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Old 04-14-2009, 06:57 AM   #1
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Ethanol fad?

I used to get my gas at a Citgo station, but I quit going there because of 10% ethanol once I found a Cenex that had ethanol free gas. Now that Citgo has switched back to ethanol free gas, making it 2 stations I know of in a town of 10,000 selling the corn free stuff. Is anyone else seeing this? Are there more stations going back to ethanol free gas because of waning business? Was the ethanol thing a craze for a short while or am I not seeing the bigger picture? Can we agree on an abbreviation of EFG for ethanol free gas or is there a standard one already? Why does Captain Crunch chew up the roof of my mouth?
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:18 AM   #2
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I think that in some places, ethanol is required. I know that I can't get EFG in virginia at all. they usually run about a dime cheaper a gallon because of the tax difference from NC to VA. also, I think walmart only carries the "corny gas" as I call it.

and cap'n crunch does the same to me. let it soak in the milk longer, problem solved
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:21 AM   #3
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Things may be different now. but there have been some back woods stations I buy fuel at from time to time that I suspect don't have Ethanol, because of the unexplainable mileage gains I get on their fuel. I think in winter all fuel is ethanol, but in summer some stations may have normal stuff.

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I'm pretty sure that in my state it became legally required to use ethanol in place of MTBE after MTBE contaminated a town's water supply. Shortly after that, ethanol became pretty common everywhere. Then when gas was $4/gallon, it probably became a financial advantage to cut the expensive gas with cheaper ethanol.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:25 PM   #5
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lol fad? must be the longest fad ive known...weve always had ethonal gas for as long as i can remember.

even my 1980 chevettes owners manual says its safe to use so obviously it was widespread back then for them to put that in the book...
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back in the 70's and 80's 7-11 and RaceTrac used to sell ethanol fuel in this area. Most other stations sold plain old unleaded.

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even my 1980 chevettes owners manual says its safe to use so obviously it was widespread back then for them to put that in the book...
My 1980 Buick's manual:
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You have an overbite. Capt'n Crunch is a PIT...M.
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FYI, in Missouri, all gas (every drop) is contaminated with ethanol, by law, since early 2008.

Well, except for premium, but who's crazy enough to buy that stuff for the extra 20 cents per gallon?
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If your car has high compression, you'd be silly to NOT run premium. My Camaro actually has some knock if I run less than 91 octane... so I just put 93 or 94 in every time.
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