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Join Date: Mar 2003
Re: Petrol in my GT diesel!
Sorry to hear about this increasingly-common mistake mygt. I put some petrol in a diesel about 6 months ago. My excuse - I was driving different hire cars every week, sometimes petrol, sometimes diesel. I was tired, I was stupid, I was running on autopilot. Annoyingly, it was probably the noisiest diesel I've ever driven, yet I was still able to put £5 worth of petrol in before realising the error of my ways.
As it was a hire car I took the risk of filling up with diesel (another £35, so the tank was about 90% diesel, 10% petrol) and driving off. After paying, of course. If it had been my own car (and especially a GT!)I'd never have taken the risk. I notified the hire car company as my wife insisted I did, and they say it shouldn't matter and that it actually happens an awful lot.
I read up about it on the internet afterwards, and it certainly does seem that you can do serious damage to a diesel engine by putting petrol in. Anyway, I hope you don't have any long-term problems.