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HI forum am looking for options?/opinions

Got a 07 plate 220d great car would hate to give it up.

Here is is my problem not long after i got the car the dreaded VTC/DPF problem happened thankfully the £5000 engine

rebuild was paid for by Lexus.

Now i live in fear of the the same thing happening again even though i put redex in after every full tank and have it serviced.

The car has only done 52k and the fuel consumption is gradually dropping.

Do i go for the DPF removal or is there something i am doing wrong

And if there is any scottish outlets that perform said removal please let me know.

Just one other question have never seen a high mileage 220d do they evaporate into thin air after 60000m?


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My 220D is currently 117K with no major problems! (Touch wood)

I had the VSC issue and I think it was down to the RGR and DPF

However following some threads and a conversation with a very helpful chap from Logan’s garage (Edinburgh) I was able to rejuvenate my PDF (so far over 500 miles without any problems)

I followed the very helpful video to remove and clean the ERG valve, and there was a lot of soot!

I would definitely agree with the comments on here about cleaning this every 5k or 10k regardless of experiencing any performance issues (once you see the build up you will know why!)

This on its own didn’t fix my problem however some more digging around the forum LED me to contact Logan’s garage to see about removing the particulate filter

(At this point I had resigned myself to the fact I would have to take it to the dealer, at a price of £86 juts to diagnose the issue, prob take about 2 mins plugging into the ECU!)

Unfortunately Gary from Logan’s told me the Lexus is the only one they can’t work with as they don’t have access to the Lexus software to reprogram the car NOT to look for the DPF

However he did give me some sound advice:

if you can get the car to a decent speed take it for a loooong drive on the motorway with high revs, the DPF needs to get up to around 700 degrees to burn off the soot

Avoid short journeys again the car needs to complete a process and it never will with too many short journeys (again take it for a long run every now and again)

avoid supermarket fuels ( although lexus recommends low sulphur fuel this needs to burn at much higher tempeture, the sulphur helps it burn at a higher temp)

Run an additive (most recommend the BG244) to clean deposits and it helps the burn of the soot that clogs the DPF

This certainly worked for me (I called and cancelled my appointment with the dealer)

And I hope it works for you too


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