‘Biggest con in recent times’: Drivers slam E10 fuel over vehicle performance problems

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E10 fuel was first introduced at the start of September as the UK’s new standard of unleaded petrol. The petrol is blended with up to 10 percent bioethanol, meaning it releases fewer emissions as a result of the lower petrol content.

Because of this, many have reported that the petrol and their mileage doesn’t go as far as it did when they were using E5.

This has also led to some drivers saying they need to fill their car up more often.

One Express.co.uk reader, Far Far Away, questioned: “Is it worth it using E10?

“Reported MPG is 15 percent lower, but emissions are 20 percent down. That is assuming the engine is running in tip top shape.

“As the reports say E10 is causing engine issues, plus damage.

“Wear and tear on the engine added to the above, this five percent advantage will quickly decrease.

“Plus of course the expenses accrued by the motorists to repair issues and use a more expensive fuel that should be cheaper.

“Overall I think the UK citizens have fallen for the biggest con in recent times.”

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Another commenter, LastTango, claimed: “I won’t put E10 fuel in my car.

“Ethanol is highly corrosive and that’s why you must not put it in your lawnmower or other garden machinery because they are not designed to handle that level of corrosion.

“I put higher octane E5 in my car and get better MPG which outways the extra cost when measured against the cost of E10 fuel.” (sic)

In response, alanm99, said: “Hi, I have been mixing mine and it seems to work (and) still getting similar mileage per gallon.

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