Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Ethanol?

                  
   
  1. #1
    Senior Member Zchild's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Columbia, Maryland
    Posts
    561

    Question Ethanol?

    Could someone give me a definitive answer on the use of ethanol products in bimmer engines? I've read several websites opinions and most say that ethanol is severely destructive to BMW's and causes performance and undue wear on the engine as well as the sum of its parts. Please feel free to weigh in because the ethanol revolution is coming whether we are prepared for it or not. Just trying to gather enough information to understand the depth of the possible problems and get help with the re-engineering needed to make my bimmer excel on ethanol if that's my only fuel choice. Thanks in advance...
    V/R Zachary Pullins Sr.
    Florida Suncoast Chapter BMWCCA
    2006 E90 325Xi & 1999 E39 540i M-Sport
    " Vision without resources is just hallucination"

  2. #2
    Senior Member bren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Timonium
    Posts
    226
    The "Ethanol Revolution?" :lol

  3. #3
    Senior Member 1996 328ti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Greenville, SC
    Posts
    3,438
    Ethanol is here.
    ...steven
    BMW CCA #146825

    318ti.org | bmwcca.org/forum

  4. #4
    My brother said that the ethanol is good but bad at the same time. He said your getting more power because the ethanols like a racing gas but your getting lower mpg. He said its cutting mpg by 1/4. He said thats they're thinking about bringing back the 93 gas later on by having it only for the new cars to use. This ethanol mix is messing with a lot of hondas that have been tuned for 93 gas and blowing them up. At my brother shop Convenience Car Care in Manassas they have a upgrade package for the ethanol. I don't know if it works that great but my brother said its good to have on your car anyways. It has a water dryer from BG that drys all the water out of your tank because some shady gas places are adding water now, new fuel filter and something else I don't remember.

    Timmy said 0.05% of water is your fuel can damage your engine.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Fairplay, MD
    Posts
    144
    Up to 10% ethanol, sometimes called E10, will not hurt bmws or most gasoline automobiles. That's what the mid atlantic and many parts of the country are getting... maybe someday all US gasoline if we can find enough corn, grass, weeds, whatever. 85% ethanol, E85, will NOT work in regular gasoline cars - you need a flex fuel vehicle for that and you'll only find it in corn-growing areas.
    Ethanol has less power than gasoline, but in a 10% mix with gasoline, the power loss is only 1 or 2% -- i don't have the precise math at hand. Ethanol is an octane booster - good. And it is a detergent - good.

  6. #6
    And it absorbs water - VERY bad.
    Terry Carraway
    02 Topaz E46 M3 SMG
    00 Dakar M Roadster
    95 Alpine E36 M3 LTW
    SCCA Spec Racer Ford Red/White

  7. #7
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Clifton, VA
    Posts
    570
    I prefer to drink my alcohol not put it in the gas tank. Corn should be used to make whiskey not ethanol.

    Dave Apker

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by OwnedbyDuncan
    I prefer to drink my alcohol not put it in the gas tank. Corn should be used to make whiskey not ethanol.

    Dave Apker
    +1
    Amen
    2000 323i
    1997 M3

    it was a beautiful day... the sun beat down
    I had the radio on, I was drivin'...

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Odenton, MD
    Posts
    89
    Quote Originally Posted by OwnedbyDuncan
    I prefer to drink my alcohol not put it in the gas tank. Corn should be used to make whiskey not ethanol.

    Dave Apker
    I'll drink to that, too!
    Tom Buchanan
    BMW CCA Instructor
    ============================================
    1999 M3 (Track Rat)
    2002 540i 6-speed (My Car)
    1999 Acura 3.2 TL (Wife's Car)
    2004 GMC Yukon XL Denali (Family Mobile and Tow Vehicle)

  10. #10
    You can put the corn stuff in the car, BARLEY is to make alcohol from.
    Terry Carraway
    02 Topaz E46 M3 SMG
    00 Dakar M Roadster
    95 Alpine E36 M3 LTW
    SCCA Spec Racer Ford Red/White

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •