After lurking on this thread for the last 24hrs, I thought I should add my data to the mix.
I'm now part of the group as well.
I have a GC Laredo, 11/13 MY14 Build, and we have had the exciting experience of a Full DPF Filter, and Limp Mode. The car was at 14786 Km, and we had only purchased the car on Apr 2 2014.
We will normally drive to Busselton from Perth (nearly 3 hrs) every 6 weeks, and I drive on our Freeway at least once a week for 20mins (at 100 to 110 km/h)
We had just arrived back - last week - from a trip to Albany (5 hrs). So lots of opportunity to "drive at highway speeds"
Other than that it's school drop offs, kids training sessions, work and home.
I have never seen any reference to 'Regen' in progress. First think I saw yesterday was the "Exhaust Filter 100% full please drive at highway speeds", followed 5 secs later by, red thunder bolt, and the car stuck in 3rd.
Quick call to Waneroo Jeep where the car was purchased from, and everyone acted dumb about what the problem could be, and said ring road side assist. Rang them, and within 30 secs......" so sorry Mamme, we'll be sending a tow truck for the vehicle".
The car was towed to Osborne park (I know a couple of people have been there reading the thread), as it was 5.30 - they just tucked it in bed for the night and looked at it today.
Received a call this afternoon to say, yes all fixed - the filter was full and it's all be cleaned out. No talk about a 'Manual Regen" etc., just it's been cleaned out.
As I hadn't done the crash course in this DPF issue until this evening, I asked the question, "so why did this happen?" Received the answer, Oh as a mum, you do loads of stop / start / short distance trips which is not very good at all for the Jeep, so it is inevitable that this type of thing would happen
and more likely will happen again. 5 minutes on this forum told me I should of run for the hills as I was being hit with quite alot of the smelly stuff.
There answer/remedy was/is make sure you warm the car up for at least 5 mins before you drive off - need to get the temp up of the engine so that it can burn the fuel off. Yeah right, I can see that happening every morning with 12yr old twins, and rushing them to different schools............."just a minute kids, we just have to warm up mummy's very new car, just so that it doesn't break down." My Volvo V70, didn't need this even in it's 13th year of life!!!!!
Or...........the other option was that I could buy $90 DPF Additive????, and add in 1/2 now, then the other 1/2 after 500km.
I then asked could I get this checked at every service - both the service admin guy, and who I think was the Service Manager, looked blankly at me, and said "we'd have to see what could be done - not sure"
Don't shoot me about the additive info - this is the interpretation I took away from my 15mins with them.
So I get home, ring my dear brother who is the ultimate rev head - builds race cars, and owns the odd diesel SUV. And he said something very simple.......which made me want to slap my forehead........."it's ridiculous that they want you to do things to your car, just so that it works properly and doesn't break down. You shouldn't have to alter your driving for it to work".
He is now going to ring around a couple of mechanics he knows that work for Chrysler/Jeep and try and get the inside story.
He did say that he'd heard of the issue before we bought the car, though thought that a fix had come through for it. He drives BMW's, so hasn't had an issue. His Father In-law has a GC I think MY13 build, and has never had an issue.
OK, war & peace over...........I just wanted to add my 10c to the mix.
Would be interested to hear your thoughts on my conversations with Jeep.