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Old 04-18-2013, 01:24 PM
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Need help - V Power Shell fuel vs. normal Shell fuel

Up here in Ontario diesel owners have a choice of two fuels if they use Shell. Normal diesel or V Power diesel. I've owned my '01 F350 7.3 for 2 yrs now and all except for a dozen times or so I've used Shell V Power diesel. For the cost of 6 cents difference, I find to get better mileage, a bit quieter, less odour, less smoke. In a way I feel I'm spoiling it but lets face it. If you ever own a diesel... they really are your babies.
Anyhow.. back to the debate. My friends say I'm wasting my money using the more expensive fuel. Does anyone know much about this V Power Shell?
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:06 AM
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Shell V-Power - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

From what I gather from that article, it IS different; marginally higher cetane rating, less dense, less smell, lower flashpoint.
It does get a little confusing when it talks about "premium" diesel and GTL vs no-GTL, but I'll let you decide.
You're right in asking if it's worth the extra $6 per fill-up though. I never really paid much attention to the difference in fuel performance when I had a 7.3.
I'm pretty sure you could burn roofing tar in those critters if you had to.
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Thanks TBuck for the info. Just to clear up the price, it was 6 cents per litre difference not 6 dollars per tank. My F350 has a tank that holds roughly 155 litres from empty. So at 6 cents per litre thats just over 9 bucks per tank. I know its not that much of a differnce but just wondering if there was a big advantage to using the premium fuel..
Thanks again.. keep on truckin!
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:28 AM
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155L!! holy crap, I think mine was 105L or something, anyway:

I guess the real question would be HOW much better is your mileage. For a 7.3, like I mentioned before; you could probably run it on road tar. I think the benefits of "premium" diesel may be more drastic in the newer common rail engines that are more finiky as you may have heard.
If you do a little backmath though, and figure out you ARE saving money in the long run by burning V-Power, I may consider throwing a little 2-Stroke oil in the tank every now and then just to keep things in the upper section of your cylinders tickin' along like it would on LSD as opposed to ULSD.
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