SUGAR LAND, Texas — One man says he pumped “bad” fuel at a Sugar Land Shell station and now his car may be totaled.

Enes Sonmez faces a $20,000 repair bill for his Porsche Cayenne. That’s if his engine survives.

Sonmez said he filled up Friday morning at the Shell station on 3650 Highway 6, then shortly after heard a clicking sound from the engine.

“After 10 seconds, I made a U-turn and my car stopped in the middle of the road,” Sonmez said.

By the time his car was towed, Sonmez was convinced the only thing wrong with his car was the fuel he had just bought.

He drove back to the station, explained what happened and before long all the pumps were shut off. Three days later, all but one pump station was operational.

Managers didn’t have a clear explanation for what happened, so Sonmez turned to the mechanics at ABZ Motors for help.

Dylan Adams is a service director at the shop and said what they siphoned out of the SUV was far from just diesel fuel. 

“Shell is claiming that their tanks were not mixed up, it was a foreign particulate of some sort at the bottom of their tank which has caused this whole problem,” Adams said.

Shell’s partner companies requested Adams drop the subframe and siphon the gas, which they believed would fix the problem. They agreed to pay for the first invoice of $7,500, but that only helped to track down the cause of the problem.

Adams said the tiny particulates may have pushed their way into the engine, scratching vital parts required for the SUV to function.

The SUV refuses to start and at this rate, further repairs will be more than $20,000, which Sonmez said he can’t afford.

Shell representatives have not replied to our request for comment.

Adams said at this point, they’ll wait to see if Shell will agree to more repairs and pay for them.


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