January 21, 2005 12:06 PM Subscribe
Is there such a thing as "bad" gasoline and can it mess up your car? (+)
posted by mygothlaundry to Travel & Transportation (40 answers total)
My mother (age 77) says that there is, and that you should be careful to buy gas only from large corporate type places. I mostly buy my gas from the kind of skeevy independent convenience store on my corner, where it is incredibly cheap. My car hasn't been running well in some time (shakes, shudders, coughs) but then, it's a 7 year old Saturn with 135,000 miles on it. Should I switch to Exxon or something? Isn't it true that gas nowadays is much more tested than in the past and much more difficult to mess with? If the gas was bad in some way, than in what way is it bad and how did it get diluted/added to/whatever? My convenient gas seller has incredibly high numbers of cars going through there, it would seem difficult to adulterate the gas every day or something.