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Anyway, back to the OP's query - I use ESSO diesel almost exclusively when I am in Ontario, simply because the station near me is in a price war with the station across the road. When ESSO isn't cheap I use Shell. I find that the car runs better on Shell fuel in terms of economy, but not by much. Using an off-brand fuel from a station that is really cheap results in poor economy with the DIC reporting a constant high average L/100km figure even though the actual figure is bouncing around with a lower value. I translate this to mean the car is doing frequent regens. Only guessing, I don't have the scanguage computer on this car.

I am currently on Prince Edward Island using Irving diesel. The car runs fine and I am getting average economy ratings in the 5.7 - 6.2 range.

Agreeing with Tomko - aside from Shell's V-Power and ESSO using the Top-Tier marketing label, there is no obvious way of telling where diesel comes from, at least from Ontario to the east coast. Supposedly, there are only two producers in Canada. Could there be an obvious difference between the two products? Then, what about the fuel from the off-brand cheap station that I sometimes use? Could it be expired fuel from other stations? Has anyone heard of stations evacuating 'stale' fuel?
 
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