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#2255071 - 05/08/11 12:59 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
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Loc: Richmond, VA
I have never ever seen it for sale here in VA. I would like to try it on my wifes FF T&C just for curiosity. That van is super slow and I would like to give it a little more kick. That said I would only continue to use it if economically it made sense.
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#2255486 - 05/09/11 12:54 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
JasonC Offline


Registered: 12/06/06
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Loc: Lynchburg, Va
There are several places in Va that sell E85 one is in Charlottesville and one is in Norfolk and I think there is one in Northern Va.
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#2256135 - 05/09/11 05:51 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
wavinwayne Offline


Registered: 01/06/05
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Loc: North Alabama
I did a 50/50 fill of E85/92 Octane gas today in my non-FFV '00 GTI 1.8L Turbo. Could be all in my head, but Little Red seems a little "peppier" with the 50/50 ethanol/gas brew.
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#2258566 - 05/12/11 06:53 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: wavinwayne]
CourierDriver Offline


Registered: 12/27/09
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I have tried it at least half dozen times in my old dodge 318 v8, the results were all the same, poor mileage, dont waste ur money. It ran ok, it just used more gas.
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#2259810 - 05/13/11 09:14 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
beechcraftted Offline


Registered: 12/15/06
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Loc: Milwaukee, WI.
I agreee with Cujet. It appears that in newer direct injection, higher compression, turbo/super charged engines, E-85 can be very competitive. But in some older lower compression designs, it does not fare as well. Imagine if the engine were optimized at manufacture for E-85, instead of gasoline. Think dollars per mile, not miles per gallon.

I am neither a tree hugger nor a farmer, but we are using 3.7 million gallons of gasoline per day. Given the politics of the day, some alternative will have to be added. Don't know if ethanol is it, but it works for me.
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#2260290 - 05/13/11 06:52 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 09/27/08
Posts: 83
Loc: Houston, TX (Puerto Rico)
hey way, careful with the mix. It helps to have an AFR gauge and something that can read you short/long term fuel trims like scangauge II, whenever you play with blends.

By the way it's not your head playing tricks, it's the E85/boosted combo powa!


Edited by Rican (05/13/11 06:54 PM)

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#2272576 - 05/27/11 05:08 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
crinkles Offline


Registered: 05/28/07
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I'd love to get an E85 capable Holden Commodore - but there are only a few E85 pumps and only in the capital cities, none in the country.

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#2307991 - 07/06/11 05:27 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
DaryleWB Offline


Registered: 07/06/11
Posts: 49
Loc: West Virginia
I've been using E85 in my '88 VW Vanagon (Whitelighting conversion kit) for about 5000 miles now. I get about 10-15% less MPG than with E10 87 octane. I get 21 MPG on pump gas and about 18-19 on summer E85 (which is actually closer to E95.)
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#2313385 - 07/12/11 07:23 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: beanoil]
bearda Offline


Registered: 07/23/09
Posts: 67
Loc: Germantown, MD
Originally Posted By: beanoil
Regular unleaded 3.98 . E85 is 3.19 . There is no contest. The flexfuel Grand Caravan gets E85.


At that point I'd at least consider it. Here in the Maryland the difference is about 15-20 cents.

I got a tank of E85 exactly once when I was returning a truck we had rented to the local Enterprise. It had the flex fuel logo on the back, and all they cared about was that the tank was full.
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#2317571 - 07/16/11 10:16 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 06/07/09
Posts: 473
Loc: Ohio
If it wasn't for the generous subsidies enjoyed by the ethanol industry, their product would cost more than gasoline and no one would buy it.
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#2359910 - 08/28/11 07:32 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
DaryleWB Offline


Registered: 07/06/11
Posts: 49
Loc: West Virginia
I've gone about 6000 miles in my '88 Vanagon using E85 (with a WhiteLightning conversion module.)

I get about 15% less range on a tank, but do get more power and the engine seems to like it better than it does petrol.

If your tank has a lot of crud in it, you may need to change your fuel filter after you run some through. It will clean things out very well.
I've moved to a place without an E-85 pump within about 100 miles or so. Haven't used it since.
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#2465787 - 12/17/11 08:09 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: DaryleWB]
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Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 772
Loc: royal oak, mich
Been running E85 for over a yr now. No problems to report. Did my own tune to optimize using it.
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#2480074 - 01/02/12 10:11 AM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: ZZman]
kaboom10 Offline


Registered: 09/17/08
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Loc: royal oak, mich
I run it 100% of the time. It can be used as a race gas also. I have tuned the ECM for it also. Truck is a whole lot more fun now to drive. This is on a nonflex fuel vehicle. Love the cold/hot starts.
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#2484670 - 01/06/12 12:37 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: kaboom10]
zoli Offline


Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 307
Loc: Hungary
Trial period: last 3 fuelings with 20, 25 and 33% E85. No negative effect, but better acceleration at WOT. Max. 40% recommended without any modification.
E85 is cheaper like gas by 17% and available very well at countryside in Hungary.
Consumption is worst by approx. 5-10%.
No fuel filter change - did anybody check the changed filter for dirt?


Edited by zoli (01/06/12 12:48 PM)
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#2484722 - 01/06/12 01:37 PM Re: Doe anyone run E-85 on a Regular basis? [Re: zoli]
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Registered: 09/17/08
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Loc: royal oak, mich
IIRC 35% is the max limit you can use without retuning. If you are running 100% E85 don't go adding gasoline to it. I tried it with my E85 tune and the truck didn't like it. If you have a flexfuel vehicle it would probably be ok.
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