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aRBy

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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2011 8:02:42 PM

Oh the SHAME! :+)

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aRBy
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 5:56:47 PM

I've been running my 2008 Impala FFV on E85 and have not had any maintenance problems. However, after a long period of running E85, I notice that my mileage starts to deteriorate. Running a couple of tankfuls of regular 87 Octane (E10) corrects this.

Lately, gasoline prices have dipped so I'm running more 87 Octane. No! My car isn't on the wagon. :-)

Once I get a couple of tankfuls of 87 Octane through my car, I'll report back what the local E85 prices are.
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Sugarshaneo7
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 2:05:10 PM

cool story
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SilverStreaker
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 12:43:43 PM

skysteve1 asks "what does it do to engines ???"
I haven't encountered any ethanol related performance or maintenance problems and I've use high ethanol blends in two non-FFVs since 2007.
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skysteve1
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 11:58:52 AM

what does it do to engines ???
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mpsan
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 1:14:23 AM

Sucks to be you
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stopforgas
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 10:21:45 PM

You should only run your car on liquor if you are out of gas and no gas station is in sight.
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APlus
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 5:25:17 PM

Well if that is what ur car runs on ????
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BAJALRRP
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 11:33:20 AM

I'd rather use corn to make steak.
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mojo803
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:42:24 PM

Good thing they don't use corn in the tank when doing mpg test
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biza4u
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:26:53 AM

Ok
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krzysiek_ck
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:48:15 AM

Tsunamiron wrote: "I sure wish they would get rid of ethanol. It is destroying our fuel systems and depleting our farmlands of vital nutrients."

How so? Please provide detailed explanation for both. How many "destroyed fuel systems" have you experienced personally?

[Edited by: krzysiek_ck at 5/1/2014 8:49:39 AM EST]
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Tsunamiron
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:57:54 AM

I sure wish they would get rid of ethanol. It is destroying our fuel systems and depleting our farmlands of vital nutrients.
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rippinusoff
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:55:51 AM

Ok
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Bus936
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 5:07:13 AM

No your car isn't an alcoholic, in fact it doesn't even like ethanol.
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ThunderBird89
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 3:06:05 AM

my 1970 Nova SS is non-alcoholic.... but it sure likes leaded premium gasoling
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btex49
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:44:22 AM

Don't use the stuff myself!
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MikeCapeCoral
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:39:26 AM

No corn...
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nurdco
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:36:54 AM

Poor fuel ecojomy
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MPSAN1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:21:57 AM

OK
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FlyNFool
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:18:42 AM

So am I.
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firechief
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:44:55 PM

$3.80 Fishkill NY
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YodaON
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:33:08 PM

runs better on gasoline
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Bradford81
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:16:50 PM

$3.57 here
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divebomber
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 9:02:36 PM

NEEDED ONLY ON WEEK ENDS!
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stevencr
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 4:13:46 PM

Prices down to $3.66 this afternoon. Would get better fuel mileage without the alcohol.
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2014 11:54:39 PM

3.09/gal in my neck of the woods.
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nurdco
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 12:12:47 AM

True EPA bar or pub
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 11:01:57 PM

E85 has dropped 10 cents to 2.99/gal in W. Michigan
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 9:01:34 PM

"It might be an easy process. But, oxidizing methane to methanol reduces the energy value of the final product. The process would involve spending money to make the fuel more expensive. Does that make sense?"

It makes as much sense as extracting gasoline from crude oil.
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 8:21:06 AM

"Most important, potential methanol supply is very large due to the ease in which natural gas converts to methanol."

It might be an easy process. But, oxidizing methane to methanol reduces the energy value of the final product. The process would involve spending money to make the fuel more expensive. Does that make sense?
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 10:35:40 PM

I prefer to promote natural gas by conversion to methanol ("wood alcohol"). Methanol can be mixed freely with gasoline in the same tank. Most modern EFI cars will run on methanol/gasoline just fine. Some might need some inexpensive component changes, but methanol works as well as ethanol.

Most important, potential methanol supply is very large due to the ease in which natural gas converts to methanol.
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ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 5:14:57 PM

We should be promoting clean American natural gas in the forms of CNG and LNG to replace all oil based fuels.
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 3:30:06 PM

"duhhh.....A small engine is typically a lower horsepower air cooled 2 cycle or 4 cycle equipment engine such as is made by Briggs & Stratton, Kohler or Tecumseh and used on lawn mowers, tillers, snow blowers, etc. "

The answer is still yes, Little Tommy. Small engines can and are designed to run on alcohol mixtures. There's nothing special about size. Many of the newer small engines use fuel injection. That makes switching between different fuels seamless.

Tried that #2 yellow corn yet?
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 2:46:40 PM

" "Small engines weren't designed to run on an alcohol mixture, can they?"

They can be and are. I just leased a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. The little 4 cylinder engine is designed for 15%ethanol."

duhhh.....A small engine is typically a lower horsepower air cooled 2 cycle or 4 cycle equipment engine such as is made by Briggs & Stratton, Kohler or Tecumseh and used on lawn mowers, tillers, snow blowers, etc. A Chevrolet Volt does not use a small engine.
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thebrohta167
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 7:53:00 AM

Mine is not, having that stuff forced down it throat.
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 6:58:45 AM

"Small engines weren't designed to run on an alcohol mixture, can they?"

They can be and are. I just leased a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. The little 4 cylinder engine is designed for 15%ethanol.

"Its still stupid to be burning food, when are they going to use some other plant material for ethanol production? "

First, why don't you try making a diet of unprocessed #2 yellow corn and then come back and tell us it's food. Second, the US is a surplus producer of grain, corn included. Every year corn growers produce a more corn than can be consumed. They are real good at meeting market demand. If less is needed, they simply grow less corn. Your logic is flawed.
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feldagast
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:46:18 PM

Small engines weren't designed to run on an alcohol mixture, can they? yes they can tolerate 10%, but even the coming mandate for 15% blends will start damaging those small motors. The makers might start making small engines that can tolerate higher percentages but existing ones aren't going to like it. Its still stupid to be burning food, when are they going to use some other plant material for ethanol production?
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 10:34:10 AM

Your vehicle should seek the assistance of AAA (Alcoholic Automobiles Anonymous).

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ggg452
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:12:57 AM

My truck is getting that way....vodka.
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 8:52:24 AM

"Does it run on Jim Beam?"

If the Jim Beam was 190 proof, of course.
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 10:32:22 PM

"I wouldn't want ethanol in my gasoline even if it was free!"

Well... you have ethanol in your gasoline. What are you going to do about it?

Do you really expect me to believe you wouldn't run ethanol in your car if it were free?
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 10:30:21 PM

krzysiek_ck

"My car nor my motorcycle nor my small engines were designed for ethanol!"

That's probably true when it comes to 100% ethanol. Most small engines sold today will run on a 15% ethanol mix. Most cars built after 2002 will run on E85 without much problem.

However, most small engines will not run on 100% ethanol. I'm sure it wouldn't take much to rig them to run on 100% ethanol, but they aren't sold out-of-the-box to run on 100% ethanol.
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 10:24:32 PM

"Does it run on Jim Beam?"

I doubt it. It probably runs on Everclear, but that's kind of expensive.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 7:17:15 AM

Does it run on Jim Beam?
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krzysiek_ck
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 10:50:02 AM

borsht wrote: "My car nor my motorcycle nor my small engines were designed for ethanol!"

Please explain with more details.
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SilverStreaker
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 10:04:31 AM

I want ethanol in my gasoline because it saves me money!
My car and my small engines run just fine on ethanol blends!
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 6:01:26 AM

I wouldn't want ethanol in my gasoline even if it was free!
My car nor my motorcycle nor my small engines were designed for ethanol!

[Edited by: borsht at 11/7/2013 6:02:29 AM EST]
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 11:04:55 PM

$2.87/gal in Indiana last weekend.
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aRBy
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 1:15:09 AM

Sammy:

I suspect it is going to drop a little bit more.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:05:59 AM

2.99 lowest I seen here today in fayetteville nc
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