The car runs smoother and quieter, it heats up quicker but then runs hotter over all as observed by the fans cutting in more often at low speeds. I don't notice any loss in power.
As for the logistics, the 80l tank is good for 300 miles but one thing with LPG is the need to plan a journey by looking at all the available LPG stations in advance of a long jaunt, Generally I note that Esso tend not to do gas but Shell are more likely to have it. If you've got SatNav you can enter all the LPG stations into that but I am having to use the LPGA directory and multimap. I filled up once on the way down and once on the way back (at the same Shell garage just before Scotch Corner)so success on the 100% gas front there.
I ve' really taken to gas and don't want to go back to petrol now - I was really disappointed one time when I had to fill up on petrol, not just the cost but I just felt so........ dirty....
I'd recommend it to anyone - now is the time for LPG, it might lose its appeal in the future for a number of reasons, but at present it's my only option. Plus there's a certain novelty value to it on an old gas guzzling 70s luxobarge like a CX
!!well, it was about 1999, I'd been driving less than a year I had my first Cit,a (mostly) maroon 1984 BX14E called the slug mobile, and I'd joined the Citroen club. I was about 18-19. So there was an ad in CCC mag for Channel 4 'deals on wheels' with that Mark Brewer geezer. It was one of those crappy 90s reality shows where they film 'interesting' folks' deals selling their cars. I applied and they accepted! great! I'll get on TV! but I had to sell the car - fine I wanted to move onto the next Citroen anyway. So they gave me 12 weeks to put it up for sale and get it sold, contact the potential owner and check they're OK for doing TV etc. A few weeks pass, I have the thing advertised in Auto trader, CC mag, the free motor ad weekly thing, it wouldv'e been on ebay if ebay had existed then! and some weeks passed. The production team kept in touch "how are you getting on selling the slug"? they'd ask (a VERY nice girl called Mel I recall (very nice indeed, yes, very nice) and I'm like: "O, still up for sale not long I'm sure, dropped the asking too...not long" I assured. And she tells me it's fine and that there's loads of time. Weeks pass, nowt happens. Only 2 weeks left and Mel phones, "still no joy? - sorry, but remember if you don't get it sold you can't go on TV" - darn it I thought, that sluggy shed couldn't be given away - its 12 previous owners had ragged it I thought and I was lucky No. 13. A week later and a week to go, I had a brain wave; I get on the phone to my mate Stu in East Kilbride, and ask if he's up for a bit of real acting... to pretend to be the buyer for the show and we could get on TV! He said yes.Please elaborate Very Happy
So I call Mel at Ideal World Productions and she's really happy and starts making the filming arrangements etc. So a date is set for filming and Stu and I are planning how we'll play this, even down to the haggling for price.
On the day of filming (the second day as the first was a sort of background to the people thing) they film myself talking about the car and why I'm selling and Stu turns up hung over (christ) and they film the whole "hello, I'm Graeme" "Hi I'm Stuart" (stuart? - nearly pissed myself at that we NEVER call him that) but we acted the whole thing, We did the whole servicing chat, the lies about why I'm selling, all in front of a camera crew. Stu foolishly presses on the 'bad' door caused by a drunken bit of maneuvering (off the road) and the door skin goes 'Dang!' in and out - it was quite loud and his expression was priceless. We go for a test drive where the car is rigged up with cameras we have a good chat about the running but to keep it real mention the slippy clutch. All of it filmed. Of course, even off camera we need to act like we've never met - did the crew suspect anything??? hmm. finally back at my house we 'do a deal' and this is the bit where the acting skills are stretched beyond redemption, It went something like this:
"I'm really interested in the car but you want £250 for it?"
"yea, hoping for around that - what do you say"
"well not bad but what about the clutch"? he sez.
We negotiate a bit here and there with more lies such as tank of petrol etc and end with:
"OK what about £200?" to which Stu replied "deal"!
O jeez he must've copped out of the acting there! so we shake on it thinking we're sorted and it's called a day and we hang out with the film crew for a bit.
Anyway, Ideal world Productions keep in touch with us both for months after telling us when it'll be aired etc.
The big day comes and all the friends and fam are round for laffs at watching us on TV on evening. Of course, the actual final program has the presenters doing a thing on the BX before hand and them making comments and suggestions on the edited cuts of film - i didn't help Stu's haggling image as Brewer and the other bloke value the car at a 'Poney' £25, we never meet the presenters BTW. anyway it all goes smoothly until the 'deal' at the end where the fake-o haggling comes out in the wash! "£250? what about the clutch" "OK £200" "deal" looked ridiculous, and the presenter says "£50 quid to change a clutch? - he must be doing the job himself anyway, Graeme did a great deal on that iffy looking Citroen" to which everyone in the room roared with laughter (as did everyone across the country I'd imagine) except Stu who looked stupid..... so that's it. Jog anyone's memory? someone must've watched it?