E10 fuel may have some impact on modern vehicles as mechanics ‘flag up’ faults

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Eric Collins, owner at Classic Car Mechanic Limited said he has started to “flag up” faults with more modern cars which should be able to run on E10 fuel. He said issues such as “engine faults” were detected on some modern vehicles which have been to visit his garages in Hampshire.

Speaking to Express.co.uk: “Even more modern cars we suspect are having problems with that fuel.

“We have started to flag up engine faults and things on the 2007 BMW we had in recently.

“It seems to be ok if you put the more expensive fuel in, the E5.

“But when it’s using the E10 [it isn’t].

“On the Government website, it says it should be fine for E10 but it doesn’t appear to be.”

A BMW spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “E10 fuels can be used in all BMW Group vehicle models of all series without ill effects.

“It is important to note that regardless of the ethanol content, some classic BMW vehicles require RON 98 as specified in the vehicle operating instructions. 

“This requirement is due to the higher knock resistance offered by RON 98 fuel. 

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“Owners of these historic models are likely to be aware of this requirement as it was already in place before the introduction of E10 petrol in the UK.”

Other manufacturers have confirmed to the ACEA some of their modern vehicles may not be compatible with the new fuel.

Mercedes Benz warns some of their first-generation direct-injection models produced between 2002 and 2005 may not be able to use the new petrol.

This included popular ranges such as the C200 CGI and the CLK 200 CGI Series.

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