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Fellow Diesel Owners - Any experience with this fuel?

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  • Fellow Diesel Owners - Any experience with this fuel?

    This may be a dumb question, but here goes.

    I pulled into an local Exxon station today, lulled in by the lowest price in green that I've seen in ages. The pump was a stand alone and the sign on the pump said, "Synergy Diesel Efficient". All the years I've had a diesel, I have never heard of it. I decided to pass and just spent a few minutes trying to find any info on this that isn't put out by Exxon. Our trailer pulling diesels work hard and I'm curious to know if anyone has used this fuel. 20 cents a gallon savings is significant, but not at the cost of loss of power.

    Thanks

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    I just did about 30 min. of reading blogs, mostly, on this. Consensus seems to be it reduces the number of regens but not much evidence of an actual, demonstrable increase in mileage. A couple of commentators felt it was better at keeping injectors clean; if so that might be a major advantage. In some places it was priced the same as regular diesel, but both less and more in other locations.

    One commentator suggested that if it REALLY did do a demonstrable 2% increase you'd see the professional big rigs lined up to use it as 2% is a lot of money to an organization that buys diesel in million gallon lots!

    I've never used it. The one Exxon station that has it near me is usually $.10/gal. more than competitors. That would more than wipe out a 2% gain. But the spread on Exxon stations (five within the area searched) was $.40 between the highest and lowest.*

    There were no reports of anyone complaining of engine difficulties (including one guy who make regular reports over about 6000 miles us use communing in an Audi, IIRC; he did think he saw a small but noticeable mileage benefit).

    I'd sum up what I read as saying if you can buy it for less than regular diesel you might get a good deal. If you pay more, it's likely not worth it. If it's the same then try it and see if in your particular use it gives any advantage. Remember that you'll have to drive a fair number of miles to really see a 2% gain (or loss).

    Good luck in your choice. Report back what you find if you decide to try it out!

    G.

    *For all diesel stations it was $.60/gal. GasBuddy can be your friend, here!
    Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo

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    • #3
      Sounds like yet another diesel that's higher in soy. I avoid that and anything unfamiliar any time it's possible.

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        I was hoping you'd chime in G.

        Thank you both for your input. I'm uber protective of my truck. It gets more frequent check ups than I do. Years ago, my mechanic told me to try and only use diesel that was at "busier" stations. That way the fuel was turned over frequently. This particular station never had diesel before, just added this to their lot and maybe that's why it is priced so low for my area.

        Thanks again

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          Originally posted by BellaLuna View Post
          I was hoping you'd chime in G.

          Thank you both for your input. I'm uber protective of my truck. It gets more frequent check ups than I do. Years ago, my mechanic told me to try and only use diesel that was at "busier" stations. That way the fuel was turned over frequently. This particular station never had diesel before, just added this to their lot and maybe that's why it is priced so low for my area.

          Thanks again
          I was told the same thing about busy vs. less busy fuel sources. My banker fueled up at a small convenience store near our house many years back (and now gone) and ended up getting towed to a Ford dealer after he "crapped out" on the freeway with a clogged fuel filter and tank full of contaminated diesel. I usually use a small Shell station who is routinely 5-10 cents cheaper than most but who moves a lot of product.

          The Exxon stuff sounds interesting but the real question is the benefit to ME in using it (and I do benefit from cleaner burning fuel both publicly and privately). If it's cheaper and cleaner then, yes, I'd give it a go (maybe after talking to our local Chevy store first). But if it's more expensive then I'd want some hard proof that the extra money, in fact, benefits me (like extra mileage) or the public weal (reducing noxious emissions).

          G.
          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo

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            Originally posted by Guilherme View Post

            The Exxon stuff sounds interesting

            G.
            it is a marketing technique so one will remember and look for the fuel just as Shell has labeled its fuels "V-Power"

            The fuel mileage differences from what I have read was determined by comparing the Exxon diesel with and without the Exxon special recipe of fuel additives ...not as a direct comparison between refiners

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              Originally posted by clanter View Post

              it is a marketing technique so one will remember and look for the fuel just as Shell has labeled its fuels "V-Power"

              The fuel mileage differences from what I have read was determined by comparing the Exxon diesel with and without the Exxon special recipe of fuel additives ...not as a direct comparison between refiners
              That's what the blogs I read pretty much said. Only one guy said he got a bit better mileage after using it for about 6000 miles of local driving on Long Island.

              I'll check the local Exxon in town and see what the price spreads are.

              G.
              Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo

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