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Hi all please be gentle as I am a new antara owner, I have read some of the posts on the dpf /regen and some are saying that the dpf regens without showing as I will be towing a folding camper 1100kg my questions are (a) how will I know it is doing a regen and (b) will it cause me any problems when towing or solo thanks in advance for advice
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Plenty to read up on this subject Keith but in short, if you have the dashboard display that shows the current mpg when you take your foot off the gas in gear normally it will show 999 when the regen takes place it will show a different number, if your stopped on tick over the normal figure will be 0.1, with a regen this can go up as high as 0.8 mpg, other than that I notice a slightly lumpy gear change but nothing else to indicate. From my experiance towing helps the regen if it's taking place, you have much more load on the engine and a lot more heat created which is what's needed as the regen is just burning the gunk out the filter.

The regens take place around the 500 mile intervals so once you have one set the trip and you can almost so predict the next one. The filters are a pain but the way I see it if they were that bad we would be seeing new cars abandoned broken down on the roads and I don't, so keep your eye on it but drive as you want..馃憤
 

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SJG thanks for the info not sure whether I have the dash display only drove it today so never really looked, more concerned that the gear changing not too smooth seems to be a bit stiff/clunky but will get used to it, I am used to driving all sorts, I was more concerned as to whether it would lose power when regen takes place particularly when towing but reading your reply it would seem not, I have read a lot on hear about regen/problems etc seems like there seems to be a few problems will just have to see how it goes like you said there would be a lot of abandoned/broken down cars on the roads
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The gear changes on the Antara are famous for being clunky, my second gear seems to have 2 stages some days you get one clunk then another pull on the lever to get the gear, next day it's smooth as silk.. I have had a few vauxhalls in my time and there similar..
Ref the regen, there's no power loss at all so no need to worry, if at a worst case you don't detect a couple of regens taking place in the background and they don't finish all you will get is the DPF warning light on the dashboard, this is the time to make sure you drive it on the by pass / motor way until the light goes out.
I bought mine as it's a cheap tow 4x4 tow car when you compare them and it is a very good tow car.. Enjoy the driving, clunks and all...
 

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Gear change will be a bit jerky. I towed my caravan (1435Kg) back from north wales and at some point the dpf regenerated, but I didn't notice it. Don't worry all will be fine.

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thanks for the info guys a friend of mine had the car before me towing a heavy caravan and he said it was a brilliant tow car so not too worried about things will just see how it goes must admit I took it for a spin this morning it certainly has the grunt
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The best thing to do when going through a regen is to keep rpm at 2000 and drive (if possible) until the regen is completed, otherwise you will have to go through it all again.
 

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Hi thank you all for the information my main concern was whether there would be loss of power as I will be towing a folding camper but those concerns have been allayed.
 

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murphy1 said:
The best thing to do when going through a regen is to keep rpm at 2000 and drive (if possible) until the regen is completed, otherwise you will have to go through it all again.
That's what I thought, but last week my regen started as I was in Manchester central stuck in traffic. After about 20 mins nose to tail regen finished
 

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chrisg said:
murphy1 said:
The best thing to do when going through a regen is to keep rpm at 2000 and drive (if possible) until the regen is completed, otherwise you will have to go through it all again.
That's what I thought, but last week my regen started as I was in Manchester central stuck in traffic. After about 20 mins nose to tail regen finished
Had the same thing happen myself, kept in low gear and when stopped kept the revs up. You get some funny looks when sitting reving the car for no apparent reason, but gets the job done just the same.
 

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I must have had a good few regens bye now and have only noticed three during the year and nine days of owning the car it has now done over 13500 miles so just drive and enjoy mind youi do have the auto due to health problems, but in saying that I have driven three auto aswell as still having a manual at one time isthe family andy would never go back to manual, to much grief and work
 

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Hi
just back from France with caravan, towed from west of Scotland, 2 regens on the way down, you will notice a loss of power and increasedfuel consumption, minedropped toaverage of 17mpg on one tank full- ouch

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