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Hi all i hope i could get some advice. After a major loss of power and the emissions warning light coming on i have had a diagnostic on my 07 1.6 sxi astra. Large motoring organisation have advise… Read More
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
Hi all i hope i could get some advice.

After a major loss of power and the emissions warning light coming on i have had a diagnostic on my 07 1.6 sxi astra.
Large motoring organisation have advised that it is due to contaminatefd fuel. I called the supermarket as i had filled up monday and within 10 miles this occured and they have basically said they have no other reports so they would not accept liability.
Nowthe engine has been looked into further and the issues are consistent with silicone damage and i am looking at a large repair bill before the CAT has been looked at.
Now i am having analysis results of the fuel returning Monday however the supermarket in question so far aren't budging.
I am unemployed and just cannot afford a bill of this size so here i think are my options?
1. Obtain the results which if they are confirmed then pursue the supermarket for the repairs(i have an appointment with CAB Tuesday in case).
2. Is it possible to claim on insurance in these instances?
3. Pay(not a clue how yet however will need a car for when i get a job) and then pursue the supermarket via small claims.
I appreciate your responses.
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
whatsThePoint
Might be worth waiting to see what the report says



I think they are wanting to know what to do if the report comes back and blames the supermarket fuel so they are ready.
#2
Wouldn't it be unlikely to just effect your car and no one elses? I am sure a few people would have used the same pump as you in one day. If so, then that will surely make your case stronger
#3
thearbiter65
Wouldn't it be unlikely to just effect your car and no one elses? I am sure a few people would have used the same pump as you in one day. If so, then that will surely make your case stronger


They are disputing this and telling me no other claims, would they tell me???
The inspection was done by the AA as will the analysis and they are certain just want to give me the paperwork.
banned#4
thearbiter65
Wouldn't it be unlikely to just effect your car and no one elses? I am sure a few people would have used the same pump as you in one day. If so, then that will surely make your case stronger


lots of reasons they might not

the garage wont admit to anything, wont let you know even if they were in court right that day! never mind people complaining
not all cars have a check engine light, still a fair amount of carb based cars and bikes, some people might not connect the two issues, might not have driven far enough to cause the issue, some might not have kept their receipt so wont be able to complain with you
#5
I have also learned this evening that work was being done on the pumps i went to the previous day could this help me?
#6
Worth contacting youre local paper. If this has happened to other drivers they may come forward to make a stonger case. Good luck with it as it sounds like a nightmare.
#7
See if you can find out the contractor who was doing the work on the pumps as you may be able to go after them as well as the supermarket.
#8
leecroot
Worth contacting youre local paper. If this has happened to other drivers they may come forward to make a stonger case. Good luck with it as it sounds like a nightmare.


Holding off on that yet and it is bad. Have an interview friday 30 miles away and no car:x
Including CAT imlooking at £1k just for parts according to my help and thats if they do the work, if i need to use a dealer £2500 ish:oops:
banned#9
it doesnt often ruin the cat, just the lamda sensors, and they can be got from specialist sellers for around 30 quid each (you need two) plus fitting (special socket needed)
even with a cat maybe 300 at worst
#10
jubbyme
it doesnt often ruin the cat, just the lamda sensors, and they can be got from specialist sellers for around 30 quid each (you need two) plus fitting (special socket needed)
even with a cat maybe 300 at worst

The problem is silicone in the injectors also i have no reson to question this guys judgement.
1 Like #11
Have a read here.
Ive not had time to myself but might help you

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=759601
#12
leecroot
Worth contacting youre local paper. If this has happened to other drivers they may come forward to make a stonger case. Good luck with it as it sounds like a nightmare.


If the report confirms the fuel at fault, I would defo pursue this route. Like others have said, it may just be that people haven't connected the damage to the fuel! I would just think it was my bad luck!
#13
The only thing I can suggest is to get the car fixed and borrow the money from someone, then go after the garage. Everything needs to be in writing, there is no point phoning.
#14
leecroot
Worth contacting youre local paper. If this has happened to other drivers they may come forward to make a stonger case. Good luck with it as it sounds like a nightmare.


The paper might already know about this as some other affected peeps might have contacted them.
They might just be waiting for enough peeps to complain before they publish.
Your call might just be the one to make them decide they have enough peeps to publish the problem.
#16
Which supermarket is this?... Tesco have a history of selling contaminated fuel.
#17
Inactive
Which supermarket is this?... Tesco have a history of selling contaminated fuel.

Its Sainsburys
#18
bigwheels
Have a read here.
Ive not had time to myself but might help you

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=759601

Thanks bigwheels +1 unfortunatly the op doesn't give the outcome.
#19
After sleeping on it i have descided i am going to see what the manager calls back with today again (i know it will be a denial) then i feel the need to exercise my right to peaceful protest.
Due to the size of the station and volumes going in (its 5 minutes off a M1 J21a i recon in half an hour i could inflict financial loss equivilent to the repair bill which might get their attention:whistling:
#20
Just a quick update, Sainsburys have called and said there have been no other occurances so even if my sample comes back as contaminated they will not pay.
I highlighted the fact they could tell me that and pointed to 2007 when they did the same even though it was a nationally recognised problem and he couldn't answer.
Then sprang on him information from a former collegue i got last night. There were repairs to the pumps i was at the following day could yo go back to the manager and ask them why?
He was stumped and flustered so awaiting the call back!
#21
follows2006
After sleeping on it i have descided i am going to see what the manager calls back with today again (i know it will be a denial) then i feel the need to exercise my right to peaceful protest.
Due to the size of the station and volumes going in (its 5 minutes off a M1 J21a i recon in half an hour i could inflict financial loss equivilent to the repair bill which might get their attention:whistling:


Then be sued for slander as you have no proof?
#22
Benjimoron
Then be sued for slander as you have no proof?


Once i have the results back for the fuel analysis:thumbsup:
#23
follows2006
Once i have the results back for the fuel analysis:thumbsup:


Still not sure that would be considered proof, depends on how many people it affected? What's to say that something wasn't in your tank before or got added afterwards? Whilst I agree that it sounds like a good chance I wouldn't consider anything proof unless lots of people had the same issue.
#24
Any updates on this, I am actually genuinely interested in how this pans out!
#25
Sorry for the late update but have been a bit tied up as have had cople of interviews:thumbsup:

Fuel has come back contaminated showing silicone and moisture, Sainsburys are still refusing so going to see a solicitor via house insurance next week.

On a positive note (ish) i have managed to get the car repaired at cost for parts and our good old uncle doesn't want a penny until either im back in work or get a payout £1027 was the total cost:x
#26
follows2006
Sorry for the late update but have been a bit tied up as have had cople of interviews:thumbsup:

Fuel has come back contaminated showing silicone and moisture, Sainsburys are still refusing so going to see a solicitor via house insurance next week.

On a positive note (ish) i have managed to get the car repaired at cost for parts and our good old uncle doesn't want a penny until either im back in work or get a payout £1027 was the total cost:x



I hope you get somewhere with this, just because 'nobody else has complained' does not mean they're not at fault!!
#27
What about calling Trading Standards and asking them if anyone else has complained about the fuel at Sainsburys in your area .

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