Having scanned though the previous thread I figure that you guys should
really know the real life experiences of a close relative and his good
friend who both run Xants on oil.
Three have been used extensively, a bog standard 19, a 19 Turbo, and a
series 2 2.1 Turbo. The 19 turbo has now been running on exclusively oil
for over a year - no diesel at all except when in a dire "Oh sh*t no fuel!!"
situation. The 19 was run for about a year and the 2.1 has now been going
for about 9 months. All on the same exclusive-except-emergency basis.
None of the cars has been modified in any way shape or form (except the
addition of a cleverly shaped funnel in the boot for topping up!!!).
None of the cars has experienced any failure of any fuel related component.
None of the cars has failed to start (and we live in a northerly climate!),
they are however just a little sluggish to start on *very*
mornings (say minus 5 and below...)
The tax aspect is interesting, it is a completely unenforcable law in the
UK, remember to prosecute they need the evidence, the only evidence they
have is the volume of oil in your tank. As it is a tax issue, all they can
do is bill you for the tax and prosecute if you don't pay. Running your car
on oil IS NOT AND WILL NOT EVER BE ILLEGAL IN THE UK. So where does this
leave you? In a very good position as it goes. If you get pulled and have
your tank dipped, plod will try to convince you that it is illegal - it just
isn't, tell him so (if it comes out with a pinkish tinge you *are*
as agricultural and heating diesel *IS*
illegal...). All plod can do is
tell H.M. C&E that you have a tank full of oil and it is up to them to
recover the duty due ON THAT TANKFUL, there is no other concrete evidence
that you have used or will use more oil. When you tell them that their cost
to recover that duty is going to be more than the duty itself, you should
hear no more. If you do hear more, keep pushing the point that it is
costing them more and more money to recover the piffling amount of tax and
that it wouldn't look good if it hit The Sun...
...keep going right up until the point where they give you the "Stump up
within 7 days or we will take you to court" letter then send them the cheque
for the couple of quid that they will be asking for and make the point again
that it has just cost them X-hundred pounds of tax payers money to recover
£2.74 in tax etc...
...you will hear no more!!! Even if you do get stopped again, all you will
have to pay is the duty on the amount of oil you have in your tank at the
time assuming that your protestations about tax payers money etc etc...
So what else to you need to know? Not a lot except that you do get *very*
funny looks buying an entire trolleyful of Tesco's cheapest!!! And yes,
your car does smell... *appetising*
!!! I once followed one of these Xants
for about 40 miles and I was STARVING by the time we reached our
Happy oil burning guys!
PS. Anyone got a 2.5 XM in SEI spec they want to sell me? I could use a
bit of cheap luxurious motoring!