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    Default To LPG or Not to LPG? That is the question?

    I put £100 a week (thats a minimum amount ) on petrol through my 2.2. A chap at work has a converted Range Rover and swears by LPG. He has put been persuading me that it would be worth converting my car with the costs covered in about 6 months, however, I am not sure as I have no real knowledge of LPG which is where I hope you guys will be able to help Definite positive on cost, cannot move closer to work as it will cost me more in child care than pertol! Rather keep up the travelling but reduce the amount of tax which I give tto that day light robber Brown

    Any experiences for the good or bad? It is right that there are less impurities in LPG hence the oil is cleaner when changed? Is there much loss of performance?

    Hope you can help! Any advice gratefully recieved

    Cheers

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    Good now, but wait until Mr Brown changes his mind on the taxation!!!!


    Why don't you just buy a nice Diesel?

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    the big surprise will come with trying to get insurance... what you save on fuel will be eaten up by inflated insurance premiums as the car will now be classed as modified..and you will need an engineers report on the conversion in most cases

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    Apparently they run about the same. it costs about 50p a litre but where will you hide the gas cylinder? Also no Channel Tunnel. Like above get a 150bhp diesel that can be remapped and still economical or a motorbike for work? Have got a 125cc slowped that uses as much petrol all week as car uses in 1 trip! I know I aint Barry Sheene on a 125 but in 2 years using it 6 months a year it's paid the cost of buying,insuring and running it just for getting to work!Really should get a bigger bike though!!! Mind you it dries the Mrs' hair

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    http://www.greenfuel.org.uk/

    Good site to give you an idea what you're savings are.

    Any GOOD fitter should provide the certificate you need for insurance.

    Adrian Flux amongst most good insurers recognise it without the stupid hike....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    the big surprise will come with trying to get insurance... what you save on fuel will be eaten up by inflated insurance premiums as the car will now be classed as modified..and you will need an engineers report on the conversion in most cases
    Sorry - but that's ******. Been driving LPG for 6 years now (three diff ins companies) and makes no difference whatsover. (aprt from some cannot quote online) You will recieve a certificate when converted to confirm done to standards. Cylinder replaces spare wheel and yes, channel tunnel is a no go but ferries are more relaxing anyway!

    Saves me about £200 per month (2.8 elite nav)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey View Post
    Sorry - but that's ******. Been driving LPG for 6 years now (three diff ins companies) and makes no difference whatsover. (aprt from some cannot quote online) You will recieve a certificate when converted to confirm done to standards. Cylinder replaces spare wheel and yes, channel tunnel is a no go but ferries are more relaxing anyway!

    Saves me about £200 per month (2.8 elite nav)
    This is correct btw, every conversion has to be signed off iirc, and once done is considered no more of a risk than a normal petrol car, actually safer, if the tank splits it just vents the gas.


    Performance, you will notice a slight drop off, not enough to bother you though.

    Tank, you need to get the spare wheel one, I think it's called a toridial one

    Costs, The conversion will cost you between £1700 - £2000 for your car

    Tax, it's sub'd at the moment, but that could all change if it catches on

    Engine, it runs hotter because it's a different burn in the cylinders, and can dry the bores and burn out valve seats, this can be sorted by using a lube system which adds to the gas, better way is to run on petrol for 10% of your weekly mileage.

    Reliability, expect to have to take it back to the fitters at least once, you have a free inspection anyway after so many miles where they check everything is up to spec.

    hth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    the big surprise will come with trying to get insurance... what you save on fuel will be eaten up by inflated insurance premiums as the car will now be classed as modified..and you will need an engineers report on the conversion in most cases
    Wrong! Most major insurers (direct line for one) actually give a 5% discount for running LPG. Dont know why.

    I had a 4.0 Cherokee running on LPG for 4 years before the Vec. No real drawbacks except for limited fill up points, but it was still rare that I had to run on petrol.

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    fair enough!!..gawd.....

    lets just leave it at , thats not been my experience folks on LPG converted landrovers....

    try to pass on experiences and get shot for it......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    fair enough!!..gawd.....

    lets just leave it at , thats not been my experience folks on LPG converted landrovers....

    try to pass on experiences and get shot for it......

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