Is a diesel pick-up good for a six-mile commute?

My son at present runs a 2004 Mitsubishi L200 which he really likes and has owned for the last 7 years. He is now considering buying a much newer one but I am concerned as his daily commute to the station is only six miles. Would he suffer with DPF regeneration issues?

Asked on 23 July 2018 by Pete Sinclair

Answered by Dan Powell
A very bad idea in my opinion - diesel engines are designed for big mileages, not repeated short runs from cold. Generally, a modern DPF needs at least 15 miles to complete its regeneration cycle. And your son will leave himself open to all manner of mechanical problems (not just those linked to the DPF) by covering a handful of miles every day. For more information on DPFs, see: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-news/comment/van-drivers.../
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