This kind of thread really amuses me... To actually think people still believe one fuel is better than the other and adding additives is actually needed.
Lets put this myth finally to bed.
My cousin is an ADR LGV driver, he works out of the Shell fuel storage facility in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. He does three full loads per day, usually three/ four per tanker.
Now the FACT
...... He usually delivers to Shell fuels outside South Shields, Sainsbury's at Team Valley and Fina in Gateshead on his first scheduled run..... I would bore you with the rest of his typical day....... But I'll let you guys do the math and put two and two together!
Thats three different companies with the same fuel, in the same tanker, on the same run , on the same day!
Think about it!
How much of a logistic nightmare would it be if Shell only delivered to Shell fuel stations and Asda delivered only to Asda... How many fuel storage depots would be actually required to be dotted all over the country?
What they actually do is buy from there local fuel storage depot and negotiate volume discounts accordingly, regardless of which fuel company is providing it initially or buying it. Then it simply gets delivered from there by whatever company...
So now that "myth" is laid to rest...
As far as Additives.... Well what do you think the average driver in Outer Mongolia does?
He drives down a dirt road, sees a little old man standing by the side of the track with a 50 gallon oil drum full of fuel. He uses a bit of old hose to syphon it out and uses a dirty scrap of muzzlin to catch the dirty bits!
The Mongolian driver is now topped up, paid his way and off on his journey with no issues!
How can he keep on going and why does the fuel system not get clogged?
Simple... He cleans his fuel filter regularly, thats all it needs after all!
So for those who complain about "this additive is better than that one" and "this fuel is better than that one"... Think!
What makes you think that your fuel is any more contaminated or lower quality than the Mongolian driver's?
Is your Alfa engine so super sensitive that it simply wont run on anything else?
So I guess it isn't the same fiat derived diesel that I spotted in an old Fiat Marea JTD trundling its way past me on the main highway (dirt track) towards UlaanBaatar from Arvaikeer in August 2009....
No big clouds of black smoke and a fair turn of speed too...
Guess I must have been seeing things then????
The way some British drivers go on about the fuel quality and the neccessity to add detergents is absolutely riddiculous....
Here's an even better idea since you like to spend money on , well nothing really... Send over a load of fresh fuel filters to Mongolia, after all... They sure would appreciate them and at least know how and when to change them to avoid running issues