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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old Yesterday, 07:28   #1
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Columbia SC
TDI(s): 2012 SEL TDI
Fuel Economy: 37
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My 2012 Passat SEL TDI runs great. Any recommendations on what company makes the best diesel fuel? Big question I know, but surely some are better than others? I currently use Shell diesel in mine.
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Old Yesterday, 07:34   #2
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I think if you are so inclined as to rummage about on this very site you'll see recommendations of "fresh" fuel being more important than a specific name brand, i.e. purchased at a busy station rather than just the cheapest available.

I've had good experience with Shell but I don't go there much because (at least in my area) they upcharge 10 cents per gallon for using a credit card, which I don't like.
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Fuel Economy: 41 mpg in '05 ; up to 57 in '13

If you can find a "premium" diesel in your area it will typically have a good additive package and higher cetane number for easier starting in winter. Cenex Roadmaster XL is one such fuel.
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