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Noob with 1.9 105

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Have just bought a Doblo 1.9 105 MJ Dynamic for my retired parents as it's ideal for them getting around the Isle of Wight and is the only thing my 70 year old mum has enjoyed driving since we got rid of her automatic 4.0 V8 Discovery! She also likes 44mpg versus 11mpg!

Anyway, the reason for my post is this - is there any history of problems with the DPF on Doblos? I had the same 1.9 diesel engine in a Vectra (150bhp version) and the DPF was constantly blocking up and causing problems. Apparently it needs regular high-speed runs to clear it, something that is not easy on the IOW!

So I bought them the 105 as it doesn't have a DPF to save the hassle - I bet you're all going to tell me I could've bought the 120 as it's fine in the Doblo! Should've come here first I guess.

Drove the 105 and 120 back to back and could hardly tell the difference, so never mind!
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Re: Noob with 1.9 105

the DPF does self clean but if you get any warning lights on due to DPF any dealer can hook up the examiner and tell it to self clean without the vehicle moving. quite impressive to see, as the vehicle sits all by itself, revs up and down by itself, and then its done.
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Re: Noob with 1.9 105

Welcome to the gang

You've made a really good choice... Since I'm the youngest Doblo driver I wonder who is the oldest

Time for another competition I think guys

Let us know how the Doblo goes
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the DPF does self clean but if you get any warning lights on due to DPF any dealer can hook up the examiner and tell it to self clean without the vehicle moving. quite impressive to see, as the vehicle sits all by itself, revs up and down by itself, and then its done.
Yes, they kept doing that with my old Vectra, but it gets boring having it done every three weeks and paying 48 for the priveledge!

I guess lots of short slow journeys and DPF's don't mix so perhaps the 105 was a good idea after all!
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Welcome to the gang

You've made a really good choice... Since I'm the youngest Doblo driver I wonder who is the oldest
Well my dad is 76 and drives it like he's on a special rally stage - what is it about Fiats that makes normally sedate drivers welly it everywhere?
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Re: Noob with 1.9 105

I do agree, but now I've learnt to drive my Doblo slowly after wearing a set of tyres down in 2000 miles they were the wrong tyres though so it wasn't really my fault

Ok so the youngest 18 (was 17 but I'm an old man now) and the oldest is (so far) 76
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Doblo slowly after wearing a set of tyres down in 2000 miles they were the wrong tyres though so it wasn't really my fault
Oooer, hope the P4's on the OAP-mobile last longer!

I used to run a Honda Accord Type-R as a company car and it ate a set of front tyres every 4500 miles. Problem was I was doing 5000 miles per month in it! It was on contract hire, we were paying the lease company 450 a month for the car including maintenance and they were spending 450 a month on tyres for it! Never did find out what happened when it went back!
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Re: Noob with 1.9 105

Lol that's mad! I'm using Pirelli P3000's which have lasted well over 6000 miles and still have about 5mm of tread left, but I'm switching to P6000's for my Alloys next week so hopefully they will last just as long.

Whatever you do when you do change the tyres, read the threads on here about it, and make sure you put reinforced ones on, because if your Dad corners in it like a rally car there will be nothing left of the outside edge of your tyres
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Thanks for the tip - the P4's it came with seem OK gripwise but with only 400 miles on it I can't tell how they are wearing. The P6000's are a decent tyre, had them on a Merc and they gripped well and lasted. Worst tyres i ever had were Continentals on a V6 Mondeo - merest hint of a damp road and it was like driving on black ice!
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