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    I am thinking about converting my 1.8 over to duel fuel, has anyone done this or had any problems?
    I have been told that if the car is re registered as duel fuel it would lower the road tax bill, and if I ever make is as far south as London I would be able to escape the congeston charges..... Plus gas is cheeper

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    You need to look at how many miles you are going to do. Say for example you get 32 mpg from petrol, expect around 26 mpg with the LPG.
    So, fuel cost for 20,000 miles (with unleaded 85p/L, LPG 49p/L are: -
    • U/l = £2415
    • LPG = £1713


    So, saving roughly £700 a year in fuel cost.
    But, last time I looked the conversion cost upwards of £1500, add the cost of the extra maintenance for the LPG system and it's going to take over 2 years before you realise any cost benefit.
    If you are going to keep the car a very long time or do 30K+ a year, or as you say regular congestion charges are an issue - I say go for it, otherwise I can't see how it works out cheaper.

    Problem is, come sale time of the car, you won't get back the amount you spent on the conversion. For small engine like 1.8, I think it's best to try and find a car with LPG already installed.
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    Soon as I have the cash Im getting my 2.2 Direct done I do around 23k a year so will help plus dont have to be so light on the accelerator

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    If you can do the installation yourself, you can get a good quality kit for around the £750 mark. Then all you need is the inspection certificate £50, and you're off. They ain't that difficult to do, I looked into it a few months ago when I was considering changing my car - but have since decided to keep it for a while longer, so there's no point me doing it now as it wouldn't be cost effective

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    I have had "gas" cars now for 7 years or so and would never go back.

    IMHO, you would be better buying a car already converted - or better still factory fitted, then you don't take the hit for the conversion.

    The tax reduction you get for LPG is nothing on an after market kit.
    My 3.2 gets a reduction of £10 per year.

    My old 1.8 which was factory fitted was just £100 per year, as it was on the V5 as alternative fuel!

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    I have a 1.8LS which is converted and pay about the same tax as my sons corsa 1.2. It is registered as alternative fuel. If you buy a converted car make sure you get the LPGA certificate for your insurance and that the system is working properly. The guy who services mine says he gets loads of people buying converted cars on ebay which don't work right and are dismayed at how much it is to put right. Having said that modern systems are pretty reliable. The only other thing I would point out is that the power output is down on LPG. You wont notice it if you are motorway criusing but if you welly it you will notice the difference.

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