Leno's E85 Corvette was built to take ethanol.
Some of his other, older cars were not.
Photo by Jay Leno
Ive never seen ONE of my columns
generate as much controversy as the one I did in the
March 2 issue (Cant We Just Get Rid of Ethanol?).
I have an ethanol-fuel vehiclemy E85 Corvetteand
it runs fine on ethanol. We built it that way. Its
Todays cars with modern fuel
systems run fine on ethanol-laced gasoline. My old cars
dont; but I have no choice.
I guess thats my main complaint. Its like
having to eat every meal for the rest of your life at
the same place, even though you know the food they serve
might make you sick.
In California, every fuel (even racing gas) has to have
ethanol in it. That doesnt seem right, that were
not allowed to make a choice. As I made clear in my
previous column, older motorcycles, antique vehicles,
small gas enginesethanol hurts them all. Judging
from the comments weve seen, readers (more than
95 percent of the responses) agree with me.
I suppose any number of those folks could have some
financial interest in their stance, but just the same
if ethanol is so good, let people choose to buy
If non-ethanol gasoline is 10 cents or 20 cents per
gallon more and people are willing to pay the difference,
they should be allowed to do it.
Perhaps I was remiss in the March column in not mentioning
enough that we cant choose. Ethanol people are
calling me a hypocrite, but the fact that using the
stuff is made mandatory is unfair.
People have sent me photos of fuel regulators and fuel
pumps that have been ruined by ethanol. One guy had
an 89 Corvette, and the fuel system was all rusted
out because of the switch to ethanol.
I have heard about these problems from enough people.
Its not like Im sitting here making all
this up. The critics are mostly people involved in the
ethanol industry. I have a lot of 25-year-old and even
older cars that I use all the time that run terribly
One last time: All I am asking is, let us have a choice.