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    Where to find information specific to my car?

    Hey guys,

    I want to run a 2010 Holden Cruze CDX on B100, but I can't seem to find specific information anywhere. Apparently, all GM cars can take up to B20 without complaint, according this resource I found online: https://biodiesel.org/using-biodiese...-summary-chart.

    I tried calling up a few Holden service centers, and they were pretty useless. They said to contact a "biodiesel specialist", whatever that is . I basically want to know what modifications I have to do on my car to make it B100 compatible. Where can I find this information?

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    Re: Where to find information specific to my car?

    From memory, all dealer or service centres will tell you that bio diesel is no good.
    I am not sure where you would find this information, besides spending a fair bit on dr Google. Is your vehicle common rail?
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    Re: Where to find information specific to my car?

    The Holden Cruze is another 'world car' manufactured in several different countries (including Australia) and re-badged for different markets. Also known as a Daewoo Lacetti & Chevrolet Cruze.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevro...e#Holden_Cruze

    I think your owner's manual would be the best thing to consult RE biodiesel compatibility and I'm fairly sure it wouldn't be any more than B20, if anything.

    If it has a diesel particulate filter (DPF) you will probably run into problems unless you physically remove it and bypass the error codes from the ECU. Someone may correct me here, but generally biodiesel does not work with DPFs as it has a higher flash-point than mineral diesel and can be used to burn off carbon in the filter under a re-gen cycle.

    You could also consult these guys who are experts in biofuels for common-rail engines:

    https://www.greasenergy-shop.com/epa.../41000060-0001

    If you are using home-brew bio in a common-rail, my personal feeling is that you are taking a big risk unless your fuel quality is spot-on.

    I'm keen to give it a go, but haven't found a vehicle I'm willing to write off yet if things go bad.

    Good luck and let us know how you go.
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    Re: Where to find information specific to my car?

    Ive got a couple of cars that are common rail, and also a friend of mine has a common rail and we both have run 100% bio for a few years now without any issues. I will say that we make high-quality bio.
    The main problem you will have is that the Holden Cruze is an absolute dog of a vehicle, You might be pushing your luck putting bio in it.
    https://autoexpert.com.au/posts/new-...a-holden-cruze

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    Re: Where to find information specific to my car?

    Quote Originally Posted by smithw View Post
    Ive got a couple of cars that are common rail
    Is one of the them the Peugeot 306? I'm keen to hear more about the cars and any issues you've had and how you resolved them. It is likely I've missed some other posts you've made about them. Any links you can share? Also when you say high quality bio, what tests do you do? I feel like my bio is normally pretty high quality too (apart from the last batch), but always wonder if it is up to common rail spec. Keen to hear more.
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
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