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Most economical budget-car conversion

#1 Post by E39LPG » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:30 pm

I converted my e39 couple years back and I love it, 25k down the line and hasn't given me one spot of bother. But at 19/26 official MPG figures, this car was never about fuel economy, even on gas. I'm now toying with the idea of getting a cheap hatchback and put that on LPG, and I'm thinking of finding a low mileage Corsa 2003-2006 1.0l, 12v.

What's the most economical budget-car conversion you've ever seen or heard about?

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Re: Most economical budget-car conversion

#2 Post by LPGC » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:14 pm

A guy once bought a brand new VW Fox 3 cylinder and brought it straight from the showroom for me to convert.
I may be converting another Smart car soon.
My son had a 1.2 Corsa, bought for him to learn to drive in but he ended up keeping it and we converted it.. very economical and I prefer the 4 cylinder engines to 3 cylinder. He also had a 1.6 Hyundai Accent which was almost as good on fuel as the Corsa. On a long steady trip both cost around 6p per mile to run.
Have converted lots of little cars for driving schools etc, with a hidden filler and the LPG switch hidden (sometimes in the glovebox or similar) learner drivers aren't even aware they learned to drive in a car powered by LPG.
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Re: Most economical budget-car conversion

#3 Post by Brian_H » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:49 pm

I've seen a fair number of Toyota Prius used as Taxis on LPG, drivers of those say around 6p a mile it works out at (the hybrid ones, not plug in ones).

The Focus I've got manages about 10p/mile not including flashlube, not worked out how far it gets out of a bottle as yet.

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Re: Most economical budget-car conversion

#4 Post by E39LPG » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:44 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I'd be more than happy with 6p per mile, I live in the sticks so most of my journeys are long, or at least combined. I'm thinking Peugeot 107 as well, very good mpg figures on paper.

Funny you mentioned Smart, I had one as a daily driver for nearly 3 years. What an awful little car! Bumpy ride, stuff would break constantly, difficult to work on. Chain tensioner would give and start rattling at about 70k, almost without exception. In my case, the chain stretched to the point it chafed a small hole in the outer case and ended up with an oil leak. The only thing I liked about it was the semi-auto box.

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#5 Post by LPGC » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:49 pm

I didn't really suggest any specific models, just mentioned running cost experiences with a few. Plenty other little cars converted to LPG would give similarly low running costs, depends which you prefer.
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Re: Most economical budget-car conversion

#6 Post by Brian_H » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:52 pm

Its worth bearing in mind you want something with enough space to get a decent size tank in as well so you have enough range for your needs - something I think you'd struggle to do with a smart car personally.

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#7 Post by LPGC » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:12 pm

Brian_H wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:52 pm
Its worth bearing in mind you want something with enough space to get a decent size tank in as well so you have enough range for your needs - something I think you'd struggle to do with a smart car personally.
For sure, and some little cars come with no wheel well or a small / odd shape wheel well. A relatively small capacity spare wheel tank might not be an issue for an economical car that will still have decent range with that fuel capacity. But if a car can only be fitted with a cylinder tank in the luggage area...
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