what gas is better


Asked by Jan 16, 2015 at 06:37 AM about the 2013 Ford Focus SE Hatchback

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does it hurt the car to put regular unleaded 87 octane in a car that is flex fluid or can you
use both.  some one says less mileage with flex fluid, But the  per

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Correct. That is why it is called flex fuel. You will get better fuel mileage as the methanol decreases in the fuel, but it looks like we are stuck with a 10 percent mix minimum in today's fuel. My neighbors rig is a flex fuel, and during a trip he tried E85 for 1 tank and said never again, his mileage dropped horribly and the power was nonexistent.

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Richard Schroer

If your vehicle is rated for E85 you can use it, but you are better off switching when the tank is almost empty. You will lose 15-20% fuel economy, so if the E85 isn't that much cheaper then stick with regular gasoline. If your car is not rated for E85 then putting it in will turn on a bunch of emissions and warning lights.

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