So with the switch to E10 fuel back in September I tried it before jumping on the buy super unleaded bandwagon everyone at work seems to be doing.
My car is a 63 plate but high mileage and 3 cylinder so it’s not smooth at the best of times.
I’ve lost 15MPG doing the same driving and it sounds like a tractor and coughs with idle. Filled the tank with Esso Super Unleaded which is ethanol free in some parts of the country and 100 miles later when the ECU had time to adjust its back to normal and normal MPG.
Other countries in Europe have been using E10 for quite a while now and I haven’t heard of ruined engines because of it. It’s less efficient, yes, but there is no need for scaremongering like there was with unleaded
Not something I’ve experienced during the 1000-odd miles I’ve driven with E10
Aren’t Flexible Fuel Vehicles those which are designed for taking a much higher E-level than anything we have at the pumps at the moment? In fact the picture you’ve just added says ‘E85’ on it, which is a massively different concentration from E10.
(Sorry, I will have to escalate this.)
Yeah so in places in Europe that have been using higher amounts they purposely build their engines and tubes etc to take it. So the Volvo you buy in the UK is different from the one in Sweden.
That E85 is what you’ll see in Europe at pumps for specifically Flex-Fuel vehicles.
Brazil that take it even further so they can be entirely run on it (E100). Again these have completely different parts than the same vehicles sold around the world. Things like the rubber tubes which would get destroyed by high percentage of ethanol.
So going back to Europe and E10 they have a completely different bunch of cars on the road.
So you can’t say because they haven’t had issues that our UK will be fine. Our modern cars should* be fine.