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One road user said their vehicle “stalls easily” and even “struggled to reach 60mph” since they started using the new petrol. Another motorist claimed they were “returning to E5” after using the new compound while a third also said they were going to “pay out for the better stuff” at their next top-up.

Twitter user Justin Time said: “Any other motorists noticed their cars running rough on E10 fuel now the weather is turning cold?

“I’m returning to E5 ….at least until the planet warms up.”

An Express reader claimed: “I bought an ’08 Ford Focus for my son a while ago, for when he passes his test.

“It’s usually used a couple of times a week just to keep it running, and has never had any problems starting.

“Two weeks ago, after putting E10 in, it was left standing for a week during wet weather.

“When I came to use it again it wouldn’t start. It sounded like there was no fuel in it.

“Mindful of the stories about E10, I put in a gallon of E5 from a can, and it started first time.”

Express reader Ctflym11 claimed: “This stuff is rubbish for my car.

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“Once I’ve finished this tank I’m going to have to pay out more for the better stuff, though I’ve always been fine with the cheaper options before.

“My car has no guts pulling away, stalls easily, and struggles to reach 60mph, yet it’s a 1.8 engine.”

Express reader FirstClass said: “My Ford Ecosport has now morphed into a Ford Torqueless. Sixth gear now redundant.”

However, some motorists rebuked the claims, adding their car was running better on the new compound.

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Express reader Juan Sinclair added: “My ’05 Citroen has the high-performance TU5JP4 engine, all original with 110K+ on the clock and it loves E10.

“Smoother running under 3000rpm, no loss of power and because I’m not down-shifting as much better fuel consumption. Moral – buy a decent car in the first place?”

Reader The KLF99 said: “I’ve got a very similar car – 2005 plate Mercedes A-Class 1.5L (Renault engine) – absolutely fine on E10.”

They added: “Since switching to E10 my fuel efficiency has gone up not down too.

“It was averaging about 38mpg, it’s now gone up to about 43mpg.”

New E10 fuel was launched back in September 2021 by the Department for Transport to cut down on vehicle emissions.

The new petrol is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by around 750,000 tonnes, the same as removing 350,000 cars from the road in one go.

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