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A mate works for the refinery and he tells me that all the petrol is the same, just different additives. A road tanker has several internal tanks. The same petrol goes in them all whether it's destined for Shell, Esso, Asda, Tesco etc. The only difference is that the tanks contain additives specific to each brand.


So your big brands do contain more detergents for example, but so long as you fill up at a big brand every so often you can safely use supermarket petrol most of the time. I usually do one in four fill ups at a big brand just to get the better detergents in there from time to time.

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A mate works for the refinery and he tells me that all the petrol is the same, just different additives. A road tanker has several internal tanks. The same petrol goes in them all whether it's destined for Shell, Esso, Asda, Tesco etc. The only difference is that the tanks contain additives specific to each brand.


So your big brands do contain more detergents for example, but so long as you fill up at a big brand every so often you can safely use supermarket petrol most of the time. I usually do one in four fill ups at a big brand just to get the better detergents in there from time to time.

What he said. Do be aware though that some suppliers use more bio fuels although I believe in the UK E10 is the max allowed. I only know my bike really does not like Jet petrol. I try and avoid using them.

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A mate works for the refinery and he tells me that all the petrol is the same, just different additives. A road tanker has several internal tanks. The same petrol goes in them all whether it's destined for Shell, Esso, Asda, Tesco etc. The only difference is that the tanks contain additives specific to each brand.


So your big brands do contain more detergents for example, but so long as you fill up at a big brand every so often you can safely use supermarket petrol most of the time. I usually do one in four fill ups at a big brand just to get the better detergents in there from time to time.

What he said. Do be aware though that some suppliers use more bio fuels although I believe in the UK E10 is the max allowed. I only know my bike really does not like Jet petrol. I try and avoid using them.

 

Twice now I have picked up water in diesel from the same jet station, lesson learned I now avoid said filling station.

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Generally use Sainsbury,Tesco,Morrison's or Asda which ever I am closest to at the time, car or bikes makes no difference to the running.

Very occasionally our local BP but that's only because it nearest to home and the ride is on fumes.

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I don't think aldi or liddle have petrol stations I bet they would be cheap if they did :lol:

 

But I'd spend a fortune in the shiny things isle on stuff I didn't know I needed

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Ye im more worried about collering water from the fuel, happened to be once before and heard that supermarkets where the worst place to go, but at Morrinsons never really had a issue.

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Ye im more worried about collering water from the fuel, happened to be once before and heard that supermarkets where the worst place to go, but at Morrinsons never really had a issue.

 

Water in the tank is easily cured.. as a matter of habit at the end of every winter I dose my GS with Wynns Dry Fuel.. which when added to a full tank of fuel allows any water that has settled at the bottom of the tank to be homogenised and 'burnt off'.. it also cleans injectors.

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Water in petrol ought be rare these days. The ethanol in modern petrol can mix with water whereas pure petrol can't so the water stays separate.


An old trick was to add some meths to your tank. The meths can mix with the water, then the resulting emulsion can mix with the petrol so it all gets burnt during combustion.


The downside is that older vehicles' fuel systems can suffer corrosion with modern petrol which includes ethanol.

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Ye im more worried about collering water from the fuel, happened to be once before and heard that supermarkets where the worst place to go, but at Morrinsons never really had a issue.

 

Water in the tank is easily cured.. as a matter of habit at the end of every winter I dose my GS with Wynns Dry Fuel.. which when added to a full tank of fuel allows any water that has settled at the bottom of the tank to be homogenised and 'burnt off'.. it also cleans injectors.

 

You put me onto this years ago Gerontious, I've been de-wintering my tanks ever since. :thumb:

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Water in the tank is easily cured.. as a matter of habit at the end of every winter I dose my GS with Wynns Dry Fuel.. which when added to a full tank of fuel allows any water that has settled at the bottom of the tank to be homogenised and 'burnt off'.. it also cleans injectors.

 

Hmmm *looks into this* Seems it is suitable for carbs as well? (or at least the one I was looking at!)

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It's been said, the "base" substance in petrol is the same where ever you go.


Some brands put in cleaning agents, others target performance.


I haven't worked in the industry for a while now, but Shell V-power was the best premium fuel, but often isn't worth the cost. For regular grade fuels, BP was actually the worst performing in a lot of tests.


Supermarkets were much the same, so where ever is cheapest chap. I fill up at Costco.

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It's been said, the "base" substance in petrol is the same where ever you go.


Some brands put in cleaning agents, others target performance.


I haven't worked in the industry for a while now, but Shell V-power was the best premium fuel, but often isn't worth the cost. For regular grade fuels, BP was actually the worst performing in a lot of tests.


Supermarkets were much the same, so where ever is cheapest chap. I fill up at Costco.

 

Shell V-power is my preferred motion lotion 8-)

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I always use Shell V power.. My SV didn’t like supermarket fuel and for an extra £1-2 to fill up I may aswell use v power on the bike. To be fair only a BP and She’ll between home and work anyway


Always used shell in the 340i but not V power; full tank of V was close to £90. It’s gone now anyway so it’s irrelevant.

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