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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:19 am 
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keep your car serviced regularly don't buy dodgy fuel and make sure ur not hooning around everywhere, check the carby tuning every so often

i get around 430k's to a tank but i do run my car low. and just keep from having ur foot flat to the floor unless its a big hill something my car does not like at all!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:55 am 
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Doonster wrote:
keep your car serviced regularly don't buy dodgy fuel and make sure ur not hooning around everywhere, check the carby tuning every so often

i get around 430k's to a tank but i do run my car low. and just keep from having ur foot flat to the floor unless its a big hill something my car does not like at all!


These cars are way over-geared and will happily pull 150kph in third gear. We've towed trailers from Perth to Canberra and Philip Island and back to Perth with no trouble at all. And I've towed a ton of concrete slabs more than a few times.
Around town we rarely get out of third and fifth is purely for occasional freeway use only.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:20 pm 
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Doonster wrote:
don't buy dodgy fuel

What , exactly, do you mean by "dodgy fuel"? What differences in fuels do you think make a difference in the money spent at the pumps? There are a few differences. Like between E0 and E10. But usually the 2-3% difference one might see with E10 is more than offset by the difference in price. And keeps any water from collecting at the bottom of your gas tank, to boot.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:57 am 
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It is true, all standard pump fuels are the same. They are all regulated to specific standards of base fuel and what additives they can add. They must register what they put into the fuel through the EPA, and the EPA does actively test the fuels being imported.

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/gasoline.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:31 am 
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Geod wrote:
It is true, all standard pump fuels are the same. They are all regulated to specific standards of base fuel and what additives they can add. They must register what they put into the fuel through the EPA, and the EPA does actively test the fuels being imported.

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/gasoline.htm


Perhaps you could quote where it says all fuels are the same because I'm not seeing it.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:29 pm 
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Perhaps it would be more useful to go at this from the other direction, and investigate any differences anyone might claim exist between different brands of gasoline in terms that are more specific than "dodgy".


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:45 am 
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Most of it comes from the same tank farm. Trucks with all different brand names painted on the side pull up to the same terminal, pour a five gallon can of additives in the top of the truck, then fill it up with the generic fuel that everybody sells. The additive can has some detergents and some dye in it to make it "that brand" of gas.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:49 pm 
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While helping investigate an engine failure a few years back, we pumped out the fuel tank into a clear container...after a short time the gasoline separated into two layers...wish i had time to tell the rest of that dodgy fuel story...family's waiting!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:38 pm 
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We had a bad situation here in 2000 with fuel from one brand although it was across a large area of the city.
It stopped a lot of vehicles and I personally drained it out of two cars that wouldn't run at all.
The fuel was _totally_ opaque and black. No light at all could be seen by looking through the glass one-litre bottles I saved it in. One mechanic I knew had to put all his normal work on hold just to disassemble and clean out the fuel systems of dozens of his customers cars.
Sure, the fuels all come out of the same refinery tanks but they're not the same at all when it comes to pumping it into your tank.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:45 am 
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I totally agree! I've put gas in my geo from some places and it would stall and have an erratic idle. change the gas and it would be fine. tried that same station a couple of times just because i needed the gas and same thing happened everytime


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