DPF filter problems in VW

Group cars . How bad is this and is it expensive to fix . Just asking because the sister got her new car yesterday she got a 2010 Seat Leon Ecomotive 1.9 TDI but she has has it only one day and already it has broken down on her that does not sound good . I had a feeling it might be bad but she bought it off a decent Seat Dealer were she has bought and serviced her car before and I don,t think he would sell a dud . This dealer has won many awards including selling the most Seat Cars in Ireland . The car seemed to be in very good condition and is almost like new only 20,000 miles on it .

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

If the car is still drivable, (purely just a warning light) a quick 20 minute drive up a motorway should clear it, in laymans terms, if the car has been used on short journeys it doesn't give the exhaust enough time to heat up and burn off the particles, thus clogging the filter, a blast up the motorway should sufficiently heat it up enough to do so. A suggestion is to perhaps plan a trip up the motorway on a regular basis if your sister is mainly just driving around town.

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This link should give you some more info.

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

Not only a VW problem - a certain "urbanproof" one suffers the same, and requires regular non-urban runs to prevent problems. These are the things you don't see mentioned in Autocar road tests because they are not driven as normal

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

The DPF is what will stop me buying another diesel car. I keep them after warranty, so would rather pay the higher fuel and (maybe) VED for a straight forward petrol than risk a total DPF failure (and turbo, and dual-mass flywheel...)

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

The 1.9TDi is usually pretty much problem free including the DPF. The old 170 PD has been the real problem child.

Your 2010 is still under warranty anyhow so should not cost you a penny.

The problem is as soon as the filter reaches 50% it trys to regenerate and keeps trying until the cycle is complete. At 75% a warning light comes on. As said take the car for a good drive above 40mph to see if it clears. If not the dealer will have to force a regen. If it is not that then likely to be a sensor another weak area but it being the FL Leon should be much less problematic.

DPF's still don't suit short journeys and need at least one longer drive above 40mph a week to allow the DPF to burn off accumulated soot.

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

If the car has been at the dealers unsold for a while it'll have been doing all the stuff thats bad - ticking over, short journets etc. Once it's been reset it should be fine. (I've got an Altea 1.6CR and not had it regenerate itself yet)

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

I heard that honest SEAT dealers have been asking potential buyers what their likely usage is going to be, and if it's all urban they're warning customers off DPF cars. As others have said it's an easy fix but of course you shouldn't be put in the position of having to 'fix' your own car all the time.

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

Thank you all I did hear about this being a problem in cars with DPF filters just had not seen much problems written about it in the Seat Leon so will let her know . Her car is in the garage now and the engine is running grand but the warning light is still on . Not sure when she will get it back they are doing all they can to sort it .

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 48 weeks ago

Problems like this are ignored by Autocar and the like who seem to find it easier to pedal the idea that certain makes will provide you faultless ownership while others will be nothing but trouble. And that line is just what the experts down the pub regurgitate. The truth is some what different of course.

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Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 47 weeks ago

I've read some bits on the net of DPF problems with the VW Bluemotion models, partly because of their extra high gearing, which seems to make things worse. There was a guy on this forum who was suffering with it, said taking the car on a faster run didnt clear the light, so VW were charging to sort it, only for the light to come on again shortly after. Maybe he'll see this post and join in.

Re: DPF filter problems in VW

2 years 47 weeks ago

It's a real pain. I find myself driving in 4th gear once a week when it should be in 5th, just so the engine is running at ~ 2000 rpm. (touch wood)

Where has all Japanese design went to?

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