Gas - Cheap or name brand? Octane - 87 or 92?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
January 10, 2008 11:14am CST
Which is better for your car - the more expensive gas from a "name brand" station, or the cheaper gas from a "non name brand" station? Is higher octane going to make your car drive faster, the engine last longer or make any difference at all? This is the best explanation I have heard in a long time about the "which is best" confusion. (don't tell my husband that - he has been telling me this for years - it just seems to make more sense in this article!) Hope it helps you save a bit! We have done our cars like this for years and so far, in the 5 years I have had my Malibu and doing the 87 octane from a non brand station (althought right now a Union station is cheaper than non name brand stations) and adding the Chevron additive every other month, the only things I've had to replace on my car was the rack and pinion and that was just from "over use/to much street driving and my shocks!. SO I can vouch for this!
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
15 Jan 08
I really don't think it matters which gas you use. But this is only my opinion. I use the cehapest gas I can get, since it is so expensive. I don't understand why it is so expensive when it is distilled right here in Canada. I used to live in Alberta where it is drilled and we paid even higher prices that other provinces. It just doesn't make any sense to me. So I just use the cehapest. I don't think I have had any trouble with my car because of the gas I use. But like I said, this in only my opinion.
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
10 Jan 08
It drives me nuts when people think there is a difference between the expensive gas and the cheap stuff. It is the same, it all comes from the same place and serves the same purpose. The stations that charge more are counting on the fact that people will think it's better if it costs more, and they will pay it. Good idea to post this to help out some people.
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