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    Word of Caution if you drive a new diesel

    Well my 56 plate Zafira started losing power and the diagnosis went from a air mass sensor to ecm.

    In the end the fault was a clogged up Diesel Particulate filter, I sensed saving some money after hearing the word filter compared to the Air mass sensor or new ECM until I rang the dealer and found it costs over £800.

    If you have a diesal and only do town runs you need to drive it hard at least once every two months otherwise like me you will have an expensive lesson

    Wish I had know this before

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    ouch that must have hurt hard
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    Yup, had similar problem when first had my diesel car. Just driving down road, and all of a sudden, power went. On dash, the little yellow glow plugs was lit up. Drove home slowly, but managed to get there.

    Phoned the garage up, and they told me to book it in straight away. Tried it next morning to go to garage, and started fine and all ok. Got to garage, and get a phone call telling me that it's the turbo that's gone, and will cost 1000 quid to sort.

    Had a look on internet, and found loads of ppl who had same problem. And, was same thing as u said ... couple times a month, just thrash it! To this day, still using the same turbo that had "broken" (touch wood), and all still fine.

    Best way I found to do it, find a steepish hill (go up and down one everyday on way to work), and rape the hell out of the car. Go up it with foot to floor and get to 60mph in 3rd gear ... just pain when u get people driving at30mph up the hill! Hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooface View Post
    and rape the hell out of the car
    you given her a name
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    I need a new car and was seriously considering a diesal but after reading your post , will continue with petrol .....thanks for the info, Stanman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conaxthewarrior View Post
    I need a new car and was seriously considering a diesal but after reading your post , will continue with petrol .....thanks for the info, Stanman.
    No need to worry tbh. Since I been doing that, I never had any problems with it
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    An Exhaust company can cut the dpf diesel particle filter out and program the cars ecu to ignore it ,you get better performance as well and it doesn't effect the mot emissions

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifial View Post
    An Exhaust company can cut the dpf diesel particle filter out and program the cars ecu to ignore it ,you get better performance as well and it doesn't effect the mot emissions
    I read mix views on that as some said if the DPF was fitted and removed they would fail it not that most garages need an excuse

    This is going to be my last Vauxhall, this is a common issue with them and the fookers refuse to do the work under warranty, tons of post on vauxhall websites about this issue.

    In my case there was no warning either.

    @Conax, I would not worry too much about this buddy, just buy a decent diesel like Golf, Beemer etc

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    Have you considered having a petrol car converted to run on L P G at 69 pence a ltr. I have a Citroen Picasso on L P G and getting
    equivalent to 64 mpg.

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    i have a 57 plate diesel astra before that i had a 54 plate diesel corsa before that i had another diesel astra and never had a problem with them at all. but then again i am a or rather was many moons ago a trained mechanic.
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    oopsie..kinda hard to imagine that though

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    I guess you might recognise my diesel toyota ute in the foreground of my avatar image. Its a single turbo straight six 4.2 litre (1HD motor). It goes well with plenty of torque for pulling bores and dragging machinery around. There is so much fresh air down here that there is no such thing as a 'diesel particulate filter' thank god.

    I look at the specs of the euro diesels with common rail direct injection, a myriad of sensors integrated by powerful ecus and achieving wonderful power and economy and for a moment, I'm envious. Then I realise that if I couldn't repair my vehicle in the field when I'm 100km from the nearest sealed road, then I'd really be in the 'shit'. Modern vehicles are just too complicated I reckon. Done over 400,000km so far and I'm too scared to upgrade...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stick50jr View Post
    Then I realise that if I couldn't repair my vehicle in the field when I'm 100km from the nearest sealed road, then I'd really be in the 'shit'. Modern vehicles are just too complicated I reckon. Done over 400,000km so far and I'm too scared to upgrade...
    lol i can relate to that. as i said i have personally not had any issues with diesel particulate filters but i know a few people who only use their cars for the work or school run and do maybe 30 miles a day, its these people who need to get on a motorway once a month and really open it up to burn the filter clean.
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    i had my dpf removed from a 306 tdi cost me about 400 at the time past all mots no problems and been fine ever since. There is also an additive you can add directly to the fuel tank to help with the regeneration process . Think all diesel cars after 2007 have them fitted by law but you can remove them if you like

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