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Old 09-24-2013, 12:40 AM
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E85 vs E10

Has anybody tested how much mileage/power you loose running E85 in the 2013 explorer? I am tempted to try E85 because of the price but have never heard anything good about it
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fueleconomy.gov will tell you:


19
Combined
17 City

23 Highway


5.3 gallons/100 mi
E85
14
Combined
12 City

17 Highway

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Thank you, I know now that I am not going to try E85
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I didn't do the math on cost per mile....I can't run E85 here because we don't have it and nothing we have runs on it anyway. The whole FFV thing is political and a way to skew the CAFE figures anyway.
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You WILL theoretically pick up power with the E85. I think it was one of the larger Ford V8 engines that had a higher HP rating on E85 than with regular gasoline. This assumes that the engine is calibrated to take advantage of the E85's higher octane, and I am guessing it is to maximize gas mileage if nothing else.

I don't think I would run a vehicle on a steady diet of it, but if I had an FFV vehicle (I have not owned one to date) I sure would be sure to try a tank and see if I liked what I felt. People spend hundreds of dollars on mods for 10 horsepower, and the E85 may give you that for the cost of more fuel consumption (which is a by product of E85).

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I didn't do the math on cost per mile....I can't run E85 here because we don't have it and nothing we have runs on it anyway. The whole FFV thing is political and a way to skew the CAFE figures anyway.
I thought the E85 trend had died, in Tulsa there was maybe two places you could get it. But I just moved to Colorado and it is all over the place up here.
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If I were you, I'd probably try it out and see. Around here e85 and regular e10 come out to about the same cost per mile for most vehicles. e85 is somewhere around $2.60 here, and regular gas is between $3.20 - $3.40. Was a little further south a few days ago and paid $2.96 for regular (prices are dropping!).
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