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    Ethanol free premium high octane from Conoco?

    I stopped by a local Conoco gas station today I do not normally frequent. While pumping some regular 'ole cheap gas into the Tacoma, I noticed that they have their premium gasoline advertised as ethanol free. I know that the TW is designed to run on 87 octane. So I got to wondering if I should still be running regular gas with ethanol treatment, or switch to my new found and closely located source of ethanol-free 91 octane. Thoughts?
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    Absolutely.... I don't use ethanol gas unless I am out of town and there is no other choice.....that crap ruined the entire fuel system in my boat and is especially damaging to vehicles that are not used often or are in seasonal storage for months....boats....bikes...snowmobiles....snowblow ers.....lawn mowers....collector cars....RVs....

    Cost would be insignificant given the mpg that a TW gets......I keep a supply at home to avoid rides to town to fill up.......
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    It saves carb diaphragms, anything rubber from turning to crap....stay away from ethanol if you can.
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    Ethanol is the worst thing I've ever seen in fuel systems. It will eat aluminium and rubber. It turns into some sort of jello if left alone for over a month. I used to work on small engines. Mowers, trimmers, etc. Ethanol was the number one problem I saw. In you car, you get less mpg with it. Google it. That is why ethanol-free cost as much or more than premium. The gas companies have it figured out. They know this. They are gonna get the same amount of money per mile from you no matter what fuel you use. So they charge more for the ethanol free. The very one that cost them less to produce. No blending with a food product (corn for the ethanol).
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    I use E10 in my van and the wife's car. Everything else gets ethanol free. Never fill the TW with E85.

    And yes, theoretically there is more energy in ethanol free. But my experience I don't get enough of an increase in MPG to make it worth while to switch the cars to ethanol free fuel.
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    The money saved in ethanol related repairs easily pays for the little increase in cost of the premium fuel. Not to mention the frustration and inconvenience.

    The more non ethanol fuel used sends a message that we don't want the ethanol based crap, IMHO.
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    Generally I have gained about 10-15% in gas mileage by NOT USING ethanol. Ethanol is all about giving farmers a subsidy in exchange for votes. Ethanol generally gives a loss in performance and power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepster09 View Post
    It saves carb diaphragms, anything rubber from turning to crap....stay away from ethanol if you can.
    If/when you must use ethanol blends...dose it with either Sea Foam or Sta-Bil.
    Always...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth View Post
    If/when you must use ethanol blends...dose it with either Sea Foam or Sta-Bil.
    Always...
    Sta-bil 360 marine if you can get it.
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    Conoco high test it is from now on!
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