No E15 in your Classic Ride

Jun 23, 2018 2:04 PM - 298 Views Create A New Thread

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No E15 in your Classic Ride
My car is older than 2001. What should I do?

Don't fill your fuel tank with E15, simple as that. Even though the new fuel is coming to market, the gasoline or E10 you fill your tank with now will still be available. There is a twist, though. At gas stations that use blender pumps (a single spout that dispenses all octanes) you'll have to purchase at least 4 gallons of E10 to insure any E15 in the hose is diluted to safe levels in your fuel tank. Fuel pumps will be required to have a 4-inch-square label warning motorists not to use the fuel for uncertified engines. With that in mind, the best advice if you have an older car is to stick to stations that have not switched over.

This is a tricky question and the subject of a lot of hand-wringing right now. The gas you use now is often 10 percent ethanol, but some industry groups believe the higher concentration of E15 will cause problems. All cars 2007 and newer should be compatible with E15 because automakers have changed the formulation of the affected components. The EPA has certified vehicles in the U.S. fleet made in 2001 or newer, and all Flex Fuel–capable vehicles (able to use up to an 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline mix) as E15 compatible. One study conducted at Kettering University found no remarkable degradation in fuel systems all the way back to 1995 model years. But the main issue is whether or not your vehicle will be covered under warranty for any damage caused by E15 usage, and in many cases the answer is no. GM and Ford have certified their own vehicles starting with the 2012 and 2013 model years, respectively, so some brand-new cars will have no trouble at all.









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Comments
  • lofat46
    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:27 AM


  • Even though it they say E15 is safe for cars 2001 and newer, when it first showed up in my area (suburban Chicago) about 2 years ago, I was driving a 2011 Ford Taurus. My Ford dealer told me NOT to use E15 and it was only safe to use in Flex Fuel vehicles. So unless your vehicle can burn E85 and E10, to be safe, stay away from E15. Also, most of the stations that have it around my area have a separate nozzle for E85.

  • okie34
    Jun 23, 2018 at 7:28 PM


  • I can still get 100% gas. That's all I run in everything especially in my 34. If on the road the e10 will run in my truck.



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