• Jul 4, 2005

Ford will start recommending that owners of its vehicles use fuel from BP. The suggestion will come via a printed statement on the gas cap, which of course isn't visible until the owner has already begun the fueling process. Such a recommendation would make more sense if there were a technical reason for it, but that doesn't seem to be the story here.  At least the Top Tier standard, developed by BMW, GM, Honda, and Toyota, aims to specify gasoline that's of a higher grade than the EPA minimum standards, where as Ford appears to be trying to hitch their marketing wagon to a petrochemical company that's trying to appear "green".



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      • 9 Years Ago
      #10 - I can still hear that Sohio soud effect they played when the temp dropped! I have a friend who's a service manager at a Chevy dealer. He's worked at Lexus, Honda, Nissan, GM, Isuzu and Hyundai dealerships. He says that when folks come in with fuel injector problems they ask what kind of gas they use. BP is the most common answer, followed by no-name mom and pop stations. The only thing I buy at BP is milk.
      • 9 Years Ago
      All of the BP stations that i can remember were bought out by 76 a long time ago... But hey, pretty soon, BP is bound to have a slight increase in sales, wherever their stations may still reside within U.S. borders.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I was shopping for a dishwasher not that long ago and all the Whirpool units had a big Cascade Detergent logo imprinted on the soap dispenser. I guess Ford decided to do the same thing. Are these companies really that desperate for extra income? I wish corporate greed could be banished from the planet!
      • 9 Years Ago
      BP is all over the place here in the Cleveland area. While calculating MPG I have found that BP fuels by far give me the worst mileage. I assume its whatever type of detergents they are using. This is why I avoid BP gas whenever possible.
      • 9 Years Ago
      James, I think they're using the same BP gas, but there are regional variations in what is required to be in a gasoline formulation: http://www.exxon.com/USA-English/Files/US%20Gasoline%20Map%20100102.pdf
      • 9 Years Ago
      I guess I can't buy a Ford since they don't have BP here in Phoenix.
      • 9 Years Ago
      A Castrol logo is molded right into my engine cover. But will that stop me from putting in Mobil 1? Heck no. Unfortunately for "regular" drivers this is a bad idea, since they follow that advice over the important. In my case, they remember it needs "special" oil, so they'll put in the cheapest castrol-branded thing they can find, and not full synthetic of any brand, as is required. BPs are rare around here as well, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some old guy drive 40 miles out of his way because he only gives his new Ford what it wants!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #8: I too live in Cleveland and don't go to BP - it makes my car run poorly and it seems to give off a funny "rotten-egg" smell when the car is shut off. I use Sunoco and don't have any problems.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If I end up with a gas cap like that I guess I'll have to take a knife and shave that crap off of it. This makes about as much sense to me as GM putting the little "GM" badges on all their new vehicles.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bert, The best way to avoid that dumb gas cap is to avoid Ford. It works for me!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I seem to recall that on the rental Ford I had in Germany, there was an Aral (European gas station) logo on the gas cap... guess they are trying something similar on the US Ford cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      http://www.toptiergas.com/retailers.html I think there might be a Shell or two within a 25 mile radius of my home and/or office. Aside from that, I guess I'm not worthy of buying from a "Top Tier Retailer" as none of those brands are anywhere near me.
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