Travelling back from Birmingham today I needed some diesel so stopped at Hilton services. Parked up just too far away from the normal diesel pump so thought I would try the Ultimate diesel as it was closer to the car.
Unfortunately I picked up the Unleaded Ultimate nozel and put £20 worth of petrol in before realising my error. Saving grace was I didn't try to start the motor at any stage.
Called VX assistance who kindly told me that wrong fuel not covered by the breakdown or warranty on Network Q, but they arranged for AA to come out to me at a cost of £99.00, adding that if there wasn't an available garage for them to get the car to (it was 3:30pm and they anticipated the AA man wouldnt be there for about 2 hours) I would probably have to pay more money for the car to be recovered to my house (about 120 miles away).
Fortunately the AA guy turned up about 20 mins later, called a local garage to check they could sort for me while I waited and took me there. Although no further AA charge, the drain at the garage cost me another £172.00 (including £20 worth of diesel) and then another £40 to top the diesel up!
All in all the full tank of diesel cost me £331.00 - an expensive lesson learnt!!!!
Aside from this, the garage then kindly told me that the tyres on the front of my motor (18" Bridgestones) were directional tyres and they have been put on the wrong way round, so they are always running 'backwards'. As they are original tyres I presume that this was done incorrectly at manufacture.
Would this have a detremental effect on the life of the tyres? I would like to know this before going to my local dealers to sort out. Also would this result in more than usual road noise - I know there are various threads out there regarding the Bridgestones but I would like to now think that some of my noise can be attributed to the tyres being incorrect.
Happily I am now sitting at home with a beer or 2, a bit lighter in my wallet but hopefully no lasting damage done (car seemed to run OK on way home)