m

Asked by Jul 01, 2012 at 05:22 AM about the 2003 Vauxhall Vectra

Question type: Maintenance & repair

the vectra smokes on start up with a wee puff of white smoke, and some times slugish to start up
wou;ld it matter if i am puting red diesel in to the tank instead of normal diesel, know it  the same part from the dye and chemical but will it make must of a differance ,
there is no lights on the dash  or any thing like that
was told get a tune up
but have to get the dealer to do that

2 Answers

red diesel does tend to be dirtier, and more regular servicing is required to your engine,i.e. filters but there should not be any major changes to the car's performance

red has a dye in it and a chemical marker. otherwise it comes from the same refinery as normal. red will make more slightly smoke for the same fuel mix as it burns the dye. also it can make the engine respond more gradually as its less easy to burn (a small percentage is dye and marker so not as pure). the biggest downside is that most of the time it comes out of tanks used for agriculture and other off road stuff which tend to be dirty so you get a fair bit more silt in it. the dye can be filtered out but the chemical marker remains and when they dip your tank to check this is what they look for (some additives like diesel power plus or redex can change the colour). whatever you do dont get using it on the road. the marker will infect your fuel for a good lot of tanks before washing away so you cant just stop using it and its gone. if you get pulled and dipped they WILL find the chemical and then you get your car taken off you and done for tax evasion. not good.

Your answer:

Vauxhall Vectra experts

  • #1
    GeoffDavis
    Reputation
    340
  • #2
    SHANE3767
    Reputation
    300
  • #3
    Steve Gibson
    Reputation
    200
View all

Find great deals from top-rated dealers

Search

Related models for sale

Vauxhall Astra for sale
362 great deals out of 6,416 listings starting at £499
Ford Mondeo for sale
170 great deals out of 2,261 listings starting at £975
Ford Focus for sale
693 great deals out of 10,877 listings starting at £495
BMW 3 Series for sale
479 great deals out of 7,108 listings starting at £795
Volkswagen Golf for sale
470 great deals out of 8,573 listings starting at £450
Vauxhall Zafira for sale
62 great deals out of 1,154 listings starting at £690
Volkswagen Passat for sale
115 great deals out of 2,006 listings starting at £989
Honda Civic for sale
188 great deals out of 3,082 listings starting at £395
Audi A4 for sale
139 great deals out of 2,215 listings starting at £785
BMW 5 Series for sale
220 great deals out of 3,489 listings starting at £1,500
Vauxhall Corsa for sale
492 great deals out of 9,388 listings starting at £250
Audi A3 for sale
247 great deals out of 3,939 listings starting at £995
Toyota Avensis for sale
29 great deals out of 488 listings starting at £745
Subaru Impreza for sale
7 great deals out of 249 listings starting at £1,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.