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      11-03-2016, 08:47 PM   #1
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Anybody tested the e85 content in DMV region

Wanted to see if anyone had tested the e85 content at the stations that sell e85 in the DMV region, and if so could you please share your findings?

A new e85 station has cropped up fairly close to me in Manassas(Sheetz, and actually listed as e51-e83). Though it help if I am only spiking the fuel to make sure I have at least 93 Oct for my tune(Fuel near Fairfax has often been found wanting). I am unable to use any of my e-blend maps regularly since I never know what the actual percentage of ethanol.

I am trying to avoid breaking out a science experiment at the pump every time I refuel.

Would be helpful to have a cheat sheet of sorts, so I can at the very least run a mild e30 tune regularly, since I spike my fuel often anyway.

Thanks, and looking forward to your inputs
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That's a negative ghost rider...E content is not something you want to gamble on hearsay. Even if someone filled up a couple hours before you, that doesn't mean that a truck hasn't filled the pump with E70 instead of ~E85 in the meantime.

Maybe get steve's bluetooth analyzer kit or something.
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That's a negative ghost rider...E content is not something you want to gamble on hearsay. Even if someone filled up a couple hours before you, that doesn't mean that a truck hasn't filled the pump with E70 instead of ~E85 in the meantime.

Maybe get steve's bluetooth analyzer kit or something.
Valid point. I've been erring on the side of caution. Running a e25 tune with a e30ish blend. Driving as much as I do, measuring e content every time I fill up gets old really quick. Been looking into Steves kit, but as you know FMIC upgrade seems like a more immediate need Weathers cooled down so not super urgent, but my right foots getting heavier, and the 5" cant keep up.

PS I know youre in MD, adn I visit there often. Where do you usually fill up. MD for some reason is a lot more e friendly.
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If been hearing good things about the new e85 pump at the Exxon in Woodbridge next to Potomac Mills. I don't personally use e85 yet but I see a few Evo's and Gtr's filling up when I'm in that area. Shoot me a price on that 5".
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Theres this Sunoco out in Ashburn. I live in Fairfax but its the only station I go to fill about 5 gallons more or less every time. No complaints but I also have no idea of the actual content.
Located here check it out: 42800 Creek View Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
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Theres this Sunoco out in Ashburn. I live in Fairfax but its the only station I go to fill about 5 gallons more or less every time. No complaints but I also have no idea of the actual content.
Located here check it out: 42800 Creek View Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
yeah i go there often, and the one in manassas. the one in ashburns pretty good, but winter mix is about e70. dont know much sheetz manassas
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Update checked Sheetz Manassas a few times, and they are e70 almost always, higher if you get lucky, though sticker says E51-E83 (unlike Sunoco, which has a sticker "minimum e70", and always is e70 or e85 in summer) Good option if one lives in Fairfax, closer compare to Ashburn.
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