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#751141 - 10/20/06 02:01 AM Marathon gas? any good?
mcrn Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 2549
Loc: FL
I just noticed that there is a Marathon station near me that is advertising it contains STP fuel aditives in it. I was just wondering if any of you all have any experience with this fuel. TIA

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#751142 - 10/20/06 02:15 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: mcrn]
mossad Offline


Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 369
Loc: midwest
I put it in my car and low and behold...It got me from point A to point B, the same way the Shell gas did.
More advertising hype. Marathone is now the "Mobil oil of gasoline". Hype and more Hype. I'd be more impressed with their commercial if they actually did some testing and said, "our gass will clean-up, and keep clean"..

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#751143 - 10/20/06 06:33 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: mossad]
Chris Meutsch Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1979
Loc: Cincinnati
I just ran about 600 miles on Marathon and did notice the STP additive sleeve on the pump. My Civic made it without a hitch.

Mossad---I'm interested in your strong feelings of certain brands of gas vs. your vast strong concern over a motor oil...
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#751144 - 10/20/06 08:02 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: Chris Meutsch]
ewetho Offline


Registered: 05/05/06
Posts: 1304
Loc: Kankakee, IL
One of the major suppliers in the US of A and one of the largest plants in the nation was shut down during Katrina and that other fizzeled out thing.

You may be more familiar in there other branded station Speedway. Smae stuff.
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#751145 - 10/20/06 06:51 PM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: ewetho]
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 6369
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
I thought Marathon & Speedway were very good gasolines prior to the STP additive. Perhaps they made my vehicles run so smiooth because they contained the least cleaning additives?... I dunno!

But now they advertise more detergency. I filled up with the new STP-added Marathon this week. It's my first fill-up with it. I generally alternate fill-ups between Marathon/Speedway & top-tier Shell.

Time will tell. Maybe in another month or-so, I will be able to tell if there's any difference in performance or mileage.

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#751146 - 10/20/06 07:19 PM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: Triple_Se7en]
Greggy_D Offline


Registered: 03/03/05
Posts: 1533
Loc: Near Ann Arbor, Michigan
The only gas station by my house (within 15 minutes) is a brand new Marathon station. Back in the summer, they switched over to a 10% Ethanol blend and it's still that way. The price didn't do down either compared to other 100% gasoline stations. I did a little research and it seems these blends can give you WORSE mileage than 100% gas. To top it off Jenny "from the Block" Granholm (Michigan's Govenor) was at the station to kick off the Ethanol blend.


Now I fill up at the Shell station by work.
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#751147 - 10/20/06 07:59 PM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: Greggy_D]
thinshavings Offline


Registered: 05/28/04
Posts: 78
Loc: Houston, Tx.
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The only gas station by my house (within 15 minutes) is a brand new Marathon station. Back in the summer, they switched over to a 10% Ethanol blend and it's still that way. The price didn't do down either compared to other 100% gasoline stations. I did a little research and it seems these blends can give you WORSE mileage than 100% gas. To top it off Jenny "from the Block" Granholm (Michigan's Govenor) was at the station to kick off the Ethanol blend.


Now I fill up at the Shell station by work.




10% blend here too.....6% REDUCTION in MPG in my Civic

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#751148 - 10/22/06 12:37 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: thinshavings]
BUBBA0420 Offline


Registered: 03/22/04
Posts: 362
Loc: Cleveland Ohio
I am with you Greggy: I either use Shell or a privately
owned Marathon that does not have the Ethanol Blend
I lose 2 MPG on my Maxima with that ethanol ________
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#751149 - 10/22/06 06:37 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: BUBBA0420]
Greggy_D Offline


Registered: 03/03/05
Posts: 1533
Loc: Near Ann Arbor, Michigan
It IS irritating that these stations sell the blends. You end up with worse mileage for the same freaking price. I also told my wife she is forbidden to go to that Marathon.
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#751150 - 10/22/06 06:57 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: Greggy_D]
BGK Offline


Registered: 10/07/06
Posts: 564
Loc: Northern California
Since gas with 10% ethanol gets worse mileage and you use more of it, how do you pollute less by using it?

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#751151 - 10/22/06 07:24 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: BGK]
mcrn Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 2549
Loc: FL
LOL well thanks everyone. I did not know speedway and marathon were the same. BGK thats a good question for the the EPA. However hopefully some of the money goes to the farmers, and hopefully that makes you feel better about the price and gas mileage.

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#751152 - 10/22/06 07:31 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: mcrn]
mossad Offline


Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 369
Loc: midwest
Speedway and Marathon may be the same, BUT the Marathon branded gas has more additives. I know this because I call the tech line a few years ago and was told this by the techy who answered. It's sort of like the Napa branded Valvoline oil...it's Valvoline yes, but with less additives. (and yes, a Valvoline rep told me this as well)

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#751153 - 10/22/06 09:17 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: mossad]
alreadygone Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 3161
Loc: North Arkansas
Same oil well, same refinery, same pipe line, same tanker truck. Gasoline jobber buys from at least 2-3 (or more) oil corporations, who furnish quart cans of additive to treat 8,100 gallons of fuel(standard tanker truck capacity). Jobber buys daily from CHEAPEST corporation. Truck driver pours in whatever additive is handiest, or throws 2-6-8 cans in cab of truck, depending on how many loads he can haul that day. All going to different branded outlets that his boss either owns or has a contract to haul for. If driver is lazy or over worked or just having a don't give a darn day additive may very well end up unopend in dumpster. After all he has to phsically climb on to top of truck and distribute additive to usually four seperate compartments. If it's wet or icy up there it's kinda hazardous. If it's 95 in the shade it's pretty uncomfortable also.

While I feel sure there's differences in motor oils, even though their all good, if you think one fuel is better than the next you're not living in the real world.

Bob
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#751154 - 10/22/06 09:34 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: alreadygone]
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 6369
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
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While I feel sure there's differences in motor oils, even though their all good, if you think one fuel is better than the next you're not living in the real world.

Bob




For whatever reason, you just cannot feel the difference. That's unfortunate - because some of us do.

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#751155 - 10/22/06 09:44 AM Re: Marathon gas? any good? [Re: Triple_Se7en]
alreadygone Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 3161
Loc: North Arkansas
Some time when you see a tanker dumping, try striking up a conversation with the driver. Might get a suprise. Or if you can talk him out of a can of additive (save him a trip up top), an eyedropper shot in the tank every couple thousand miles is something you CAN feel the difference in.

Bob
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