Fuel with a 15 percent concentration of ethanol is headed to America's pumps soon and buyers with older vehicles may want to steer clear. Pumps dispensing E15 will be identified by a large orange sticker and the fuel is only approved for use in vehicles that are from the 2001 model year or newer.
Using the 85-percent gasoline mix in older cars, lawnmowers or boats is prohibited by law because the fuel may cause damage to vehicle systems. That's pretty rough, but according to Consumer Reports, that's still not enough for many car companies. According to the institute, nine automakers thus far have made it clear that they won't honor warranties of older vehicles found to be running E15 through their systems. Toyota, General Motors and Chrysler are all among those manufacturers.

There are other hurdles to E15 acceptance, too. If fuel stations need to provide E10 for older vehicles and E15 for those built after 2001, they'll need an additional storage tank for the new fuel. That can be prohibitively expensive, which means that it may simply be easier for older stations to skip E15 all together.


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      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was anyone even offering a 10 year warranty back in 2001?
      Sol
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well they could dump e85 or maybe Diesel for e15 if they want to carry e10 and e15. If you read the article it doesn't say it just voids the warranties of car older then 2001 it implies it will void warranties of cars newer then that also
      thescreensavers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enough with this ethanol crap, I want pure gasoline and my MPG.