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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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weddy11
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 9:44:47 AM

I only buy regular at branded gas stations.
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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 !
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 10:04:59 PM

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

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

don't buy unbranded gas
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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.
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Maxer105
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 7:19:39 AM

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

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

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

No
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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.
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cv
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 12:54:29 AM

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

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

No
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 8:31:20 AM

Only regular 87.
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jcpatriots
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 11:23:28 PM

I don't need anything higher than regular, so I don't ever get anything more.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 5:40:22 PM

Only ever buy reg 87
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LEEEMT
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 9:22:18 PM

none of the above
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 8:42:31 PM

None of mentioned.
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mrpc90
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 12:07:45 AM

No need.
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ont69
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 11:33:24 PM

both
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Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 8:10:46 PM

no
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GrizzlyRaptor
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 6:40:58 PM

I don't buy at unbranded stores at all.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 5:13:15 PM

reg 87 all the time
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:00:34 PM

Regular, 87
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mawtaow
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 6:16:29 PM

No
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46chief
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 1:39:06 PM

No. I don't use anything but 87 octane.
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tkawashima
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 1:26:25 PM

regular
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 1:17:41 PM

Never
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0848Marine
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 11:59:26 AM

Regular
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 11:30:18 AM

Just use 87 octane regular. The ONLY difference between branded and unbranded stations is the additive package, the gas all comes from a couple of sources regardless of brand.
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jack4141
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 5:59:16 PM

Just regular.
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SpeedyGonzoMD
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 4:42:51 PM

I only buy regular. Use what is recommended by the manufacture.
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rmw10rpw
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1:58:30 PM

regular
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 11:06:20 AM

No...generally regular Octane 87.
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 9:16:57 AM

I don't buy at unbranded stations, unless I'm travelling and have little or no choice. I do however try to stay with 87 octane.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 9:12:07 AM

Don't buy it at any station.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 6:44:21 AM

I never buy midgrade or premium because neither of my vehicles call for it, and you shouldn't buy it either unless yours calls for it. It can literally do damage to your intakes.
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 11:48:14 PM

no
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 11:42:20 PM

Nope. No need to.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 5:04:45 PM

I never buy either of those
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2013 6:22:27 PM

I don't buy it at all
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lwood655
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 8:36:35 AM

I only buy regular at any station
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Primetime57
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 9:54:01 AM

Don't buy them at any stations.
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urpostman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 9:43:14 AM

no
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 9:36:34 AM

Don't buy premium or mid grade gas from any station.
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PassmyGas
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 9:35:13 AM

no
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 8:55:38 AM

No
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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 4:31:49 AM

Not sure that this is accurate. I can tell, when the wrong octane is in the motorcycle. Never had a problem at Sam's, or Farm Fresh.
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JoeKing
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 2:19:59 AM

no
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