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Old 05-10-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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2012 Ford Focus E85 Yes/No?

Went to fill it up today and saw that it had e20-85 crossed out on the fuel door. I was under the impression that it was a flex fuel vehicle. The manual doesn't say much about it either. Does anyone know?


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Usually the ones that are bear the flex fuel emblem on the tail of the car...
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Is flex fuel important to you? I don't think I run into anything but plain whatever 87
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Is flex fuel important to you? I don't think I run into anything but plain whatever 87
I get about 2mpg better when running 89 octane... and oddly enough, that's what the owners manual recommends. On Tuesdays, a neighboring gas station has 89 at the same price as 87. They aren't the cheapest station, but you get Plus for 2-3 cents more than regular at most places... rather than the 10-15cent mark up.
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Originally Posted by 2012 Ford Focus Owner's Manual
Choosing the right fuel
If your vehicle is a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV), use only UNLEADED
FUEL and FUEL ETHANOL (Ed75–Ed85).
If your vehicle is not a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV), then only use
UNLEADED fuel or UNLEADED fuel blended with a maximum of 10%
ethanol. Do not use fuel ethanol (E85), diesel, methanol, leaded fuel or
any other fuel.
On page 354.

It also says that if the car is FFV it will have a yellow fuel cap.


Really though using 20% vs 10% isn't going to hurt anything. You may see mileage drop a bit but that's it. When the 10% came out most cars claimed they weren't able to run that, but managed to for a long time. Many still do to this day. Basically it's Ford covering their ass because there hasn't been much long term testing done and this allows them to weasel out of warranty work and save a few bucks. Treat fuel questions like the Army when at the dealership, don't ask don't tell.
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Is flex fuel important to you? I don't think I run into anything but plain whatever 87
Not really, however i do travel alot and see it posted every once in awhile. I'm just trying to clear the air about what alot of website have said and what's actually true.
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Not really, however i do travel alot and see it posted every once in awhile. I'm just trying to clear the air about what alot of website have said and what's actually true.
If my car would run on it, I'd be cool with it. My objective is to get the lowest cost per mile... if I can get 40 miles extra from a tank of 89 octane that cost me $1.25 more than the 87 octane, then it is more economical to get the 89. Flex fuel would be the same deal. If it keeps costs down, cool. If it just makes Al Gore happy, hell with it.
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Went to fill it up today and saw that it had e20-85 crossed out on the fuel door. I was under the impression that it was a flex fuel vehicle. The manual doesn't say much about it either. Does anyone know?
Along the lines of what iminhell said, if your vehicle is flex fuel capable, it will have a yellow bezel placed over the fuel fill inlet. It was also marked in the vehicle description and fuel economy information boxes on the window sticker if you still have it. Flexible Fuel Vehicles will also have an E85 ethanol label on the fuel filler door.

If that doesn't help, feel free to send me a message with your VIN and I can check and see if it is flex fuel capable.

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2012 Ford Focus E85 Yes/No?

I found an App called "E85" and give me the location of Shell station that has E85. When I got there and lifted the gas cover and saw the "No E85" symbol, I had a tissy-fit... WTF is going? I am heading over to my dealer to find out what can be done. More later...
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Why would you want to use E85 anyway, that stuff is crap.
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