Well, having had only 2800 miles on the diesel so far, it was time for us to put some mileage on her. We recently left our humble Southern California life for the mountains that make up the Sierra Nevada, settling on Yosemite. I haven't changed the oil, nor added DEF during my time so far, and have no plans to do so until I need to. No error messages. No MIL/CEL. Just 2800 miles of happy driving.
Until the day we're set to leave.
Oh. Hello there.
Tell wifey I've got some business to tend to. Jump in the car and cruise the freeway for a while. Funny enough, as I was on my way to the freeway, barely out of the driveway, it seems the regen was already in progress. In my 5 minute drive to the freeway, it seemed the regen continued - even at traffic lights.
Got her up to speed, not 15 minutes later, message said all clear, and back home I went.
Then we started loading.
And got all set to go. Baby. Wifey. Myself. Four bicycles (for other guests). And a crapload of camping gear.
(ORII shots for sh*ts and giggles.)
We left the Los Angeles area around 7PM that night, and headed north to Fresno for the first stop of our trip. She performed great in the night, and we saw abour 27.5 mpg at about 72 mph. Next day, we grocery shopped, loaded up the ice chests and met up with friends and family. Off to the mountains. We worked our way through many miles of backcountry roads and gorgeous mountain scenery in and around the Bass Lake, Yosemite, and surrounding areas camping along the way.
As the Labor Day weekend wound down, we headed back south and enjoyed loads of leftover traffic, sitting on HWY 99 for an hour as someone decided an accident that closed the whole road was a good idea. After cruising some more backcountry roads to get around the accident, we were back on our way. I had worries about the DPF regens as we hit low speeds throughout the weekend, regardless of our speed tests on the highways. Never a problem. I worried about the DPF regen and filter buildup as we sat in traffic on HWY 99 at 99 degrees in the middle of the day. Never a problem. I never thought of overheating as we headed over the Tejon Pass back into the LA Basin, though....hmmm. Hopefully it's nothing.
All in all, it was a fabulous trip. We managed just over 28mpgs at mixed mphs on the way home (from complete stop and go, to 55mph in traffic, to 75 mph on some stretches). Jeep handled beautifully. The wifey was pleased. The baby was mostly happy. I was happy.
Here's to the next road trip.