Q WHEN I used E10 fuel in my 2009 Commodore Omega wagon on a recent trip up the coast to Cairns and back towing a 4.5-metre pop-top van the consumption went up by 5-10 per cent, from around 16.0-16.5 litres/ 100 km on 95-octane fuel to 17.5-18.5 litres/100km on E10. The benefits seem questionable.
John Klein, email The increase in consumption you report is certainly higher than would be expected, but that could be because you were towing. Try it again in normal day-to-day driving and see what you get. The expected increase in consumption is about 3 per cent and that should be offset by the lower price of E10.
Q OVER the past 2 ½ years regularly changing from E10 to regular unleaded in my 2008 Toyota RAV4 I have seen no change in fuel economy running on either fuel. Its fuel economy is always between 9.4-9.6 litres/ 100km regardless of the fuel used. I don’t believe using E10 is costing me any reduction in fuel economy and is saving me about three cents per litre every time I fill up.
Peter Waddell, email Your experience is in line with what we’ve been assured would happen when switching to E10.
Q AM I correct in using E10 petrol in my 2001 Toyota Camry 2.2-litre, or should I use straight unleaded?
R.G. Beadle, email According to the FCAI website, which uses information supplied by the carmakers, you can use E10 in your car.
Q TWO recent problems with my Hyundai Elantra have made me wonder if these overseas-manufactured cars are built for Australian conditions. The first problem was the clutch, which packed in 5000km outside the 100,000km warranty, and the second was the dashboard that has split in the middle 15 months outside the five-year warranty. Hyundai don’t want to know. The replacement dash costs $1640, plus labour. An acquaintance also had a split in his Elantra dash, but he was still within his warranty, so he was covered. Have you had any feedback concerning Hyundai dashes splitting? Mike Murray, Wagga Wagga,
NSW Hyundais are generally standing up well to the Australian conditions, and are getting better with each new generation that comes to the market. The clutch went at over 100,000km, so you have to think that’s in the range of being acceptable. The split dash is a little different and I would be trying to get Hyundai to at least contribute to the cost of repairs.
Q I HAVE been told its not possible to fit an external auto transmission cooler to my 2006 V8 Ford Fairlane. I tow a caravan on long trips, which would be just under the maximum towing capacity of 2300-kg when loaded. I’m worried about damaging the transmission. Is this correct?
Bob Stephens, Ringwood East Ford has been using cooler pipes that make it difficult to break into to fit an external cooler, but there’s always a way around a problem. Take your car
Formula:E10 consumption should be balanced by its cost.