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by n0cf  Mar 05, 2014

Frankly, there is no place to report pure gasoline (no ethanol) 87 octane in Gas Buddy. In most states, only a handful of stations sell regular that is always ethanol free - Iowa, NE, SD, ND are the exceptions. Iowa's labeling law requires ethanol blended fuel to be marked, and likewise if it is marked it must have more than 5% ethanol. Most other states have the weasely "may contain up to 10% ethanol" labels - so what you get depends on the price of corn+ethanol from week to week.

by n0cf  Mar 05, 2014

Hi, thanks for the response - the problem with listing a 87 octane E10 blend as midgraade is that GasBuddy defines grades by octane. By that interpretation, most Iowa stations don't sell midgrade anymore (pure gas 87 octane and E10 87 octane - are both regular by GasBuddy definition). The stations that have 89 octane these days (BP, Conoco, some Sinclair in Cedar Rapids, Kwik Stop in CR area) are E10 blends and are 10-20 cents more expensive than the E10/87 "cheapest stuff" that of course accounts for 80+% of all gas sold in Iowa.

by n0cf  Mar 03, 2014

Hello. Gas Buddy's divisions of reg/mid/prem are based on octane levels 87/89/91+ - with the September change from 89 octane to 87 octane E10/Gasahol in Iowa we have a problem: some stations have re-labelled this as Regular or Unleaded with Ethanol (Kwik Star), but many are incorrectly labelling 87 octane as super or plus (Caseys, HyVee). So most stations have two 87 octane 'regulars' and no mid 89 octane fuels. I'm reporting the less-expensive ethanol blend as regular, and putting the clear gas price (if available) in the comments field, since much like E85 clear gasoline is more of a boutique fuel (less than 10% of sales in Iowa). Check out the IowaStateGasPrices forum -

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