Diesel Particle Filter Malfunction (part 2)

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ParkedDuring Thomas’ annual service the battery was disconnected forcing his onboard computer to reboot. After reboot the Diesel Particle Filter malfunction warning still showed.

The mechanic said the filter looked ok. The nice chap at the Mini Dealership explained that the software might be malfunctioning and would cost me £90 to upgrade.

£90 for a software update!

What?! Software malfunctioning? Software not doing what it was designed to do? That sounds like a programming bug to me, a design fault. Software doesn’t suffer from ‘wear and tear’ like mechanical components. It sounds like Mini manufacturers, BMW, are passing on the cost of fixing their poor original workmanship to their customers! Atrocious. Most software providers release free fixes for software bugs. Hmmmmm…..

An internet search suggested that driving above 40 mph consistently for 10 minutes on a regular basis should burn-off the diesel particles and remove any mechanical problem – if one actually exists. There were lots of discussion forums talking about the warning light showing when there was no malfuntion on BMW cars. Consistent with an actual software design fault.

I changed my driving pattern to include regular periods of driving over 40mph for 10 minutes. Bye Bye to beautiful back-road Oxfordshire. The warning sign still showed. Sigh.

Time to re-visit those lovely chaps at MiniCooper Reading…

Diesel Particle Filter Malfunction (part 2)
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3 bits of lovely banter on “Diesel Particle Filter Malfunction (part 2)”

  1. Scarlet writes:

    Car manufacturers are the worst for this sort of shoddy behaviour towards buyers. Next stop, Anne Robinson?



  2. Kevin writes:

    The Small Object of Desire drives a real old Mini Cooper. As well as being very rude about the shape of the new mini she’s quite smug about the lack of software malfunctions due to lack of software. (I’d best say nothing about her having to keep the heating on in the car so that the engine doesn’t over cook…)



  3. Sharon writes:

    My 2008 Mini burst into flames today completely writing the car off only 2 minutes after the Diesel Particle Filter malfunction light came on!!! Has anyone else had this problem?!



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