Yesterday I took my new A3 1.6 to be converted to LPG. I have the basic non-FSI engine.
At today's fuel prices, I don't need a Humvee to break even very quickly. Audi warranty for fuel injection system is voided I know but this engine has been around for some time and should have no surprises.
This evening I was so excited. It was just how I felt before my A3 was deliverd brand new.
When I picked it up, we went to the fuel station and I was shown how to top up with LPG.
I've now taken it for a test drive 20 miles round London and sofar I'm impressed.
The installation is the new sequential gas injection KIT. After abit of a sprint on the M25, I could not detect any difference in power.
-Good job done by garage. LPG-filler cover colour matched with my bumper (Akoya Silver)
-very hardworking, friendly and helpful mechanic. (job done in 1 day)
-Cannot tell difference between running on petrol or LPG. I cannot even tell even when the changeover occurs.
-The setup does not tamper or even affect the original petrol system. when you switch to petrol, its like the LPG system never existed.
- Price of LPG
-I don't wake the whole neighbourhood when I start my car on a cold morning (the car starts on petrol and transfers to LPG when the engine is warm enough)
- And its not as bad for the envirnment like petrol or diesel.
-The smell of gas (like house hold cooking gas) when you disconnect the LPG nozzle after filling up.
-Loss of spare wheel as that is the location of the LPG tank. - I never liked the space saver wheel any ways. I had to use the spacers that allow you to fit a full size spare wheel in the place of the spacesaver spare. I'll now carry those puncture fix spray cans.
-A small loss of boot space because the floor is raised. (not much space in my opinion) I can still fit every thing I could before.
-LPG filling takes abit longer than petrol or diesel. about 1 1/5 times i.e. 5 mins instead of 3 minutes.
Stay tuned as I'll post some pics and keep you updated with my experience with LPG.