Talking Cars: The good and the bad on E15 fuel
QUESTION: I just bought a new Chevy HHR auto that takes the E15 fuel as well as gasoline. I have never used the E15 before, and what I’d like to know is the good and the bad on it.
ANSWER: A lot of today’s vehicles are so-called flex fuel by design. You are correct, there are not a lot of gas stations that sell E15 fuel. The difference in the vehicle operation will not be noticed. You will find many stations down south and in the mid west. There will be a slight drop in gas mileage, but power and performance will be unchanged.
QUESTION: I have been thinking about buying the Cadillac CTSV coupe with a six-speed manual transmission. I have also considered looking at some imports as well. The CTSV seems to be a lot less expensive than the rival imports. I would like your opinion on the CTSV.
ANSWER: My wife and I liked the CTSV so much that we bought the sedan version with the automatic transmission. The CTSV is fun to drive, seats four, has a good size trunk and has ample power. We bought the four-door versus the coupe because of the ease to get everyday stuff, including the grandchildren, and, yes, adults can get into the back seat with ease. If you would like even more power there is an easy 100 horsepower in a simple blower pulley change and computer re-flash. We have done many with no adverse effects.
QUESTION: I have several cans of engine oil in my garage. The brands vary as does the viscosity. My question is, can I use these oils in my 2008 Toyota Camry?
ANSWER: You should never mix oils and or viscosities in late-model vehicles. If you know someone with a pre-1990 vehicle, you can use the old oil in old vehicles. The use of the incorrect oil in a late model vehicle can cause major problems with the internal moving parts and hydraulic powered timing control solenoids.
Junior Damato writes regularly about cars. You can send questions to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360.