Re: Bio Diesel?
after the much debated question of whether or not I should utilise the cost benefits of bio-diesel, I have decided that the recent surge in fuel prices has forced me to take the plunge. I own an Alfa 156 2.4JTD '99 model and so would assume this is the 136 Bhp version. The car has done 125000 miles currently and due to my 140ish miles return trip to work each day (its a good job!), have to fill up every time I wake up to my fourth day on the same tank. Luckily I am a patient fella and so get near 600 miles per tank but with the prices as they are, even cruising at a mere 56mph is still too expensive. I have had to consider the option of purchasing a second or indeed replacing my car with a smaller more efficient automobile. Fortunately, however, I do possess a natural desire for driving a man's car and so the prospect of trading in my beloved 156 for anything less is simply not going to happen. So the compromise was to research methods of saving money whilst enjoying the drive. Step-up Bio-Diesel.
Close to my place of work in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, there lives a quaint little farm that produces such a magical liquid and retails it at a mere £1.12. Compared to the £1.27 in local pumps (even with my Asda 2p saving) its a saving not easily ignored.
My aim is to keep running my car on a 66% : 33% mix (bio : fossil) until I begin to notice any issues with running, starting or driveability. I am therefore logging this venture in this here forum for your reference and will update you with any changes or experiences.
If it proves a sure way to save considerable amounts of beer money, I am sure more people may decide to join the wagon.