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#4456144 - 07/11/17 11:30 AM Interesting info on Costco gas
loneryder Offline


Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 489
Loc: WV
From their recent magazine:
The U.S. standard for fuel pump
accuracy is a variance of no more than
3 cubic inches per 5 gallons dispensed.
A cubic inch is a bit less than a
tablespoon a very precise standard.
Costco tests all its fuel meters twice
a year. Our certi ed testers adjust any
meters that are off by more than 1 cubic
inch per 5 gallons, which is less than
one-tenth of 1 percent. If a meter shows
a tendency to fall out of adjustment, we
promptly service or replace the meter.

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#4456171 - 07/11/17 11:54 AM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
rshaw125 Offline


Registered: 08/18/04
Posts: 3259
Loc: Raleigh ,NC CSA
I buy their gas when ever I can. My 2.0 Ecoboost loves their 93 octane.
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#4456186 - 07/11/17 12:09 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
I wish I had a Costco close!

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#4456189 - 07/11/17 12:12 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
HemiHawk Offline


Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 842
Loc: PA,US
I love going to costco for gas. This just adds another reason. TopTier, cheaper than everyone else, clean stations. The other great thing is its a fueling station. So no one parks and leaves their car at the pump to get a pack of smokes or donut.
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#4456207 - 07/11/17 12:31 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1864
Loc: Chicago, IL
I would guess that Costco does that not just for the customer, but also so that they don't give away any unnecessary free gas. Even a fraction of a tablespoon undermeasurement over the millions of cars that go through their stations would add up. Costco is all about large volumes!

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#4456218 - 07/11/17 12:35 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
Olas Offline


Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 3933
Loc: Manchester, England
What is Costco fuel like in regard to ethanol? And detergent pack?
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#4456224 - 07/11/17 12:40 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: EdwardC]
HemiHawk Offline


Registered: 03/09/16
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Loc: PA,US
Originally Posted By: EdwardC
I would guess that Costco does that not just for the customer, but also so that they don't give away any unnecessary free gas. Even a fraction of a tablespoon undermeasurement over the millions of cars that go through their stations would add up. Costco is all about large volumes!


I remember a story years ago (maybe 60 minutes?) about pumps doing the opposite. Saying for example you got 5 gallons when they only gave you 4.5. I forget the percentage off they were finding the pumps but it was ripping people off. This story specifically focused on pumps in New Jersey.
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#4456251 - 07/11/17 12:54 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
raytseng Offline


Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 2343
Loc: CA
to olas.

fuel is entirely locale based and fungible. they will get the same bulk fuel as 99% of all the other fuel that stations get in the area from the same fuel depot.
the "all gas in your area is the same" statement goes here its only the additives that are different. there is no shell fuel vs chevron vs bp fuel that came from different refineries and only go to those specific branded stations. that isn't what occurs.

There is a remarkable difference in that they dont get additives at the depot. Costco mixes in their Kirkland branded additive mix onsite as it goes to the pumps and is top tier certified. you can google to find the Costco articles on this.



Edited by raytseng (07/11/17 12:58 PM)

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#4456265 - 07/11/17 01:03 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: raytseng]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
They love that Kirkland name don't they?

Originally Posted By: raytseng
to olas.

fuel is entirely locale based and fungible. they will get the same bulk fuel as 99% of all the other fuel that stations get in the area from the same fuel depot.
the "all gas in your area is the same" statement goes here its only the additives that are different. there is no shell fuel vs chevron vs bp fuel that came from different refineries and only go to those specific branded stations. that isn't what occurs.

There is a remarkable difference in that they dont get additives at the depot. Costco mixes in their Kirkland branded additive mix onsite as it goes to the pumps and is top tier certified. you can google to find the Costco articles on this.


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#4456268 - 07/11/17 01:06 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: Olas]
kschachn Offline


Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 9420
Loc: Upper Midwest
Originally Posted By: Olas
What is Costco fuel like in regard to ethanol? And detergent pack?

Unless Costco has a corporate policy on EtOH (which would by necessity be in all their fuel), then the answer to that here in the US would be dependent on locality.
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#4456297 - 07/11/17 01:29 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: AirgunSavant]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
They love that Kirkland name don't they?


A friend of mine took me to his Costco when I was visiting him and forgot to pack undies (duh). He bought gas while we were there and we sat in line for a long time...once in the store, I saw that they had Kirkland dress shirts for $16 and they happened to have a style that I liked, so I bought one and it has been fine. I have since decided to order all my dress shirts online for a better fit due to my long arms (16.5" neck and 36" sleeve seems to work best for me, try to find that in a department store).
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#4456345 - 07/11/17 02:09 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
wemay Offline


Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 8903
Loc: Southeast Florida
Fill up at Costco every weekend i can. If not, it's Shell or Chevron. Around here, Costco is consistently 25c/gallon cheaper than the others.
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#4456347 - 07/11/17 02:11 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: loneryder]
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Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1984
Loc: US-WA
I go to Costco for my gas, except for my R1, where I seek out (on the brink of extinction) gas pumps with one hose per grade. If I can't find one nearby, I go to regular shell/chevron where they don't have the extra long hoses. Last fill up I brought a gas can to purge the hose (use for ope) and fill after. Pita...
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#4456362 - 07/11/17 02:27 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: Dyusik]
Brons2 Offline


Registered: 09/16/03
Posts: 3042
Loc: Austin, Texas
Originally Posted By: Dyusik
I go to Costco for my gas, except for my R1, where I seek out (on the brink of extinction) gas pumps with one hose per grade. If I can't find one nearby, I go to regular shell/chevron where they don't have the extra long hoses. Last fill up I brought a gas can to purge the hose (use for ope) and fill after. Pita...


At my Costco you could avoid this problem by pulling in behind a premium European sedan, they all go to Costco because the 93 octane is so cheap. The Premium was at $2.13 the other day and $1.88 for Regular, well I stopped a place closer to my house for their food trailers and Regular was $2.09. Crazy.
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#4456413 - 07/11/17 03:39 PM Re: Interesting info on Costco gas [Re: HemiHawk]
HerrStig Offline


Registered: 08/24/11
Posts: 9560
Loc: Boston, MA
Originally Posted By: HemiHawk
I love going to costco for gas. This just adds another reason. TopTier, cheaper than everyone else, clean stations. The other great thing is its a fueling station. So no one parks and leaves their car at the pump to get a pack of smokes or donut.
This is a recent development at the "milk store" in my town. At times all the pumps are blocked by me first types wandering around the store looking for "healthy" snacks. It's not a big station and was grandfathered in on the lot it occupies so people wanting gas back up into the street. It doesn't bother the wanderers. What these selfish twerps do is just plain rude.

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