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'Bothersome problems’: Classic car owners warned that E10 fuel could cause issues


E10 was launched at the start of September and contains up to 10 percent renewable ethanol, twice the proportion of E5 grade petrol. The Government estimates it could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off of UK roads.

“In such an event, fuel could leak and come into contact with the engine, which is an ignition source, and cause smoke.”

In a worst-case scenario, there is even a risk of the vehicle catching fire, experts claimed. 

They also warn that classic cars are more at risk than regular everyday modern vehicles because the new fuel is hygroscopic.

This means that the ethanol in the fuel tends to absorb moisture.

Given that classic cars are not driven as frequently as a primary vehicle for everyday trips, it could have a greater impact on older cars.

Classics are inevitably left static for longer periods of time, the bigger the problem becomes in terms of the absorption of moisture.

Not all classic cars will have problems, as various manufacturers have different compatibilities.

For example, E10 fuel is compatible with all Volkswagen petrol cars with only a few exceptions that use the first generation of fuel stratified injection (FSI) engines.

Meanwhile, BMW states that all of its cars can use E10.

More modern future classics also mitigate the dangers, as all new motor cars have been able to use E10 fuel since 2011.

Zurich continued by saying: “We would advise owners of petrol driven classics to check if they can use E10 fuel via the Government’s online checker tool – it is powered by information supplied by car manufacturers, as to the suitability of the fuel system.

“Additionally, it is worth noting that E5 fuel will remain available at some fuel stations, so it is important to select the appropriate fuel when filling up in the future.”

Older E5 petrol will still be available, although it is expected to be limited to larger petrol forecourts.

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