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  1. I guess I had no reason to panic. Although the 2 stations: Valero in Commerce City off 56th and Quebec and Western Convenience near US 36 and Pecos still had the nossles covered, I found a station in Longmont with E85 ready to pump.
  2. I heard that E85 here is changing to E15. I hope that's just a terrible rumor. Today I went to fuel up and couldn't find one station that didn't have a cover over the E85 pumps. Maybe it's just a shortage or something. Hopefully it isn't changing to E15, there's no point in running that in my opinion.
  3. I'll pass on E15. Considering most of the time fuel labeled "E85" isn't really 85% ethanol anyway... "E15" probably is only E10 at best. E10 labeled here is "may contain UP TO 10% ethanol... meaning 0-10%. E15 probably will have the same "wiggle room" so it could be just E10 anyway. Not worth it for me to expend the calories it takes to pick up an E15 pump handle much less the $$ it would cost buying it since it's basically E10 anyway. Most engines can't take FULL advantage of gasoline much less ethanol. It's 2017 and some people are impressed with hybrids getting 40+MPG whereas they should NOT be. Economy cars with gasoline engines 30 years ago were getting 30+MPG, same as today. Oil companies are in charge here. I theoretically splash blend E25-E40 in my vehicles that are not labeled "flex fuel" and I get the same economy as E10 and get better performance than on E10. These vehicles are driven at 5280 feet above sea level so there is less of a need for a richer fuel mixture so they are not running lean. They are not high performance vehicles with high compression. It's a theoretical blend of E25-E40 because E85 in my area is 51%-85% ethanol content and I don't bother testing. I just assume winter blend of E68 and summer E85.
  4. Still no E15 stations around here. Makes me happy.
  5. So I have heard that there are quite a few stations replacing all their E85 pumps with E15. Does anyone know the story behind this? What is going on? Is this the beginning of the end for E85? So far thankfully I have seen no changes in Colorado but I know I won't be using E15 if all the E85 pumps here are replaced with E15 - at that point, might as well use E0 or E10 and get the better fuel mileage since 5% more ethanol in regular fuel is well... nothing. That and all the E10 pumps say "may contain up to 10% ethanol". So guessing that E15 might be no different than E10... they could probably just mark the E10 pumps as E15 and use the same "may contain up to 15% ethanol"... so... i'd use whatever is less expensive at that point. Not sure how well this would go over around my neck of the woods replacing E85 with E15. I see so many people using E85 - from soccer mom's in big flex fuel SUV's to enthusiasts that converted their vehicle to run on E85 - I actually see alot of that here, almost every time I stop for fuel someone with a modified turbocharged vehicle is filling up with E85.
  6. I don't know where else to post this. I have private messaged several admins here and have not yet received a response. I do understand being occupied with more important things, so I am not complaining, but rather looking for assistance if possible. Right now, it seems I have no permissions on my profile to make any changes besides my email and password. I sent screenshots in the private messages. If helpful I can post them here. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  7. I run E15-30ish (splash blend) all the time on my 1998 Dakota and my sons 2000 Neon, no issues. The Neon wasn't happy for the first 10 miles but after a highway trip it has been running the same as before with a little more kick.
  8. I'd be happy to win just being able to customize my profile, free E85 would be nice too.
  9. Unfortunately (as you are aware) E85 still has 15% gasoline in it or more depending on the region, and this time you just put in more gasoline than you wanted. At least it wasn't E10.
  10. Gasoline prices being so low, it is tempting to use it. I gave in recently on a road trip since there were no stations close enough to each other that carried it/were a pain to get to far off the interstate. Back to 100% E85 now. My vehicle thanks me. (2015 Chrysler 200). I run my son's Neon and my 99 Dakota on ~ 50% E85 and 50% E10. No blender pumps out here. They both run fine even in the cold. It's a little different at high altitude I suppose, less air so less need for a rich air/fuel mixture. I've even run the Dakota on 100% E85 and like the Neon it's a non-flex fuel vehicle and it ran fine, however I did notice a slight power decrease at higher RPM's, I don't want to run it too lean so that's why I mix it. There really should be no reason why automakers can't put in some type of a fuel pre-heater for flex fuel vehicles so it's easier to run E85 year round, similar to what they used to do for diesel powered vehicles.
  11. I would have thought in the mid-west the price spread would be good and E85 would be very inexpensive. There are only a few stations around my neck of the woods with a decent price spread, 120th and Holly they have E85 for 1.31 per gallon last I was there. Also one on Highway 52 and I-25 was 1.41 recently. Otherwise E85 costs + or -10 cents of "premium" unleaded.
  12. Apparently this isn't the only Toyota engine to have the dual injection setup, I just did some reading as well. Now if only they were flex fuel as well. Sorry for going off topic. Problems like the limp mode when running E85 - there's got to be a simple fix for that somehow. Maybe the old trick of using a resistor on the air intake temp sensor might work since it makes the car think it's getting colder more dense air than it really is and as a result it enriches the fuel mixture.
  13. I wished we had blender pumps here. Supposedly there is one 100+ miles east of my location so no point of going there unless I am passing though. Maybe a conversion kit might help with the limp mode. That would be very frustrating. Car makers especially US car makes are working hand in hand with oil companies it seems, they do their best to discourage use of ethanol and do their best to make sure if you do use it, it has adverse effects on performance - programmed in. Next new BS gimmick to avoid a true increase in engine efficiency is "direct injection". Seemingly a good idea but over time the vehicle uses more fuel per mile, loses power and is very gradual so the owner does not notice right away. Helps out oil companies and service departments since eventually the owner will need to take it in to get the heads serviced (as a result of rough idle and poor fuel economy) to the oil sludge cleaned off the intake valves - in a direct injected engine, the fuel never touches the intake valves and never has a chance to clean the oil deposits from the PCV system, in a port injected engine there is no issue since the fuel spray keeps the valves clean, especially if the fuel is ethanol or an ethanol rich blend.
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