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#3311971 - 03/14/14 04:06 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: SteveSRT8]
turtlevette Offline

Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 685
Loc: Massachusetts
I'm ok with compressed gases. But, they're not for my vette or trans am.

Ethanol is. Any gasoline engine can run E85. Engines not designed for it will still run fine at low and partial throttle. And its really hard for me to believe designers didn't build 30% margin in fuel injector duty. The trick is to run a higher fuel pressure.

So if there was ever a problem getting gas this would be a good alternative to walking.

#3312054 - 03/14/14 05:36 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: SteveSRT8]
hatt Offline

Registered: 01/03/12
Posts: 910
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
As an aside, I drove a Ford van for a decade with a propane tank under the body way back in the 70's. We hit many things, even had a serious accident, and never had an issue.
We had a Maverick and a Ford van that ran off LP gas back in the day. Never a problem. LPG and CNG are probably safer than gasoline. A ruptured gasoline system pools while LPG and CNG quickly dissipated into the atmosphere.
2013 F150 5.0, PU 10w-30, FL500s
2010 Camry 2.5, PP 5w-30, Wix 57047

#3312334 - 03/14/14 10:58 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
Intelman34 Offline

Registered: 09/07/02
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Loc: Waukesha, Wisconsin
e85 is 2.79 here. Premium is 3.99.

With tuning, my truck makes about the same power with either fuel. I lose about 1.5/mpg with e85, but with the cost difference, it's worth it.
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#3312513 - 03/15/14 08:01 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: turtlevette]
Garak Offline

Registered: 12/05/09
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Originally Posted By: turtlevette
I am. A little.

Poor inspection is an issue, but I see much more frequent problems with gasoline cars burning down due to fueling issues. Propane has had so few issues as to be laughable. Gasoline tanks need some regular inspections, if you ask me.

And of course, LPG or CNG isn't for your Vette or Trans Am. To get a decent sized LPG tank would require a lot of butchery, and the CNG setup would be worse, with less range.
Plain, simple Garak.

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#3454213 - 08/13/14 05:38 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: beanoil]
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Registered: 08/11/14
Posts: 7
Loc: Nebraska USA
Actually Beanoil...with all due respect see this website

According to these tests your Dodge Caravan probably gets 30% less mileage on E-85 vs. E-0 (Reg. UL)

Considering the "Energy-Mileage-Penalty"...E-85 would have to be priced at about $2.89 to equal the $3.98 E-0 Reg. UL grade you mention (on a BTU basis). With a 15 gallon fill you are spending about an extra $7.50/fill to get the same number of BTUs. It's all about the number and cost of the BTUs you put in your tank since mileage and cost/mile is proportional to energy content.

See what these people have done. These FuelCOG people have an app which takes the guess work out of this while standing at the pump. It works and it's accurate. I've used it. If interested go to

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