When I was loaned a Mercedes-Benz GL 350 to test drive recently, I made note of the fact that it was diesel. I feared I would end up putting regular gas into the tank, simply out of habit. But the gas cap is green, so there’s a pretty good reminder.
For a bit, I didn’t even have to think about it. That’s because you can drive on a tank full of diesel gas for a VERY long way. I’m talking two or three times as far as a regular tank. In the car I typically drive, a Chrysler Pacifica, I can go about 250 miles on a tank of gas.
On my trip to the Mercedes plant and back, I didn’t need to put more gas into the tank the entire time. And we drove it around a ton while we were there, from the hotel to the plant and all the other locations they set us up to visit.
It wasn’t until I got back to Atlanta that I saw the fuel light pop on.
When I got the car, it was made clear to me that diesel is typically differentiated by a green handle at the pump when you get to the gas station. So, I tucked that knowledge away in my brain…if I put gas in, it needed to be the green one.
So, when I ran low, I pulled into a BP gas station to put a couple bucks of gas into the tank.
I silently praised myself for remembering the green option and didn’t think twice about it when I pumped away.
What I didn’t realize is BP doesn’t follow the norm when it comes to marking diesel. Green is their ‘brand’ color and they use green for their regular gas.
So, yeah, I ended up putting regular gas into a diesel tank.
I realized something was wrong within a mile, when the vehicle didn’t want to go above 20 mph. Luckily, I got the gas about a mile from my home, so I only had to get it down my street and into my driveway when the problem started.
I didn’t realize it was a gas issue until I called the folks who had delivered the car. When I described the problem, they knew right away.
They went on to explain that BP is confusing and they’d heard of it happening before.
When I told a girlfriend about it, she told me I was the third person she heard about it happening to in recent months.
BP, don’t you get this is a big problem? You’re not creating fans here. Quite the opposite.
Help us out already.
Forget your color scheme and help us keep things straight.
Let’s make this a standard for all diesel fuel tanks… green should be diesel, and nothing else.