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The Peugeot Diesel Pollutant Saga
This has the potential to have a long-running story, maybe a book or film. At any rate, it is going to be an expensive production. (Serial rights copyright!).
The photographic relevance, so far anyway is zero. So maybe it will broaden your mind (and will definitely shrink my bank balance).
In June 2014 I purchased a Peugeot 307 2 litre Peugeot 307 estate. Why?
1) My Cavalier was in its 30th year and was unlikely to last much longer.
2) The Peugeot was from a family member who had owned it from new (as with my Cavalier)
3) It had only 4,700 miles on the clock and the price was £2,300.
4) The wisdom from the government was that diesels were less polluting than petrol cars and would be favoured.
Not long after I started running it, I was off on a local trip when there was a “Ping” and a warning came up on the digital dashboard display “Blocked Fuel Filter” together with a little yellow diagram of an engine (in case I didn’t know what an engine was). I aborted my journey, fearing that the computer might soon stop the engine, and returned home to consult the internet.
I learned that a motorway-speed steady drive of 20+ minutes was needed for some additive in the fuel system to be brought into action and burn off any blocking residues. I dutifully complied, not being sure that I would get that far.
As the months passed, I got accustomed to these warning flashing up every week. I found that, if I kept driving, they went away. So, no need for motorway trips! Clearly, the magic fluid was doing its work.
This week, the day before the MOT, the warning came on again. I had a vague concern that this might just tip the emissions out of compliance.
I delivered my car at 8.30 am. There was no phone call from the garage that morning. As I had booked a service to follow the MOT, it seemed that all was going well. Then the call came.
Not only had it failed on emissions but they had to remove 4 litres of excess engine oil before they could work on it. A code had indicated that the additive tank for the filter cleaning was empty. My garage lacked the special tools to access the tank so I would have to take it to a Peugeot dealer.
When I collected the car, I was asked about the excess oil. I had no answer and, jokingly, suggested that the engine had pumped fuel in there.
I went home and contacted the only Peugeot dealer in town. I tried to speak to the servicing department but could only get an offer to call me back. (I was told they were having an extremely busy day). After an hour, I phoned again to see if they had forgotten me. No luck.
After a further hour, I phoned again and got through to someone who apologised, explaining that they were on man short. I described my problem and, very much to my surprise, he offered me a wide choice of times/days to book my car in, with me opting for two days later.
This was for a computer diagnosis, to cost just under £100. Depending on the outcome of that, they would then order the fluid for the additive tank.
I did some more research this morning and found that I should have seen error messages for the additive getting low and then one for it being empty. In the complete absence of these, I called back and asked them to check for a dysfunctional sensor. I also, having read horror stories* asked them to check for fuel in the engine oil.
*I have read complaints that a failed filter cleaning cycle has led to fuel being forced “into the engine”
I have seen comments on the internet about a tank refill requiring 5L at £30/L. Oh, joy!
This system has been described, in various places, as the biggest load of merde ever designed.
That is the current state of play. More news on Friday.
The body is willing but the mind is weak.
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