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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, Feb-24-2011, 02:51:36 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Shell V-Power

I've been quite skeptical as to the benefits of one brand over the other for a long time. I've been religiously pumping Sunoco 93 since the time I bought the car. Ever since this winter-during cold starts and normal driving-my car has been driving rough with minimal performance..figured its the cold weather.

However last night-I decided to pump Shell V-Power into my car for the first time (just cuz some folks on the forum swore by it) and I kid you not-my car sounded and drove a hell of a lot better.

It felt like the car got a new lease on life...and no-its not the placebo effect. There was a substantial difference on the drive from the gas station to my house...and I had the best cold start ever this morning. I don't remember the car being this peppy in a long time.

Would like to know your thoughts on the substantive differences between different brands..part of me is still being the cynic...is V-Power better than the Sunoco's/Exxon's/BP's of the world and if so- do we have good data that proves it so??
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Default Re: Shell V-Power

I only put Shell in all my vehicles. It is by far the cleanest gas in my area and my cars respond the best to it.
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Old Thu, Feb-24-2011, 02:56:25 PM   #3
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Shell is good stuff. People say there's no difference between gas. I can definitely tell.
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Old Thu, Feb-24-2011, 03:24:53 PM   #4
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I agree. I drive about 5 miles to get to the Shell I want to. The 5 mile drive is to save 20 cents a gallon, but in all honesty, do we need another reason to drive an extra 5

Cheveron has been pretty good too. Everything else...not much to say about it.
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Old Thu, Feb-24-2011, 03:33:57 PM   #5
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Not only do you have to worry about the quality of the actual gas...but the holding tanks for the gas at the stations...and how much water gets into said holding tanks. You get ahold of gas that has had small amounts of water mixed in it will still run...but like crap. You will never see me pull up to a gas station that looks 40 years old...ever....
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Shell V-Power all the way for my M and DD's. I add a Chevron Complete fuel system cleaner on the last full tank before every change oil to flush the fuel system of carbons and deposits thru the old oil.
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I'm a Shell only guy, too, but I can't say I notice a difference. The wife tells me she notices the diff in her MINI.
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I'm Shell V power, all the time. If not Shell, BP.
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Shell V-power here as well. I too notice the difference. In addition, I always make sure to stay well clear of gas mixed with ethanol. It definitely kills MPG and I also feel like most rob some power from the engine.
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Old Thu, Feb-24-2011, 04:31:17 PM   #10
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Default Re: Shell V-Power

used to be shell-v myself for years- since last year i changed to chevron as my local chevron gas stations seem to have the better gas- plus i treat it with techron once every 2-3 months. It depends also on the local gas station fuel quality... either way chevron or shell are the currently best perceived out there
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