Buy Fuel @ Meijer's Lately?

Vectorer

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Yesterday at our local Meijer's here in Plainwell, I found that their new payment procedure is to pre-pay 24/7 at the diesel pumps. Of course, these pumps are the furthest from the cash register. If one wants to top-off, this involves 2 round trips.

Meijer says that drive-off have been a problem for them. But, it seems that they won't pop for either card readers on their diesel pumps or security cameras to identify thieves.

Anyone else see this at your local Meijer??

TIA...V
 

Sip'n Diesel

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nope. I only filled there 2 or 3 times over the summer when $3.99 was "cheap" compared to other stations. they also had a sign claiming it was "premium diesel" which I suspect was only marketing hype. I believe all Meijer's in the Chicagoland area have card readers on the pump. that must be very annoying for you:mad: I refuse to fill anywhere which does not have card readers... cheap ba$tards. if they think the "pump-n-run" is bad now... tell them to wait until prices skyrocket again, EVERY STATION will have prepay

in my experience, Speedway is the only place where you can fill before paying (no pre-pay required) but I still pre-pay with a card @ the pump. I'm not waiting in line for Joe Shmo to pre-pay for $5 worth of RUG, and I'm not waiting in line for his lady to buy lottery tickets

suggestion: screw Meijer's and go to BP or Shell
 
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Gordon Peterson

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BP is the way to go. I used Meijers early in my TDI days and had water problems anyway. Now I only use BP or Shell.
Sign up for the BP card. Get 10% off for 60 days and 5% off for life. Most BP's also let you pay with CC at the pump.

Enjoy
 

Sip'n Diesel

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Gordon Peterson said:
Sign up for the BP card. Get 10% off for 60 days and 5% off for life. Most BP's also let you pay with CC at the pump.
+1 :) that is 5% off ALL purchases made at BP: guzzoline, diesel, carwashes, snacks, beverages, etc.

Shell has a 5% program... guzzoline only :(
I was all for it until I bought a TDI. they should have have quality diesel though, especially in the midwest

BTW, I signed up for the BP card last spring when fuel prices were skyrocketing. right after I got the card I left for a cross-country road trip. although prices were high, it was very satisfying to get as much as a $0.50/gal reward! so if you're planning a trip or know you're going to buy more fuel than normal in any 60-day period, you can take advantage of the 10% introductory period. FWIW, once you accumulate $25 in rewards you have the option of recieving a $25 check in the mail, a $25 BP gift card, or making a charitable donation (yea right.) beyond $25, the available increments are $50 and $100. I always go with the check and just deposit it
 

Jetta09Chicago

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ExxonMobil also offers a credit card loyalty incentive program with a rebate of $0.15 per gallon of fuel. In my area, Mobil diesel currently runs in the neighbourhood of $2.39 to $2.54 per gallon, so this translates to a roughly 6% rebate.

What do you think of the quality of Mobil diesel? I am thinking about trying Mobil diesel from an Illinois tollway oasis, which I am hoping would be a higher-turnover location.
 

Sip'n Diesel

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Jetta09Chicago said:
ExxonMobil also offers a credit card loyalty incentive program with a rebate of $0.15 per gallon of fuel. In my area, Mobil diesel currently runs in the neighbourhood of $2.39 to $2.54 per gallon, so this translates to a roughly 6% rebate.

What do you think of the quality of Mobil diesel? I am thinking about trying Mobil diesel from an Illinois tollway oasis, which I am hoping would be a higher-turnover location.
I've never purchased it so I wouldn't know. I would have to guess they are generally lower cetane. also, the problem with a $X/per gallon discount is that when prices skyrocket (anything higher than $3/gal) again $0.15/gal will be lower compared to 5% of total purchase. yes, we are talking about pennies here :eek:

BP (Amoco branded), 51;
Chevron, 49;
PetroCanada, 47-51
BP (Powerblend 47, otherwise 40-42)
Shell, 46;
Sinclair, 46;
Sunoco Gold, 45 (often +1-5) Sunoco regular is usually 40.
Holiday Stations, 40-43
HESS, 40-42, can be up to 45.
Husky, 40 + diesel Max additives raise another 1-3 from there (41-45 max)
Love's: 40
Pilot: 40
Valero: 40
Flying J, 40
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=200694

In the midwest I have always purchased from Shell, BP, and occasionally Speedway. going out west I only purchased from Chevron and Shell, and only once I went to a Sinclair. we can't control the quality of diesel we buy, buy we can control where we buy it: high volume sales locations are almost always the best bet
 
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compu_85

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I refuse to buy any fuel from Meijer's due to their total lack of caring about the quality of their product. I don't even use it in my torpedo heater.

-Jason
 

Sprocket

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Yeah, I stopped buying it there after learning about their algae problem. I've been using Wacker's exclusively since then (other than road trips). Much happier with Wacker's :D
 

jasonTDI

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Remember......ALL diesel from the same "manufacturer" varies WIDELY across the country.

You couldn't PAY me to use BP here in Madison....2 locations in Milwaukee sell Premier.

Cenex co-op has good fuel here. Speedway is consistent but low cetane....
 

Jon Linn

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How does Marathon, or Valero compare? These two places is where I buy most of my fuel at. Wait, never mind, I just found Valero on the chart. I am guessing the higher the number the better?
 

jasonTDI

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Hampton rd west side just a mile south of EVS in Menomonie falls/milwaukee. The other is up north about 15 miles from down town.
 

lovemybug

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Down where I am, I've had good luck with Qwik Trip. Especially in the winter. My car seems to run well on it with very little smoke and good mileage. My worst tanks have come from the two Marathon stations close by. I could fill up at the BP that's about a half mile from my house, but they're generally about twenty cents more than most of the other places. The Qwik Trip I usually go to is the one in Burlington on the north side of town, across the street from Culver's. Not only is the fuel pretty good, but they give you free coffee with diesel purchase. Nice for starting a road trip. Especially an overnight one. :D
 

jasonTDI

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Yep QT's Koch Gold (coke gold) is good fuel, just low cetane. Never had a gelling issue with them. I didn't know that about the coffee......hmmmmm...like I need anymore. Keurig coffee maker in the home and shop.
 

bf1967

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The fuel at the Kwik Trip in Burlington is the (Koch's) Gold, and I've never had a bad tank there. I tend to favor the Kwik Trip on Hwy 20/I 94. They carry the Gold Plus (47-50 cetane) and they turn a lot of fuel here. Plus, you get to fill up with the big rigs :eek:.

They have a points card program too. Didn't know they did free coffee w/ fill. As gas station coffee goes, it's one of the better ones and I'm picky about coffee (I have a french press at work).

Bob
 

lovemybug

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I don't know if that's at all Qwik Trips or just the one in Burlington. I've never tried to get free coffee at any others. The Qwik Trip out by I94 is too far for me just to go and fill up. It's at least a half hour away from my house. I'd like to try that premium stuff some time just to see how my car does on it. Might have to do that the next time I'm going on an eastern road trip.
 
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Jetta09Chicago said:
ExxonMobil also offers a credit card loyalty incentive program with a rebate of $0.15 per gallon of fuel. In my area, Mobil diesel currently runs in the neighbourhood of $2.39 to $2.54 per gallon, so this translates to a roughly 6% rebate.

What do you think of the quality of Mobil diesel? I am thinking about trying Mobil diesel from an Illinois tollway oasis, which I am hoping would be a higher-turnover location.
Ive had pretty good luck at the mobil stations in our area. Oasis fuel has never given me a problem, and some of the mobils (hoffman, buffalo grove) are often the cheapest.
 
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