Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 19:15:21 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: SAAB Bi-Power

in article, David Taylor at wrote on 05/10/2005 08:40: >> That's quite true. The fringe market it always interesting to watch, though. >> LPG (for example) is sold at a few outlets in the UK, but as you well put, >> it's not widespread. > > LPG penetration is roughly 1 in 10. How does that compare to always > trying to find Optimax for example? > > We have a car which was converted a couple of years ago and we > considered the issue of number of LPG pumps. The difference is one of > planning, nothing more, in that when going on a journey, I'll use one of > the many resources available to check up on where the LPG pumps are. > > Choices include, a full country map, a website specifically for > searching by town, road, postcode or my favourite which is an Autoroute > overlay. > > In two years I have run out about 4 times I think, the furthest I was > from an LPG filling station was about 5 miles. Sure that wasn't by > chance but because I knew where they were and how to plan. > > As I said though, how does that compare to driving around without a care > in the world then realising you want to fill up with solely Shell > Optimax? So you might say "ah, but I can put *any* petrol in if i'm > desperate!" and my response is "So can I!". I still have a 15 gallon > fuel tank with a petrol system so it's not exactly a problem. > > In fact it's arguably better because if you go and fill the Saab tank up > with lower grade fuel, the ECU will adapt down and then you have to re- > adapt once you've got rid of all the low grade fuel. > > What you won't find is huge signs saying LPG all the time, you just need > to know where to look. In fact, sometimes when pulling up at a filling > station which says it does LPG, I *still* have to search to find it and > have resorted to getting out and walking the pumps at times because they > blend them in so damn well! :) > > Certainly if you're not looking, you won't see them. Well that certainly is interesting. More widespread than I thought. You're absolutely right about the chance of finding a particular garage that stocks your choice of petrol being a good comparison to finding LPG. Very interesting reading, indeed. Remind me, what car you run LPG on. The mechanics (5 or 6 door up the road) have an LPG tank and I've always been interested. I just need the right car. Paul 1989 900 Turbo S

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