Hey What Up, Chevron – Why Are You Still Asking Me For My Digits at the Pump? Isn’t That Illegal These Days?

Apparently not.

Michael Finney explains it all.

Toyota recommends 91 octane for my unpimped ride, but 87 is allowed as well so that’s something to think about when you pump $101 of the precious juice at $4.09 per… (And actually, your car as well can handle 87 octane just fine. I know you might disagree but, unless you’re cruising around in an aging Porsche 912 or something, you’re wrong. You’re also a sucker as it costs just two cents more per gallon to make 91 octane. But the markup is what, 1000 percent? Something like that, sucker.)

So, all apologies, Chevron. I shouldn’t have ever suspected you all of doing something illegal or anything.

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2 Responses to “Hey What Up, Chevron – Why Are You Still Asking Me For My Digits at the Pump? Isn’t That Illegal These Days?”

  1. Sean says:

    Octanes are not interchangeable.

    If your engine is rated for 87 and you buy 91, you’re wasting money. Octane higher than rated goes to waste.

    However, if it’s rated for 91 and you buy 87, you’re feeding your car junk food. It will burn the lower octane stuff just fine, but it will either burn incompletely or at a lower temperature, leading to a minor loss of power or an increased buildup of deposits or both.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    It’s rated for 91 but it also says 87 is fine. It’s a marketing thing.

    The exact same engine from a different vehicle made on the same assembly line in Toyota City calls for 87. The knock sensor knows all…

    My vehicle might be a special case but how much of a markup is tolerable in general? Would premium be worth $10 a gallon for “added performance” in all those jams people get into every day?