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winshent

995 posts

79 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
I popped into my local dealer this week to enquire. He said that the DPF on the diesel clogs up if the car is used mainly for short runs.. and is expesive to replace..

Is this bs so he can push petrol cars to make a bigger margin, or some genuine advice?

Moley RUFC

2,536 posts

73 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
True. My Leon has had one replaced earlier last year. I have had the DPF light on quite a few times and the fix is driving it in 3rd upto 50mph to encourage the burn off.

I have done 95k in 3 years too so not exactly small city miles! My car is covered by warranty so it's never bothered me and I plan to buy a new vRS CR DSG in the summer

Edited by Moley RUFC on Sunday 28th March 06:49

Blown2CV

10,393 posts

87 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
winshent said:
I popped into my local dealer this week to enquire. He said that the DPF on the diesel clogs up if the car is used mainly for short runs.. and is expesive to replace..

Is this bs so he can push petrol cars to make a bigger margin, or some genuine advice?
why would you buy a diesel if you didn't do the miles? All diesels have issues if you don't give them a decent run regularly. Yes, it is a regularly encountered situation with the DPF, but if it happens you prob bought the wrong car.

mercGLowner

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1,453 posts

68 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
winshent said:
I popped into my local dealer this week to enquire. He said that the DPF on the diesel clogs up if the car is used mainly for short runs.. and is expesive to replace..

Is this bs so he can push petrol cars to make a bigger margin, or some genuine advice?
I will be using mine for a 10 miles commute to work mainly but with a once a week 40 miles fast road/motorway blast plus the odd 250 motorway trip. I wonder what they would define as a short run? My car will be covered by the warranty, so that's piece of mind.

winshent

995 posts

79 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
mercGLowner said:
winshent said:
I popped into my local dealer this week to enquire. He said that the DPF on the diesel clogs up if the car is used mainly for short runs.. and is expesive to replace..

Is this bs so he can push petrol cars to make a bigger margin, or some genuine advice?
I will be using mine for a 10 miles commute to work mainly but with a once a week 40 miles fast road/motorway blast plus the odd 250 motorway trip. I wonder what they would define as a short run? My car will be covered by the warranty, so that's piece of mind.
I would have similar use to you.. I guess you need to ask them.. but a little concerning..
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CaptainSlow

4,506 posts

96 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
It isn't the distance that is the issue but sitting in traffic at low revs.

Blown2CV

10,393 posts

87 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
CaptainSlow said:
It isn't the distance that is the issue but sitting in traffic at low revs.
and bumbling around under the turbo

CaptainSlow

4,506 posts

96 months

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Sunday 28th March 2010 quote quote all
Blown2CV said:
CaptainSlow said:
It isn't the distance that is the issue but sitting in traffic at low revs.
and bumbling around under the turbo
Possibly, I wouldn't know that smile

Blown2CV

10,393 posts

87 months

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Monday 29th March 2010 quote quote all
CaptainSlow said:
Blown2CV said:
CaptainSlow said:
It isn't the distance that is the issue but sitting in traffic at low revs.
and bumbling around under the turbo
Possibly, I wouldn't know that smile
me either... my mondeo gets thrashed but they still clog up over time, and that's even without a DPF, letting most of the crap into the atmos! So, if the DPF is designed to catch all the crap then I would imagine it would get clogged. It should be a more servicable item but once in the cars lifetime isn't that big a deal?

callahan

351 posts

90 months

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Monday 29th March 2010 quote quote all
Blown2CV said:
why would you buy a diesel if you didn't do the miles? All diesels have issues if you don't give them a decent run regularly. Yes, it is a regularly encountered situation with the DPF, but if it happens you prob bought the wrong car.
So at what mileage would you be better off buying a diesel? 15k? 20k?

Just wondering, as I only do about 20k in my company diesel at the moment, and an Octavia Vrs or Superb are top of my list for replacements.

Bullett

5,064 posts

68 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
Picked my new VRS petrol hatchback up 2nd of March and have just managed the 1st 1000 miles.

I really like it. It was a good choice and loads of people who have seen and ridden in it have been very impressed, including my boss who's getting a Gallardo next and said he'd have one of these as a run about no problem.

Handling is good, much better than the focus it replaced, nice gear change and positive steering, stops well. Could use some more power though and economy was a little disapointing (38 ish on a run). I'm prepared to give it more time though prior to the inevitable re-map.

Very comfortable and pretty quiet. Went for the leather interior and that looks brilliant and in fact the whole interior is well made. A few of the little cubby holes and a bit fimsey but it's not a major concern. Touch screen multi-disk CD player sounds good but is a little slow in operation, changing disks.

Space is fab 2 adults and a baby in the back. Boot swallowed everything for a long weekend away including the bugaboo frame, crib, several rucksack sized bags a large suitcase and a suit carrier and still had space for more. Impressive.

No problems so far.

Blown2CV

10,393 posts

87 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
callahan said:
Blown2CV said:
why would you buy a diesel if you didn't do the miles? All diesels have issues if you don't give them a decent run regularly. Yes, it is a regularly encountered situation with the DPF, but if it happens you prob bought the wrong car.
So at what mileage would you be better off buying a diesel? 15k? 20k?

Just wondering, as I only do about 20k in my company diesel at the moment, and an Octavia Vrs or Superb are top of my list for replacements.
I do about same, and I was 50/50 petrol diesel, but only because of direct injection petrols such as TFSi

Leadfoot

1,842 posts

165 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
What MPG are you guys getting? I'm considering a vrs & can't decide on petrol or diesel.

marcosgt

7,476 posts

60 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
Bullett said:
Picked my new VRS petrol hatchback ...Could use some more power though and economy was a little disapointing (38 ish on a run).
38 is disappointing from a 2 litre petrol turbo? You're not trying hard enough biggrin

M.

Republik

4,525 posts

74 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
A chap I work with gets 53 mpg on a long run (170 DPF and remapped to 205bhp+) has had, and I've seen proof, of 58 mpg on a 40/50 mph mixed speed limit.

marcosgt

7,476 posts

60 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
Republik said:
A chap I work with gets 53 mpg on a long run (170 DPF and remapped to 205bhp+) has had, and I've seen proof, of 58 mpg on a 40/50 mph mixed speed limit.
From the petrol car? Maybe bumbling along, but I had the older car for 6 years and the best I EVER saw on a run was 42 MPG and that was a pretty steady 50ish on the Mway for about 60 miles. I can't imagine the new car is that much better...

Normal MPG was about 30-32...

Ah - I see the DPF is the diesel, I can believe that, but it's not the Petrol car smile

M.

Edited by marcosgt on Tuesday 30th March 09:11

Fox-

11,085 posts

130 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
mercGLowner said:
£16000 dead for the TDI CR vRS.
That is absolutely stunning value. It makes me wonder why anyone would chose the Golf GTI at almost £25000 these days?

Bullett

5,064 posts

68 months

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Tuesday 30th March 2010 quote quote all
marcosgt said:
Bullett said:
Picked my new VRS petrol hatchback ...Could use some more power though and economy was a little disapointing (38 ish on a run).
38 is disappointing from a 2 litre petrol turbo? You're not trying hard enough biggrin

M.
It's new, I'm being gentle (and the wife and baby were on board).

Leadfoot

1,842 posts

165 months

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Friday 2nd April 2010 quote quote all
Anthracite petrol DSG vRS hatch ordered.

Started off wanting the above, then thought about an oil burner with/without DSG - but it felt too nose heavy on a test drive, so back to plan A. No worries about the missus filling up with the wrong fuel this way either.

This is a rational rather than emotional purchase. In an ideal world I would have gone for a Scirocco but I can't justify two impractical cars & the VFM offered by Skoda just can't be ignored (same spec 5 door Golf GTi lists at nearly 10k more!).

Now for a long wait until delivery.

poo at Paul's

3,203 posts

59 months

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Friday 2nd April 2010 quote quote all
Some great lease deals on these at the mo too, £280 a month I was quoted on a 3 +35 month deal incl vat on the diesel saloon, £294 on the estate.

Seems good value to me.
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