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Almost 3k on the clock now since taking delivery approx 6 weeks ago. Virtually ALL motorway & dual carriageway miles, ZERO city/stop/start driving. Up to a week ago the DPF regens had been a reliable 500 mile intervals. In the last week & in approx 200 miles we've had THREE regens!!!! with ZERO stop start driving!!!


This has seriously cost us in fuel consumption!
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So, here we have it, an Antara owner who does NOstop/start or city driving at all & the dreaded DPF issues are a reality!!!


On the phone to Vauxhall Monday morning me thinks.


Any advice most welcome.
 

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Sadly you will find that VX Customer Don't Care Services are full of s..t.


I am pretty certain that when you mention that's it's all been motorway driving they will tell you that is exactly what the vehicle should do.


I have been on the phone with these idiots on numerous occasions and they haven't got a clue.


I asked why my car had did 150 mile run on a motorway and then went into regeneration as I went up a slip road and entered a 30 mph speed limit....There answer was " its doing what it's supposed to do ". I attempted to explain that this is total rubbish but the deranged female at the other end of the phone had obviously won a gold medal in the Olympics for " talking AT people ".
She would not LISTEN to anything I said.


As I have posted in another section on here, I have been driving for 45 years and this is the worst car I have ever owned and VX Customer Don't Care Services is truly appalling.

Am taking delivery of a Volkwagen Touraeg in September and my association with Vauxhall will end for ever


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you should feel lucky mine is doing them everyday at minute no more than 50 miles apart looking at trading in if you read posts you will see all orther faults was always a ford man then had a astra, then vectra which were both brilliant cars never a problem in the 6 years owning them both now this looking at 2012 mondeo 2.2 titanium x sport as need to pull caravan
 

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Ok now I may
be very wrong (usually am lol) but if the filter is there to stop all the crap
coming out the exhaust to help with emissions and so on what happens during a
regen?
The filter gets hot to burn off all the crap the filter has caught
right?
So where does that go? Out the back where it could of gone in the first
place or does it just magically disappear? <?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />
 

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My first regen was at around 400miles since then I have never noticed one and the car has done over three thousand miles since getting it on the 9 th May 2013 I do a lot of motorway driving ( I drive her hard about 70- 80 mph) but when my daughter goes back to school on 21st August 2013 for fifth year I will be doing short journeys about 16 miles alround but I still drive her quite hard.
I just wondered why I have never noticed a regen since that first one.
 

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Like Wilma, I have never noticed a regen. Also, like Wilma, 99% of my driving has been on motorways where I have kept the revs over the 2000 mark.

Of course, one should also be able to drive arround town, do short hops etc without having a regen kick in at less than 500 mile intervals. This is a problem GM and its daughter companies must resolve if they are to maintain their share of the market.
 

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We dont have any motorways up here and at this time of year it is very difficult to have a good run without being caught up in traffic. ( tourists, caravans etc) However, my regen is still about 500 miles, only noticeable as the instantaneous fuel reads lower etc. When that happens I just keep in a gear that allows the revs to sit about 2500. The guys that seem to be having problems, what fuels are you using? Supermarket fuels seem to soot the dpf up more.
 

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I did a 200 mile trip to London on Thursday last week, just as we got off motorway car decided to do a regen. Lucky for me we still had a way to go on dual carriageway so finished regen.On saturday went for a drive up city and as most of us know you rarely get above 20mph in london, set off home yesterday and before we had covered 30 miles car decided to do another regen, and yes the one on way up had finished as I was getting the 999.99mpg on display. Surely a 30 mile trip through city could not have clogged dpf filter up that much.
I used Texaco to fill up before we left Devon and filled up at Esso on way back.
 

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At the start of the 500 mile trip I filled up with Shell premium Diesel, forget what they call it but the most expensive option!!! After that I put £50 of ASDA fuel in, so to be honest, in my case the fuel should not be an issue.

I've set the trip meter to zero at the last regen & I'm going to monitor them now to the mile. Once armed with exact info & if indeed the problem continues then I will be contacting Vauxhall then.


It's a shame, as normally, on the rural roads where we live we are getting up to 40mpg but the short interval regens just kill that!!
 

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Try banging the dpf with a rubber hammer when cold to loosen the soot.u never know
 

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smino said:
Try banging the dpf with a rubber hammer when cold to loosen the soot.u never know
I never imagined after spending over 20k on a NEW vehicle that I would be having to bang anything with a rubber hammer!! That was the idea of buying new- to get rid of vehicle issues, like we had with a crappy Renault Megane!!!!!!!!!
 

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Anyhow, ringing vauxhall tomorrow. If I get no joy with them it's going to thorny for a remap without doubt, I'm not putting up with this rubbish for the sake of 500 quid!! See what Vauxhall have to say tomorrow.
 

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♠ChumBucket♠ said:
Anyhow, ringing vauxhall tomorrow. If I get no joy with them it's going to thorny for a remap without doubt, I'm not putting up with this rubbish for the sake of 500 quid!! See what Vauxhall have to say tomorrow.

Good luck
 

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Dilligaf said:
♠ChumBucket♠ said:
Anyhow, ringing vauxhall tomorrow. If I get no joy with them it's going to thorny for a remap without doubt, I'm not putting up with this rubbish for the sake of 500 quid!! See what Vauxhall have to say tomorrow.

Good luck

Thanks, any tips?
 

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♠ChumBucket♠ said:
Anyhow, ringing vauxhall tomorrow. If I get no joy with them it's going to thorny for a remap without doubt, I'm not putting up with this rubbish for the sake of 500 quid!! See what Vauxhall have to say tomorrow.
Did they guarantee it would improve the regens.
 

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♠ChumBucket♠ said:
Anyhow, ringing vauxhall tomorrow. If I get no joy with them it's going to thorny for a remap without doubt, I'm not putting up with this rubbish for the sake of 500 quid!! See what Vauxhall have to say tomorrow.
Did they guarantee it would improve the regens.
I've not spoken to them directly yet but going on research a remap by them will make a huge difference. I will of course speak to them before taking final action. It will depend on how Vauxhall play it, I'm not going down the 9 months of total hassle road as I reckon I will recoup the 500 quid I fuel economy in less than that time!!
 

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â™ ChumBucketâ™  said:
Grumps said:
â™ ChumBucketâ™  said:
Anyhow, ringing vauxhall tomorrow. If I get no joy with them it's going to thorny for a remap without doubt, I'm not putting up with this rubbish for the sake of 500 quid!! See what Vauxhall have to say tomorrow.
Did they guarantee it would improve the regens.
I've not spoken to them directly yet but going on research a remap by them will make a huge difference. I will of course speak to them before taking final action. It will depend on how Vauxhall play it, I'm not going down the 9 months of total hassle road as I reckon I will recoup the 500 quid I fuel economy in less than that time!!
When you get in touch with TMS, you will probably speak to a nice lady receptionist first, and ask her to put you through to John Thorne. He`s the guy I dealt with, and who told me about the Regen improvement with his £499 re-map, and who also told me about all of the re-maps they have done for Vauxhall at their request etc. he`s a nice guy, and should sort you out no problem, just be sure you are happy with the Warranty Implications of having the re-map carried out. Again, John Thorne will go through al of this with you. Best of luck. I reckon I would have ended up going down the TMS route if I had owned my own car outright.
 
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