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Vegetable Oil Fuel Experiment

Over the past few weeks have been experimenting with a vegetable oil & diesel mix in my Land Rover 110, and it’s been lapping it up!

To get myself started, I dropped by the local Sainsburys and bought a couple of 3 litre bottles of veg oil as it works out at 75p per litre (compared with pump diesel at £1.07 a litre).

As it’s winter, I started with a 30% mix, so I would put £10 (about 9.5 litres) of regular diesel in the tank and then added the 3 litre bottle of vegetable oil from Sainsburys.

Using vegetable oil as a fuel in your Land Rover

The Land Rover loved it – it was a little harder to start in the morning, but once it had warmed up it was fine – then the recent cold weather hit!

With the freezing temperatures, the Land Rover would really struggle to start in the morning, so I have had to reduce the mix down to 15% vegetable oil, and since then it has been fine. As soon as the temperature rises again, I will be back up to 30% mix, and in the summer will be looking to go at a 50% mix.

I have also been collecting waste vegetable oil from local food outlets and been stockpiling it in the garage ready for filtering, but I will go into this in another article soon.

In the meantime, get yourself to Sainsburys, Morrisons or Lidl’s and grab some veggie oil and have a play around yourself. It will work on all Land Rover diesel engines (2.25, 2.5, 200Tdi, 300Tdi) but not the TD5.

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