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Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

I see in my owners manual that gas with an 87 octane rating is recommended. Out here in Nebraska, a lot, if not all, of the gas stations are now introducing 10% Ethanol into the unleaded gas.

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Should I stay away from 10% ethanol blends, if possible, and try and find non-blended unleaded or is it fine to run these blended fuels?

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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

The majority of states here in the northeast have been using 10% ethanol for many years. All cars can take the 10% without causing any problems.
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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

Thanks, I thought as much, but thought I'd touch bases with the WK2 collective.

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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

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I see in my owners manual that gas with an 87 octane rating is recommended. Out here in Nebraska, a lot, if not all, of the gas stations are now introducing 10% Ethanol into the unleaded gas.

Question is:
Should I stay away from 10% ethanol blends, if possible, and try and find non-blended unleaded or is it fine to run these blended fuels?

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Just stay away from the 15% blend now being sold is some states, Nebraska is one of them. Chrysler will not honor warranty claims from damage caused by it. Page 500 of the owners manual gives details. They may have changed their position on this since first reported, but I wouldn't use it.

"Problems that result from using gasoline containing
Methanol or gasoline containing more than 10% Ethanol
are not the responsibility of the manufacturer and may
not be covered under New Vehicle Limited Warranty."
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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

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Just stay away from the 15% blend now being sold is some states, Nebraska is one of them. Chrysler will not honor warranty claims from damage caused by it. Page 500 of the owners manual gives details. They may have changed their position on this since first reported, but I wouldn't use it.

"Problems that result from using gasoline containing
Methanol or gasoline containing more than 10% Ethanol
are not the responsibility of the manufacturer and may
not be covered under New Vehicle Limited Warranty."

Except the v6 can run on e85?

Running the 10% is fine, but your fuel economy is going to take a noticeable hit.
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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

I have a problem with such disclaimers. If a certain fuel specification (e.g. the Great Lakes Chicago-St. Louis metro reformulated gasoline) is so prevalent or federally mandated in a geographic area, a car manufacturer should either sell cars modified or equipped accordingly (e.g. CARB) or stop selling that vehicle model altogether. They can't pass onto consumers compliance instructions clash with federal laws (i.e. EPA reformulated gasoline for compliance with the Clean Air Act). Even if we wanted to comply with such fuel specs requirements, I would not be able to find non ethanol-containing automotive fuels.



Not to mention that Chrysler also knows the Clean Air Act requirements and they build cars that...comply. Same CAA that refineries comply with.
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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

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I have a problem with such disclaimers. If a certain fuel specification (e.g. the Great Lakes Chicago-St. Louis metro reformulated gasoline) is so prevalent or federally mandated in a geographic area, a car manufacturer should either sell cars modified or equipped accordingly (e.g. CARB) or stop selling that vehicle model altogether. They can't pass onto consumers compliance instructions clash with federal laws (i.e. EPA reformulated gasoline for compliance with the Clean Air Act). Even if we wanted to comply with such fuel specs requirements, I would not be able to find non ethanol-containing automotive fuels.
I'm just confused why we still use ethanol blends. We are being sold a lie and the lie is only causing the use of more fuel and creating more pollution. Ironically we are doing something to prevent something, whilst in reality we are just making it worse.
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Except the v6 can run on e85?

Running the 10% is fine, but your fuel economy is going to take a noticeable hit.
The quote came from the current 2014 manual. If a vehicle is rated flexfuel it says it can run E85, but I have not seen one of those in my area. E85 will give you an even bigger hit on fuel mileage, and a bunch of other consideration if you run it. Even with that rating I would not use it. Unfortunately there are no stations in my state that offer ethanol free fuel, if there were I'd use it. I've had too many issues due to that garbage in fuel, even the 10% variety.
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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

To get back on topic, it appears that it is OK to run the 10% ethanol blend. Just wanted to make sure. This is my first "brand new" car since we bought our Mustang GT back in 1994.

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Re: Ethanol Blended Fuel for my V6 Question

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Just stay away from the 15% blend now being sold is some states, Nebraska is one of them. Chrysler will not honor warranty claims from damage caused by it. Page 500 of the owners manual gives details. They may have changed their position on this since first reported, but I wouldn't use it.

"Problems that result from using gasoline containing
Methanol or gasoline containing more than 10% Ethanol
are not the responsibility of the manufacturer and may

not be covered under New Vehicle Limited Warranty."
So the vehicle is built to be able to run on E85 (85% ethanol) but if you use more than 10% ethanol and have a problem the manufacturer may not repair the vehicle under warranty? Nice try Chrysler! any attorney would jump all over that case.
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So the vehicle is built to be able to run on E85 (85% ethanol) but if you use more than 10% ethanol and have a problem the manufacturer may not repair the vehicle under warranty? Nice try Chrysler! any attorney would jump all over that case.
No it is not built to run on E85, only flexfuel branded are. And Chrysler said nothing about 10%, other than it is safe to use. You must be reading between the lines. If there is confusion, check your manual.
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