The Word On Ethanol

When it comes to fueling the cars we love, the inclusion of ethanol is a serious issue, particularly as it relates to your car's precious internals. Hagerty has written extensively on the subject over the years. Here are six stories to shine some light on the controversial fuel additive:

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In folklore, whenever something mysterious happens it’s blamed on a witch, fairy, or even Bigfoot. In the collector car world, ethanol is often the accused — being denounced for everything from poor drivability to corroding fuel tanks, blocked fuel lines and leaking carburetors. In 2007, Hagerty decided to see if ethanol was truly the arch villain that rendered old cars fuel-leaking garage ornaments. The company partnered with Kettering University’s Advanced Engine Research Laboratory to develop the first test that closely duplicated a collector vehicle’s use cycle, with the goal of finding out exactly how these fuel systems were affected by long-term exposure to low ethanol–blended gasoline. The initial findings might surprise you. More

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If you want to avoid the use of ethanol altogether, this map of ethanol-free fueling stations is a great start: Visit to find a station near you.