follow ft86club on our blog, twitter or facebook.
FT86CLUB
Ft86Club
Xero Limit
Register Garage Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   Scion FR-S Forum | Subaru BRZ Forum | Toyota 86 GT 86 Forum | AS1 Forum - FT86CLUB > Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 > Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 GT86 General Forum

Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 GT86 General Forum The place to start for the Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 | GT86


User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-07-2015, 10:15 PM   #1
chaoskaze
The Fail Boat
 
chaoskaze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Drives: CWP S.B.
Location: LasVegas
Posts: 2,810
Thanks: 4,274
Thanked 1,155 Times in 784 Posts
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Costco or Sam's club Gas really bad?

As topic? Anyone uses Costco or Sam's club gas at all? I usually go with chevron only but I just noticed how cheap the gas are @ those 2 places.... 50 cent cheaper per gallon so it's like 6 or 7 dollar cheaper per fill up. O.o

Obviously I know they ain't top tier gas & the fact how picky our car is over gas.... Wonder if anyone uses their gas constantly & can give some feed back.

(It's so cheap that I can go practically buy an injector cleaner/octane booster every fill-up..)
chaoskaze is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2015, 10:17 PM   #2
why?
Only happy when it rains.
 
why?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Drives: series.blue
Location: Harnett county NC
Posts: 1,255
Thanks: 2,573
Thanked 605 Times in 394 Posts
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
there is literally no way to know what brand gas they use. They could be using the same exact Chevron you pay a ton more for. The law allows that. They could be using something else. The only way to know is to try it and see what happens. Just because they are not a brand name does not mean they sell bad gas.
why? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2015, 10:18 PM   #3
swarb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Drives: BRZ
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 3,051
Thanks: 1,772
Thanked 2,440 Times in 1,269 Posts
Mentioned: 79 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
From what I know it is top tier gas. It should be good. I just don't like the lines.
swarb is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to swarb For This Useful Post:
8R6 (10-08-2015), chaoskaze (10-08-2015), soulreapersteve (10-08-2015)
Old 10-07-2015, 10:25 PM   #4
RustySocket
Slow Learner
 
RustySocket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Drives: 15 Halo FRS
Location: Puget Sound
Posts: 204
Thanks: 147
Thanked 110 Times in 55 Posts
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Costco is top tier fuel.
RustySocket is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to RustySocket For This Useful Post:
chaoskaze (10-08-2015)
Old 10-07-2015, 10:32 PM   #5
mav1178
Senior Member
 
mav1178's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Drives: 2005 Toyota Camry
Location: 91745
Posts: 6,050
Thanks: 475
Thanked 5,456 Times in 2,734 Posts
Mentioned: 90 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
But what is "top tier gas"?

That's the answer that is not being given. Actual definition is an industry standard approved by automakers: http://www.toptiergas.com/retailers/

As a general rule, if it meets the octane requirements to be considered "premium gas" then it will be fine for your car. All the other "nitrogen enriched" "cleaner gas" etc etc is all marketing fluff.

-alex

Last edited by mav1178; 10-07-2015 at 10:42 PM.
mav1178 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to mav1178 For This Useful Post:
chaoskaze (10-08-2015), M-17 (10-09-2015), strat61caster (10-08-2015), Tcoat (10-08-2015), Teseo (10-08-2015)
Old 10-07-2015, 10:36 PM   #6
Campo
Senior Member
 
Campo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Drives:
Posts: 208
Thanks: 173
Thanked 119 Times in 79 Posts
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
2 things here:

1. Costco does use top tier gas

2. The freshness of gas is more important than the brand.

I used to be a hardcore brand-loyal gas buyer until I saw the results for myself. We have notoriously bad gas here in Phoenix and a bunch of us did a ton of research.

Fresh gas > brand of gas


Tapatalk - because smoke signals would be too easy.
__________________
"Fuck, you've gone completely sideways, man."
~Raoul Duke
Gas is pretty cheap considering you're buying liquid explosive dinosaurs.
Campo is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Campo For This Useful Post:
chaoskaze (10-08-2015), daiheadjai (10-08-2015), Tcoat (10-08-2015), Teseo (10-08-2015), Ultramaroon (10-08-2015)
Old 10-07-2015, 10:59 PM   #7
aegisdrgn
Senior Member
 
aegisdrgn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Drives: Scion FR-S 10 Series #2263
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 471
Thanks: 208
Thanked 274 Times in 178 Posts
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Thanks for the link @mav1178. Gas from the refinery is sold to anybody. Top Tier gas is just a distinction for gas that has the minimum amount of detergents deemed necessary to keep an engine from gunking up too soon. What you pay for when you buy brand-name gas, is the EXTRA detergents they put in the gas (Chevron has Techron, Shell has VPower, etc) - that's why Costco gas is so much cheaper. Costco isn't putting in that extra name-brand detergents, just the minimum necessary to gain Top Tier status. Is the extra detergents in name brand gas worth it? Up to you.
aegisdrgn is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to aegisdrgn For This Useful Post:
humfrz (10-08-2015), totopo (10-08-2015)
Old 10-08-2015, 12:30 AM   #8
extrashaky
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Drives: 2014 BRZ Limited
Location: USA
Posts: 3,392
Thanks: 837
Thanked 4,598 Times in 1,844 Posts
Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
IIRC, Walmart and Sam's Club sell Murphy USA gasoline, which is not top tier. I have used Sam's Club gas in both my vehicles, and they ran just fine on it without any major difference in mileage or performance.

HOWEVER, I avoid Sam's Club gas in my BRZ, because it turns the minor chirping of the fuel pump into a cricket symphony. It sounds like I have the whole swamp under my hood. It's the only time I've ever really been annoyed by the chirping crickets. I don't know what the hell they're putting into their additive package to cause that reaction, but it is immediate and impossible to ignore.

Quote:
Originally Posted by aegisdrgn View Post
Top Tier gas is just a distinction for gas that has the minimum amount of detergents deemed necessary to keep an engine from gunking up too soon.
The top tier gas standard also requires that the fuel contain at least 8% ethanol. So the folks who search out ethanol-free gas in an attempt to avoid crickets are not running top tier even if they buy it from a station branded as one of the top tier brands.
extrashaky is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to extrashaky For This Useful Post:
chaoskaze (10-08-2015)
Old 10-08-2015, 12:31 AM   #9
strat61caster
Thread Killer
 
strat61caster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Drives: '13 FRS
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 8,493
Thanks: 11,563
Thanked 7,652 Times in 3,985 Posts
Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by aegisdrgn View Post
Thanks for the link @mav1178. Gas from the refinery is sold to anybody. Top Tier gas is just a distinction for gas that has the minimum amount of detergents deemed necessary to keep an engine from gunking up too soon. What you pay for when you buy brand-name gas, is the EXTRA detergents they put in the gas (Chevron has Techron, Shell has VPower, etc) - that's why Costco gas is so much cheaper. Costco isn't putting in that extra name-brand detergents, just the minimum necessary to gain Top Tier status. Is the extra detergents in name brand gas worth it? Up to you.
Have yet to see any third party research to verify the effectiveness of additive packages, all marketing imo.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guff View Post
ineedyourdiddly
strat61caster is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to strat61caster For This Useful Post:
Tcoat (10-08-2015)
Old 10-08-2015, 12:35 AM   #10
Dake
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Drives: FR-S
Location: Houston
Posts: 591
Thanks: 102
Thanked 360 Times in 194 Posts
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I bought Costco gas once and it seemed like the crickets got louder. I typically buy Kroger gas because we get the minimum three cent discount and typically get a ten cent discount. The price is comparable and the crickets are on the quiet side of normal.
Dake is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2015, 01:06 AM   #11
aegisdrgn
Senior Member
 
aegisdrgn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Drives: Scion FR-S 10 Series #2263
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 471
Thanks: 208
Thanked 274 Times in 178 Posts
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by extrashaky View Post
IIRC, Walmart and Sam's Club sell Murphy USA gasoline, which is not top tier. I have used Sam's Club gas in both my vehicles, and they ran just fine on it without any major difference in mileage or performance.

HOWEVER, I avoid Sam's Club gas in my BRZ, because it turns the minor chirping of the fuel pump into a cricket symphony. It sounds like I have the whole swamp under my hood. It's the only time I've ever really been annoyed by the chirping crickets. I don't know what the hell they're putting into their additive package to cause that reaction, but it is immediate and impossible to ignore.



The top tier gas standard also requires that the fuel contain at least 8% ethanol. So the folks who search out ethanol-free gas in an attempt to avoid crickets are not running top tier even if they buy it from a station branded as one of the top tier brands.
Good tip! I think they have changed the top tier program requirements since then, now they don't require a minimum, and only set a maximum of 10% ethanol content.

See #2 in the FAQ: http://www.toptiergas.com/faqs/
aegisdrgn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2015, 01:12 AM   #12
Packofcrows
hey you, yeah you <3
 
Packofcrows's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Drives: 2014 37J FR-S
Location: Monterey County, CA
Posts: 2,666
Thanks: 869
Thanked 1,194 Times in 781 Posts
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
Costco tried for a month. Car ran same as Chevron. It's too far or i'd keep it at Costco. I go from Shell to Chevron.
__________________
Got my TRD wheels and TRD louvers. Thanks!!!
Packofcrows is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Packofcrows For This Useful Post:
chaoskaze (10-08-2015)
Old 10-08-2015, 01:22 AM   #13
soulreapersteve
Contract? /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\
 
soulreapersteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Drives: An orange cone with flappy paddles
Location: Seattle
Posts: 4,953
Thanks: 11,206
Thanked 5,023 Times in 2,649 Posts
Mentioned: 125 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
If it weren't for the lines at Costco, I would use it. Happy with Chevron, no issues so far with them.

~3 minutes vs 15-20.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tcoat View Post
Hey, you're the one asking me to shove a turbo engine in my pants.
The Twins make me smile
soulreapersteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2015, 01:42 AM   #14
imaguitar
Senior Member
 
imaguitar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Drives: Scion FRS - Hot Lava
Location: San Bernardino/Riverside ish
Posts: 304
Thanks: 162
Thanked 99 Times in 69 Posts
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I've been putting in 91 Octane gas from Sam's Club ever since I got the car back in February & it has been running fine with it.

I also read somewhere (literally can't remember where, I've been trying to find the article but no luck) that gas stations will buy gas from like a retailer who is selling it the cheapest that day. & the retailer gets the gas from the refineries. So the gas that Chevron/Shell has in their tanks may be from the same retailer as the gas in the tanks of Sam's Club/Costco.

I have membership to both Sam's Club & Costco but prefer Sam's Club because the lines there are shorter.
imaguitar is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to imaguitar For This Useful Post:
chaoskaze (10-08-2015)
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Costco Gas now Top Tier N1rve Off-Topic Lounge 22 04-15-2014 06:19 PM
Costco 91 octane mit_peid Engine, Exhaust, Transmission 22 12-10-2013 09:40 AM
Arcan XL325R Low Profile Jack ($99 at CostCo) mezdup Wheels | Tires | Spacers | Hub -- Sponsored by The Tire Rack 19 03-23-2013 09:20 PM
Anyone have experience with Costco tyres? eleu2166 AUSTRALIA 9 11-01-2012 04:22 PM
Costco/Subaru Promotion... Monkey_Boy Subaru BRZ General Forum 5 03-15-2012 10:09 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.