Last post on Nov 11, 2009 at 8:46 PM
You are in the Honda CR-V
What is this discussion about?
Honda CR-V, Car Comparisons, SUV
Sep 18, 2009 (5:29 am)
In most of the midwest, E10 is most commonly sold as midgrade 89 octane, which 87 octane does not contain ethanol. If the cost different is only 5% (~$0.10), I stick with gas without ethanol because it's more stable for longer storage. We don't drive a lot of miles, so a tank of fuel could sit in the car for 3-4 weeks at times. The ethanol will absorb moisture. On top of that, E10 fuel will likely get 5% lower mileage as well.
Also consider that the reason that ethanol is cheaper, is because there are tax subsidies for it. So it's really NOT cheaper, YOU ARE still paying for it through your taxes.
The CR-V isn't tuned for premium or midgrade, so it's unlikely you will actually see any performance increase over regular unleaded. If there is a performance increase, there will likely be an associated drop in mileage as well.
#8 of 10 Re: E10 fuel [motoguy128]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 19, 2009 (6:45 am)
That isn't the case where I live.... All grades have up to 10% ethanol...
Of course, one has no way of knowing exactly how much ethanol the fuel contains... just that it might...
Sep 21, 2009 (5:40 am)
That's true. I forgot that Missouri does not require labeling at the pump, and even in Iowa, sometiems all grades do have E10. But it is common to sometimes find E10 as 89 octane and 87 without ethanol...at least in Iowa and I believe Illinois.
Again, my major concern is the stability of the fuel, more than the fuel economy. Water in the fuel system is not a good thing. I suspect a significant amount could cause misfires or a lean condition. Both of which aren't good for the engine.
Oh...and then there's that little issue of subsidies for ethanol and it's impact on food prices. Overall, ethanol is a false economy, and a poor energy strategy.
Nov 11, 2009 (8:46 pm)
I sold it new to a guy who by concidence grew up oin my home town in California.
We struck up a friendship so he always stops by my desk when he's in for service which is pretty often. We talk about people wh knew in common, old teachers etc.
As of a month ago he had 324,000 miles on it. he drives a TON.
Other than normal scheduled maintenance, he's on his 3rd or 4th set of brake pads. He had to replace his front brake calipers at 250,000 plus miles and an AC compressor at 278,000 miles.
It looks and runs like it did when it was new.