Since eco-wackery is all the rage these days, the French have now decided that from April 1 this year (yes, it sounds like a sick joke, but it isn't) that E10 fuel is going to be on sale. This is petrol that contains 10% ethanol. They're probably getting a massive subsidy from the Common agricultural policy to grow corn inefficiently and turn it inefficiently into alcohol so that beardie wierdies and other assorted tree huggers can claim to be "Sayving zee Planeet". The upstart of this is that there is a 40% chance that it will trash your engine (probably to then make you go out and buy a French car...) So, is your car compatible? According to this: http://fr.cars.yahoo.com/02042009/321/nouveau-e10-pour-qui-0.html All petrol cars from 01.01.2000 from Audi, CitroÃ«n, Kia, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Seat, Volkswagen and Ford (except Mondeo 1,8L DOHC DISI 96 Kw 01.01.2004-31.12.2006); all petrol BMW, Lexus and Toyota from 01.01.1998; Volvo: all petrol models from 01.01.1977, except S40/V40 1.8i: Saab: all petrol models from 01.01.1979; Subaru: idem 01/01/1993 Honda: idem 01.01.1994 for other models (and remembering that your Vauxhall is in fact an Opel), use the utility here: http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=990 your Type de VÃ©hicule is "VÃ©hicules lÃ©gers et camionnettes". If in doubt when filling up in France, check that you are filling with plain old 95 RON and NOT E10. This public service broadcaster was brought to you by The Stoat.