Date registered: Nov 2007
Vehicle: '73 450SL, '83 300CD, '01 E320 4matic
Location: Upstate Central NY
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If you look in the owners manual (or a supplement that came with the car, I forget which) you'll notice that in the list of acceptable fuels, it states that 10% 'gasohol' is ok. Gasohol was as term used to describe ethanol blended gasoline years ago.
So technically, MB says it's ok to use it.
I try to avoid it, just on principal. I want as close to 100% gasoline in my car as possible. There is a measurable negative change in fuel economy when using ethanol blended fuel.
The other thing is, alcohol absorbs water (that's what dry gas is) and water is the enemy of any fuel system.
Also, when sitting, the alcohol/water mixture will sink to the bottom of the tank. So if you have a car that you seldom drive, and it has a mixture of nasty stuff in it, it'll tend to sink to the bottom of the tank, which is where the fuel is picked up... not really good.
Think about it.. if it's a 10% blend, that would amount to 2 gallons of alcohol in 20 gallons of fuel.
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