DRIVERS of Mercedes Sprinter vans are being urged to pay special attention to maintaining their diesel particulate filters (DPFs) after the model topped the list with the most reported DPF issues throughout 2015 to date.
Automotive reconditioning specialist DPF Clean Team said it topped the DPF blacklist after it found that the number of enquiries it has received for blocked DPFs on it amounts to nearly a quarter of enquiries.
Top vans with DPF issues:
- Mercedes Sprinter
- Volkswagen Crafter
- Isuzu N Series
- Ford Transit
- Volkswagen Transporter
- Renault Traffic
The company analysed its database to discover the most popular vehicle makes and models to be referred to them for DPF issues, with the majority of enquiries coming from fleet managers. The results demonstrate that it’s not always the most popular model of vehicle that experiences a DPF problem, with some widely used van and car models only contributing a small number of DPF-related enquiries.
Among the types of van that have been referred to DPF Clean Team for issues with a blocked DPF, catalytic converter or SCR silencer unit, the Mercedes Sprinter comprises 22% of enquiries, closely followed by Volkswagen Crafter vans, which comprise 12% of all enquiries. The Ford Transit justifies its place at the top of the most recent FN50 van reliability survey, with only five per cent of enquiries being received for this type of vehicle.
However, despite these findings, Cameron Bryce, director at DPF Clean Team, said that it is not necessarily the type of vehicle that determines whether it will have a DPF problem, but the way a DPF, catalytic converter or silencer is maintained.