OK here goes. I am a member of another forum but can't get a reply to this so any input would be appreciated. I'm not looking for a guaranteed fix (though that would be nice!)
Long story so I'll try and keep it as short (as I can).
History: I bought a 2009 (MY10) XF 3.0d last June. This was my first diesel car and when I collected it, it had the amber DPF Full warning light lit. The dealer said it had just been stood and needed a run for around half an hour. The car was low mileage (52k) and the previous 2 owners had both only done around 3,000 miles each over a 2 year period (so 6k in 4 years), and overall it looked like a decent buy.
The 35 mile trip home (part 50mph A road, part motorway) didn't clear the DPF warning and it took around 120 motorway miles to eventually clear it.
Now I do quite a few 1 to 4 mile short journeys totalling around 20 miles a week and was advised to take it on a run of 30 miles or so once a month, which I did. I found the DPF warning coming on roughly once every 5-6 weeks which I assumed was normal. It generally took between 30-60 miles on the motorway to clear it.
But I did have another issue: When booting it, it would go into limp mode, seemingly when the turbo kicked in, and the "Service due" light would come on although the car had been serviced previously not that long ago. After a bit of research and getting a diag check, everything pointed to either a turbo problem or DPF filter. I took it in to a DPF specialist (ukdpf.co.uk in Blackpool) and he said the DPF filter was full and needed removing and cleaning. This was done, along with an oil and filter change and following that everything was fine and the faults and limp mode cleared, plus I had more power than I'd had before so it was obvious it had been blocked up. Of course, not having driven before it was well on it's way to being clogged up I had no point of reference so couldn't tell there was a potential problem.
Since then it's been absolutely fine until a couple of weeks ago when the amber DPF Full warning came on again. I thought this was a bit odd because the previous weekend we'd been over to Yorkshire on a back-road run, fast and quiet. In fact for the past few weekends we'd been out and about, including motorway runs of 40-60 miles each way. Whereas in the winter I never really left town, just using it for short journeys - so why would I get the warning now rather than in the winter months?
Anyway, the next weekend we went out on another 45 miles motorway run (Blackpool to Carnforth) which cleared the warning, came back via the quieter A roads. Few stops (traffic lights etc.), no hold ups or slow or standing traffic, I try to plan most journeys along similar routes at quiet times if I can.
Then within a few days and around 20 miles of local driving the warning came back on. A 60 mile round trip on the motorway has failed to clear it this time.
I've done a diag with an iCarsoft LR v2 that I bought, and it throws up just one fault code:
P2459 - DPF Regeneration Frequency error.
The only other things of note are an "oil quality dilution factor" reading of 6.04 "inferred", and when setting up the iCarsoft unit to do a manual forced regen (just to get a reading), it showed a soot level of 3329.08 grams.
Given that it won't start a regen if the figure is over 60 grams, 3329 grams seems absurd. Could it really be that high? since the DPF filter was cleaned about 6 months ago I've only done circa. 2000 miles with an estimated 400-500 of that (probably less rather than more) being local journeys, and a run of at least 30 miles on the motorway at around 60-70 on most weeks.
Now I know that some say it shouldn't be used for short journeys but surely it should be able to cope with that in between runs? What I find odd is that it still seems to drive perfectly well, acceleration is as potent as ever and there's no black smoke at the back .It is going back in to the DPF guy on Thursday but I'm just puzzled by the readings, I don't do excessive short journeys (in my opinion) and having already had the DPF removed and cleaned not that long ago, it doesn't make any sense. Any ideas? And thanks if you made it this far!