Saturday, April 22, 2017

How much ethanol/ gasoline is in E85

My buddy has a flex fuel F-150.  He also has a scanner that plugs into the OBD port and tells him how much ethanol is in the fuel.

His last fillup at Meijer was only 60% ethanol.  Before that he filled up at Family Express and it was 80% ethanol.

I borrowed the scanner, I'll try and see if it works with my Crown Vic.

Crown Vic tank #6

E85 was $1.18 today.  87 octane gas was $2.38 and premium was $2.88.

I was at 107002 miles, last tank was at 106699 miles, for 303 miles on this tank.  I filled up with 18.411 gallons, for 16.45 miles per gallon.

I saved $9.87 by using E85 vs. premium, not considering the mileage penalty.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Crown Vic tank # 5

E85 was $1.99 today, I always like getting fuel for less than $2 a gallon. ;).  87 octane gas was $2.19 and premium was $2.59.

I was at 106699 miles, last tank was at 106432 miles, for 267 miles on this tank.  I filled up with 17 gallons, for 15.7 miles per gallon.  That seems to be what I get on E85 in mixed driving, 1/2 highway and 1/2 local suburban.

I saved $10.20 by using E85 vs. premium, not considering the mileage penalty.

The car is running outstanding on E85, you have no idea drive ability wise that you're not running regular gas.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Crown Vic tank #4

I had to fill up my Acura with gas because all the E85 pumps were taken.

I filled up the Crown Vic with E85... but I had to fight with a lady over the pump!  Mexican standoff, she was coming in one direction and I in another.  It seems to me that Meijer E85 is becoming more popular.

I filled up at 106432, last tank was at 106166.  17.32 gallons over 266 miles is 15.35 mpg.  Not fantastic mileage!  Mix of highway and suburban driving.

E85 was $1.82 per gallon, 87 octane was $2.02, and premium was $2.42, for a savings of $10.32 per tank.

The car is running flawlessly, no issues with E85 other than fighting over the pump at Meijer!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Crown Vic Tank #3

Last tank started at mileage 105843, and ended up at 106166.  I filled up with 17.345 gallons, for a mileage of 18.622 mpg.  NOT BAD!  I have been driving... more gingerly.  I don't really take it over 70 mph on the highway, for example.

E85 was $1.799 per gallon, regular was $1.99 and premium was $2.49 per gallon.  

Compared to premium (E85 is 96 or 97 octane, and thus more similar to premium than regular), I saved $12.14 per tank.

Car is running fantastically on E85.  Not one issue.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Crown Vic Police Interceptor Tank #2

I filled up last week, but was negligent about posting.

It was at 105843 miles, the last fillup was at 105619.  I filled up with 17.449 gallons of E85 @ $1.799 / gallon.  That works out to 12.8 miles per gallon.

Premium was at $2.49 per gallon, for a savings of $12.21 per tank.

I did more local driving this tank, thus the drop in mileage.

Tank # 32

I got a check engine light right at the end of the last tank.  It went away, and relit shortly after I started driving on this tank, and then went off.

gallons E85: 4.011 @ $1.799/ gallon
gallons 87 octane gas: 9.449 @ $1.899/ gallon

ethanol content of tank: 32.38%
octane of tank: 92.122

Saving per tank compared to premium @ $2.399/ gallon: $6.182