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Ford Recommending BP Fuels

The fuel cap on my 2006 Mustang states that the use of BP Fuels is recommended. Anyone know why exactly Ford endorses BP fuels? Is it because there is something better about BP fuels that makes them a worthwhile choice for Ford over other fuels or is it just a business relationship between the two companies.

Here is Arizona and I think the whole west coast the ARCO stations use BP fuels where I know back in the central states that there are BP stations which used to be AMOCO.

Truthfully, I go wherever the gas is cheapest and most convenient to get to depending where I'm at when I need gas. This may include ARCO, or Circle K stations, 7-11s, Mobil, etc. I don't really have a favorite station or gasoline. They all seem to work the same for me. .

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Pretty sure someone a couple months ago posted a BP association on their gas tank. I think it's just some kinda of business agreement they have. BP is no better than any of the other "Name-brand" gases. It's all business.


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oops, sorry I didn't see the other post relating to this subject.
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Must be a business arrangement with Ford.

I avoid BP gasolines because they are not a "Top Tier" fuel. The independent mechanic I patronize believes that ARCO and BP are not good gasolines. Here in the NW corner, they use Alaskan North Slope oil, which is not a sweet light crude, but a more difficult to refine and heavier oil. The word he used is "crap." That's his opinon.

In my neighborhood, Shell is usually no more than a penny or two more than ARCO. Less than half a dollar per tankful is a cheap price to get better gas.

Here's a link to info on Top Tier gasoline:
http://www.toptiergas.com/index.html

I don't have a financial conection with any oil company, I just want clean valves.
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I posted in another thread that I prefer Shell because it is said to be the best fuel in my area, the other vehicles get whatever is cheap and convenient, such as Citgo.
Thanks for the post, it helps support the info I received back in '96 from a college auto instructor.

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i don't know about you, but we have gas tanker refill centers here in PA and I see Sheetz, Texaco, and number of other brand tankers go in and out of the same station all the time.

If I had to throw in my uninformed opinion ... all the gas stations get gas from the exact same place.

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That's correct - many of them get gas from the same place. Sometimes they are all even the same company using varting brand names.

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i don't know about you, but we have gas tanker refill centers here in PA and I see Sheetz, Texaco, and number of other brand tankers go in and out of the same station all the time.

If I had to throw in my uninformed opinion ... all the gas stations get gas from the exact same place.
Yes and no.

The raw gasoline is often purchased simply from the nearest/cheapest refiner. However, the additive package is always unique to the station's brand. That is to say that even when a Shell station buys from a BP refinery, the Shell station only gets the basic gasoline from BP, to which it then adds Shell's proprietary additive package.

This is why those hairbrained "let's boycott Exxon" schemes to lower gas prices don't work.
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I am in the bulk fuel bus. and all oil companies pull from different refineries. When 1 company has a shutdown for maintenace they get their fuel from there competetition and vice versa with them. I always laugh when someone says their car only runs on brand x and in reality that week he was actually buying brand b

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It is interesting that Ford recommends BP, yet BP does not meet, or at least has not applied for Top Tier status.

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In our area(Cleve,OH) the BP station pumps have Amoco signs on them. Is that true Nationwide?
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In our area(Cleve,OH) the BP station pumps have Amoco signs on them. Is that true Nationwide?
BP bought out AMOCO (American Oil Company) several years ago, in fact I believe that the full corporate name is still techncially "BP Amoco Group". BP also bought out Sohio (Standard Oil of Ohio) several years ago and gutted the company.
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The only conceivable reason that Ford would put that recommendation on the gas cap is because BP is paying them to do so. I'm surprised that there isn't some tiny lawyerspeak accompanying the BP message indicating that it is an advertisement.

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Here's my theory on this. Ford (as well as all other auto manufacturers) are under pressure from environmentalist groups. Ford most likely did this as a token gesture to appease the tree-huggers, as BP goes to great lengths to paint themselves as "green" company. If you don't believe the ugly hand of politics is involved here, then check out "Eco Imperialism" by Paul Driessen. He devotes a whole chapter to BP.
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