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      04-10-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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Hey guys. It seems about a year ago BMW entered into some sort of partnership with Shell. For the longest time, I have always been a Chevron user with my old E46. Now, I have a 2016 228i and still use Chevron. I'm wondering though if I should switch to Shell V-Power. Anybody have any input on this? I know it cant hurt to try it for awhile and see if the car performs any better or not...
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      04-10-2016, 08:16 PM   #2
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      04-10-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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+1 for Shell Vpower
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Shell all day long.
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my fingers were getting tired after many hours, but i def. got all the goo out!
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      04-10-2016, 08:41 PM   #6
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Hey guys. It seems about a year ago BMW entered into some sort of partnership with Shell. For the longest time, I have always been a Chevron user with my old E46. Now, I have a 2016 228i and still use Chevron. I'm wondering though if I should switch to Shell V-Power. Anybody have any input on this? I know it cant hurt to try it for awhile and see if the car performs any better or not...
If you' re talking about motor oil,yes Shell manufactures BMW oil.For fuel, the owners manual for my 228i says BMW recommends BP fuel. Plus up here BP has 93 Octane fuel,which is what my Dinantronics tune needs.
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forgive me for my ignorance, but does brand of gas really make a difference?
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forgive me for my ignorance, but does brand of gas really make a difference?
Yes. One should only use brands which are top tier fuels.

http://www.toptiergas.com/

Choice of octane rating is per manufacturer's directions.
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Brands of gas do make a difference. Rather than the name though, it's the formulas those brands have in the blends of additives.

When I had my previous cars, I always did my best to ensure that it was always 93 octane at a top tier rated gas station (based off data from gasbuddy). But for my m235, I've strictly used Shell. All Shell stations are top tier (obvious almost), and I do notice it burns a bit more efficiently than some other 93 octanes.
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I Only use shell. In a dire situation then bp or Mobil.
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I usually use what is available when the fuel light comes on...always have...never noticed a difference in 32 years of driving....unless I use the wrong octane... Then it is obvious.
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Shell V for my cars!
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Damn. While I always use premium 93 octane, I never realized that the brand made a difference. I am still skeptical (based on knowledge that the gas comes from jobbers who serve various brands) but will give it a try to see if I notice a difference
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Shell as well, plus you get fuel points if you get your groceries at Smiths.
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Damn. While I always use premium 93 octane, I never realized that the brand made a difference. I am still skeptical (based on knowledge that the gas comes from jobbers who serve various brands) but will give it a try to see if I notice a difference
You may not notice anything soon. Top tier refers to the brand-specific detergent package added to the generic gasoline delivered to the particular gas station. This affects long term carbon deposition/internal cleanliness/efficiency. This isn't something you'll quickly notice day to day...just a longer lasting, well-performing engine. If you are a 24-36 month lessee, it likely makes little difference.
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I do also use Sunoco 93 and VP race fuel.
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Personally, I see no reason to believe the fuel sold by any of the major brands (Shell, Chevron, BP, Exxon, etc.) is different in any significant way. But, I am an engineer, so I need to see actual objective data before I believe something.
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Personally, I see no reason to believe the fuel sold by any of the major brands (Shell, Chevron, BP, Exxon, etc.) is different in any significant way. But, I am an engineer, so I need to see actual objective data before I believe something.
It would require some homework/research but the EPA regs on automotive fuel detergent and the standards set for top tier status will provide objective data for your review. Note the link several posts above.
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I am the kind of guy who keeps a car for a decade...I have two decade cars under my belt (with a six year VW) so I will give it a try, I am low milage (approx 600 miles a month)

Will give shell a try ... Really makes little difference to me other than minor convince
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Just use a station with high volume like Costco or other top-tier busy stations
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It would require some homework/research but the EPA regs on automotive fuel detergent and the standards set for top tier status will provide objective data for your review. Note the link several posts above.
Both Chevron and Shell meet those standards.
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Both Chevron and Shell meet those standards.
as does Costco!
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