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Ethanol gas vs. non-Ethanol gas

Heard a new one today when I went to buy non-ethanol gas at the usual place. Guy told me a car salesman told him once you start using non-ethanol gas you can't go back to ethanol gas. I don't believe it.
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car salseman LOL what a bunch of bs
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I don't see why it would matter. This is like the enduring myth that once you use synthetic oil, you can't switch back to regular oil.

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Heard a new one today when I went to buy non-ethanol gas at the usual place. Guy told me a car salesman told him once you start using non-ethanol gas you can't go back to ethanol gas. I don't believe it.

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In all seriousness, once you find out how well your OPE engines run on non-oxygenated fuel, you'll never go back. Many years ago I had a couple of engines that ran like crap on gasohol and I'd used every trick in the book on them. It tried some non-oxygenated fuel in them and they ran like champs without changing a thing. I permanently switched from gasohol fuel to non-alcohol and never looked back at least as far as OPE goes.
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So it is not that you can't go back, you don't want to go back. Ethanol has much less Btu's than gas so non-ethanol gas will give an engine more power. I think it is hard to tell the difference in a snowblower engine but under load there will be a power increase with non-ethanol gas. For car use the difference is noticeable due to better fuel economy (that you can measure) and the electronics take advantage of the usually higher octane to reduce knock while advancing the ignition for a better burn performance. I even notice smoother idling on my car with non-ethanol gas; but I have to pay a 60 cent premium per US gallon (here in Canada).

Non-ethanol gas keeps for well over a year in storage and no need for expensive stabilisers.

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Iíve switched to truefuel since I cannot get non ethanol near me. I swear I feel a difference. Back to one pull to start, runs smooth. I will only run it in the new equipment now. I buy the quarts by the case about twice a year, so the price difference doesnít really sting that much.


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Iíve switched to truefuel since I cannot get non ethanol near me. I swear I feel a difference. Back to one pull to start, runs smooth. I will only run it in the new equipment now. I buy the quarts by the case about twice a year, so the price difference doesnít really sting that much.


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Sorry, I know thatís not the point of the post, but I would not want to switch back but there is no reason you canít. Like previously said. Pfft, car salesman.


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The extra price you pay for ethanol free gas is cheap compared to repairing the damage done by ethanol.
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Damage cited in Consumer Reports...

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