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Old December 12th, 2017, 02:11   #1
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Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Norway
TDI(s): MK6 Golf GTD
Fuel Economy: 3.7l/10km
Default Alternative fuels on new cars

Hi fellow TDI owners!

I'm currently driving my 3rd TDI which is a Golf GTD MK6 and my previous ones has both been Sharans, one MK1 and one MK2. I had the MK1 as my first car when I got my drivers lisence back in the days so I ran it on many different fuels. It was a crappy car to begin with so it did not help when I poured WVO into the tank together with kerosene, diesel and even 96% ethanol. All of them worked surprisingly well, even in the cold but now I want to focus on my new car. After all, it has a DPF to take into account and several catalytic converters, so have any of you guys any experience with alternative fuels on new TDI powered cars?

Since I am living in Norway, I have easy access to regular diesel, SVO, kerosene and heating oil. Taking price into account, all of the fuels mentioned here are potential ingredients for making great fuel.

SVO: Takes longer to turn into biofuel because of the "lye and methanol" method. But, it is a proven fuel for both new and old cars. It emitts less CO2, less NOx and even less diesel particulates. All the fuel companies in Norway have 5 to 15% biofuel added to their regular diesel depending on the season.

Kerosene: Slighty more dry than diesel and needs some kind of lubricant added to it to work as regular diesel. In the winter the fuel companies add upp to 40% to their diesel fuel depending on where you live. I guess this practise is the same in Sweden, Finland, Canada, US and other cold places on earth as well?

Heating oil: Has better lubricant properties than kerosene and is very similar to diesel. However I have not seen many people run their cars on this, so any suggestions why ?

I think the best outcome is some kind of mixture between regular diesel and some of the fuels mentioned above. SVO = better for the planet, Kerosene = better for cold days, and Heating oil = cheaper than the others

All opinions, experiences, tips and suggestions are welcome in this post, both negative and positive! Thanks!
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