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A common question for many motorists these days is whether or not their vehicle is safe for Ethanol-Blended petrol. So far the The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has been the source of information regarding whether or not your vehicle is safe for ethanol mixed fuel.

Check the table below to see if your car is ethanol safe.

Ethanol Safe Vehicles Table:

E5 SuitableE10 Suitable
BRANDMODELYesNoYesNo
Alfa RomeoAll models post 1998 x
Alfa RomeoAll models pre 1998 x x
AudiAudi A3 1.8L (Engine Code 'APG' 2000 onwards)and A4 2.0L (Engine Code 'ALT' 2001 onwards) x x
AudiAll models post 1986 except above
BentleyAll models post 1990
BMWAll models post 1986
CitroenAll models post 1998
ChryslerAll models post 1986
DaihatsuCharade (September 2004 onwards); Terios (September 2004 onwards); Copen (October 2004 onwards); Sirion (November 2004 onwards)
FiatPuntox
FordFocus (2002 - 2004), F-series (1986-1992), Ka (All), Maverick (All), Mondeo (All), Transit (1996 - 2004)x
FordCapri (All), Courier 2.0L & 2.6L (All), Econovan (pre-2002), Festiva (All), Laser 1.3L, 1.5L & 1.6L (All), Raider (All), Telstar (All)xx
FordAll models post 1986 except above
GMDaewooAll modelsxx
HoldenApollo (1/87-7/89), Nova (2/89-7/94), Barina (1985-1994), Drover (1985-1987), Scurry (1985-1986), Astra (1984-1989)xx
HoldenAstra SRi 2.2L (11/2006 onwards); Astra 2.2L Twin Top Convertible (11/2006 onwards)x
HoldenAll models post 1986 except above
HondaInsight - 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 onwards
HyundaiAll models post October 2003
JaguarAll models post 1986
KiaAll models post 1996
Land RoverAll models post 1986
LexusIS200 pre May 2002x
LexusAll models post 1986 except above
LotusElan (1989-1991); Esprit (4 cyl – 1987-1999); Elise (Rover engine – 1996-2004); 340R; Exige (Rover engine – 2001, 2002 & 2004); Europa (2006 onwards)xx
LotusEsprit (V8 – 1998-2004); Exige (Toyota engine – 2004 onwards); Elise (Toyota engine – 2004 onwards)
MazdaMazda2 - May 2005 build onwards, Mazda3, Mazda 6, RX-8, MX-5 – July 2005 build onwards, Tribute - April 2006 onwards, CX-7
MazdaAll models except abovexx
Mercedes-BenzAll models post 1986
MGAll modelsx
MINIAll models
MitsubishiAll fuel injected models post 1986
NissanAll models post 2004
Peugeot306 (XU engine only)xx
PeugeotAll models post July 1997 except above
PorscheAll modelsxx
ProtonAll models
RoverAll modelsx
RenaultAll models post 2001x
Rolls RoyceAll models between 1990 and 2002
SaabAll models post 1986
SsangyongRexton, Stavic & Chairman models with 3.2 litre petrol engine
SubaruAll Subaru (before 1990)Subaru Liberty B4 (2002 to 2003)Subaru Liberty GT (2004 - 2006)Impreza WRX STI (1999 to 2005)xx
SubaruAll models post MY1990 except above
SuzukiAlto, Mighty Boy, Wagon R+, Swift/Cino, Sierra, Stockman, Vitara, X-90, Jimny (SOHC), Super Carry, Suzuki Baleno and Baleno GTXxx
SuzukiAll models except above (providing RON requirements are met)
ToyotaCamry with carburettor engines pre July 1989 and 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 1998xx
ToyotaAll models except above
VolkswagenAll fuel injected models post 1986
VolvoAll models post 1986

To confirm it, the FCAI has conducted a study which has confirmed the accuracy of the information on the FCAI's website. The testing program, commissioned by the Australian Government and conducted by engineering firm Orbital Australia, focused on older vehicles listed by the FCAI as unsuitable for use with ethanol fuel blends.

"The information on FCAI's website has been compiled with the participation of its members, representing almost all the motor vehicle brands sold in Australia," said the chief executive of the FCAI, Peter Sturrock.

Thankfully, the research has also found that it is not only unethical but also inappropriate to allow five per cent ethanol E5 fuel to be sold unlabelled as this could cause damage to many cars which are not made to work with ethanol blends.

"The FCAI is pleased that the program has confirmed the suitability of the present fuel labeling arrangements," he said.

The FCAI says it is essential that drivers of older vehicles equipped with carburetors check the vehicles' fuel compatibility before using ethanol blends. Motorists driving older fuel-injected vehicles would also be well advised to check the information on the FCAI website.

The FCAI also confirmed that all new Australian-made cars are suitable for 10 per cent enthanol blended petrol (E10) and that the vast majority of imported new cars sold in Australia are also compatible with E10 or E5. The essential thing to note however is that if your car is a performance car, specially turbo or supercharged, than ethanol fuel may not be for you.

For more information and a full listing of the capability of various vehicle models to operate satisfactorily on ethanol blend petrol click here www.fcai.com.au/ethanol