Hello, This is my first ever post on the TDIclub Forum. My wife and I just bought a 2009 Jetta TDI with 125.000 miles about 2 weeks ago. Of course the dealer was gracious enough to fill the tank for us upon delivery. Now with 220 miles on the speedometer, since our ownership, and just over half a tank remaining, I am thinking about a choice of diesel fuel. We have locally here in Mentor, Ohio. BP,Shell, Sunoco, and Speedway filling stations. My question is really what brands of diesel fuel would be best to use on a regular basis. We would be filling up just about every other month with regular round town driving. Any feedback would be most appreciated. I am really enjoying reading the wealth of information all of the members provide, Thanks!
Congrats on the new TDI!
As crazy as it sounds, I actually remember my very first diesel fillup in my first Golf TDI. The dealer delivered the car to me on stone cold fumes. They apologized and said I could go fill it up at any nearby station and they'd immediately reimburse me for the hassle. So I drove around on E looking for diesel and didn't find any until I came across a Chevron hidden away on a back road. Turns out that's the station the dealer used to fill all their TDIs with, so I figured I did good.
The best tip is to actually try out your local stations and see which runs best for you. The quality can vary, in my experience, from area to area so sticking to one brand no matter what is not always a great idea. Just try to use stations that seem to do a decent turnover in diesel. The worst thing for any of these cars is old, moldy watery fuel.
In over 470,000 miles of TDI motoring, I've only encountered fuel so bad that I thought I'd done something horribly wrong, and that was within my first six months or year of ownership. I learned quick to stay away from ALL Texaco and Shell stations in the Birmingham area because their fuel was just the worst.
Having said that, I live on the Gulf Coast now and Shell is a really good fuel to pick down here if the price is right. The stations do good turnover and it doesn't smoke as much as Murphy USA or other discounted brands.
If you have a regional refiner that sells diesel it might be worth investigating, too. I always had the best luck running Scott Petroleum diesel (and later, B20 bio) in the Mississippi Delta. And Parade diesel in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area always did good by me, too. Both locally refined products.