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I'm watching Marketplace now, where they debunk the whole "premium gas" claim that gas stations try to push on their customers.
I've long figured that regular gas was just fine for cars and that the "premium" thing was a scam, and I'm glad they're publicizing this. But there's one segment of the show that I thought was stupid.
They did a hidden camera thing, went to various gas stations, and asked the gas station attendants which gas is best for their car, to see what they recommend. And of course, a lot of them recommended the premium gas, as did some cashiers inside the station.
What the heck did they expect? Did they expect the minimum wage workers who are told to promote the expensive gas (and are probably secret-shopped to ensure that they do) not to do their job? Are the minimum wage workers supposed to somehow be experts on gas and to know any more than any of the rest of us that regular gas is just as good as premium gas, especially when they're being trained by their employer to believe that premium gas gives you better performance? These folks aren't mechanics, they're just a bunch of people with really shitty jobs.
Way to fight the power - show everyone the way those minimum wage gas attendants (most of whom were men of colour whose first language wasn't English) are out to screw us over! Basically, this segment was demonizing poor workers of colour as dishonest charlatans, and there wasn't anything explicit in the narration noting that these people are simply low-paid employees telling the customers what they either have been trained to believe is true or are told they have to tell the customers to keep their jobs.
At least they blanked out the faces of the attendants, and did the hardball interview with the corporate hack from the company.
Da fuck? at least dey... same old... same olllddd.....
Thx Michelle. :(
I've always believed the regular and premium pumps are pumping out the exact same gas, and I've always gassed up at the cheapest pump.
Doesn't it just depend on the compression ratio of your engine?
It depends on how much you want to spend, I think. Neither is better or worse for your car, just your wallet.
I had a small car that I kept for many years. When it got above 160,000k, the engine started to knock. When I put mid-range gas in it, it stopped knocking. When I went back to ordinary gas, it started knocking again, every time. Heaven forbid I should contradict the crusading journalists on Marketplace, but that was my experience.
If you heard knocking, why didn't you just get up and answer the door?
When I used to drive a bike I noticed the difference in performance with the expensive gas. That was also true 25 years ago when I used to drive a V8 pick-up.
However none of the vehicles I have driven since have needed premium gas nor preformed better using it. Almost no modern four and six cylinder engines need premium gas, hell they don't even need lead.
I'm in my eighth year of driving a Mazda B3000 V6. Regular gas.