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E15 Bad for older cars?

Just read the article linked below and was looking for opinions if the government requires all gasoline to have 15% ethanol. What are our choices? Thanks.

DailyTech - Supreme Court Kills E15 Protest, Greenlights Lower MPG, Destroyed Engines
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Hmmmm, interesting read. My 108 gets 11-12 MPG combined highway/town. Will I be getting 4-5 with this new gas?
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Yeah, I read newspaper this morning saying they now "allow: E15 and "no proof it does harm". Then later this morning Hemmings article about how bad it is and that it is the road to E30 next.

I wish newspapers would actually report the news....
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E-10 has long been directly linked to issues in both autos and small engines, marine engines. etc. - it is obvously harmful; why is aviation is excused from this nonsense - at the end of the day no matter which side you are the facts speak for themselves and the USG won't force it in avgas as they cannot have that kind of safety risk. E-15 being forced in the way the article describes will be nothing short of a nightmare for all of the above.

One can read a tremendous amount of information on Ethanol on the AACA forums. Glad to see AACA finaly took a stand against Ethanol, as E-10 has been causing issues with carburated cars for a couple of years, E-15 will likely force more than a few off the road, or greatly limit their roadability at best.

Great article, which illustrates how the current administration, in conjunction with a very powerful lobby for big farming, and the green extremists have come together to jam a very poor, ineffective solution down the throats of the public. If this had no impact why would manufacturers of autos and other engines band together to fight it? Trying to straddle the line of not going too political here as that is for OT, I guess, but this is an issue vintage owners should educate themselves on, our window to fight this is closing quickly, and current administration could not care less about hobbyists or other people using small engines, marine, etc. To me, this is the biggest threat to the future of the collector car hobby and will do next to nothing for overall energy conservation/green initiatives if that keeps you up nights.

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E15 is bad for newer cars too.

I had to have the fuel pump assembly in my Crown Vic replaced because I let the car sit too long.

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