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E85 fuel?

Is it cheaper ? Does the truck run differently at all with it ? What exactly are the advantages/dis-advantages of burnign an ethanol blend ? Ive never run E85 in my truck yet. I actually dont even know where I can get it anywhere in Canada. Anyone ?
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You must have a flex fuel vehicle (FFV) designed for E85.

E85 is more spark tolerant, so a properly calibrated engine with an advanced knock sensor strategy can make more power on E85 before the onset of detonation. Ford FFV's make about 5% more power running on E85 as compared to 87 octane regular unleaded.

E85 has a much lower energy content per gallon then unleaded regular and the stoichiometric air/fuel ratio is much lower. This means that your fuel consumption will increase about 20%. Usually, the price of E85 is not low enough to make up the difference.


Here's what Ford says about E-85

Advantages:

High octane
Slightly increased performance
Renewable North American sources
Similar refueling system for customers
Certain emissions reduced

Disadvantages:

Reduced driving range
Much higher fuel cost
Slightly higher vehicle cost
Limited public refueling sites
Increased aldehyde emissions
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anyone have that link where you can find a station close to you that has E85 ?

Edit: Found it

http://www.e85fuel.com/database/search.php

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Austin Texas now has E85 and there are a few other places around here to. As for the more horse power all I can say is WOOHOO! My truck has never been happier and all the knocking is gone too. I do get less gas milage but the price differance (about 50 cents less a gallon) and the improved performance is well worth it.
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