Members vehicles running biodiesel or vegetable oil

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Introduction

Below is a table of members vehicles running alternative fuels, along with any problems experienced and cures they have implemented.

This is not an endorsement of any make or model, and biopowered will not accept responsibility as to a vehicles suitability to run alternative fuels, but we hope the information is of use.


The table below is sortable, click on the up/down arrows to sort ascending/descending.


Make Model Year Member's name Fuel Mileage on bio/veg Known problems Cures/Modifications and Notes


Mitsubishi Delica 2.8TDI 1994 Tony B100 50,000 miles / 5 years Blocked in-tank filter; increased cold start clatter with time; air leak at filter housing; dissolved pipework. Added facet pump to assist with lifting fuel from tank, when the IP shaft seal failed the sump filled with bio and engine ran away. Remove in-tank filter, replace with inline filter in engine bay; recon/replace injection pump; different filter housing fitted; all pipework replaced with Nylon air hose or marine graded diesel hose. Gave up on the Delica after the engine runaway.


Nissan Serena 2.0TD 1994 Tony B100 Few thousand None, sold fully working
Nissan Largo 2.0ETi 1996 Tony B100 20k between two Largos None, both run very smoothly on it
Peugeot 405 Estate 1993 PeteP900 VEG 40000 Not a lot RM Filter Mod
Peugeot 106 1996 PeteP900 VEG 5000 Not a lot RM Filter Mod
Citroen ZX 1994 PeteP900 VEG 12000 Not a lot RM Filter Mod
Citroen Xantia 1998 PeteP900 VEG 9000 Not a lot RM Filter Mod


Jeep XJ Cherokee 1996 PeteP900 VEG 35000 Not a lot LandRover Filter Mod (Purely cost of filters)


Mitsubishi Shogun / Pajero 1995 PeteP900 VEG 2000 Overheated, have to be Tesco's Oils fault None


Isuzu Trooper / Bighorn 1995 PeteP900 VEG 4000 + Not a lot FPHE


Leyland 7.5 Ton RoadRunner Motorhome 1989 PeteP900 BIO / Diesel 7000 Not a lot Secondary Inline Filter


Toyota Hi-Ace Regius 1996 TheRecklessEngineer B100 5000 miles None so far
VW Passat 1.9TDI 130 2004 NigelB B100 Since 09.13 None N/A
Land Rover Discovery 300TDI 1996 Julian B100 100,000 approx (split between two Discos) Leaking injector spill pipes Standard spill pipes replaced with nylon. Fabricated a heated filter to combat cold weather gelling.
Volvo V40 1.9 2002 TheRecklessEngineer B100 2 years Clogged filters Additional inline pre filter before main filter
Land Rover Discovery 300TDI 1996 TheRecklessEngineer B100 5 years + Leaking injector spill pipes Standard spill pipes replaced
Toyota Land Cruiser 4.2 TD VX 1993 TheRecklessEngineer B100 1 year None N/A
VW Golf TDI 1.9 PD 2003 Julian B100 15,000 approx None After checking fuel temperatures (see this thread), happy to run bio all year.

Quote from VW hand book section 3.2, Art.-Nr.: 231.551.GOR.20 dated 05.2002 ... "RME fuel (diester) corresponding to DIN51 606. Vehicles with diesel engines can also run on RME fuel (Rapeseed Methyl Ester). Please use only RME fuel when filling up with diester."

Seat Altea 2004 Bill B100 since July 2010 none N/A
Fiat Scudo 2004 Bill B100 since Mar 2010 Leak off pipe Might not have been bio related. Replaced.
Ford Transit Mk5 2.5Di 2000 keef WVO 20,000 miles per year Winter starting can be a bugger if the engine isn't setup perfectly 10-15% misfuel in winter and a quick squirt of Easystart in an emergency
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI 2002 NigelB B100 30,000 miles Delphi fuel pump failure Pump & injectors replaced. A pit of cash is needed to own one of these
VW Golf 1.9SDI 2002 NigelB B100 23,000 miles so far since July 2010 None N/A
VW Passat 1.9TDI 1999 NigelB B100 60,000 miles @ 10.08-10.13 None N/A
Briggs and Stratton 6.0HP Petrol 2000 TheRecklessEngineer B100 5 years Needs propane to get it going. Clouds of white smoke until warm, then more white smoke. Frequent spark plug fouling. Contamination of lube oil Breathing mask. Addition of petrol helps with the smoke.
Peugeot 406 1.9TD 1996 Rotary-Motion WVO 56,000 6 sets glow plugs + leak over end plug New plugs + nylon plug fitted / RM filter mod
Peugeot Boxer LWB 2.5D 1998 Rotary-Motion WVO 6,000 None N/A
Toyota Land Cruiser Colorado 3.0TD 1999 thewormman B100 6,000 miles - 6 months None N/A
Ford Fiesta 1800 TDDI 2001 thewormman B30 - B100 1,500 miles used on and off over last 5 months None N/A
Peugeot Partner 1.9d 2006 Willbuild B100 9,000 None N/A
Land Rover Discovery 300Tdi XS 1996 Julesandtash B100 70,000+ Injector leak off pipes, injector pump drive shaft seal and lift pump (fail on diesel anyway) Leak off pipes replaced with nylon air pipe, lift pump replaced with Delphi one and injector pump resealed with bio compatatable seal
Land Rover RangeRover P38A 2.5DSE 1997 Julesandtash B100 22,000 None except leak off pipes and phenomenal appetite for biodiesel Nylon leak off pipe. Cant do anything about the sub 20MPG fuel consumption though
Audi A6 Allroad 2.5 V6 Tdi 2001 Julesandtash B100 200 so far Clogged a fuel filter pretty quickly after changing to bio but other than that OK Changed filter (not cheap at best part of £20 a pop! Vital to fill with fuel before connecting up as the VP44 is not good at self bleeding
Toyota Estima 2.2td 1994 JMG WVO 120,000+ miles Blocked tank strainer, leaking fuel pump. Had 4 of these all self destructed none of them through fuel type though. Remove tank strainer, replace pump o-rings
Nissan Serena 2.0d 1994 JMG WVO 50,000 miles Nothing to speak of. Fuel froze solid in my first ever veg winter first step on anyone's veg learning curve N/A
Ford Transit Mk5 2.5d 1998 JMG WVO 40,000 miles Rust, poor starting. Replace battery, add extra rug in coldest weather
Transit 2.5d 1999 JMG B100/B98ish 15,000 and rising Nowt specifically bio related, plenty of rust though. N/A
MG ZR 2005 Rossey B100 1,000 None N/A
Mercedes C250TD Auto 1999 Head Womble B100 48,000 Air ingress Changed O rings on fuel pipes / leakoff pipes replaced
Peugeot 406 2.1TD 1997 Head Womble B100 100,000 Rough running / air ingress Swapped Lucas EPIC ip for Bosch fully mechanical VE serise / resealed fuel filter, RM mod
Peugeot 406 2L HDI 90 1999 Head Womble B100 6,000 none none
VW Polo 1.9sdi 1996 JMG WVO 6000 signs of ring gumming Sold as spares
Peugeot 405 1.9td 1995 JMG WVO 8000 Nothing fuel related but it was falling apart everywhere else
Kia Sedona 2.9td 2000 JMG B90 6000 Nothing fuel related, rubbish car though, never again
VW Golf 1.9 TDi 2008 RichardP B100 2 years None N/A
VW Passat 1.9Tdi 130 20023 RichardP B100 50,000+ None N/A
Peugeot 206 1.4Hdi 2002 RichardP B100 40,000 None N/A
Ford Ranger (4 & 2Door) 2001 McDuff WVO 50,000 Bad starting in winter Good glow plugs & thinning of wvo, 2 door twin tanked
Ford Ranger 2002 thatmusicman 90% veg, 10% petrol 1 year Poor starting in winter Added 5% diesel, 2-ehn & acetone
Chrysler Voyager CRD 2002 Soupstone B100 11000 Nothing I didnt have before using bio
Volvo V70 (2.5 TDI) 2000 BlueRose B100 20.000 km No problems so far I have just start to use B100
Land Rover Discovery (300tdi) 1996 julianf B100 about 20k Bio related? ; ) Leak off pipes, IP front seal, Sediment in tank Careful selection of feedstock for cold weather running
Land Rover 101 forward control fitted with International Engines 2.8 1982 julianf B100 about 2k None, other than feedstock related. Careful selection of feedstock for cold weather running
VW Golf IV (90bhp / ALH engine) 2001 julianf B100 about 30k None, other than feedstock related. Careful selection of feedstock for cold weather running
Alfa Romeo 159 2.4 JTDm 2007 stumac B100 80k - 18k on B100 Injector bleed off leak & Rough start with white smoke (especially when cold) Replace injector leak off line with viton line. DPF removed with engine remap - including advance of timing, reduction in swirl valves usage and longer glow plug activation
Toyota Hilux 3 litre 1994 Diysurgeon 100% veg 20k Nothing fuel related. Normal rear window motor issues. Only twin tanked for easier starting in cold weather. Twin tanked Heat exchanger
Skoda Superb 1.9 TDI 130PD 2003 Orange Vito B100 14.000 None none
VW Golf Mark 4 (Non PD) 2002 BassAddict B100 30,000 on 100% Bio Door lock switch causing me grief - must be the bio :-) None
Ford Focus 2002 DB B100 20,000 on 100% BIO None Replaced leak off pipes with nylon
VW Passat 1.9TDi 130 (PD) 2002 rbdazza B100 19,000 on B100 Lumpy start with white smoke when cold, otherwise nothing fuel related Lumpy start not bad enough to investigate a cure, i'm assuming my bio could do with a winteriser for when there's a frost!
VW Passat 2.0TDi 130 (PD) 2003 tttonyyy B100 + splash of 2-EHN Just a few k so far Fuel filter blocked after two or three tanks, felt like it was kangarooing up the road under heavy acceleration. Filter very easily changed and is right next to the engine (lovely warm location to help with winter waxing). In the winter requires a bit of extra glow or cranking to get started but nothing to warrant any effort. Otherwise, goes like absolute stink on the bio, really flies!
Peugeot 106 1998 JMG B100 4000 Nothing fuel related, wheels fell off
Vauxhall Astra 1.7 crdt 2004 JMG B100 8000 Fuel pump dead can't be bothered repairing.
Vauxhall Astra 1.9 cdti 2006 rbdazza B100 10000 Turbo blew and fuel in oil from DPF. Other than that runs fine. Replace turbo and remove DPF and see how things go :)
BMW 530d M Sport 2006 rbdazza B100 10000 Getting fuel in the oil, not the DPF, could be a leaky injector, don't think its the bio! no mods, need to work out root cause of fuel in oil and get it fixed!
Mitsubishi Challenger 2.8TD 1996 Twenty4Seven B100 12,000 Fuel pump front seal. Replaced front seal with Viton. No issues since.