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Maxol has started selling this in Ireland: http://www.maxol.ie/maxol-bioethanol-e5.html

It's the same price as regular petrol, and it's available at my local station. It's allegedly 98RON (how, I don't know!).

I wonder if it's safe to use it in my 2000 LPT 93. I presume it won't have any effect on performance (ethanol being low in calorific value would probably offset any efficiency gains), but if you could be friendlier to dolphins at no extra cost/risk, why not? (it supposedly has 3.4% less CO2 emissions).

Any thoughts?
 

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Best thing I would do is research the company. Talk to them. Also talk to Saab dealers and ask them about this.


With the two you will get good info. If one like Saab going no it not working too good or the company going um um let me get back to you. There could be a major problem.
 

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E5 is 5% ethanol, E10 is 10% ethanol, etc. The rest is conventional gasoline. In the US, many areas use 10% ethanol (including mine, for years). Bio-ethanol is just a fancy name for ethanol made from anything including garbage (and not fit for human consumption). For years, all cars imported into the US must run on 10% ethanol.

In general turbocharged cars with adaptive ecu's run very well on a mix of conventional fuel and ethanol, because ethanol has similar properties as high octane gas. My car runs on up to 25-30% ethanol without modification, almost like running high octane race fuel at the cost of unleaded... There are plenty of modified Subies at the E85 pumps in the summer, although converting your car to use ethanol is not strictly legal in the US, unless it came that way from the factory... :cheesy:
 

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Atol: Thanks. Maxol is a fairly very big multinational, so I presume they have done the research themselves already before they provide it....

PMI: Thanks very much. Yep, know that much that it's 5% Ethanol. Just didn't want to risk putting in the Saab without checking, but according to what you say it's perfectly safe for a LPT engine like mine then!
 

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ashimashi said:
...according to what you say it's perfectly safe for a LPT engine like mine then!
Yes.

Some early cars made in the US, like the model T, were actually designed to run on either gasoline or ethanol. The main advantage in turbocharged engines is that they can actually run better on part ethanol.

Don't know about the Dolphin connection though... I suspect they would rather eat the whey than ferment it and turn it into fuel... :lol:
 

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Don't know about the Dolphin connection though... I suspect they would rather eat the whey than ferment it and turn it into fuel... :lol:
Thanks. You know the thing... CO2... ocean acidification... saving the blue planet, happier dolphins, etc... :)
 

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Forget the dolphins... Protect the luscious green landscape Ireland has to offer!
Erin Go Bragh!


...Sorry, I love my Irish heritage =]
 
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