Originally Posted by dandiver
Has anyone put in diesel by mistake?
On one of my Euro trips I was rushing out for the day's route (always late, of course). At the gas station, as I was getting ready to close the gas cap of the rented K12GT and pay, my travel companion asked innocently: "Did you just fill it with diesel?"
Damn, I forgot again: in Europe, green handle is gas, black handle is diesel (not sure if it is a rule, but have seen that often enough). Remember this, boys and girls.
Anyway, as BMW road service was unreachable (of course), the attendant at that Toulouse gas station helped me a lot: translated for me with BMW in Paris and finally summoned regular, local road assistance. In the meantime, local car repair garage (a Fiat shop, to that) just gave me a plastic container and tubing so that by the time the little Citroen pulled up I siphoned most of the stuff out.
The arriving mechanic finished the job with an electric pump (I am thinking it happens often - he was prepared with adapters), flushed the tank with another half load of gas and drove away, taking with him the contaminated mix (which I was quite concerned about - how to get rid of a few gallons of fuel in a city).
No problems, except for wasted 2-3 hours and 80 euro for service. Now, I am paranoid when filling up, stateside and abroad - especially abroad.