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  1. I am sure there is a big difference between an 2003 and 2010 Prius.
  2. I just bought a 2010 Toyota Prius and I would like to convert it. While I know a 2003 Prius can use E-85 without a problem, how about a newer model like the 2010 Toyota Prius. I converted my 2003 Toyota Echo and saved a bundle and never had any problems - even in cold weather. I would like to do the same with my Prius. Any advice, good or bad, would be appreciate. Thanks
  3. Want to know what are biggest export is? It's Gasoline! This should tell you that BIG OIL wants to keep prices high by exporting excess supply. Now that want to export even more by getting the Keystone pipeline - they sell this to the American people by disguising that the pipeline will mean more jobs - but at what price?
  4. I have had mine for over a year without any problems - including cold weather starts. I live in Detroit, so it gets mighty cold here (except this year) and no starting problems whatsoever. It has been the best investment I have made, and it has paid for itself several times over. I am convinced it is the best converter on the market - Thanks again Jonny - I haven't used fossil fuel in over a year now!
  5. I applaud Obama's comments - everything he said makes sense to me. The only thing stopping alternative fuels is BIG OIL and their paid off (corrupt) politicians.
  6. An Ex-Shell Oil Executive is Predicting that $5.00/Gallon gas is not far off: http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/27/markets/oil_commodities/index.htm
  7. Think about this: It's not that government is too big or that a subsidy is bad - among other things, we wouldn't have electric or phone service in rural areas if it were not for subsidies. What is bad, and what should be banned - is corporations and/or rich people contributing to political candidates and then expecting something in return; this is called corruption in any other country. Our political system and our democracy has been hijacked by Big Corporations and a few rich people - get money out of politics period! Then you will see change. By the way, I haven't heard one Tea Party member who would support any alternative fuel - except the few on this board.
  8. No matter the price - I will continue to buy and support ethanol - only because I'd rather keep the money in the U.S. However, it is disappointing that the oil producers have essentially taken over the ethanol industry and is now manupilating the price. I fear that the E85 pumps may disappear altogether.
  9. THE FOLLOWING APPEARED IN THE DETROIT FREE PRESS TODAY: WASHINGTON – In a victory for the corn lobby and ethanol proponents, the Environmental Protection Agency is in the home stretch to begin allowing newer cars and light trucks to fill up on gasoline containing 15% ethanol. But automakers remain displeased about the prospect of “E15” in their vehicles’ tanks, and are publicly fighting back in advance of the higher blend’s debut. In letters released today, a dozen domestic and foreign manufacturers complained that the higher ethanol content could damage their vehicles’ engines and void customers’ warranties. They also said the EPA’s new warning sticker — released last week — was not enough to keep unsuspecting drivers from “misfueling” vehicles with the new blend. The EPA is limiting the use of E15 to newer cars and light trucks from model year 2001 onward, along with flex-fuel vehicles, which are reinforced to handle E85 — 85% ethanol — though few owners of such vehicles actually use it. The government is prohibiting using E15 for nearly everything else that runs on gas: motorcycles, boats, vehicles with heavy-duty engines like buses and delivery trucks, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, off-road equipment and light vehicles from model year 2000 and older. In a statement, the EPA says it has concluded that the ethanol blend “would not have an adverse impact on vehicles MY2001 or younger. … The administration will continue to take steps, guided by science and the law, to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and increase our use of home-grown fuels.” Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who is leading the charge against E15 and has introduced legislation that would ban its use, said Tuesday he believed the EPA was pursuing a “political agenda” favoring ethanol producers at “the expense of American consumers” and that the higher blend would “damage engines, void warranties, and reduce fuel efficiency” while producing only “negligible environmental benefits.” “Americans need a fuel that will give them more miles out of a gallon of gas and extend the lives of their cars — not one that will prematurely send their vehicles to the junkyard,” Sensenbrenner said in a statement. Sensenbrenner released 12 letters today that he had received from automakers, including negative assessments by Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia and BMW. Honda said the higher ethanol content could result in “the potential for engine failure,” while Chrysler said it was “not confident that our vehicles will not be damaged from the use of E15” and that “blends beyond E10 will void the warranty.” Ford said it did “not support the introduction of E15 into the marketplace for the legacy fleet,” also citing the potential for the higher blend to void its warranty. http://www.freep.com/article/20110705/BUSINESS01/110705039/Automakers-balk-EPA-plans-ethanol-gasoline?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  10. From the Detroit Free Press: Ford will produce a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine and a new 8-speed transmission sometime in the next two years to raise the fuel economy of its small cars, company executives said today. Derrick Kuzak, head of global product development, declined to say which Ford model will get the new engine or transmission, but it will power models sold in the U.S., most likely the Fiesta and Focus. Kuzak also declined to say where Ford will make the products, other than to say the new transmission will be made in the U.S. But Ford is escalating efforts to take fuel efficiency to the next level. Three-cylinder engines have been widely available in Europe and emerging markets, but the only other car Americans can buy with a three-cylinder engine is the Smart fortwo, which has a 1.0-liter engine. Ford showed a concept car, the Start, at last year’s Beijing Auto Show that featured a 1.0-liter three-cylinder. The 1.0-liter would be offered in Ford vehicles throughout the world, Kuzak said. Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of global powertrain engineering, said it would match the performance of company’s current 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, but would weigh about 20 pounds less. EcoBoost engines combine turbo-charging and direct-injection fuel technology to provide about 20% better fuel economy than larger engines and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ford wants to have EcoBoost engines in 90% of all vehicles it sells in North America by 2013. Ford launched its first EcoBoost engine in 2009 on the Taurus SHO sedan, and has since offered it in the Flex, Lincoln MKT and F-150 pickup, as well as on three models in Europe – S-Max, Mondeo and Galaxy. Later this year the automaker will launch a 2.0-liter EcoBoost version of the Edge and Explorer. So far, Ford has sold 180,000 EcoBoost engines in North America. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is in 41% of the 2011 F-150s that have been sold. The 8-speed transmission also will improve fuel efficiency by streamlining the way gears shift. That transmission will be Ford’s first 8-speed. Chrysler will launch an 8-speed transmission this summer and fall on the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Separately, Ford will begin production later this year at its Van Dyke plant in Sterling Heights of a new transmission for hybrid vehicles. http://www.freep.com/article/20110602/BUSINESS0102/110602024/Ford-launch-1-0-liter-3-cylinder-EcoBoost-engine?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  11. THE FINANCIAL TIMES REPORTED TODAY: The US commodities regulator has charged a trading house and two individuals with manipulating oil prices in 2008 by amassing dominant positions in the physical market that created the impression of a shortage. The charge is only the second oil manipulation case the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed since launching a “nationwide crude oil investigation” three years ago as the cost of West Texas Intermediate, the US benchmark, surged towards a record high of $147 a barrel. The CFTC’s complaint comes as high oil prices have again triggered a political backlash in Washington, with a group of lawmakers demanding a crackdown on speculators and oil companies. The regulator alleged that Parnon Energy, a US oil trader, together with its Swiss and UK affiliates Arcadia Energy (Suisse) and Arcadia Petroleum, made more than $50m from the scheme in January and March 2008. The CFTC alleged that two traders at the company amassed large positions in the physical market at Cushing, the pipeline hub in Oklahoma that serves as the delivery point for the WTI futures contract. The CFTC complaint alleges that by mid-January the traders had accumulated 4.6m barrels of physical oil, or two-thirds of oil available for delivery against the February WTI futures contract. In March they bought 6.3m barrels, equal to 84 per cent of oil available for delivery against the April contract. The buying created the impression of a shortage and pushed up the price of WTI futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Ahead of their move in the physical market, the traders allegedly bought large amounts of futures and other financial instruments that would profit from a price rise. “They wanted to lull market participants into believing that supply would remain tight,” the CFTC said. “They knew that as long as the market believed that supply was tight and getting even tighter, there would be upward pressure on the prices of WTI for February delivery relative to March delivery, which was their goal.” While the traders were only able to move the price by $1, compared with a $20 rise in the price of oil between January and April 2008, the large volumes involved allowed them to generate their profit. After cashing in the profits from their futures positions, the CFTC alleges, they opened bearish bets – or “short” positions – that would profit from a drop in prices. They then allegedly surprised the market by dumping their physical oil, driving down prices and making further profit on their bearish futures bets. In an interchange of e-mails, one of the traders said the dumping of oil into the market – which he described as an “inevitable puking” – was having the “desired effect”. The traders put an end to the scheme in April 2008, after the CFTC asked for documents regarding their trading activities. Parnon referred calls to its London affiliate, Arcadia Petroleum, which did not respond to requests for comment. The two traders could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. However, John Fredriksen, the Norwegian-born shipowner who controls Arcadia and Parnon through his Farahead Holdings group, on Wednesday said the CFTC charge against them was “rubbish”, according to Bloomberg. The UK Financial Services Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission assisted the CFTC investigation. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/dc5136aa-8633-11e0-9e2c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1NJvirb8Z
  12. The point is: there should be limits on speculators - perhaps so many trades per day, or actually taking delivery of the commodity they are speculating on.
  13. . . .and people wonder why GM is selling any cars?
  14. 'On May 12, 2011, when questioned by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Exxon Mobil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson said that oil should cost between $60 and $70 per barrel, if the price of oil were based on supply and demand fundamentals.' In otherwords, the speculators (Wall Street) is adding at least $30 per barrel to the cost of oil! In fact, 70% of the oil market is being manipulated by the Wall Street speculators. Click below to watch the video clip:
  15. Click on the link below to read this article from the Detroit Free Press on what causes a CEL: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=C4&Dato=20110511&Kategori=BUSINESS&Lopenr=105110806&Ref=PH/5-common-things-turn-engine-light?odyssey=mod|defcon|img|FRONTPAGE
  16. People who care about the environment are screwed. Congress is handing our Gulf of Mexico over to oil corporations. A new bill entitled the "Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act" passed out of the House of Representatives on Wednesday ending the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf and giving his oil corporations free reign to explore for new wells as if the BP oil spill last year never happened. But a sneaky little provision in the bill makes sure oil corporations will have a favorable audience in the courtroom if they should screw up again. The bill says that any lawsuits against oil corporations in the Gulf MUST be brought in front of the Fifth Circuit court. Why the fifth circuit court? Because it's bought off by big oil! Ten of the sixteen judges on the court have stakes in oil - including the Chief Judge who owns over $300,000 in oil investments. Other judges on that court have attended legal junkets sponsored by big oil companies. Looks like we now have in America - three co-equal branches of government - each owned by big oil.
  17. Well said Cessna - big corporate money is preventing the expansion of an E85 infrastruture - our government is corupt!
  18. With the kit a bought from Jonny Energy - I've seen only a 3% drop in mileage on the highway and about a 6% drop in the city on my 2003 Toyota Echo. By the way, starting is not any different than with gas with the updated kit - thanks again Jonny Energy!
  19. My son is just starting to drive, and I am also teaching him the benefits of E85 - including the environmental ones! He even help me installed the kit I purchased from Jonny Energy. I am divorced, and he only visits every other weekend - says he is trying to get his mom to use E85 - so far, w/o success (she is stubborn - believe me). In any case, he has been successful in getting several of his friends to splash blend. Now, they are telling their friends - and so it goes. It only takes one good voice to start spreading the good word.
  20. Might be cheaper to mash those Snickers and ferment them into E100?
  21. Most Women I know are about convenience - they simply want to turn the key - they typically don't worry about price, environmental issues, or the mechanics and/or maintenance of the engine. They simply want to turn the key and go! If something goes wrong - they got you to fix it and make it right.
  22. Got a Fuel Flex International kit from Jonny Energy about 3 weeks ago (the newest updated kit). Installed it in my 2003 Toyota Echo, which had been running fine on E65. I dialed back the kit to 5. So far, my mileage decrease only about 3 miles per gallon, and I've been through the change from Winter to Spring blend with no problems. Starting is much better with the kit - in fact no different starting than I had with gas. I am so happy with it, that I am thinking about buying another one for my GF's car - 2007 Chevy Cobalt that will only take up to E30. I will keep the board posted on my experiences with the kit as I log more miles - but so far so good - thanks Jonny!
  23. I noticed today that the Sunoco station I spoke of in Troy has now lowered their E85 to $3.49 - maybe they finally figured it out for themselves???
  24. James- My mistake - the station is actually located in Troy on Livernois between 15 mile and Big Beaver (16 mile) - it is the only Sunoco located on Livernois in Troy - just outside Clawson.
  25. The Sunoco station in Clawson Michigan is similar: Price for E10: $4.02; Price for E85:$4.24!! Just 3 miles east is Valero selling E85 at $3.17 and Meijers at $3.19 - does this make sense? I've talked to the owner of the station about pricing, but he refuses to budge - and then says if he does sell enough E85 he'll pull the pump. How this guy stays in business is beyond me. I refuse to patronize his station, and buy at Valero or Meijers.
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