Even if true I would be surprised if it made a car that is otherwise e20 compatible in many global markets into one that can technically only handle e10. Open to your feedback.
Side note - CA cars can run at least one tank of approximately e30 without exploding, at least my old girl can. Not sure about 2 tanks though.
Last edited by ahausheer; 08-04-2020 at 05:07 AM.
Now tell me there are 48 states and I'll be happy lol
I wouldn't doubt if many engines aren't changed to appease California, but I would be surprised if Catalytic converters were the same in California as other parts of North America. Even my 2020 Kawasaki Sxs would come with California emissions if sold in California.....Looking something up, it's not hard.
Last edited by Fummins; 08-04-2020 at 12:36 PM.
My mom says I'm cool
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE wussie cvt edition. 1.2 automatic: 37.4 mpg (US) ... 15.9 km/L ... 6.3 L/100 km ... 44.9 mpg (Imp)
I wonder if this issue is more common to a specific regional fuel type blend in Europe vs. North America / Asia?
Have any people outside of Europe experienced this issue?
Almost all of the Gasoline here in Canada is E-10, so one would assume we should be having similar issues here if Ethanol is to blame.
Congratulations on your repair.
I do suspect that both instances of intake valve deposits were probably caused by bad fuel. Your theory about the fuel tanker being polluted by a previous load is one possibility. Another is that fuel is being intentionally polluted by dilution with some other chemical, probably an agricultural use fuel on which there is less tax. I have read of this happening in Ireland where gasoline/petrol fuel is diluted with agricultural use diesel fuel. I don't know how fuel quality testing is done at the fuel pump in Germany.
I am somewhat perturbed by your loss of compression pressure though, as I believe this may be caused by a change in camshaft timing. To remove the intake valves and clean them, your garage would have had to remove the cylinder head and camshafts, so there is the possibility of it being assembled wrongly, and this could cause a change in compression pressure, and then also a change in fuel consumption.
My service manual only covers my 1.2 engine, so I don't know if the 1.0 has variable valve timing like the 1.2, but I would expect it does.
As you obviously have the skills to clean your intake valves, you should be able to measure your camshaft timing and verify it is set correctly. Another more remote possibility is a problem with the variable valve timing, but I would have expected the cam and crank position sensors to have detected this.
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 46.0 mpg (US) ... 19.5 km/L ... 5.1 L/100 km ... 55.2 mpg (Imp)