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Hello fellow owners, My wife has a 1.6 automatic Note 57 plate, owned since Feb 2011. As any other owners will be aware the 1.6 auto is not exactly frugal around town although good on a run.I have previously looked into LPG conversions which I am aware can be done for less than £700, has anyone got an LPG converted Note, I've seen one or two on ebay over the past 18 months but was wondering if there are any owners out there who could share their experience with us and answer some questions:-
1/ where they had their conversion done and cost
2/ would they recommend the LPG garage who did the conversion
3/ what are the real savings etc.. what equivalent MPG is being achieved
4/ how much is the LPG costing
5/ any loss of power or running problems

I'm sure there are lots of other questions I should have asked so please add to this entry.
 

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Hi Bobby,

Yes I had mine 1.4 Note running on LPG for the last 1.5 years. So far so good. Done 10-12k miles.

On your questions:
1) in front of my house
2) I did it myself - went for safety check after finishing it. Parts cost arrond 400-450 pounds.
3) it consumes arround 12-13 liters of LPG per 100 miles mixed driving.
4) LPG costs me 0.63 £/l , petrol at the moments is £1.35. So it saves arround 40% of what I normally spend on fuel.
5) can't feel any difference in power. It is very pleasant to drive.

Planning soon to check the valve clearances to know how bad is the VSR.

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Sure,
The tank is in the spare
wheel compartment. The biggest tank that I could fit there was somewhere in the region of 55 litres ( you
fill 80% of this so say 43 - 45 litres). The
spare wheel goes in the lower boot space quite neatly and you are left with
what you have normally above the shelf.



The filler cap is on
the side of the car close to the petrol cap.

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Cheers Nick, I posted this question ages ago and yours is the first reply. It's something I've considered but don't know of anyone with one done yet. Saying that having looked at the miles my wife has covered doing the school run since its last service on 21/10/2011 I don't think it will pay for itself as quickly as I'd like. (3000 miles since 21/10/2011). Having said that if I had the conversion it would ensure I used the car more. I've just had an oil change done and the old stuff came out still like honey.I've also fitted a K & N panel filter to ours, no increase in performance etc and have just done it to save some ££ at service time. Filter cost £42 and does not need to be cleaned for 50,000 miles, simple fit takes about a minute.
 

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Hi Bobybingo,

Yes you are right- below 8-10k per year it is not worth the hastle of fitting LPG.
The biggest open question for me is how the valles and the valve seats will cope after 20-30-40-50K or more miles. The potential valve seat recession is the only drawback of an LPG installation for me.

I used to have a Toyota Carina on LPG. Everybody was saying - Oh the japanese cars suffer a lot valve seat recesion and I suspecting that it wouldn't last much 10-20K max. When I fitted the LPG system the car was at 30k miles. At 104K miles I adjusted the valve clearances when I was changing the timing belt and they were slightly off. I gave the car to a friend of mine when it was at 150K miles. This summer I saw him and drove the car. It is very close to 200K miles and drives like a dream (on LPG) and has no problem with the valves. I have never used a flashlube or similar on it.

I don't think the Note will get to 200K on LPG but if it gets to 100K I will be glad - I will keep you posted how it goes but it will take time
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In the worst case I am prepared to change the valve seats or the head with second hand one.
 

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Cheers would be good to keep us informed on your car mate, wish my car was the Note but its my wifes. Its the 1.6 Tekna automatic and I love autos especially the Note.
 

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This info was also very usefull to me having just aquired a 1.6 petrol ( manual ), but could not find another owner running a note on LPG. It all looks positive so far,but would still like to hear if anyone has any problems I need to be aware of. Thanks, Mike D.
 
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