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Old 03-12-2011, 12:48 AM
kisportolt kisportolt is offline
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Default flex fuel?

bought my ranger on monday, its an 03 3.0 xlt that can use flex fuel...any one use it? from what i've been told, it gets horrible gas mileage and is not worth using. but ive found it for almost a dollar less than regular gas, and thats a huuggee difference especially with how gas prices are rising. any input?
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:03 AM
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I do every once in a while. Truck gets 3-5 mpg less on ethanol than on gasoline, depending on the conditions. In my case, I have to refuel more often, so the extra fill up offsets the lower cost of E-85. Over the long run, cost for both is about the same.

The one advantage is that E-85 is higher octane than regular gas, and the truck really likes that!
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:23 AM
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I do every once in a while. Truck gets 3-5 mpg less on ethanol than on gasoline, depending on the conditions. In my case, I have to refuel more often, so the extra fill up offsets the lower cost of E-85. Over the long run, cost for both is about the same.
That's the long and short of it. It ends up being a wash.

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The one advantage is that E-85 is higher octane than regular gas, and the truck really likes that!
hmmm, no not really. It is roughly 95 octane, which is significantly higher than the engine is designed to work properly with. You don't gain performance buy putting fuel in the truck that it isn't designed for. Using higher octane to gain performance on a stock engine is myth. The engine performs WORSE with E-85 ethenol based fuel for a number of reasons and that is one of them.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:02 AM
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E85 is 105 octane so the timing is advanced = more power
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:23 AM
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Yeaaaaaa no. But if that false sense of performance makes you happy, then I'm indeed happy that you're happy.

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Old 03-12-2011, 11:54 AM
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how do you know that e85 dont give a ranger more power? you dont have a 3.0!
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:02 PM
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Because I don't need to own one to know basic facts and science behind how fuel burn works. I know the sky is blue without looking out the window too.
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:36 PM
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FireRanger is right, a higher octane fuel doesn't equal better performance. The reason high performance engines need higher octane fuel has to do with their higher compression ratio among other things. It has nothing to do with making them perform better only to make them function properly.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:47 PM
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looking like i'm just going to stick with regular gas and accept the prices..
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:16 PM
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E-85 suxxxxxxx there is some input for you
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E-85 suxxxxxxx there is some input for you
hahaha. Unless you're a domestic producer of corn....
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:02 AM
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makes the exhaust smell funny to lmao
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:07 AM
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Because I don't need to own one to know basic facts and science behind how fuel burn works. I know the sky is blue without looking out the window too.
Haha this guy
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:08 AM
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yea he thinks hes cool
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:01 AM
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yea he thinks hes cool
That's cause I am cool. But not what this thread is about. Obviously you're upset about being wrong, so silly remarks like that are no surprise.
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