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5085 Days of genuine trouble-free motoring on veg oil since converting on 18th June 2008 - read more

Driving On Veg Oil...

5085 Days - Real or Not?

So I've made the claim that I've been driving my Diesel car on ordinary vegetable oil for 5085 days without any mechanical failure and you're probably thinking that's too good to be true...

Well it IS true! I've got nothing to gain from spinning you a lie. The number of days shown above is automatically calculated and updates itself thanks to the joys of coding, but I've always said that I would reset the clock should it ever be necessary. But to offer true clarity I'd like to be as candid as I can be for you because it really is not my intention to deceive you in any way.

Trouble-Free Motoring... Honestly?

Well I've had the car for over ten years so I would have to be exceptionally lucky to claim in that time that I'd had no mechanical issues. It's a car... it's subject to wear and tear... mechanical failures are expected. And they have occurred (though thankfully very few), but importantly for the context of this website, none of these mechanical failures have been caused by veg oil. Let me just make that last sentence clearer - I have had mechanical troubles, but I would have had these if I'd been driving on diesel. The point I'm really trying to make is that driving on veg oil has not been detrimental to my engine. So in that regard, yes I can honestly say my veg oil driving experiences have been trouble free.

How About Mileage?

I need to confess also that I've never been a high-mileage driver. At most I may have done 15000 miles in a year. Because of this I've never bothered recording mileage. Whilst it's worth pointing out that anecdotal evidence shared with me by other veg oil motoring enthusiasts suggests that high-mileage driving is where veg oil really shines, I can't cannot personally speak from experience there. A handful of 400+ mile driving days is all I can attest to. And to make matters worse in the mileage perspective, the last few years have seen my driving needs drop much lower. There are many occasions now when a few weeks will go by without any veg oil motoring at all - gasp! But it terms of time, veg oil has certainly (to me at least) not to be detrimental to the well-being of my engine.

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