Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rio Grande Valley TX
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Over the last 5 tanks of fuel I noticed my gas mileage had dropped quite a bit. I always get 19-20 in town. Recently it has been way down in the 16-17 range with no change in driving habits over FIVE tanks of fuel. HMMM.
Recently my lawnmower started running just awful, I mean pitifully. Also Valero gasoline. I took the mower to a repair shop and he showed me the gas they removed from it when I went to get it. It looked like apple juice not gas.
That gas is less than two weeks old! Had it not been for the miserable mileage in the car I would have just called "bad batch" on this fuel. It's too much to be just a coincidence.
The shop owner told me that he has had a rash of lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, and other equipment come in recently with bad gas being the problem. He questioned the owners and it was Valero in every case.
Now you need to understand that there is a Valero station on every corner in this town (and surrounding cities) sometimes right across the street from each other. They own South Texas as far as gas stations.
The repair shop owner told me he has had problems with his own lawn equipment. He switched to Exxon or Shell and it cleared up. He used these brands in his pickumup truck and got +2 MPG. Sounds like there really is something to the "Top Tier" gasoline even though it's more expensive than the others.
I just poured the last of the lawnmower and 2 stroke mix into the RAV's gas tank and I'll fill the gas cans with Exxon or Shell this week.
I'm guessing this is a local problem. Valero also makes their own ethanol additive to the gasoline so maybe that's the problem but I'm only guessing. For now I'm going to Exxon or Shell. If my MPG goes back to where it was then I'll know positively that Valero is cutting corners in this market with their fuel.
It took a very short form to fill out and all of ten seconds after submitting to get an Exxon card online. Since we fill up about once a month what's another 80 cents (if that) for a tank of gas?
The lawnmower repair was $77.00! That will buy a crapload of better fuel so currently I am less than pleased with Valero gasoline. It has been just fine until the last 4-5 tanks. The point of this entire thread is just a heads up to others. If you are using Valero then try another major brand to see if your mileage improves.....I'm going to give it a go.
To be continued............
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2008 Base V-6
2008 Limited V-6
Tow Prep Package & front wheel drive (both)