Sunday, February 17, 2008


E-85 gasoline has hit delta, and the price has definitely got my attention. In the past, I have tried E-85 when crossing Iowa or Nebraska, but found my mileage dropped about 10%, and I did not save 10% on the cost. If this price difference holds, I suspect they will sell some corn!


Kim said...

I'm not familiar with E-85. Is it ethenol and 85 octane rating? I just paid $3.09 at a discount pump two days ago, so that price on your sign interests me. Any danger to the car engine in using something at 85 instead of 87 or higher? Thanks

Dan said...

Hey Bill,

I am pretty sure that E85 is NOT the same as the ethanol stuff you get in Nebraska. As I understand it, vehicles are specially made for E85, and it cannot be put in a standard vehicle.

Bill said...

Kim, E-85 is 85% Ethanol, and the car needs to be specifically designed for it, I have an 05 Suburban that will run it, but it does not look like my 07 Pontiac G6 does.

Dan, I know what you are referring to, but I have found E-85 in Nebraska/Iowa over the past 2 years or so. Tried it in the suburban, and lost 10% mileage. The $$ savings was around 5%, so I stopped using it.

Chuck Pefley said...

Appealing prices, but the downside is reduced mileage? Not to mention the specific ability of the engine to handle this grade fuel. I just paid $3.42 per gal for 92 octane ... of course I only had to buy 1.5 gallons for my Vespa (75mpg) so the financial impact is slight. Still ... that represents a significant spread in pricing.