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Old 05-26-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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YAY I found good gas

After searching fruitlessly for a while to find an ethanol free gas station, I did it. I decided to start filling up at the chevron since it is the only top tier gas in the area.

First fill up was before I went home from college. I was fully loaded (more space than weight) and got 27.7 mpg. So after driving back down with no load at all and got 24.4 mpg, it was time for another fill up.

I went back to the same chevron. After filling up, I went in to pay and struck a conversation with the old mechanic who rang me up. We talked about gas blends and he told me that the marathon down the road was top tier as well.

Best piece of info he gave me was that they do not have ethanol in their gas!
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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I hate the ethanol in my gas. And all the stations in oregon have it(pretty sure). I noticed a 5-10% drop in fuel economy along with the 10% ethanol being added last year. And now the carbuerator in my chainsaw is going bad- the owner of the local saw shop said my saw was prone to carb issues but the ethanol is increasing the speed of the process.
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i have yet to find a ethanol free gas station
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I hate the ethanol in my gas. And all the stations in oregon have it(pretty sure). I noticed a 5-10% drop in fuel economy along with the 10% ethanol being added last year. And now the carbuerator in my chainsaw is going bad- the owner of the local saw shop said my saw was prone to carb issues but the ethanol is increasing the speed of the process.

Funny you should mention that. The mechanic I talked to was telling me how a bunch of people come to him now for gas, because ethanol ruined their mowers, weed eaters, etc.

I didn't post that initially because I figured the ethanol-huggers would call it out for no evidence haha
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:41 PM   #5
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Speedway does not use ethanol...i don't think Shell or BP do either. they have to put a disclaimer on the pumps here if they use it. two cheapest gas stations in town use it Sheetz and Murphy. i run Speedway 91 oct. almost exclusively.
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Live 15 miles from a county that is 2 counties away from a metro area to supposedly get ethanol free gas. Haven't found it yet.........
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Why is everyone hatting on the ethanol? In Manitoba (Canada) gas companies are required to have a minimum 10% ethanol in the gas. Seems to do no harm.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:24 PM   #8
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Why is everyone hatting on the ethanol? In Manitoba (Canada) gas companies are required to have a minimum 10% ethanol in the gas. Seems to do no harm.
For one I don't think sacrificing world hunger for energy consumption is wise.

I get better gas mileage. But for the most part, I think it is too young of a technology to trust my engine to. I don't thing the R&D has come far enough for the government to require we run it.

If it was made from switchgrass, that would be another story...
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Why is everyone hatting on the ethanol? In Manitoba (Canada) gas companies are required to have a minimum 10% ethanol in the gas. Seems to do no harm.
Guess you don't run a boat or like getting lower mpg. ethanol attracts moisture and moisture is bad .... mmmkay
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And it takes more energy to produce than we get out of it & most cars aren't designed to run on it, etc etc etc. Maybe sawgrass optional niche market thing but mandatory for everyone in most metro areas? Bullshit! Getting less mpg means you're burning more of it to go same distance. Sux! Which means you have to buy it more often. Sux! Burning more to go same distance means more "cleaner?" fumes into atmosphere. Defeats the whole fucking purpose! Mindless garbage hype to sway the brainless!
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Speedway does not use ethanol...i don't think Shell or BP do either. they have to put a disclaimer on the pumps here if they use it. two cheapest gas stations in town use it Sheetz and Murphy. i run Speedway 91 oct. almost exclusively.
ehh..last time i checked BP uses 10% ethanol.
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ehh..last time i checked BP uses 10% ethanol.
Yay around here they do. In fact they were one of the "pioneers" in ethanol so they won't get rid of it any time soon
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Yay around here they do. In fact they were one of the "pioneers" in ethanol so they won't get rid of it any time soon
The one in my town got shut down a few months ago, but didn't bother me any to say the least haha
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Ya there a few here at Virginia Tech but I am going to use the chevron from now on
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I filled up over the weekend out of town with ethanol free fuel and there is a difference. Unfortunatly here it is impossible to find ethanol free fuel
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Ya there a few here at Virginia Tech but I am going to use the chevron from now on
agreed. theres one chevron in radford. Sheets has the cheapest gas, but i also get the worst fuel mileage from there haha...the irony of it all.
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agreed. theres one chevron in radford. Sheets has the cheapest gas, but i also get the worst fuel mileage from there haha...the irony of it all.
Haha i noticed that too. I ate there before our rugby match last fall, when I had dislocation #2 of my shoulder
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Haha i noticed that too. I ate there before our rugby match last fall, when I had dislocation #2 of my shoulder
ahh damn, I know the feeling. I dislocated my knee a few years back. Definitely not a pleasant experience haha
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