Drivers claim bad gas damaged cars

BAYTOWN, Texas – Residents of one Baytown neighborhood are frustrated after they say bad gas at their local gas station ruined their vehicles.

Kirk Russell filled up his wife's vehicle Saturday morning at the Chevron at 7105 Highway 146. 

"I got about six gallons of gas to top off my wife's car and get ready for Monday morning," Russell said.

A few hours later, he said he was driving the vehicle when it suddenly stopped. 

"It just spit, sputtered and quit," Russell said.

At first he didn't know exactly what had happened, but after looking through the Pinehurst Neighborhood Facebook page, he saw a lot of his fellow neighbors had the same issue.

"Everyone was saying they had water in their gas, after filling up there," Russell said.

He took his wife's car to the dealer, where a repairman confirmed it was bad gas. 

"They told me they had four other cars from this neighborhood in there with the same issue," Russell said.

KPRC 2 checked with the Texas Department of Agriculture's Weights and Measures division, which keeps track of stations with bad gas complaints. So far the database does not include any complaints from that particular Chevron.

The employees at the station would not discuss the issue and said Tuesday the gas was good. 

"It's frustrating," said Russell, who now faces a $1,200 bill for repairs. 

He said he is fortunate because he and his wife have an extra car, but a lot of his neighbors who are retirees, do not have that luxury. 

Russell said he won't be returning to the Chevron for gas any time soon.

KPRC 2 contacted the Chevron corporate office about the issue, but we have not heard back yet.