Opal Fuel?

Submitted: Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 18:32
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Howdy yall, can any one tell me if opal fuel has a detremental effect to a petrol engine and what sets it apart from regular unleaded. I'm curious as I'm gonna head of to darwin for work in 2 months time and I've gotta stint that require's me to use it and im not sure what it's like any help would be great,
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 18:47

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 18:47
If u r a petrol sniffer u wont like it as I understand it was made to stop certain portions of the population sniffing the stuff.
As for effect on engines i cant help as i have a Diesel.


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Follow Up By: Inkbandit79 - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:02

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:02
Nah it's not for me, I like beer, It's for the Cruiser!
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:11

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:11
One thing is for sure, if you don't use the fuel the motor will stop.

Vehicles have been running on Opal fuel for a long time now and they don't seem to have any problems.

Wayne
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Reply By: Inkbandit79 - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:34

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:34
Thanks guys for the light hearted humour, but im after facts not bs
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:59

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:59
Inkbandit79,

Fact,
A lot of replies are light hearted.

Fact,
Opal fuel is used in outback areas of Australia.

Fact,
Apart from diesel it is the only other automotive fuel that you will get.

Fact,
Vehicles that require petrol in remote areas have been using Opal fuel for a long time.

Fact,
If you do not use fuel your motor will stop.

Fact,
I don't use Opal fuel, diesel is the preferred fuel for outback travel.

Fact,
I am a bloke or a mate but never a "GUY"

Fact,
This is not bs

Wayne
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Reply By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:34

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 19:34
I am not sure but would like to comment. I understand Opal fuel is closer to Kerosene than petrol and so there are not as many free hydrocarbons to sniff. I believe it is cleaner than petrol like aviation fuel is cleaner. As long as you are getting your fuel from a regular supplier and not from old 44gal drums. If drums are your choice go and get a good filter and fit it inline. Probably worth getting another filter for any car if you are going out to work on communities. Fuel may get contaminated if it is not used regularily enough.

Your options are limited on communities - Diesel or Opal. Better get a diesel car. Better for doing those windscreen deep river crossings. Met a guy coming out of Nhulunbuy in a holden ute. He was waiting for his car to dry out. He would get towed through each river crossing with the motor off - going totally under water. Pretty hard on a holden ute.

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Follow Up By: Inkbandit79 - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 20:30

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 20:30
Thanks serindipity your response was the only one with some real information for me, I'll be doing the trip from perth to darwin through laverton and looking at my maps there's not alot of unleaded stops on the way at least your response was informative and once again thankyou.
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 20:24

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 20:24
Some owners complain about engine ping or engine missing occasionally.
Others have no problems at all.
Im guessing it depends on the make and age of the engine.

Keeping a can of octane boost or a couple of gerry cans of the real stuff hidden away might help.

According to BP they took some of the aromatics out of it
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Reply By: George - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 20:40

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 20:40
this may help: Site Link
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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 22:11

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 22:11
Hi all,
My son is currently touring the cape, he has a GQ Patrol 4.2 litre petrol witha gas conversion, was only speaking to him last night & he was complaining about how poorly his vehicle was running on Opal....coughing & farting, no power...not a happy vehicle at the moment.
It is behaving the same as it was when he was in Alice running on Opal (poorly) once he could put unleaded or premium into it, it ran like a swiss watch.
Being on the cape & only able to source Opal he isnt a happy camper at the moment....he cant buy gas either.
He's hoping its not doing any damage to his truck!


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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 03:30

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 03:30
4.2 ? thought that was only in diesel ? did you mean 4.8 ( 4800)
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Follow Up By: oldfart1953 - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 06:02

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 06:02
No it is a 4.2, both petrol & diesel engines had the same capacity
TB42 was the petrol engine & TD42 was the diesel engine


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Reply By: ian - Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 22:49

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 22:49
I use it for a few weeks a year. I haven't had any problems
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Reply By: Grungle229 - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 07:46

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 07:46
If you want the facts on anything then it probably isn't wise to be asking the questions here. If you want opinions then post away my friend.

A google search for "Opal Fuel" will reveal quite a few sites from reputable organisations that will provide the facts you are looking for:

RACQ fact sheet on Opel Fuel

AANT investigation into Opal Fuel related vehicle faults

Thats about all I could be bothered posting so you might have to continue from here.

Also I tend to search Google first for at least 15 minutes if I want to know something and then if I can't find what I am looking for then search this site and then finally post my question (if 4WD related of course).

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Reply By: RobAck - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 18:23

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 18:23
we've been using itthrough a 120 Prado V6 for years and never had a problem with no noticeably difference in fuel consumption or performance

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Reply By: slammin - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:32

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:32
This question comes up every two months. Why would BP warrant and release a fuel that would destroy your engine? They are a money making machine not the Greens Party.

FWIW I've used it since it came out in bikes and car and now boat - as have all my friends and work colleagues and no we haven't had any problems.

FWIW I've heard heaps of "tried it once, it's crap" or the "my cousins brothers girlfriends dad's car blew up" but as someone linked above AANT has been begging for any actual proof or even suspected engines affected by OPAL and have received nada, nicht, zilch. The other ones that crack me up are the "my 77 Corolla's running crap, hmmm must be OPAL..."
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