mpg at more than 80mph the entire way. Passed two HWP at the speed limit thanks to sharp eyes and my valentine1.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:15 AM
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Pump handle color is meaningless. There is no standard pump handle color for diesel. You could end up getting gasoline if you are not careful. Avoid full serve stations. Only do self serve and only YOU fill it up. NJ us the only state with no self serve but the law only applies to gasoline.

You CAN legally pump your own diesel in NJ but not every station owner or attendant knows that. If you have to fuel up in NJ, get out of the car and watch them like a hawk to make damn sure only the correct fuel goes in. Let them start the pump and tell them you'll take over from there. Usually they will be OK with that because it frees them up to help waiting gasser customers.

Congrats on your 535d. It is an awesome car for long road trips. I'm only at 114k miles on my 2014 535dx and only at 202k miles on my 2012 X5 35d. Both cars are long term keepers and won't be for sale anytime soon. I've had similar experiences with others at the diesel pump but nobody has tried to stop me yet.

My 535d gets weird looks from gasser owners and some truck drivers at the diesel pump but not so much in my X5 35d. I've also had a few random diesel bonding moments in conversations at the diesel pump.

My 535dx is the car I use to show people what a modern turbodiesel is like.


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Why DIESEL is better: (from wxmanCCM)
PM - https://sites.google.com/view/lmarzccm/home
Air Toxics - https://sites.google.com/view/loren-marz-ccm/home
Ozone Precursors - https://sites.google.com/view/lorenmarz-ccm/home
General - https://sites.google.com/view/emissions-general/home

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Old 11-04-2018, 12:11 PM
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Pump handle color is meaningless. There is no standard pump handle color for diesel. You could end up getting gasoline if you are not careful. Avoid full serve stations. Only do self serve and only YOU fill it up. NJ us the only state with no self serve but the law only applies to gasoline.
OR is also a no self serve state. You can still pump your own diesel if desired. All of my regular pumps are diesel only lanes/islands with gasoline disabled. I usually let them fill it; almost always no drips, no nozzle banging around, and no top off (illegal).
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:00 PM
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OR is also a no self serve state. You can still pump your own diesel if desired. All of my regular pumps are diesel only lanes/islands with gasoline disabled. I usually let them fill it; almost always no drips, no nozzle banging around, and no top off (illegal).
OR recently got rid of their no self serve law, IIRC, and you can still pump your own diesel. I also heard that a lot gasser owners in OR were having a hard time figuring out how to use the gas pumps right after the law went away.

When I listen to my 535dx outside the car, there is almost no familiar diesel sound at all, just the soft and low rumble of a diesel exhaust note. It is amazingly quiet. I've heard the idle of a few DI gassers and they are louder and have a raspy sound to them. There are plenty of gassers that are louder than my 535dx.


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Why DIESEL is better: (from wxmanCCM)
PM - https://sites.google.com/view/lmarzccm/home
Air Toxics - https://sites.google.com/view/loren-marz-ccm/home
Ozone Precursors - https://sites.google.com/view/lorenmarz-ccm/home
General - https://sites.google.com/view/emissions-general/home

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Old 11-04-2018, 06:31 PM
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OR recently got rid of their no self serve law, IIRC, and you can still pump your own diesel.
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House Bill 2482 Highlights:

Authorizes individuals to pump fuel into the tank of a motor vehicle or container themselves after 6 p.m. and before 6 a.m. in low-population counties of eastern Oregon (Sec. 1).

Authorizes an individual to use an automatic nozzle to dispense fuel without the owner, operator, or employee in the immediate vicinity of the tank or container being filled (Sec. 1).

Requires any retail space that provides goods or services other than those for maintenance or repair of motor vehicles to have an owner, operator, or employee available to dispense fuel between the hours of 6pm and 6am (Sec. 1).

Requires nonretail facilities that plan to dispense retail fuel to notify the State Fire Marshal 90 days prior to commencement of sales (Sec. 1).

Specifies that this legislation applies to Eastern Oregon, as well as Claptop, Tillamook, and Curry counties (Sec. 2).
fyi. Applies to a large area, but very few people relatively.
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:09 PM
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OR recently got rid of their no self serve law, IIRC, and you can still pump your own diesel. I also heard that a lot gasser owners in OR were having a hard time figuring out how to use the gas pumps right after the law went away.

When I listen to my 535dx outside the car, there is almost no familiar diesel sound at all, just the soft and low rumble of a diesel exhaust note. It is amazingly quiet. I've heard the idle of a few DI gassers and they are louder and have a raspy sound to them. There are plenty of gassers that are louder than my 535dx.


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As DZLBIMMER mentioned, in Oregon, the self pump allowance is only is sparsely populated areas, not places like Portland, or the rest of the I5 corridor (90% of the state's population). That said, those are the areas I tend to travel except when on my way to the Oregon Coast. Then, I remind the pump attendants that I can pump my own, just like motorcycle riders. More than one attendant has told me they have to run the credit card. As far as I'm concerned "knock yourself out".

Additionally, at least here in the Western US, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Washington and California, as I mentioned in a PM, the pump handles for Diesel #2 at the typical non-truck stop fueling stations are ALL green. What the Eastern and Midwest does is up to them....
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:08 AM
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As DZLBIMMER mentioned, in Oregon, the self pump allowance is only is sparsely populated areas, not places like Portland, or the rest of the I5 corridor (90% of the state's population). That said, those are the areas I tend to travel except when on my way to the Oregon Coast. Then, I remind the pump attendants that I can pump my own, just like motorcycle riders. More than one attendant has told me they have to run the credit card. As far as I'm concerned "knock yourself out".

Additionally, at least here in the Western US, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Washington and California, as I mentioned in a PM, the pump handles for Diesel #2 at the typical non-truck stop fueling stations are ALL green. What the Eastern and Midwest does is up to them....


Most are green, except BP. Their gas are green and diesel black.


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Old 11-05-2018, 07:16 AM
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Yeah the green BP gas nozzles almost threw me once (shudder). Fortunately the darned nozzle just would not fit!
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:40 AM
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Agree that the 535d is a wonderful road trip car. It just chews up the miles effortlessly and comfortably (at 35 mpg or thereabouts). It's too bad the diesels didn't sell a little better or BMW might have kept offering them in the US.
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