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Old 02-08-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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I was putting gas in my 911 at a Shell the other day and not paying attention I just pushed the Premium button and started pumping. When I looked around as I was standing there I realized the Premium price was 50% more than Regular!! I quickly stopped the pump and left. $1.59.9 vs 2.39.9, talk about highway robbery!

A bit later I called them up and told the assistant mgr that I own four cars that run Premium and that I'd not be stopping there in the future. He admitted that he had reservations when the order came down to price it that way, what could he say.
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I was putting gas in my 911 at a Shell the other day and not paying attention I just pushed the Premium button and started pumping. When I looked around as I was standing there I realized the Premium price was 50% more than Regular!! I quickly stopped the pump and left. $1.59.9 vs 2.39.9, talk about highway robbery!

A bit later I called them up and told the assistant mgr that I own four cars that run Premium and that I'd not be stopping there in the future. He admitted that he had reservations when the order came down to price it that way, what could he say.
You're absolutely right. Especially in certain parts of town, they're brutal with the price difference.
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Yes I've noticed it too. GE and Speedway are slightly more reasonable if I remember right, luckily I only have to run premium in one car. F80bimmerpost members were complaining as well.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:41 PM   #4
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:06 PM   #5
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UDF used to have a 15 cent price delta between grades. And by used to, I mean just a small handful of months ago. Not anymore, so guess who doesn't get gas at UDF anymore?

Gasbuddy.com is your friend. It's getting to the point where it makes economic sense to plan your fuel stops ahead of time.
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Costco y'all. It's Tier 1.
I also put Kroger 93 in the 330i when the points add up.
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+1 on Costco, they're not the old fashion $.20 difference like I'm used to but it's still not the almost $1 premium I've seen other places.

A Premium premium. That's what this is.
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The large spread between regular and premium has been going on for a few years now. Shell & BP stations usually have a 75c spread. The other stations vary; the lowest spread, that I know of, is 40c which are at Costco, Sam's Club, Kroger, Turkey Hill, and Speedway. These price spreads can change anytime too. I have abandoned buying fuel from Shell & BP stations for several years now.
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Fortunately, almost all the gas stations here only have 10-12 cents between all grades. Unfortunately, all gas prices start a dollar higher than your lowest grade. We are around $2.65 right now to start. Diesel is $2.19 though.
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GE by us "only" charges $0.45 more for premium.
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I am not sure I have ever seen our Speedway have more than a 20 cent difference between regular and premium (10 cents/'upgrade'). I have always stayed away from Shell - always thought they gouged and usually had a 30-60 cent spread between regular and premium.

Usually get gas at Kroger (fuel points) or Costco. Costco is near where I work and it is busy.
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The world of oil business has been turned up side down. The oil extraction technology, which I'm sure everyone knows about, has made the US almost self reliant on oil but has also added so much to the supply side that it's caused the prices to plummet. For a while I think the Saudis cut back production to keep the prices up but in the end their economy couldn't afford that either. Great for us consumers but it seems to be having dire affect on the world economy since it's like shrinking the sales of a company by more than half. Oil is big business so reducing sales numbers by more than half means a hell of a lot of dollars.

On Shell gas, my father in-law pointed out during a trip to Florida that he thought his car showed higher "miles to empty" number after filling with Shell gas compared to other brands. During the trip we had number of opportunities to put this to the test. Sure enough my unscientific experiment showed that father in-law had a valid point.
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Screw it, let's all just run 110 race gas. I got a guy for about $7.50 a gallon since we're already paying a premium...
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On Shell gas, my father in-law pointed out during a trip to Florida that he thought his car showed higher "miles to empty" number after filling with Shell gas compared to other brands. During the trip we had number of opportunities to put this to the test. Sure enough my unscientific experiment showed that father in-law had a valid point.
There are so many variables that I think there is no way outside of a serious experiment for it to be 'validated'. I have used many, many, many gasses - not one got me better magical miles. More miles was because of ambient air temps, right foot, brake usage, shifting spots (in a manual), wind speed/direction, route taken for the major variables alone.
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The Shell thing probably comes down to BTUs. Alcohol doesn't have same energy compared to gasoline and perhaps some companies put more alcohol in their gas than others. I'm thinking when they say "10%" alcohol content it probably really means + or - a certain amount and some gas companies probably take liberties.
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BP had a 60 cent spread from regular to premium when I filled up this afternoon.
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The Shell thing probably comes down to BTUs. Alcohol doesn't have same energy compared to gasoline and perhaps some companies put more alcohol in their gas than others. I'm thinking when they say "10%" alcohol content it probably really means + or - a certain amount and some gas companies probably take liberties.
Everyone around here runs Ethanol 10% the only other way to make gas legally is to use MTBE which is far less common for many reasons and maybe even downright banned now.
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