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E-85 fuel

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by BIGDON, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. BIGDON

    BIGDON Well-Known Member

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    Please give me your opinions and/or your experiences using this fuel. I have a E-85 car but I have not used the fuel yet and I may not. But 60 cents difference in cost per gallon has me thinking.

    Don
     
  2. X2 fan

    X2 fan Active Member

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    I doubt you'll get 80%n as much mileage as with no ethanol fuel. I only burn pure gasoline in my Trailblazer and if and when I do have to use 10% ethanol my mileage is almost 10% less. I suggest you buy a tank of it and decide. You'll probably kick yourself for wasting the money on it. Besides I have a problem with ethanol anyway since it is so heavily susidized, uses so much enerygy to produce it, and has assisted in the huge losses of wildlife habitat due to farmers removing their land from CRP and back into production.

    Until switchgrass become economically viable to use for the prodution of ethanol, I won't use it.

    Tim
     
  3. Chugiakshooter

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    Makes good race fuel at 110 octane.
     
  4. mobear

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    e85 is better as a race fuel than for street use
     
  5. bt 99

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    My 2 cent's---Out here in the middle of idaho regular gas is 85 octane. All my trucks ping on that low of octane (5000 feet elevation). The 10% ethenol mix is 88 octane and nothing pings when i use it and there is plenty of power. Ethenol is suposed to have less power than gasoline, but only 10% of the feul is ethonel so one cannot figure the power loss on 100% of the feul only the 10%.

    I use it xclusivley in my 3 lawn mowers, 2 dirt bikes, motor home and 3 vehicles. Did i mention my weed trimmer???

    I do not drain any thing in the fall and i do not use Stabil in anything as the feul does not seen to (varnish up) as regular gasoline. Steve
     
  6. doublea

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    I used E-85 in my 2005 Chevy K1500. The fuel mileage drops 3 to 4 MPG when burning E-85. I quit burning it after the first oxygen sensor went out. Adam
     
  7. msmith

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    For gas costing $3.00 a gal., E85 should cost less than 2.20 to make it cost effective. So far it is not worth the switch since E85 is $2.39 in my area. Mike
     
  8. shooterIII

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    Here is an article for you about E-85


    http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2008/03/12/big_corn_and_ethanol_hoax
     
  9. dr.beav

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    I have tried E85 for an extended period of time and kept close records of the results, and in my 4 different vehicles it averaged right at 1/3 less miles per gallon over straight regular non-blended gasoline. The price differential did not make up for the decreased mileages so I am staying with regular non-blended gasoline. The problem here in Missouri is that by law they blend in 10% alcohol at times, and you have to be careful not to get that 10% blend if you can help it - for there again you mileages will suffer. the beav
     
  10. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    Outside Chicago E85's cost differential is not significant enough to even consider it - @5-10% less, but as many have said the mileage drop is much more significant.

    I believe I understand we burn two (2) special formulations of gas in the Chi-Metro area (1) warmer to minimize evaporation and (1) in colder weather to offer better starting.

    At least that is my recollection....

    Jay
     
  11. trapman69

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    E85 has to be at least .90cents a gallon less. Than reg just for me to break even in cost. E85 is just like everything else there going to try and get as much as they can for it. When it started it was going to stay at least $1.25 less a gallon than reg fuel. That lasted about 6months now it averages less than 30cents a gallon less. Stick to Reg gas. Tom
     
  12. Tripod

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    I have an e-85 2007 chevy silverado and have yet to try the fuel because it isn't available in my area. My old 1993 ford taurus with 3.0 engine will get 30 mpg highway driving with regular unleaded gas. With 10% unleaded fuel the best I have ever gotten is 27MPG. Hardly worth the difference in price. My friend says his similar truck only gets 13 mpg with E-85. but I have not tried it.
     
  13. kolarshooter

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    Just wait untill you need to replace the fuel pump or any other fuel system part $$$$$$$
    OUCH
     
  14. chipking

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    Here in Virginia I have not seen "unblended" gas in a long time. Everywhere I look the pumps are 10% ethanol. but we still pay as much. Heard on the news that we are switching to the summer blend and that will drive costs up due to the additives **VERY STRANGE** That's the same BS they spread every winter about the winter blend.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  15. deercreek

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    I tried it in my 2008 GMC Sierra:

    E-85 gave about 15 mpg highway and 87 octane unleaded gave about 19. It appeared to be evena bigger spread in city driving. Have done this several times for comparison and results have been similar. Have used just unleaded the last year and a half.
     
  16. Ahab

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    In 1977 Prez Carter formed the Dept of Energy to get us out from under OPEC.

    E85 was one of their boondoggles. Now 33 years later guess what:

    President Barack Obama unveiled on May 7 a $26.4 billion budget request for DOE for fiscal year (FY) 2010, including $2.3 billion for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The budget aims to substantially expand the use of renewable energy sources while improving energy transmission infrastructure. It also makes significant investments in hybrids and plug-in hybrids, in smart grid technologies, and in scientific research and innovation.
     
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