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Monday, May 14, 2007

Keeping Bad Gas Out Of Your System

According to an article in Tennessean.com, about 8% of the gas retailers in the state of Tennessee sell tainted gas. “Inspectors uncovered 3.9 million gallons of the inferior fuel between July 2005 and June 2006, the most recent year on record.” If you buy bad gas, your engine will suffer as will your fuel economy. Six of the world's top automakers, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Audi have agreed that the EPA standards for fuel are not good enough and have established their own guidelines for gas. This new standard is called “Top Tier.” Gasoline retailers must meet a certain standard in order to be listed as a Top Tier fuel provider. Here are the retailers you can depend on for high quality gasoline that won’t foul your engine:
QuikTrip, Chevron, Conoco, Phillips, 76, Shell, Entec Stations, MFA Oil Company, Kwik Trip/Kwik Star, The Somerset Refinery, Inc., Chevron-Canada, Aloha Petroleum, Tri-Par Oil Company, Shell-Canada, Texaco, Petro-Canada, Sunoco-Canada. You can visit the Top Tier website here: Top Tier

Hat tip to Jim Gregory over on the Country Coach Yahoo Group for the heads-up on this fuel issue.



  • Wonder who Costco gets their gas from? I get most of mine there and have never had any problems with it that I'm aware of.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2007 7:21:00 AM PDT  

  • Never had any problem with Walmart or Sams either. What about Diesel? Who is good?

    By Blogger William, at May 19, 2007 9:04:00 AM PDT  

  • On the surface this sounds commendable, however, what is to prevent the local dealer of 'stretching' his fuel with water or some other liquid ?!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2007 9:15:00 AM PDT  

  • We get our gas at Maverick and Flying J(does anyone know who these companies get their gas from?) whenever they are available and have had good luck, the only time our motorhome cavitated was when we got Chevron in Yuma AZ last winter, DeNene

    By Anonymous DeNene Jensen, at May 19, 2007 11:36:00 AM PDT  

  • It would have been nice if they listed the stations the suppliers furnish gas to. We also buy at Costco and have never had trouble. When traveling we try to stick to truck stops or name brand.

    By Anonymous Charlotte, at May 19, 2007 5:34:00 PM PDT  

  • Our Costco uses Shell gas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2007 10:37:00 PM PDT  

  • We tested last year for mileag on our cars and found Sunoco the worst

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 20, 2007 8:31:00 AM PDT  

  • Whoever dreamed this up has obviously never heard of product exchanges.

    It is very common for the majors to trade fuel in different locations, ie, if Shell has a large distribution point in East Gary (Pipeline terminal or refinery) they will exchange fuel with Phillips in return for fuel from a Phillips supply elsewhere in the country. When you get to Flying J and Maverick they will use several suppliers doing the same thing.

    By Blogger Jeff & Sue Cousins, at May 21, 2007 12:00:00 PM PDT  

  • The gas info is nice, but I need diesel info, too. Seems like every time I buy diesel in Indiana (no matter what station) my mileage drops about 1.5-2.0 MPG. Could it be a difference in cetane rating?

    By Blogger ToBNamedL8r, at May 21, 2007 12:15:00 PM PDT  

  • I have been told that Flying J has Conoco gasoline and we have never had a problem using Flying J for gasoline or diesel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 21, 2007 5:11:00 PM PDT  

  • In Canada, Flying J generally uses Shell fuel. In most places as well, if you go to any Shell fuel station you can swipe your flying J card and air miles card just like at Flying J travel center. Flying J seems to be afilliated with Shell in Canad in some way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 27, 2007 8:46:00 PM PDT  

  • I got this from an article on the internet. "Flying J is one of the country's largest independent, vertically integrated petroleum fuel corporations, with its own oil and gas exploration company, petroleum refinery, and truck, barge, and pipeline distribution system. Day-to-day operations are led by President Phil Adams. Founder Jay Call remains as company chairman, and the Call family continues to own more than 75 percent of the company.
    Jay Call, a native of Idaho, came to Willard, Utah in the mid-1960s to run a gas station he had bought from his family. Call's father had owned a gas station in Idaho; his relatives also owned the successful Maverik chain of convenience stores and service stations, founded in 1930.
    this is not in the article, but Maverick headquarters are in Star Valley,Wy and it too is its own oil and gas exploration company,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 17, 2007 7:56:00 PM PDT  

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