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#1585 of 1617 escape hybrid flexfuel
Feb 05, 2007 (10:49 pm)
A while ago there was some hoopla about a E-85 ford escape hybrid. anyone hear of anything recently?
Dec 30, 2007 (6:56 am)
I thought I had read that you can use E85 in this vehicle. I know it lowers fuel efficency, but I am still very interested in it for all the other benefits(lower dependency on foreign oil and other benefits). My owners manual for the 2008 FEH says it is not recommended to use E85. Does anyone know is this not recommended because of the lower fuel economy or is it not recommended because it will ruin the engine?
I really want to use the E85, but do not want to break my vehicle.
#1587 of 1617 Re: E85 [smiley317]
Dec 30, 2007 (8:18 am)
E85 and aluminum do not get along well. If the engine has aluminum heads beware!
"From the corrosion standpoint, aluminum can have some issues when you get into 85 percent ethanol," said Mike Bartush, product manager, environmental systems for Cincinnati-headquartered OPW. "We offer an anodize product that coats these materials so that there's not a problem with these alternative fuels. We also changed some of our gaskets about five years ago to be more compatible with the new fuels. When you're talking about five or 10 percent ethanol it's not an issue with our aluminum tubes and aluminum adapters. And it's not an issue with our cast-iron shear valves and steel piping and brass. We take all the different fuels and we soak our products in them and test them."
Bartush noted that the company was making an effort to change various castings to stainless steel in order to alleviate any potential problems with more aggressive fuels, relying on an economy of scale to help keep costs down.
#1588 of 1617 NO E85 at this time.
Jan 02, 2008 (3:31 pm)
Posted in other Escape Hybrid forum. Do not use E85 it will rot out or fuel lines at least.
#1589 of 1617 Re: NO E85 at this time. [mschmal]
Jun 06, 2009 (4:23 pm)
I don't believe this is totally correct. I have run ethanol blends of up to 30% with no problems on my 2005 FEH. I am aware of other individuals that have run higher blends (05 and 09 versions) with conversion kits for thousands of miles. These individuals can run up to around E50 before the fuel mixture becomes too lean. Higher blends require E85 conversion kits or other modifications.
#1590 of 1617 How many miles is "High Miles" on the Hybrid?
Mar 20, 2011 (8:54 pm)
#1591 of 1617 How many miles is "High Miles" on the Hybrid?
Dec 19, 2007 (10:47 am)
I'm looking to purchase an 05 FEH w/ 75k miles, and look forward to keeping it for awhile. But on these hybrids, what is the life-expectancy of the gas and hybrid components?
I have a 96 Accord with 220k miles and an 02 diesel Excursion with 210k miles and they are both still SOLID vehicles. They are maintained well as would the FEH be, but being new to hybrid vehicles, I'm just concerned...
If I'm not mistaken, Honda warranties their battery system for 10 yrs. What is Fords warranty? and does anyone have any input on aftermarket hybrid warranties?
#1592 of 1617 Re: How many miles is "High Miles" on the Hybrid? [backyaker]
Mar 09, 2008 (12:15 am)
Ford's hybrid battery warranty is 8 years. However, for those of us in California and a few other states it is 10 years!
#1593 of 1617 Re: How many miles is "High Miles" on the Hybrid? [calcaver]
Mar 11, 2008 (2:39 pm)
"Ford's hybrid battery warranty is 8 years. However, for those of us in California and a few other states it is 10 years!"
I think the original question was "miles", and the answer is 100K for non CARB, 150K for CARB states. The warranty is either the years OR the mileage.
So that hybrid with 75K is 1/2 way through the mileage warranty.
Oct 18, 2008 (7:53 pm)
A wrench light icon came on my 2008 Ford hybrid escape instrument panel. Any ideas on what it means?