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Vegetable oil at Tesco - 3 litres for £2.94
Vegetable oil at Tesco - 3 litres for £2.94

Vegetable oil at Tesco - 3 litres for £2.94

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In our local Tescos today and saw for all you diesel drivers out there (or you heavy users of cooking oil) less than a quid a litre for propulsive power.

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Does anyone know how easy it is to convert my Zafira DTi to run on this stuff?
Does it cause any long term problems?

Not sure running a car of cooking oil is massively worth your while if you're paying almost a quid a litre for the stuff

loads on the web about it, have tried an old fiesta on it and it loved it.

stefor

Does anyone know how easy it is to convert my Zafira DTi to run on this … Does anyone know how easy it is to convert my Zafira DTi to run on this stuff? Does it cause any long term problems?


General consensus is that High Pressure diesels (of which yours is) DO NOT like veggie over the medium to long term. Safest option is a nice old school rattly diesel with a Bosch fuel pump. Otherwise, forget it, it will cost you far more than you save.

stefor

Does anyone know how easy it is to convert my Zafira DTi to run on this … Does anyone know how easy it is to convert my Zafira DTi to run on this stuff? Does it cause any long term problems?



Speak to one of the companies who do the conversions, this guide gives an indication which type of engines can be converted dieselveg.com/con…htm (note the first FAQ is can my car be converted)

Look @post #5 on this forum wildcamping.co.uk/for…tml, the guy drives a zafira & says he is using a mix including veg oil. Can't comment as I drive a petrol but its something I've been looking into for my next car

If you're putting it into a car you'll need to dilute it quite a lot.I use waste veggie oil in my Saab 3.0 and have for the 4 years I've had it but I am very careful to filter it.........which wouldn't be an issue if using new oil.........and I dilute it to about 20% oil with the rest diesel or you could use paraffin if you can get it cheap enough but don't tell the customs people.

I've been filling my car with water for years now, not a problem.
Oil's just a big con.

Good Price,

Just to add I used to use 100% new cooking oil in my old ford escort estate back before it was legal and it was great value used to cost £15 to do 700 miles, the only issue was in the winter when it froze in the tank and the car could not be used for 6 weeks, oops!

I now use 50% oil with 50% diesel in my a4 tdi and it works great all year round and its all legal now, so can just pour it straight into the tank from the bottle, the fuel filter gets changed every two years

shopofhorrors123

Good Price,Just to add I used to use 100% new cooking oil in my old ford … Good Price,Just to add I used to use 100% new cooking oil in my old ford escort estate back before it was legal and it was great value used to cost £15 to do 700 miles, the only issue was in the winter when it froze in the tank and the car could not be used for 6 weeks, oops!I now use 50% oil with 50% diesel in my a4 tdi and it works great all year round and its all legal now, so can just pour it straight into the tank from the bottle, the fuel filter gets changed every two years


Would you know if a Peugeot 406 1.9 Td is similar to your audi? If so i'm assuming I don't need to worry about a conversion kit that others are leading towards. Like the sound of £1 per litre oil rather than £1.43 diesel

gixer6

Would you know if a Peugeot 406 1.9 Td is similar to your audi? If so i'm … Would you know if a Peugeot 406 1.9 Td is similar to your audi? If so i'm assuming I don't need to worry about a conversion kit that others are leading towards. Like the sound of £1 per litre oil rather than £1.43 diesel


Most Pugs have Lucas pumps. Take a pic of your engine bay and post it to

vegetableoildiesel.co.uk

or check your motor on

biomotors.co.uk/Car…tml

if it says 2-tank will def be Lucas and need a proper conversion.

shame I can only order 2 at a time for delivery, is this a nationwide issue or my local store being awkward?

mocmocamoc

Not sure running a car of cooking oil is massively worth your while if … Not sure running a car of cooking oil is massively worth your while if you're paying almost a quid a litre for the stuff


That's still at least 40p a litre saving

I've been using a 50% mix of this with dino-diesel for a few weeks now - have been doing this from spring to late autumn for a few years, since it became legit. My old non-turbo Seat loves it (VW engine with Bosch pump).
I noticed that the oil was the same price or thereabouts in Sainsbury's on Saturday - and according to info I found online, it's the same at ASDA; so this price isn't exclusive to Tesco.
I've never had any problem in buying as many bottles as I want in the shop - don't know why it's restricted online.

well shave my legs and call me Shirly , thats a deal for the old Frontera

well shave my legs and call me Shirly , thats a deal for the old Frontera

well shave my legs and call me Shirly , thats a deal for the old Frontera

Looks to me like Big Phil's getting the hots for some horny cooking oil ;-)

This is the normal price. Not a deal though......... Sainsbury does the same for 3 litres of oil. @ £ 2.94

mocmocamoc

Not sure running a car of cooking oil is massively worth your while if … Not sure running a car of cooking oil is massively worth your while if you're paying almost a quid a litre for the stuff



PMSL so you're saving around 43p/litre and that's not worth it?

Save even more money with a little outlay and a few phone calls:

Get a Pump some filter housings and filters and filter used veg oil. I get mine for free from a local cafe all I have to do is collect it, filter it and then mix with 10% unleaded to thin it leave for 7 days to "mature" and pour it in away I go.

Best part is it's totally LEGAL with no duty to pay for the first 2500 litres/year

If you're getting the stuff free then its worth the risk, if you drive an old diesel banger its probably worth it.

Try sticking it in your nice new diesel A4 and when it all goes wrong try asking your dealer if you're covered under the warranty?

Fill your tank with it in the winter, let it freeze, your car will be unusable and chances are the expansion will do some serious engine damage.

A diesel engine will run pretty much for ever if you look after it, its one of the reasons I went for a diesel. Fill it with homemade fuel and see what happens to it.

If the oil had been 20p a litre, I'd say it was a decent deal and worth the risk, at a quid probably not so

R

I used to run a Peugeot 406 on a 70/30 mix of Veg oil and diesel, 70 being the veg oil, this was when veg oil was about 45p a litre (not that long ago). It worked fine, in fact I thought my car ran better. I once travelled home from Cornwall to East Yorkshire on a whole case (24 bottles) of Veg oil topped up with deisel. It used to be a massive saving but I reckon they got wise to how folk were using it, hence the price increase. Still good value though.

mocmocamoc

If you're getting the stuff free then its worth the risk, if you drive an … If you're getting the stuff free then its worth the risk, if you drive an old diesel banger its probably worth it.Try sticking it in your nice new diesel A4 and when it all goes wrong try asking your dealer if you're covered under the warranty?Fill your tank with it in the winter, let it freeze, your car will be unusable and chances are the expansion will do some serious engine damage.A diesel engine will run pretty much for ever if you look after it, its one of the reasons I went for a diesel. Fill it with homemade fuel and see what happens to it.If the oil had been 20p a litre, I'd say it was a decent deal and worth the risk, at a quid probably not soR



errrr can you perhaps point me to where someone has suggested running a modern car on it cos I may have missed it....

Free stuff is great but 43p/litre is still nearly 1/3 off too

I know people who ran on it this winter fine despite the cold weather running 70/25/5 Oil/diesel/unleaded didn't set once but you'd know all that being the expert here eh?


Edited by: "Rich44" 27th Apr 2011

Rich44

errrr can you perhaps point me to where someone has suggested running a … errrr can you perhaps point me to where someone has suggested running a modern car on it cos I may have missed it....



You did miss it. Post # 8 mate.. That's if an Audi A4 is modern these days.

gixer6

Would you know if a Peugeot 406 1.9 Td is similar to your audi? If so i'm … Would you know if a Peugeot 406 1.9 Td is similar to your audi? If so i'm assuming I don't need to worry about a conversion kit that others are leading towards. Like the sound of £1 per litre oil rather than £1.43 diesel



I ran a 1998 Peugeot 406 1.9 TD for most of last year on new veg oil, the 1.9 does have the required Bosch pump, it's a no go with the 2.1 as it has the Lucas pump. Do a final check with your model number though before you decide. There's plenty of info on the net. I was looking forward to using veg oil again this year, but the 150k engine gave up the ghost a few weeks ago!

I have noticed that the price of veg oil has been rising for a few months now, even at the likes of Costco, the price gap to diesel is usually around 40p/litre though. You could always go down the waste veg oil route, but then you'd have to invest a few quid in some filtration kit and have space to filter it!

billybear

I ran a 1998 Peugeot 406 1.9 TD for most of last year on new veg oil, the … I ran a 1998 Peugeot 406 1.9 TD for most of last year on new veg oil, the 1.9 does have the required Bosch pump, it's a no go with the 2.1 as it has the Lucas pump. Do a final check with your model number though before you decide. There's plenty of info on the net. I was looking forward to using veg oil again this year, but the 150k engine gave up the ghost a few weeks ago!I have noticed that the price of veg oil has been rising for a few months now, even at the likes of Costco, the price gap to diesel is usually around 40p/litre though. You could always go down the waste veg oil route, but then you'd have to invest a few quid in some filtration kit and have space to filter it!



Cheers for that. I have the "98" model so a few more checks and I think I will give it a go. Did you do a straight 50/50 mix? or did you mix in any petrol or other agents? Im going to go down the new oil route so do you have any other tips?

gixer6

Cheers for that. I have the "98" model so a few more checks and I think I … Cheers for that. I have the "98" model so a few more checks and I think I will give it a go. Did you do a straight 50/50 mix? or did you mix in any petrol or other agents? Im going to go down the new oil route so do you have any other tips?



PM'd you!



Edited by: "billybear" 27th Apr 2011

Yuk, only the best olive oil for me, i pay over a tenner just for 1litre.

I add 20 Litres (NEW OIL) at a time to a tankful of regular diesel on my 2006 Grand Cherokee CRD with the Mercedes 3.0 v6 and had no issues, just make sure you change the fuel filter after a few weeks a it brings out all the crap the dino-diesel residue, then if the book says change every 20k miles, then drop to every 10-12k miles.
If it starts lumpy - then add 10% to 15% unleaded and shake it to mix.(this also means your not breaking the law by using paraffin as road fuel)
Started using this back in 1999/2000 in the 1997 2.5 Grand Cherokee.... Never had an issue.
ONLY USED NEW VEG/RAPESEED OIL....
USED Contains water and acids from the food and it emulsifies, just not worth the hassle it could cause.

Its up to 3.98 in my local Tesco, still 2.94 according to Sainsbugs website.

Stock up, no doubt the wholesale price has gone back up and everywhere will follow suit, still 1.33 still compares with 1.38 a litre for Diesel. Even at this price I'd do it because I think the car runs a lot quieter than it ever did before its certainly a cheap fuel additive if nothing else.
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