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    Can your car run on E5 or E10 ethanol blended petrol?

There is a lot of confusion about which cars can use ethanol.

The following table lists vehicle models the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says are able to run on E5 or E10 ethanol blended petrol. Before using E5 or E10 in motor vehicles not listed below, or if you are unsure, consult your handbook or manufacturer to check if the fuel is suitable. Please note: this list was correct at the date of publication, but manufacturers may change data from time to time.

BRAND

MODEL

E5

E10

Alfa Romeo All models post 1998 image image
Alfa Romeo All models pre 1998 image image
Audi Audi A3 1.8L (engine code 'APG' 2000 onwards)
Audi A4 2.0L (engine code 'ALT' 2001 onwards)
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Audi All models post 1986 except the above image image
Bentley All models post 1990 image image
BMW All models post 1986 image image
Citroen All models post 1998 image image
Chrysler All models post 1986 image image
Daihatsu Charade (September 2004 onwards)
Terios (September 2004 onwards)
Copen (October 2004 onwards)
Sirion (November 2004 onwards)
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Dodge All models post 1986 image image
Fiat Punto image image
Ford Focus (2002-2004)
F-Series (1986-1992)
Ka (all models)
Maverick (all models)
Transit (1996-2004)
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Ford Mondeo (prior to 2007) image image
Ford Capri (all)
Courier 2.0L and 2.6L (all)
Econovan (pre-2002)
Festiva (all)
Laser 1.3L, 1.5L and 1.6L (all)
Raider (all)
Telstar (all)
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Ford All models post 1986 except the above image image
GMDaewoo All models image image
Holden Astra SRi 2.2L (11/2006 onwards)
Astra 2.2L Twin Top Convertible (11/2006 onwards)
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Holden Apollo (1/87-7/89)
Nova (2/89-7/94)
Barina (1985-1994)
Drover (1985-1987)
Scurry (1985-1986)
Astra (1984-1989)
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Holden All models post 1986 except above image image
Honda Insight - 2004 onwards
Civic range (including Civic Hybrid) - 2004 onwards
S2000 - 2004 onwards
CRV - 2003 onwards
MD-X 2003 onwards
Accord & Accord Euro 2003 onwards
Integra – 2002 onwards
Odyssey – 2004 onwards
Jazz – 2004 onwards
Legend – 2006 onward
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Hyundai All models post October 2003 image image
Jaguar All models post 1986 image image
Jeep All models post 1986 image image
Kia All models post 1996 image image
Land Rover All models post 1986 image image
Lexus IS200 pre May 2002 image image
Lexus All models post 1986 except above image image
Lotus Elan (1989-1991)
Esprit (4 cyl – 1987-1999)
Elise (Rover engine – 1996-2004)
340R
Exige (Rover engine – 2001, 2002 & 2004)
Europa (2006 onwards)
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Lotus Esprit (V8 – 1998-2004)
Exige (Toyota engine – 2004 onwards)
Elise (Toyota engine – 2004 onwards)
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Mazda May 2005 build onwards
Mazda3
Mazda6
RX-8
MX-5 July 2005 build onwards
Tribute April 2006 onwards
CX-7
CX-9
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Mazda All models except above image image
Mercedes-Benz All models post 1986 image image
MG All models image image
MINI All models image image
Mitsubishi All fuel injected models post 1986 image image
Nissan All models post 2004 image image
Peugeot All models post July 1997 except above image image
Peugeot 306 (XU engine only) image image
Porsche All models pre MY2007 image image
Porsche All models from MY2007 image image
Proton All models image image
Rover All models image image
Renault All models post 2001 image image
Rolls Royce All models between 1990 and 2002 image image
Saab All models post 1986 image image
Ssangyong Rexton, Stavic & Chairman models with
3.2 litre petrol engine
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Subaru All Subaru (before 1990)
Liberty B4 (2002 to 2003)
Liberty GT (2004 - 2006)
Impreza WRX STI (1999 to 2005)
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Subaru

All models post MY1990 except above
provided the model-specific minimum
octane rating is maintained.

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Suzuki Alto
Mighty Boy
Wagon R+
Swift/Cino
Sierra
Stockman
Vitara
X-90
Jimny (SOHC)
Super Carry
Suzuki Baleno and Baleno GTX
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Suzuki All models except above (providing RON
requirements are met)
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Toyota Camry with carburettor engines pre July 1989
Corolla pre July 1994
Supra - pre May 1993
Cressida - pre Feb 1993
Paseo - pre Aug 1995
Starlet - pre July 1999
Land Cruiser - pre Aug 1992
Coaster - pre Jan 1993
Dyna - pre May 1995
Tarago - pre Oct 1996
Hilux
Hiace & 4 Runner - pre Aug 1997
Townace - pre Dec 1998
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Toyota All models except above image image
Volkswagen All fuel injected models post 1986 image image
Volvo All models post 1986 image image

SourceFederal Chamber of Automotive Industries - March 2012

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  • Ethanol added to fuel increases the octane of the fuel when fuel is produced of low grade to begin with, there are many side effects to using E10 fuels , remeber ethanol is alcohol , methylated spirits and absorbes 30 % of its volume in moisture, so for 1 litre of E10 you will produce approx 260ml of water which remains in your tank and can also enter the fuel system, Secondly ethanol based fuel are not as volotile and therefore a higher volume of fuel is required to produce the same amount of energy than non ethanol fuels so your fuel economy will be higher as more throttle is required to make the equivilent power of non ethanol fuels, so there goes your savings , thirdly ethanol erodes metals , alloys , rubber and cork also blocks up fuel system quicker than non ethanol fuels, do your own sums to a fuel economy test you will be surprised

    daniel james moore of burwood Posted on 08 October 2013 2:11pm
  • Fatstig sorry you’re nearly right.Yes EGen95 is 91 plus ethanol to make the octane 95 premium.the other companies use less than 91 then add ethanol to bring it up to E91 standard.The octane denotes the grade.So 95 means normal premium and 98 is super premium.Its still premium,approved by Suzuki and others,with the benefits that using a higher octane brings with modern computer controlled engines.You yourself said that it increases the RON to 95,which is the definition of premium.I have proven(at least to me) over the last 8years and a combined 270000kms that using EGen 95 premium ethanol blend is cheaper and gives my cars more go without the economy suffering.My mechanic would be happy to confirm the good condition of my cars mechanical condition.

    Andrewbris of Brisbane Posted on 05 October 2013 9:42am
  • If you do use E10 have an ECU retune or distributor advance - the resulting higher cylinder compression will likely result in more power and similar economy. I’ve run an old carburetted 626 on E30 for a very long time with no issues whatsoever.

    John Adams of Toowoomba Posted on 11 September 2013 1:28am
  • I got a subaru impreza rs 05 non turbo will it be able to use E85?

    Tom of Melbourne Posted on 09 August 2013 2:33am
  • Yes I agree I get a little less km’s from a tank of E10 than Premium ULP.
    I’d put it at around 5% for my 2 cars, but as it’s more than 10% cheaper - I’m happy.

    Gerry C of Frankston Posted on 19 July 2013 3:52pm
  • If you want to continue to fuel your vehicle with the dirtiest and most monopolized fuel on the planet, continue talking about 5 and 10% ethanol. It is also a little hard to explain the suicide of a US solider or Vet every 65 minutes, since most of our conflict abroad are over the stinky black goo.

    zeno trojan of US Posted on 24 June 2013 4:03am
  • If you want at least 10-15% worse fuel economy then go ahead and run e10, i only use shell or bp 98 octane fuel and on 3 different cars now have had minimum 10% better economy as a result

    Gregg of Gold Coast Posted on 09 June 2013 2:51pm
  • I used e10 in my styhl 1986 ? brush cutter and all of the seals were damaged ( leaking ) . it was cheaper to buy a new one than get it fixed. the hand book on the new one advised exactly what would happen if e 10 was used.

    norman johnson of stockton Posted on 27 April 2013 9:13am
  • What about 1997 ford falcon? Can that run on E10?

    Caleb Posted on 10 April 2013 8:11pm
  • i have a suzuki alto and the handbook says i can use E10 your site says i cant

    brett d of perth Posted on 27 March 2013 9:09pm
  • I have a Nissan sunny 1986 and its a 1500 CC engine on petrol the cost is to much wanted to ask if this bioethonal can help me save money and be easly available

    Khan of Karachi, Pakistan Posted on 14 December 2012 7:26am
  • If you really want to save fuel (and environment of course), take off the red arrows lights on all intersections. If drivers can’t safely turn left or right without the green arrow, they shouldn’t be on the road in first place.

    Piotr of Sydney Posted on 03 October 2012 7:59pm
  • Using E10 in my 2000 Jimny with the G13BB SOHC engine for at least 8 years and it works very well.  No probs, over 600,000 k’s so far.

    Jimny Fastback of Frankston 3199 Posted on 31 August 2012 7:47pm
  • Holden and Kia service departments I asked both advise against E10.

    Johnny of Sydney Posted on 21 August 2012 4:30pm
  • How could there be comments on this dated back in 2010 when the source of information is dated March 2012?
    Its also listed on Holden “All models post 1986 except above” but does not include the VN Commodore made in 1989, which suffered major problems due to E10 use. Fatstig, the Supercars were only changed to E85 to stop the hippies boycotting the sport due to environmental reasons.
    If our governments really want to save the environment, stop burning $8million+ worth of explosives every year on fireworks.
    If Global Warming wasn’t such a scam, it wouldn’t be so damn cold.

    God of The Universe Posted on 17 August 2012 9:27pm
  • Have been using E10 from United Fuel in several vechiles without any problems. However filled up our Ford Territory last week in Melbourne and the Emissions warning light came on soon after. This week filled up our Holden Astra and the same thing happened. It appears too much of a coincedence !!  Anyone had the same issue ??

    Jeff James of Melbourne Australia Posted on 17 August 2012 5:18pm
  • amazing the confusion over Ethanol. In the old days (pre 1980) mechanics would put a small amount of metho in petrol to get rid of blue smoke (metho is roughly 95% ethanol & 1% methanol plus something aweful so you dont drink it) and the engine ran sweet without the pollution of burning oil.

    The real problem has more to do with parts that corrode for a mix up to 10%, todays computerized systems adjusts for fuel mixture etc and the motor runs cooler especially ideal for our hot summers. So why does the Oil companies condemn the use of 10% ethanol in all petrol to help burn it better and end up with far less pollution. Simple if an ethanol industry is established it would be competition. So how dumb are we in Australia, we throw away the ingredients to make ethanol, we could set up plants throughout the country in wheat growing areas, this would provide stable regional employment and additional income to these areas and blend all fuel with min 10%. Oh by the way, in Brazil 30 years ago, a simple device could blend any ratio of Ethanol and Petrol for $30. That was their answer to the M East oil crisis in the 1970’s 30 years later Australia we are debating if Ethanol is bad for cars?

    albert callegher of Melbourne Posted on 09 June 2012 7:54pm
  • Outback Jack is wrong. V8 Supercars run E85. 85% ethanol. More pitstops but more power! Andrew Willis is also wrong. Egen95 is not premium fuel. It is just Matilda’s name for standard E10. ie normal ULP with 10% ethanol added. Ethanol increases the RON number of the fuel from 91 to 95. Do your research before making misleading comments.

    Fatstig of Rothwell Qld Posted on 26 March 2012 10:55am
  • Yeah I’d rather listen to my mechanic who has enough cars coming in with E10 related issues rather than a caltex Ceo.

    Sean of Central Coast Posted on 21 March 2012 2:20pm
  • If you can find it EGen95 (premium E10) is the answer to the economy issue. It’s available from Newmans and Matilda Blue (and other independants) and is still 2cents a litre cheaper than non E10 regular 91. Being premium also stops any knocking. Most ethanol made in Australia is from waste cane (after being processed for sugar) so you’re doing the farmer and the environment a favour as we need less crude oil, which is running out. As for the corrosion, use injector cleaner every 5000km,it fixes that. Don’t use ethanol in cars that aren’t recommended as it eats some metals, rubbers and plastics. My Suzuki 1.3 had 173000km when sold (engine still perfect) and was run on EGen95 all it’s life. The 2lt Suzuki I now have has done 48000km, only EGen95, and is still perfect. I get the same or better economy than reg91(non E10) and even have slightly more go.

    Andrew Willis of Brisbane Posted on 30 September 2011 9:36am
  • Folks, E10 has 10-15% less energy per litre than regular unleaded. This means more fuel needs to be burned to travel the same distance. V8 Supercars started running E10 recently which resulted in 25% more fuel pit stops.
    E10 only becomes economically viable when it has a 10-15% price advantage over 91RON.
    One thing to remember - E10 contains ethanol, a water-based alcohol. Car companies have only recently started using corrosion resistant fuel lines. I have seen many disappointed owners of late model cars charged $500-$1000 to have rusted fuel lines replaced.
    All of a sudden that 4c/litre saving looks less attractive….

    Outback Jack of Woop Woop Posted on 25 March 2011 8:36am
  • Many cars can use E10, but performance will suffer, fuel economy will suffer , engine knocking problem, amongst others. On the other side, sugar/food price would go up because cane farmers got better price selling sugar cane to ethanol manufacturer

    Edison Ng of Brisbane Posted on 17 November 2010 5:30pm
  • I have a 1984 Toyota Hilux pushing 450,00kms. I have been putting an E mix in cause it’s cheaper.. is that wrong?

    bloike Posted on 17 November 2010 4:54pm
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