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Fuels & Lubricants Discussion all about Fuels & Lubricants. synthetic oil, conventional oil, brands, change intervals, diesel grades, gelling and such debated items like that. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed. This forum is NOT for the discussion of biodiesel and other alternative fuels.

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Old September 16th, 2010, 21:43   #1
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Default Apple iphone app to locate diesel fuel stations

I am aware VW has a website to identify diesel fuel station locations. While browsing the iphone app store, I noticed there is an app that identifies the location of diesel stations on interstate highways.

Has anyone dowloaded the app? If so, do you recommend it?
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Old September 17th, 2010, 10:24   #2
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If you mean the app called "Where," I have found it to be the most accurate of any I tried and MUCH better than the woefully out of date and incomplete VW site. "Where" covers a lot more than Interstates, BTW.

An added bonus is good info about motels/hotels and eateries.

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Old September 17th, 2010, 10:39   #3
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I use the GasBuddy app. You can set it to only show diesel stations. I'm not sure how accurate the Where! app is. It shows several restaurants around me that have been closed for years as being open. I've reported them several times to no avail.

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Old September 17th, 2010, 10:48   #4
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Wow! There are people in the US that actually have difficulty locating stations that carry diesel?

It's literally at every station I've been to here in AL. Now if there were any biodiesel stations my life would be complete!
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Old September 17th, 2010, 19:08   #5
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If you mean the app called "Where," I have found it to be the most accurate of any I tried and MUCH better than the woefully out of date and incomplete VW site. "Where" covers a lot more than Interstates, BTW.

An added bonus is good info about motels/hotels and eateries.

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Thank you, the app is iExit Diesel Fuel and its 99 cents in the Apple App Store. It may be worth looking at for that price.

I will search for "Where" also. Good Tip
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Old September 17th, 2010, 19:18   #6
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If you mean the app called "Where," I have found it to be the most accurate of any I tried and MUCH better than the woefully out of date and incomplete VW site. "Where" covers a lot more than Interstates, BTW.

An added bonus is good info about motels/hotels and eateries.

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Dan, just downloaded "Where". Looks great! Thanks again. As much as I travel, this will be a big help.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 20:04   #7
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I used my GasBuddy app to help an X5 driver running on fumes find a diesel station just last night. It isn't always up-to-date with the latest prices, since it is entirely dependent on user submissions, but it does have an "On Fumes" button that shows you all local stations regardless of price availability. If you set your fuel type preference to diesel, "On Fumes" will only show you stations with diesel. I've become an active submitter for my local stations, and I was able to add a missing station, and update a couple others, once I got off newbie status.
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Old September 18th, 2010, 08:56   #8
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Wow! There are people in the US that actually have difficulty locating stations that carry diesel?

It's literally at every station I've been to here in AL. Now if there were any biodiesel stations my life would be complete!
It's not so much "difficulty" as convenience and overall trip planning. Obviously I don't use the app to find fuel in my home area.

But on a trip last Feb. to Florida, we used it so that lunch, sightseeing or other stops coordinated nicely with refueling. Given that we prefer blue highways, finding fuel in rural areas, while still not difficult, would be more disorganized without an app such as "Where."

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Old September 18th, 2010, 08:59   #9
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I use the GasBuddy app. You can set it to only show diesel stations. I'm not sure how accurate the Where! app is. It shows several restaurants around me that have been closed for years as being open. I've reported them several times to no avail.
The database for businesses, whether it shows up on "Where" or your GPS, is often very out of date. It relies on Yellow Pages, local licensing, and other sometimes contradictory or stale data sources. Luckily, the fuel database in "Where" appears to be independent of that.

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Old September 18th, 2010, 11:19   #10
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The fuel database in where is updated by users.
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Old September 18th, 2010, 11:49   #11
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"Where" stays pretty current w/r/t to fuel stations as it is updated by people posting the fuel prices for the location. If fuel prices aren't updated in a week or so, as I recall, then that location drops off. I use it quite often traveling, locations have all been accurate and fuel prices are within a few cents of posted price. Gasbuddy.com uses a similar model.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 12:15   #12
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I have been using WHERE for about a year and very accurate and helpful when you're traveling and need to know which stations carry diesel so that you don't waste your time
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Old September 21st, 2010, 13:08   #13
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+1 for GasBuddy, set it to show Diesel only.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 19:30   #14
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+1 for GasBuddy, set it to show Diesel only.
I consistently save $0.10/gal with the app finding close stations with a better price. It appears I'm lucky that many GB users locally updating their DB.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 13:27   #15
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On my recent 7,000 mile trek to PDXFest '10 and back I had no difficulties finding Diesel. Granted, I stuck mostly to interstates, but even on the state highways in Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, etc I still had no trouble locating fuel.

Every once in a while I'll use the basic map on my iPhone and just search for "Fuel", "Diesel", or "gas station". Obviously not all gas stations have Diesel, but 1 in 4 seems to the ratio I see.
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