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  • brorip
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    Re: ?????

    According to EPA, my bi-fuel 2002 F150 gets 11 city, 16 hwy on gas and 11 city and 15 hwy on natural gas. The mileage is not affected much. Although natural gas is a higher octane fuel, there is noticable power loss vs. the same vehicle running on gasoline. I can still tow with it, but it takes some work (often slipping out of overdirve) and my mileage gets shot.

    The main problem with many of these F150's is the compuvalve failing. It's a $2,500 part. There are other seals and valves that may also need to be replaced with a higher mileage CNG vehicle and the tanks expire after 12-15 years.

    My truck came stock from Ford with a 12 gge tank that typically gets me about 125 miles on one fill up. The most I've ever gone on one tank was 170 miles.

    I hope this helped.
    -brorip


    Originally posted by julieg View Post
    Hi! I am a newbe with the natural gas vehicles.

    Does bifuel effect the mpg (compared with dedicated)? I am looking to tow things, so would the bifuel be the better choice?

    Are the repairs expensive?

    Do you get the same mpg as a unleaded vehicle?

    How many miles do the regular natural gas tanks go before you have to refill? Basically, someone told me I would have to fill up everyday???

    Towing wouldn't be a problem correct?

    Thanks,

    Julie
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  • jetboatjohnny
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    Fast fill rates vary, but generally it is quicker than gasoline. I fill every night at my local station, it takes about 4 GGE and takes less than a minute. Once this dispenser starts fueling, it doesn't stop until tank is almost full, then I get a few short bursts. Most the other dispensers I have used are slower, pulsing on and off a few times, taking less than a few minutes on a small Honda tank.

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  • Srasman
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    Geez thats slow. How long does it take to fill up at the gas station typically?

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  • CNGfamily
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    Originally posted by Srasman View Post
    its nice to know that you have thee option of putting a tank in at your house.
    Not a tank at your house... a compressor that will slow fill your vehicle (Phill at about 0.4 GGE/hr or an FM2 at about 0.9 EGG/hr)

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  • Srasman
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    Ok so i did some more research and it appears that only Bi-fuel Vehicles have a compuvalve? Is this true? What exactly is a compuvalve and is there a way to check a CNG vehicle to make sure the compuvalve is working correctly before i buy it?

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  • Srasman
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    Compuvalve goes out a lot on the Crown Vic's then? Shucks. Well thanks for the info guys. Maybe i'll just buy the Dodge pickup?

    You can fill up at home? I never knew that? There is a CNG station just down the road from me but its nice to know that you have thee option of putting a tank in at your house.

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  • julieg
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    ?????

    Hi! I am a newbe with the natural gas vehicles.

    Does bifuel effect the mpg (compared with dedicated)? I am looking to tow things, so would the bifuel be the better choice?

    Are the repairs expensive?

    Do you get the same mpg as a unleaded vehicle?

    How many miles do the regular natural gas tanks go before you have to refill? Basically, someone told me I would have to fill up everyday???

    Towing wouldn't be a problem correct?

    Thanks,

    Julie

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  • Srasman
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    What to know?

    I'm interested in buying a CNG vehicle. I was hoping that maybe someone on here could help me figure out what to know before handing over the cash for a CNG vehicle. I hear that dedicated natural gas vehicles run a lot cleaner and longer than bi-fuel vehicles. Is that true? Also all i've really been able to find as far as used CNG vehicles are old Crown Vic Fleet cars, I read a few threads posted on the ford forum, it sounded like maybe they aren't the most reliable things. Really i just want to know where i can get a reliable used CNG vehicle for under 10 grand? Is it possible? And another question, what is the typical life span of a Dedicated CNG vehicle? Ive heard numbers as high as 500,000 miles with no problems? Is there any truth in this statement? Or is the longevity of the vehicle due to independent circumstances, like wether or not the vehicle had preventitive maintence throughout its life? Thanks!
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