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RocketRanger
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 9:04:10 AM

Does the mileage obtained with E85 compare favorably with the mileage achieved with Regular?
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 1:02:38 PM

E-85 is corny.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 7:26:13 AM

I'm curious about this too. I don't use E85, but the information would be useful in making vehicle choices in the future.
2Tall
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 7:24:55 AM

not sold here
wshokie12
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:39:11 AM

not sold here
tattoo666TX
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:10:46 PM

Here is what I found testing mileage with my 2010 F150 FX4 with the 5.4 V-8.
E-85........................21 cent per mile.
E-10 (regular)..............20 cent per mile.
E-10 (midgrade).............18 cent per mile.
E-10 (premium...............19 cent per mile.
Non-Ethanol (premium).......16 cent per mile.

So even paying a higher price per gallon for the 93 octane non-ethanol, the acual operating cost is the lowest, while on the other hand, the E-85 actually cost the most per mile.

[Edited by: tattoo666TX at 12/13/2012 8:12:08 PM EST]
eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 7:59:02 PM

The energy content of E85 is lower per gallon but if it's cheaper per gallon as well, it might be a wash. It has to be close or better than regular/E10 gasoline else nobody would buy it...

If your car however is tuned for a certain type versus tuned for all types, then all bets are off.
cavalierexxon
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 6:45:44 PM

NOT SOLD HERE
MIT05
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 3:39:05 PM

not here.
JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:20:19 PM

not sold here
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 7:28:55 AM

I wouldn't know since that crap isn't sold in this area.
twt
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 6:17:42 AM

Lower MPG.
MIT05
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 6:06:29 AM

Don't know.
gvan
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:35:57 AM

Mpg may decrease as much as 25% with E85. As an example, here are figures for a 2012 Chevrolet Impala:

2012 Chevy Impala MPG
GopherGuy88
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:19:13 AM

lower mileage
MIT05
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:43:59 AM

I dont know
bthor76
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 9:10:08 PM

Is diesel fuel affected?
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 8:39:58 PM

Running E85 will reduce your mileage per gallon
maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 5:45:02 PM

lilron704 what is your post supposed to mean?
lilron704
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 5:35:55 PM

87
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 4:53:01 PM

As you didn't ask about environmental concerns, or engine performance, that's not part of this equation.
Second, by saying regular, you didn't say non-ethanol regular or E10 regular, thus it's hard to compare fuel costs.

The basic answer is (assuming you're talking about E10 regular gas), you generally have a price advantage buying E85 (often a relative bargain compared to regular gas), however, as fuel economy is significantly reduced, the net effect is that a person choosing to run their flex-fuel vehicle on E85 on a trip will spend more to drive the same distance (possibly 15 to 25 percent more). Thus the E85 trips will be more expensive than regular gas.

Non-ethanol gas, the other "regular" gas, is generally much more expensive than E10 "regular" gas, and buying E85 is generally significantly less expensive per gallon, with an increased difference in fuel economy in favor of "regular" gas.

maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:18:16 AM

Your best bet is to have this question moved from this category to the "All things Ethanol" category.

[Edited by: maxstar at 9/12/2012 10:20:36 AM EST]
chemist74
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:17:45 AM

The results will vary some with engine design but you can expect a significant drop in MPG. I have seen car makers suggest that using E85 in their flex-fuel vehicles will drop MPG by around 20%.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 10:05:52 AM

We don't have E85 in this area, but it sure will not get the gas milage that regular whole gasoline will get.
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