Post-coronavirus, I'm working from home more. Should I swap my diesel to avoid DPF issues?

At the start of the year, I bought a 2018 diesel Peugeot 3008 to cater for a daily commute of 40 miles each way and regular long distance family trips - 20,000 miles per year on average. Post-Coronavirus, my company has moved firmly to long term working from home and I'm averaging 100 miles a month. Would I be better off swapping now to a smaller petrol/hybrid equivalent and swallow the cost to change, or stick with the diesel and risk mechanical issues due to low mileage?

Asked on 8 July 2020 by Barney L

Answered by Dan Powell
Modern diesel engines are not really designed for 100 miles a month. The DPF alone needs 15-miles per journey to complete a regeneration cycle: www.honestjohn.co.uk/what-is-a-dpf-and-does-your-c.../

If your driving habits have changed for the foreseeable future then it may be better to change the car for a petrol or hybrid, rather than wait for the inevitable mechanical problems. The Toyota RAV4 is available with an excellent petrol hybrid system: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav-4-2018
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