Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 07:40:44 GMT
From: David Taylor <>
Subject: Re: SAAB Bi-Power

> 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. David.

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