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      02-27-2013, 02:30 PM   #45
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Costco is actually a major wholesaler and refiner of gas here in Northern California. Shell, Chevron and a lot of smaller gas companies purchase gas from the Costco refinery and add their own additives to it. You see their tankers pull up to fill up at their refinery.

So whether you want to use Costco or not, you are probably pumping Costco gas into your car.

I use Chevron or 76 but I have no problem with Costco gas. I just don't have Costco membership and the lines are super long for Costco gas. I try to avoid Shell if I can.
Not true, Costco does not refine their own fuels as they have no refinery assets, they contract with all major producers. You could get any one of the top brands at any given time. I have always preferred to stay with one brand and actually the same marketer of that brand. One of the big factors among most fuels is the ethanol content.

http://t.costco.com/gasoline-q-and-a.html
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      02-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #46
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How come BP is not on that list and its the only one recommended by the manual. I use it most of the time, BP invigorate 93% octane
My m3 started choking on 93 from BP. I guess it's station dependent.
I only use 93 shell ethanol free, except for the few times I'm almost out of gas in Chicago.
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      02-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #47
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i have always been using costco. cheap, convinient, and 3% cash back. i personally don't think mileage or performance will vary dramatically between different brand of the same type of gas
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i have always been using costco. cheap, convinient, and 3% cash back. i personally don't think mileage or performance will vary dramatically between different brand of the same type of gas
+1. No issues. Just filled from Costco today at $3.99/Gallon for 93 Octane. Compare that to $4.17 at other local stations
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hahahahahahaha !
You might want to ask yourself what they do with the extra 87 octane from the tanker truck once the underground tank is filled up and there is fuel leftover in the truck.........In goes the 87 with the 91 ......
Why would their be left over gas? They have a reading machine that automatically tells them how many Gallons/liters their is in the underground tank and they order accordingly to that... They don't just randomly call and say "we need gas" they check the Veeder-Root (machine that tells them how many liters or gallons they have in the underground tank) and call their supplier and tell them how many gallons they need.... I would know I own a gas station
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Why would their be left over gas? They have a reading machine that automatically tells them how many Gallons/liters their is in the underground tank and they order accordingly to that... They don't just randomly call and say "we need gas" they check the Veeder-Root (machine that tells them how many liters or gallons they have in the underground tank) and call their supplier and tell them how many gallons they need.... I would know I own a gas station
I was told this by a gas station owner 6 or 7 years back in montreal .
Don't know the details on how he ran his business though .
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Depends on the region, doesn't it? For example, driving to an event in Hastings, Nebraska, I was surprised that gas over 89 octane was very hard to come by. Turns out that a chain called [correction: Pump & Pantry] had the best gas around.

Nice to see Rebel is on that list, btw. 100 octane in Las Vegas at select stations.
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I was told this by a gas station owner 6 or 7 years back in montreal .
Don't know the details on how he ran his business though .
Yeah, not sure how he was running his business, you gotta know how many liters or gallons you're selling and how much you're ordering so you know how much money your bringing in and how much you owe your supplier. And if some gas station is putting in 87 octane in the 93 octane underground tank you could sue their ass.
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Gasoline is a fungible commodity. Large oil companies buy and trade gas all the time. Base gasoline may come from any of the large manufacturers, often times from a central distribution center. The different brands then add their additive packages, and that's the difference from one brand gas to the next. I suppose there could be different standards on tank/pump quality, etc as well.
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I only use BP 93 and have on all my cars.
But on topic, I've heard costco gas is good. They have a high refill rate, meaning their gas is "fresh". I mean everytime I go there the lines are full at the pumps.
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Anyone have info on the costco additives used and how they compare?

Use costco from time to time without any problems. Not going to wait in line though. Early in the morning or late weekday evenings there's typically no wait...with the crowd just like any gas station for the most part.

I'll use what's convenient or nearby though, unless I know another station typically has lower prices.
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