Fuel Spare Parts

All gasolina (gasoline) and diesel fuel in Mexico is sold by the government-owned Pemex (PetrĂ³leos Mexicanos) at gas stations all along the Transpeninsular; in some towns and at remote junctions private individuals sell fuel out of drums, usually at a considerable markup. Almost all gas stations accept only cash.

All gasoline is sin plomo (unleaded) and comes in both Magna Sin (87 octane), equivalent to US regular unleaded, and Premium (92 octane), equivalent to US super unleaded. Diesel sin (diesel fuel) is also widely available and has less sulfur than in years past. If diesel drivers change their oil and filter about every 3500km, they should have no problems.

In central Baja it's a good idea to top up your tank at every gas station you pass - the next one might be out of fuel. Carrying at least a 5-gallon (23L) spare can will also keep you out of trouble if you're planning on doing any off-road traveling.

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