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Old 10-18-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
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New to the Group From Iowa

I am from central Iowa and I drive a 1996 Ford Taurus and average 24-25mpg on ethanol . You guys say that ethanol doesn't get as good of mpg as regular . Well, I took your word and I am trying regular. The only problem I have is the cold winters and I was always told that ethanol kept the fuel lines from freezing in really cold weather. So, when winter comes and I am stranded because of a frozen fuel line, I am goin to blame you guys :-)
Just kidding !
I would like to get a scangaugeII in the near fulture if you think it will help me get better gas mileage.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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hey raz, howdy from iowa city.

i'm pretty new myself. just put in an order for the scangauge2 myself, i think it'll help. on ethanol you wont get as good of mileage as with gasoline, but your cost per mile may be better with ethanol.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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I live about 45 miles west of you in rural just south of victor exit on I-80.
Please keep me updated on the scangauge and let me know how it works and how long of a shipping time it takes, I assume you got it directly from scangauge or is there a better price that $169 ?
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:16 PM   #4
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i'd feel better about buying direct for $170, but since i had money sitting in paypal i went for one from an ebay reseller for $160
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:34 PM   #5
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Welcome to GS!

I do a lot of work up there: Quad Cities (Bettendorf), Iowa City, Des Moines, and Sioux City. Always rollin' through at some point

Ethanol is a sticky widget. You'll probably gain some FE numbers with regular gasoline, but people use it for different reasons. It depends on your goal. I drove up from KC to Sioux City with a Flex Fuel Monte recently -- had to fuel up in MO, actually -- couldn't find an E-85 station on I-29! Big drop in FE, but the rental probably never saw the stuff before.

Best FE to ya with the wagon. I admire the choice over an SUV

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RazBarlow -

Welcome to GS! The ethanol thing makes me think of Ice Road Truckers, where they were putting alcohol in the brake lines to keep them from freezing.

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