Has Ford overcome the DPF problem by using an additive in its diesel engines?

I have followed with interest your comments on DPF problems. I have not experienced these with my own 2009 Volkswagen 2.0-litre turbodiesel, although at 8000 per year I still avoid too many short runs. Ford diesel engines do not need to get quite as hot as other makes due to an additive to help regenerate the DPF. Do you have any feedback from your readers to suggest that Ford have overcome the problems compared to other makes?

Asked on 23 March 2013 by DW, Ferndown

Answered by Honest John
Ford adopted PSA's Eolys additive DPF system, along with PSA engines with Ford co-produces with PSA (a lot of them are made at Dagenham). The Eolys can last 80,000 miles, but a measure gets squirted into the fuel tank at every fill, so if you fill up frequently the Eolys is used up at a faster rate. When the tank empties it needs to be refilled. But sometimes the tank injection system can fail, and sometimes the DPFs can fail. For the past few years Ford has switched to coated type DPFs, but I can't tell you precisely when or which cars have this. ‘Diesel Car’ magazine has covered DPFs in some detail for a second time.
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