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e85 flex fuel

Postby patmc81 [OP] » Jan 17 2012, 11:25pm

has anyone ran the e85 fuel in there trucks? how dose it do as far as mpg? any negitives to running the e85. Right now its .40 cheaper than 87 by me.
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby BigRedZ71 » Jan 17 2012, 11:28pm

I haven't ran it in my 2008 simply because I heard that there is a MPG drop off that off sets the money you save or even makes it more expensive to run e85.
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby 08SierraOH » Jan 17 2012, 11:45pm

Articles I've read state you need to save like 25% on average on the e85 in order to offset the lower mpg. Best I've seen in my area recently was like 13%.
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby patmc81 [OP] » Jan 18 2012, 2:58am

12% now but as high as 17% in ohio
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby patmc81 [OP] » Jan 18 2012, 3:08am

12% now but as high as 17% in ohio
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby gregs08sierrra » Jan 18 2012, 3:12am

I tried it in mine, mileage sucked, price of fuel was about .30 cents cheaper. But at 104 octane, the truck ran like a beast, when I would drop the hammer, the truck seemed more responsive, even barking the tires in second gear, but for the offset in mileage, I will continue to burn 87 octane, and the ocassional tank of 93.
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby sparkjumper » Jan 18 2012, 3:14am

I have not tried E85 and did not know of a station that even sold it in my area till I looked on E85 Locator and learned there are only 6 locations in Pennsylvania that sell it, with the closest being about 40 miles from me. In Ohio there were 31 and some states have zero. It will need to be lower in price and more available before I give it a go.
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby patmc81 [OP] » Jan 18 2012, 3:16am

Going to test the mileage this weekend. I go to NY to ski every weekend and can do it on one tank. My average on the trip is 16 to 16.5 MPG
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby AzDragonLord » Jan 18 2012, 11:45am

I run e85 when possible, which is about 95% of the time. Sure, there is a MPG drop...about 20%...but if the price spread is right your cost-per-mile will remain constant. The cost spread around me is closer to 10% right now but I still use e85 because it's made locally, it burns much cleaner, and is better on the engine. Gasoline makes my truck feel sluggish too compared to e85. I really believe e85 is our best alternative to gasoline, and I want to support and help the ethanol industry so they can advance the technology which will in turn make e85 even better and cheaper.

You can keep up with current e85 prices, trends and station locations here...
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Re: e85 flex fuel

Postby hot_rod » Jan 18 2012, 1:23pm

I don't run it partially because of the mpg drop you see, but mainly because everything from i've heard and seen its hell on your engine. It eats away at the hoses and isn't good on the injection system overall. Also the gov't has been subsidizing (about that same $.40) to keep it cheaper, which is going away very soon. So that won't be an advantage much longer.
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