Exciting statement from FSO.  What about E10 gasoline in large Polonaise and Fiat cars?

I know that “sensation” and “shock” are journalistic cliches, but regarding the statement that has just appeared on the website of Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych SA, the phrase “no one expected this” could really be used.

On the website of Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych SA there is a statement regarding refueling with new E10 gasoline – 10%. With a mixture of bioethanol – for cars made in FSO. Briefly – everyone “Big Fiat cars” 125 p, Bolognese (regardless of the drive unit and body type) and cars of the construction type assembled in Shiran Daewoo Not suitable for burning E10 gasoline.

This includes, among others: models such as – produced in Shiran – Daewoo Lanos, Daewoo Matiz, and Daewoo Nubira, as well as all models assembled at FSO with the SKD system. More precisely, it concerns the following:

  • Daewoo Tico was assembled in the SKD system in 1996-2001,
  • Daewoo Espero was assembled in the SKD system in 1996-1999,
  • Daewoo Tacoma was assembled on the SKD system in the period 2000-2001,
  • Daewoo Leganza was assembled in the SKD system in 1997-2000.

At the same time, the manufacturer reported that it had “no information” regarding the 2007-2011 Chevrolet Aveo – which was approved and sold by GM DAT.

this is not true. they will. At least until the first failure. Okay, but that's what they had as standard in “pure” 95 lead, so what does E10 gasoline have to do with it?

In fact, the phrase “the combustion engines of this model are not adapted to burn E10 gasoline” used by FSO SA representatives does not seem very accurate. As far as I live, I've never seen a Polonez or a Fiat 125p with an engine other than a combustion engine (okay, okay, a battery pickup truck appeared on the highly acclaimed “Sonda” show, but that was a long time ago and that's not true).

As far as I know, it is not a question of the combustion of such fuel, but of its destructive effect (corrosion) on aluminum, which suggests problems with the fuel system and not the engine itself.

I write “suggests” because I'm not sure. The FSO may have some information about the effect of the new fuel, for example, on the head or valve seats, but – I admit – I couldn't figure it out. The guy in the administration department, who runs the smaller areas of the former auto giant, has no idea what's going on, and the administration office I was sent to… well. As the name suggests – he works for the administration – so he doesn't answer reporters' calls.

The biggest shock to the average driver, of course, is not the fact that a Polonez or a “big Fiat” might break down after refueling with E10 gasoline (or before), but the fact that FSO SA still exists at all. That's right – although the last car (the Chevrolet Aveo) left the Cheeran in February 2011, FSO SA – at least as a company – has survived to this day. Its (many) employees are currently responsible for managing and protecting the remains of the estate as well as servicing…former employees.

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