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djmutt
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Message Posted: May 30, 2013 7:36:37 PM

You shouldn't buy anything above 87 octane at unbranded gas stations. You are just overpaying for regular gas. Unbranded gas station owners can put anything they want into their tanks, because they can be dealing with multiple distributors. They can tell each distributor that their premium tank is a different tank and dump regular into each one. In fact, you really shouldn't buy regular at these stations because you won't get as good of gas mileage.
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k7lvo
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 6:52:48 PM

No, octane is octane...
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 2:01:55 PM

No
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 1:51:11 PM

Regular Octane 87.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 2:44:21 AM

I buy only 87 AKI Top Tier Gas.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 1/20/2015 2:44:44 AM EST]
stonejd
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 7:01:58 PM

no
Gabilondo
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 6:20:06 PM

no
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 1:16:29 PM

No...
Seekingone
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 6:05:42 AM

no
Thumper52
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 5:45:07 AM

No
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 10:55:42 AM

Regular.
stonejd
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 9:04:43 AM

no
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 8:47:35 AM

I never ever buy anything but 87 octane regular.
mandydonnaprinc
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 7:39:14 AM

no
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 7:31:40 AM

no
mawtaow
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 7:10:45 AM

no
estroh
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 3:21:55 AM

nope
rcsteve23
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2014 1:06:10 PM

Thanks for the info.
Psusennes
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 10:01:49 AM

Always 87 unless I'm buying for my asst small engines, then only 93 is available in no-ethanol fuel.
weddy11
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 9:53:26 AM

No
ricebike
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 8:36:02 AM

my vehicles doesn't call for those grades, thank goodness
mawtaow
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:39:00 AM

no
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 6:24:41 AM

no
tiny1oh
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 6:05:50 AM

neither
mpsrent
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 4:01:08 PM

87 only
kdanish
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:41:28 AM

Always 87
mandydonnaprinc
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:37:48 AM

Never
calypso93
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:43:51 AM

No.
DerTaubman
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:27:54 AM

Dont use unbranded.
hjl17
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:11:37 AM

No
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 8:48:10 AM

No
Mitchsoc
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 7:20:49 AM

I don't use unbranded stations.
tiny1oh
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 7:14:59 AM

no
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 7:18:37 AM

no
Seekingone
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 7:13:41 AM

no
dfp609
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 6:53:20 AM

Interesting.....I did not know that.
stonejd
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 6:05:14 AM

just 87
tiny1oh
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 5:57:01 AM

neither
weddy11
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 9:44:47 AM

I only buy regular at branded gas stations.
Jetta_Pilot
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 9:41:28 AM

If you use fuel of a higher grade than the manufcturers recommendations you are wasting money !
Has been proven by exhaustive and scientific tests, not seat of the pants tests !
drivebye
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 10:04:59 PM

i never buy midgrade or premium.
WEDDY
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 11:28:11 AM

no, just branded gas stations
tiny1oh
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 6:36:01 AM

don't buy unbranded gas
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 7:58:15 AM

No. I stick with the manufacturer's recommendation. Plus, considering the cost per mile, any savings due to higher mileage with the higher grade, would be lost in the cost per mile.
Maxer105
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 7:19:39 AM

no, I use 87.
mawtaow
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 6:26:44 AM

No
46chief
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:52:18 PM

I use only 87 octane.
GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:34:02 PM

No
FarmTech
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 1:58:49 PM

djmutt,

I do not know what they do in Rhode Island and it has been over 20 years since I, or anyone I know, was last there. Here are SIMPLE steps any person can do to protect themselves from dishonest and fraudulent retailers.

Friends, family and myself have discussed issues similar or related to this. In everyone's travels, no one fails to look for the Certification Stickers affixed to the pump. There is at least one, sometimes multiple, Certification Stickers affixed to any one pump. Any time we are traveling in an unknown area, we ALWAYS CHECK for these stickers BEFORE buying any fuel. They are from the State Agency that monitors fuel quality and pump accuracy. We make sure that they are current and do not look as if they have been altered in any way, especially if it appears they were peeled off another pump and affixed to that pump. If there is any doubt or they are missing, we do NOT buy any fuel and leave.

Most states require they all pumps be checked and verified at least once a year. Quite a few states require pumps be checked and verified more than once a year.

Those stickers tell you how to report problems and where to report them. They have addresses and toll-free numbers to call anonymously. You can also find this same information online at that State's Web sites.

We use credit cards and ALWAYS get a receipt -- you can do the same for cash. The station, pump and grade of gasoline purchased is clearly identified and printed on the receipt. We double check the amount of gas bought and the price before leaving the pump. We also verify all the other info. IF THERE IS ANY PROBLEM with that fuel purchase, WE WILL REPORT IT to the proper authorities.

With that now being said, we only use Known Brands, preferably Top Tier. Everyone relies on friends and family in unfamiliar areas to guide them to reputable stations. We use GasBuddy to find the best deals in areas we travel. We typically find deals in various places, all usually within 3 miles or less, of the interstate. Areas where motels, restaurants and shopping malls are clustered are safe bets -- those stations also usually serve the local population. Stations that have great prices and quality fuel we note and put in the GPS for future reference.
cv
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 12:54:29 AM

No, I do not.
nourdives
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 11:07:24 PM

no
WEDDY
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 8:53:47 AM

No
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