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DoveTurnedHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 12:08 PM
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Quality of ARCO Gasoline?
Edited on Thu Aug-28-03 12:08 PM by DoveTurnedHawk
I've heard people say that it's not as good as other gas, which is why it's so much cheaper than the other dealers' gas. True, or false? Thanks.

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Best_man23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 12:38 PM
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1. I wouldn't use ARCO gasoline in a lawn mower
The difference is usually in the percentage of alcohol, quality (i.e. level of dirt and other contaminants), and condition of the station's tanks. If you're not sure, change stations and see if things improve.
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wbattle Donating Member (186 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 04:14 PM
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7. It's the worst of the majors
I'll buy low-rent Thrifty's gas before ARCO. My old '84 Ford van runs best on Shell premium.
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 12:48 PM
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2. ARCO gas is watered down crap
If you live on flat land and never have to go uphill or drive faster than 40 MPH, go ahead and use it.
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Coffee Coyote Donating Member (949 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 12:54 PM
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3. it's just marketing you are paying for
For example, Chevron's "Techron", which is gasoline refined with snake oil. Texaco does likewise with their "special fuel additives" to 'clean your engine after five tanks'... :eyes:

Gas is more or less the same. Arco just decides to gouge you a little less, but that doesn't change the high-livin' style of its execs. They honor the time-proven business practice of cornering a niche of the market through consistently lower pricing. Think of it as the old-fashioned 'gas wars' writ large.
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DoveTurnedHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 01:12 PM
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4. Yeah, I Hate All of Them
Oil companies are the root of many evils in this country and around the world. From their anti-consumer lobbying, to the damage they do to the environment, to the stupid goddamn immoral wars they get their minions in the Big Oil Administration to wage for them...I just cannot stand them. I am definitely going electric, or at least gas-electric, for my next car.

It's just too bad that I have to use them for my current car. With gas prices being so high, I thought I might actually try ARCO for once (my mechanic told me when I first got the car not to use ARCO, but I'd always wondered whether or not his advice was based on anything substantive).

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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 01:15 PM
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5. Gasoline's Gasoline.
The Octane rating is set by law, it burns, water and petroleum do NOT mix, so the urban legends about "Watered-down Gas" are just that, legends. It's all marketing hype.

"With Sunoco, your car starts like it's SUMMERTIME!" (Like that car I had that vapour-locked all the time? No thank you.)

"Put a Tiger in your Tank!"

"Go farther with PLATFORMATE!"(a Platinum catalyst)

"Get that Gulf EXTRA KICK!"

The only diference I ever notice is the smell of the exhaust fumes. some of it smells almost like a cake baking, and the stuff I get at Dead Sam's smells like a dysentary sufferer shit on my muffler.
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peterh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 02:15 PM
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With one very very minor differencethe fuel detergent additive as required by law.
Chevron has their patented Techron
Shell has their patented SU2000
Arco has their patented CleanTech
And the Ma & Pa station down the street has a patented generic additive.

Is there a difference? Yeah, sorta. The patents say they are and their individual ads claim superiority, but in reality, its all marketing hype. If you can tell the difference between the Ma & Pa vs. say Chevron in performance, Ill just tip my cap to ya.
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stoner_guy Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 08:08 PM
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8. The Ma & Pa stations have the same gas
Around here there are only a few refineries. The independent stations buy their gas from what ever refinery gets them the best price at the time. They generally buy what is left over after the long term contracts with the name brand stations are filled. When gas is plentiful, they can usually sell it a litte cheaper because they aren't locked into a price by their contract. When gas is scarce the name brand stations sell for less than independents because their long term contracts give them an advantage.

I put whatever gas is cheapest in my tank and I've never had a problem. All our cars have over 100K on them, two are close to 200K.

Gas is gas. Buy whatever makes you happy. Cheap gas makes me happy.
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