Autogas as an alternative to Diesel/Petrol


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HairyArse
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So I recently drove to London and bought fuel from a service station on the motorway.

Now I know they tend to be more expensive than normal petrol stations but 1.16 a litre caught me off guard. Fuel prices are only going one way and I'm spending about 100 a month now on fuel - which is probably actually low compared to others.

I keep seeing AutoGas in our local petrol stations and it's currently 54p a litre. I'm contemplating buying a new car that runs off AutoGas but feel like I'm missing some key information.

If it's so cheap to buy, why don't all new cars support it?

Anyone know owt about it?
#1 at 11:13:59 - 22/01/2010
Syrok
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My parents have put a AutoGas tank into their Volvo a few years ago. The acquisition costs are a bit higher but if you drive a lot you have balanced that out quite quickly.

It's also greener. :)
#2 at 11:17:21 - 22/01/2010
billdoor
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Interesting titbits on Piston Heads. Looks like in cost terms it works out about half the price in MPG.
#3 at 11:22:43 - 22/01/2010
Boo
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I think you're obliged to hug a tree every time you fill up though.
#4 at 12:09:22 - 22/01/2010
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Oh, it's here too I see! I responded at the other place ;-)
#5 at 12:18:05 - 22/01/2010
Syrok
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Boo said:I think you're obliged to hug a tree every time you fill up though.

Yup, the money tree. :)
#6 at 12:34:35 - 22/01/2010
JimJam
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None of the petrol stations round our way sell it. There's a garage that does, but they aren't open outside work hours, which makes it really inconvenient.

If you convert your car to run on it, don't they put the tank in the boot too ?
#7 at 13:43:03 - 22/01/2010
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They did that with my parents car. The tank is now where the spare wheel was. Doesn't really matter in their case as it's a station wagon.
#8 at 13:55:35 - 22/01/2010
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Iirc. the conversion means your car becomes dual fuel. It's runs on LPG, but if and when it runs out, it cuts over to petrol automatically.

Evo magazine ran a BMW long termer and had it converted. The only way they could tell which fuel it was using was an indicator light on the dash. So if you get stranded miles from LPG, you can still run on regular petrol.

Typically they either put a large rectangular tank in the boot, or you can have a doughnut shaped tank to replace the spare wheel. This is probably only practical if you have run-flat tyres.

I think conversions are about the 2k mark, so worth doing if you're going to hang on to the car for a couple of years.
#9 at 15:30:50 - 22/01/2010
peej
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That's not too shoddy at all.

I've gone petrol again this time round simply because we never really do enough miles to justify a diesel, but I aim to keep this car for 4 years plus.

Is there a limitation on engine sizes?
#10 at 15:33:00 - 22/01/2010
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Nope, I read someone had one on their 1L micra and someone else had a conversion on their 3.9L V8 Landrover.
#11 at 15:39:22 - 22/01/2010

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