The "special blend" you have in California is alcohol. Its effects on BTU are negligible unless you do not boost octane, and that is what happens when youbuy the lower octane rated fuel. It will cause a mild case of detonation, or retardation in electronic controled cars. In the state where I live (Nebraska) the fuel has to be marketed as gasahol and is usually the cheap stuff, now some places by an amazing 20 cents some places. I consistenetly get 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway in a 2 litre Ford ZX2, 24 mpg city and 31 highway in a 1.5 litre Honda Civic Wagon, 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway in a 1.6 litre Nissan Sentra (all automatic except the Ford). I have measured 4 tanks on my '05 Prius and it has been running 48-50 mpg in 90 degree heat, raised tire preasure and "learning how to drive" conditions.
The rental car I am currently operating in the Houston area (with no mechanical revisions) is getting 23.8 mpg according to the trip 'puter, and I just put $49.00 of gas in it for 374 miles of operating. That was only 16.44 gallons, and 22.7 mpg. Gasahol is not advertised as being available here, but I sure am glad this behmoth belongs to Hertz....
Stan Sexton <stanathomesell@...
I just turned 2000 miles on my new 05. Mileage dropped to 38.3 from high of
41.5 on third tank, but I was driving more aggressively.
I live in San Diego, and our gas is blended specifically for California. I
read somewhere to expect about 6% less mileage because of additives in the
fuel that act like the gas had fewer BTU than the gas in other states. Has
anyone else heard about the drop in Calif?
Paid $ 2.98.9 for regular at a "cheap" independent gas station tonight. The
major brands were closer to $3.09.9. The difference between regular and
premiun is at least .20, sometimes up to .40 a gallon.
We really pay for our weather here. Stan in San Diego
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