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Old 10-14-2005, 05:31 AM   #1
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I went to North Carolina on Wednesday and noticed going through South Carolina that the price of fuel was 40 to 50 cents cheaper than in Georgia or North Carolina. On my return to Georgia, I stopped at one of the stations with cheap gas and was surprised to see that it was gasahol, i.e. gas with ethanol. This cheaper fuel was prevalent all along US 221 and on I-85 throughout S.C. I also saw my first station selling biodiesel.
What are the pros and cons of using gasahol? Will it hurt the 4 cylinder engine in my Saturn? What about mileage?
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Old 10-14-2005, 05:31 AM   #2
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I went to North Carolina on Wednesday and noticed going through South Carolina that the price of fuel was 40 to 50 cents cheaper than in Georgia or North Carolina. On my return to Georgia, I stopped at one of the stations with cheap gas and was surprised to see that it was gasahol, i.e. gas with ethanol. This cheaper fuel was prevalent all along US 221 and on I-85 throughout S.C. I also saw my first station selling biodiesel.
What are the pros and cons of using gasahol? Will it hurt the 4 cylinder engine in my Saturn? What about mileage?
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Old 10-14-2005, 06:17 AM   #3
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Good Morning Annie,
I'm no mechanic but we have gasahol in Missouri and I run it in my 4 cyl. Cavalier and I can't see any problem. It is only a couple of cents cheaper here however. I really don't know any pros and cons except save some $. I'm sure we have some "experts" out there who may contribute on this subject.

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Old 10-14-2005, 05:01 PM   #4
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Gasahol won't hurt the engine on your car as long as it's ethanol,not methanol.
Gasahol is supposed to burn cleaner than gas.
I've found when I use it in My truck I lose about 10% in gas mileage. So even though it's a little cheaper it doesn't cost me any less per mile.
Your vehicle may be different, you'll have to try it to see if there's any difference.
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:41 PM   #5
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I've burned it for years but here in W. Michigan, it is no cheaper. I do notice a slight decrease in mileage but not enough to worry about. No problems with it but don't leave it in anything for a long storage time because it will absorb water from the air and plug up a carburetor on a small engine or motorcycle if left in over the winter or summer.
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:46 AM   #6
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Just a comment on leaving modern fuel in ANY engine for a longer period of time, modern fuels deteriate in storage veery quickly unless treated (Stabil). Several small engine experts have advised the fuel with or without alchol turn stale and gums carburators when the engines are not used frequently.
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:01 AM   #7
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One reason fuel is cheeper in South Carolina is that we in North Carolina have the third highest fuel tax of all the states. I just drove down to Augusta, GA last Sunday to pick up my father-in-law and regular gas was 1.99 to 2.05 down there. Here in eastern NC it is 2.43 and diesel is 2.89
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Old 11-08-2005, 01:41 PM   #8
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I would agree with the person that said they got about 10% poorer mileage using it. In the mid west this summer I filled the motorhome on it and didn't notice the lower power I have heard some say comes with using it. But did notice poorer fuel mileage.
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