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    Wife came home from her mates in the early hours of this morning. Woke me up to inform me that she had made a bit of a mistake. She had decided that seeing as the car was on empty that she would put twenty quid of fuel in it. It's only when she had driven (less then half a mile) home that she realised she had put unleaded in it when infact it's a diesel.
    Phoned the AA who informed me that it would not be covered and that they would charge me £99 plus vat to recover it to the main dealer.
    Phoned the local garage that deals with crashes and breakdowns and asked them how much.
    £30.00 to recover and £75.00 plus vat to drain the tank and check it over!! So all in the wifes account is £145.00 lighter which included £20.00 worth of the proper stuff!!
    Maybe she will pay more attention the the stickers inside the fuel flap next time!!

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    Just fill it up with Diesel and run it and keep topping it up. My sister in law put in £15 of super unleaded in my old Vectra after they bought it and they just filled up with diesel and ran it, then kept topping it up.

    Never had any side effects.

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    Was tempted to do that but didn't want to risk it on an 06 plate sri cdti with 7000 miles on the clock!!

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    Unless it's a common rail unit, I agree with the above advice.

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    It will be common rail , and unleaded will kill it very quickly

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisTheMenace
    It will be common rail , and unleaded will kill it very quickly
    It could but £20 is a 3rd of a tank, so by filling ti up with diesel should dilute it enough, and after doign about 30 miles, top it up again.

    But as Taffy say's it is a new car and you should do what you think is best.

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    Unleaded should go nowhere near a high pressure fuel pump , even small ammount can kill them as they need the diesel as a lube , it really isnt worth the hassel as you will be looking at 1,000's of £ worth of damage .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisTheMenace
    Unleaded should go nowhere near a high pressure fuel pump , even small ammount can kill them as they need the diesel as a lube , it really isnt worth the hassel as you will be looking at 1,000's of £ worth of damage .

    Yes, look at the warranty bill on Tony's car for a new pump.

    Not worth the risk.

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    Didn't realise it was a 1.9. Do not drive, do not pass go. Drain it and flush the system.
    On the 2.2Dti you can get away with it.

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    done that myself in my old car, and i was covered by the aa for recovery but still had to pay the garage for flushing the tank and disposing of the mixed fuel

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