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Question by r2a2
Submitted on 7/6/2003
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Is there any difference between gas at a Shell or Chevron station to the gas at a corner market?

Answer by IDbuffalo
Submitted on 1/14/2004
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Yes and no.  Base gasoline is identical.  At a typical loading facility, you may see a truck loading Chevron gasoline next to one loading Shell, Texaco, or even unbranded gas.  The difference is in the additives.  When a driver enters a customer number at the terminal, the computer system recognizes it as a specific branded destination and will automatically inject the additive specific to that customer.  Chevron adds Techron, Texaco adds Techroline, and some locations blend 10% ethanol.


Answer by Jewel75
Submitted on 3/31/2004
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Can you use Chevron card at a Shell station or Texaco Stations?  Thanks for any help?


Answer by IDbuffalo
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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As most already know, Shell and Texaco merged.  A negotiated settlement of this merger is that Texaco stations in some areas will become Shell and some will remain Texaco.  Here in Idaho, the Texaco name will be completely gone within a few months.

With the merger of Chevron, I haven't heard if they will be allowed to combine their credit card system or if a stipulation of the merger is to keep Chevron and Shell/Texaco apart. It will be increasingly difficult to avoid the governmental prohibition of a monopoly unless they maintain some management separation between these huge companies.


Answer by drlava
Submitted on 6/4/2004
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IDbuffalo, You discreetly said 'some' add 10% ethanol.  I understand this might be a good thing to avoid, and have heard BP is one of the 'some'  any others?


Answer by joe
Submitted on 7/4/2004
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Shell V-Power®, our new premium gasoline, is the most highly formulated gasoline we’ve ever developed. With more than five times the minimum amount of cleaning agents required by government standards it actively cleans your engine’s intake valves as you drive. It’s now at Shell. With continued use, Shell V-Power helps remove carbon deposits and protect your engine from future deposites. Shell V-Power is also recommended for vehicles that can benefit from higher octane (check your owners manual for the octane level recommended for your vehicle).


Answer by Gas Guy
Submitted on 8/18/2004
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Techron Concentrate is the "original", and still unbeatable fuel system treatment. V-Power is an attempt to "catch-up" to Techron.

In fact, the automakers use Chevron gasoline with Techron for EPA testing, even though we do not market gasolines in the Midwest (they haul from Louisville KY).


Answer by MSZ
Submitted on 9/22/2004
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Answer by Tkopper9
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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Been using Shell Techron in my 85 Maxim XJ700 (8000 K original miles) with noticible results. Even the laqueur deposots around the fuel cock have dissapeared. It is easier starting in the cold, and has never run better. Fro 2$ a gallon here in Ky it's a bargain.


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