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    Ethanol is a joke!

    Man I used to buy ethanol all the time thnking it was cheaper. Did a little test (m.p.g. with straight gas vs. ethanol vs price difference) and find out it was costing me some serious money in the end.

    Just an FYI, not only is ethanol taking food off the table, it is costing money at the pump.



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Congratulations! You have been saved. I've been preaching this for sometime, but prepare to get slaughtered because you are in the heart of ethanol production here in Iowa.

    Unfortunately the average person isn't smart enough to figure this out and just puts whatever is the least expensive at the pump in their vehicle.

    If ethanol were more expensive do you think anyone would use it? Subsidies and lobbyists at work my friend.



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Do you have any numbers?



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    What kind of mpg difference are you talking?



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    somebody write mythbusters!



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    i also did this test and found the difference was trivial, so I will keep using ethanol.

    As for the supposed food shortage, heres an easy fix. Feed our people before we feed others!!!



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    Man I used to buy ethanol all the time thnking it was cheaper. Did a little test (m.p.g. with straight gas vs. ethanol vs price difference) and find out it was costing me some serious money in the end.

    Just an FYI, not only is ethanol taking food off the table, it is costing money at the pump.

    Yep, this is because ethanol doesn't have as many calories as regular unleaded....so it takes more fuel to get the same amount of energy. Many people see a high octane rating and think more power....when octane has to do with the compression ratio and aspiration of fuel. So in short ethanol is a joke.



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Again...numbers anyone? I don't have a horse in this race I just want to get the best mileage for the best price. So again, anyone have numbers, or are we just spouting off against Ethanol?



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    I get 34 mpg with ethanol in my ZX2. Could I do better?



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Quote Originally Posted by goldmember View Post
    Yep, this is because ethanol doesn't have as many calories as regular unleaded....so it takes more fuel to get the same amount of energy. Many people see a high octane rating and think more power....when octane has to do with the compression ratio and aspiration of fuel. So in short ethanol is a joke.
    Why does that make ethanol a "joke"?


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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    We just tested it this weekend on our trip to Nashville. My wife's grand am got 37 mpg with regular, 35 with ethanol. Not enough to make up the 20 cents a gallon.



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    We just tested it this weekend on our trip to Nashville. My wife's grand am got 37 mpg with regular, 35 with ethanol. Not enough to make up the 20 cents a gallon.
    Thanks, that is what I wanted to know.



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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    You got 37 mpg with a GRAND AM? That's hard to believe in itself.


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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    Are you talking E10 or E85?


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    Re: Ethanol is a joke!

    E85 gets less mileage, but usually better performance. The blends everyone buys for regular cars has such a slight mileage difference that it doesn't matter; the price savings makes it worth it.



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