I have been hearing negative comments over the past year, about the addition of 10% ethanol to our gas. I decided to really research this subject, and find out for myself whether it's good or bad for my car.
If you read the reports from ethanol producers, you'll believe that it's the best thing you can put in your car. They say it improves mileage, cleans the engine, and is good for the environment. Others say it loses mileage, deteriorates the seals, gaskets, hoses, and generally ruins the motor. They also say it shortens the motor's useful life. I recently bought a chainsaw - new - and was informed by the service person to NEVER put ethanol in it, that it would destroy the motor, plus void the warranty. I've read from what I would consider reasonable authority, that two cycle motors, such as lawnmowers, boat motors, motorcycles, and older car motors will rapidly deteriorate from ethanol in gas. I am restoring a 1928 Whippet - what will that do to all my work?
Now, here's what came to my mind about all this - if ethanol actually deteriorates seal, gaskets, hoses, wouldn't that make any motor run worse, leak fluids onto the ground, as well as cause gas or other fluids to mix within the engine, which could possibly be bad for the environment? So, it might help the environment right now, but in a short time, there will be thousands - no, make that millions of cars literally falling apart, polluting, using a wasteful amount of gas and oil products. And what will that do to the people's warranties?
I think anyone that benefits from the addition will be in favor of it. The gas stations are getting a kickback from the government for using it, naturally, the producers are all for it, and the government benefits from it. The car dealers will be making more money down the road for repairs (to cars that probably wouldn't have needed it), or people purchasing new cars, with repair shops having a boom in business. Sounds like the economy will benefit from it also.
In my town, I found three gas stations that still have gasoline without ethanol, so I started purchasing my gas there - at a cost of seven to fourteen cents a gallon more. The first thing I noticed, was an increase in gas mileage - up to four miles per gallon. I haven't figured out how that figures in savings over what I have to pay for the gas in the first place. I'm still concerned about my new Subaru being destroyed long before its time. I have a 1952 Dodge pickup truck I bought in 1972, and still drive it daily. My 1991 Dodge diesel truck was purchased in 1994. Both drive flawlessly, with minimum maintenance. I like to keep my vehicles for a long time, but I don't think that's what the powers to be want.
So, who can you ask, and get an honest answer? Until that's determined, I'll stick to non - ethanol gas.