Carbureted or Fuel Injected: Which do you prefer?

BY Scott C. Benjamin / POSTED February 20, 2013
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This Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor is attached to a Chrysler 440 big-block. (Photo by Scott C. Benjamin) This Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor is attached to a Chrysler 440 big-block. (Photo by Scott C. Benjamin)

But wait. Before you answer, I’d like to add a bit of a twist to that question, so stick with me to the end on this one.

Fuel injected engines and carbureted engines each have their own distinct sets of pros and cons. For instance, we could probably argue all day about the relative ease of tuning a carburetor in your own garage with a simple vacuum gauge and a screwdriver vs. taking it to a dealership and having your engine diagnosed with fuel injector tuning software. It’s just old technology vs. new technology, right? But let’s look at this in a slightly different way.

You’ll often hear of engine builders that remove the old carburetor only to replace it with a modern fuel injection system; however, you’re less likely to hear of anyone doing the reverse. It does happen, just not as often. And unless you’re building your own engine, you really don’t even have the choice. I mean, you can’t just check the box next to “carbureted” on your brand-new Nissan Altima order form and expect it to be delivered from the factory that way. (Yes, I know … that option doesn’t even exist. Fuel injection is standard on all new engines. No arguments.)

But let’s just say that you were ordering a 2014 Corvette Stingray with a big 6.2-liter V-8. If Chevrolet were to give you the option of ordering your brand-new C7 Corvette without all of the add-on electronic gadgetry, would you do it? Would you opt for the under-the-hood simplicity of the days of old, or would you stick with all of the modern technology goodies that they like to include (like fuel injection, ABS, traction control and power steering)?

A carbureted 2014 Corvette Stingray that you could tune in your garage and make most simple repairs without dealership diagnostic equipment? I wouldn’t even hesitate. Would you?

Let us know what your choice would be (and why) in the comments below.

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