Toyota DPF: understanding your diesel particulate filter

Although Toyota’s passenger car range is predominantly focused around petrol-electric hybrid powertrains, the Land Cruiser, Hilux and Proace models are fitted with diesel engines. A diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a feature of these models.

What does a diesel particulate filter do?

The DPF is fitted within the exhaust system and is designed to catch soot particles and nitrous oxide (NOx) from the combustion process that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. The DPF is highly effective and traps around 80% of these harmful particulates.

Why do modern diesel engines need a particulate filter?

European legislation places strict exhaust emissions targets on all vehicle manufacturers. From September 2009, the Euro 5 legislative standard came into effect, part of which required all diesel cars registered from that point on to be equipped with a diesel particulate filter, or DPF.

These filters are used throughout the industry in all diesel-powered passenger vehicles, and their efficiency is vital now that increasingly stringent Euro 6 emissions standards are in force.

Do I need to replace a diesel particulate filter during normal servicing?

Diesel particulate filters do have a capacity limit and can become full. But unlike traditional air, oil or pollen filters that need to be exchanged manually at regular intervals, the DPF has a much longer service life and is designed to regenerate to restore its performance.

The car’s electronic control unit (ECU) is programmed to do this automatically, neutralising the soot by burning it off at high temperature within the exhaust system while the vehicle is running. All modern cars with diesel engines follow this procedure.

How does this regeneration occur?

The regeneration occurs automatically, usually without the driver being aware that it is taking place. In the majority of cases, the process is carried out when the engine and exhaust system has reached normal operating temperature and the vehicle is travelling at over 40mph.

However, if your driving is limited to urban areas, the low speeds and frequent stops mean the conditions for normal regeneration do not exist. In these instances, the ECU monitors the accumulation of soot and instructs an alternative regeneration programme to begin well before the filter becomes saturated.

This programme injects small quantities of fuel into the engine after combustion, which increases the temperature within the exhaust system and creates an environment where it is possible to safely burn off the soot.

This method is very successful within the small percentage of vehicles where normal regeneration is not possible. However, due to the nature of city traffic, the regeneration process can be interrupted when the vehicle completes its short journey and is turned off. If this occurs, the ECU is programmed to recommence the process when the engine is restarted and back up to temperature again.

How can I ensure that the DPF regeneration process completes successfully?

By creating frequent opportunities for the ECU to complete its normal regeneration programme. Quite simply, this means regularly driving the car at speeds above 40mph for a period of at least ten minutes.

Will I be warned if all DPF regeneration processes have been unsuccessful?

Very occasionally, use of the vehicle might be such that it will have been impossible for the ECU to complete the administration of any regeneration procedure. At this point, the DPF will have become overloaded and stopped functioning, so the vehicle will illuminate a warning light in the dashboard. It will then be necessary for the soot to be neutralised and the filter regenerated manually at a main dealer.

It is extremely unwise to ignore this visual warning as the DPF can become irreparably damaged. What’s more, it is illegal to remove the filter entirely.

See also:
Toyota EGR valve: understanding exhaust gas recirculation valves

Comments (480)

  1. Hi, i have a 2020 Toyota Hilux Radar cruise 2.8L diesel with particulate matter problems. The scan result says : Particulate matter temperature sensor circuit general electrical failures. I want to know where the particulate mater temperature sensor is located as the car is a brand new car. Because of this the check engine light is on parmanently with the pre collision light. Thank you.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We would recommend contacting the Toyota distributor in your region for further help with your enquiry.

      1. Firstly can I ask if my car has a DPF filter. It is a 2006 Corolla Verso 2.2 D4D:
        VIN no. NMTEA16R90R015378

        If a DPF filter was not fitted as stated to this vehicle could you please send me an email quoting the Vin and a short statement. I need to show this to an MOT garage.

        Secondly can I ask what the smoke limit is for this car. If it has one it should in the bottom right corner of the manufacturer’s plate and in a box. I cannot find it on the manufacturer’s plate. As part of an MOT emissions test this value should used if lower than the standard 3.0m^-1 (for a turbo-charged car first used before 2008).

        1. Hi Oliver,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Your Corolla is not equipped with a DPF.

          In terms of your question regarding smoke limits. These are set by VOSA and the MOT stations have set parameters that they input when setting the vehicle up for a Smoke test.

          As the rules and tests have moved around over the years the tests that this vehicle was manufactured for have been renamed and re categorised so today we must rely on the VOSA expected parameters.

          The MOT station should set the correct standards and if the vehicle falls short of these tests, repairs will need to be carried out on the vehicle to bring it back to the expected standards.

          For further help with this we would recommend contacting your nearest Toyota centre. You can find your nearest dealer, here:

          We have also emailed you directly.


  2. Does my TOYOTA COROLLA VERSO 2008 has a DPF? I lost power on holiday, and I was told by a mechanic to drive at high RPM. The problem was finally resolved after couple of hours of drive. VIN is NMTEJ16R20R137130. Thanks

      1. Hi. Looking to buy a diesel 2007/08 or 09 Corolla Verso. Is there any info on when the 2.2l engine was fitted with dpf? Or was the 2.2l always fitted and am I better off with a 2006 2.0l? Many thanks

        1. Hi Guy,

          As stated above, from September 2009, the Euro 5 legislative standard came into effect, part of which required all diesel cars registered from that point on to be equipped with a diesel particulate filter, or DPF.

          We need a UK vehicle registration to check whether the specific vehicle you are looking at is fitted with a DPF.


  3. Hello
    Please I have Toyota Hilux I have get dpf full messages on my dashboard so I have change the dpf with a new one Myself but after it the message still on my dashboard , how I can delete the message error ?

  4. Hi
    Can I check if vehicle is fitted with a DPF. 2010 RAV4 CHASSIS NUMBER JTMZA31VOODOO4607
    Thank you

      1. Thank you very much for quick response. I assume the first box on the exhaust system (closest to engine) is a Catalytic Convertor (Part No TOY26100 or 2505126100). If so is there any particular driving style/care relating to this item. Can I check also that Grade ACEA C2 Oil is suitable for this vehicle/engine. Thanks. David

        1. Hi David,

          Yes the ‘first box’ on the exhaust system is a catalytic converter. There is no set criteria like there is for a DPF equipped vehicle but like all diesels they prefer longer runs than shorter. Please also note, the part numbers you stated are not quite correct as per the current version of the parts catalogue. When things return to normal, we would recommend confirming this with your Toyota centre.

          The correct oil grade for this vehicle is 5W30 PFE C2.


  5. Thanks for the reply. Took it to our main dealer who did a forced regen and completely cleared it – 5 days later the warning has come up again!! What next please? is it covered under Toyota Extended warranty? main dealer aren’t exactly falling over themselves to help 🙁

    1. Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for getting back in touch. We would recommend re-contacting your Toyota centre to discuss this further. If a manufacturing defect can be confirmed by the dealer the DPF would be covered under warranty (5 years).
      As you may be aware the DPF function can be affected by usage. There are specific driving condition required to allow the DPF to auto regenerate itself and if not happening this could cause an irreparable damage to the part.
      Most of the time to confirm the manufacturing defect, the dealer should be able to find out the cause that triggered the DPF issue.


  6. Help please! I’m desperately worried. Bought my 2014 Rav4 2.0 AWD last year. Two weeks ago the DPF full warning came up. Cleared after long drive but then came up again 5 days later and wouldn’t clear. Main (Ford) dealer we bought from has tried to do force regen (it’s just come to the end of their warranty) but it keeps stopping. Says 512%full!! Booked in with Toyota next week but I’m terrified it’s going to cost a fortune to replace parts. Car has only done 58,000 miles. Any advice please?

    1. Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re sorry to hear this. Without being able to assess the car ourselves, our only advice at this time is to take it to your nearest Toyota centre as you are doing. It may just be that the soot needs to be neutralised and the filter regenerated manually by the dealer.


      1. Hi,
        I am facing absolutly the same problem with my toyota rav4, year 2014. Imthe dpf is replaced, a brand new, and again after 500 km the dpf pointer has shown again, and the car lost its power. I vent to authorized dealer, they cleaned it and is showing again, just after few 100 km. Kindly asking for your advise, what you propose, as the authorized dealer here in Prishtina are not able to solve it.
        Many many thaks,

    1. Hi Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can’t seem to find any information on your car using the reg alone. Could you please provide us with the VIN? If you’re not sure where it is, you should be able to find it printed on tamper-proof stickers located just inside the shut line of the front nearside door.


        1. Hi Neil,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We have checked with our technical team and your Yaris isn’t fitted with a DPF, however it does have a catalyst which aids emission control.


        1. Hi Peter,

          Thanks for getting back in touch. Could you please re-confirm your VIN for us? It isn’t recognised in our system as it should have 17 digits.


          1. Hi Peter,

            Sorry for the hassle, thank you for providing this. We have now double checked it with our technical team and it appears your vehicle is fitted with a DPF.


          2. Hi thank you for get back in touch now I no I have dpf filter how do I do a manual regen as I am a low mileage driver

  7. Hi 8 got Toyota Avensis 2017 and has done 23000 miles and DPF is full message is displaying on my screen. Please advise what should i do. Thanks

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We can’t seem to find any information on your car using the reg provided. Could you please let us know the VIN?


      1. So basicly you are not telling people anything of any value at all!!!
        People buy a toyota with a dpf that makes trouble for sooo many people, but only thing you are doing is, to continue milking us all for money!!
        Me i just searching for information on the problem with the DPF but, you clearly wont help… So thanks for nothing!!!

        1. Hi Flemmng,
          Thanks for getting in touch with us.
          According to European legislation, it is the law that all diesel vehicles registered after September 2009 must be equipped with a diesel particulate filter.
          Therefore, it was not a decision taken simply by Toyota, and this applies to all other vehicle manufacturers.
          It is in the nature of these filters to become clogged, but they are built to regenerate, which means that the filter is cleaned as the vehicle is driven.
          To make sure that the DPF is regenerated effectively, we would recommend driving your vehicle at speeds of above 40mph for at least 10 minutes, which ensures that the engine and exhaust systems have reached the normal operating temperatures necessary for this process to occur.
          If you have any further questions, we would recommend contacting Toyota in your region for advice.

  8. Just for my understanding, do we need to regularly change oil so as not compromise the DPF. Or in some cases that if we seldom used the car. Lets say it sit for more than 5 months and have not used it for more than 5000 kms. Because some dealer require to have the oil changed every 5000 kms or 6 months which ever comes first. Assuming that actual mileage used is 3000 kms. Thanks for your response.

  9. I have a 2010 Avensis D4D. VIN number SB1ED76L00E045869. It’s done 121,500 miles. Please can you tell me if it has a DPF? It’s getting to the age and mileage where I’d anticipate problems, if it has, so it would be really helpful to know to help with the decision on whether to keep the car, which has been excellent and which I still like very much, or whether it’s time to trade it in. Thank you.

        I’m getting the warning less than 24hours of picking up my avensis 2016
        What do I do?

  10. 2011 Yaris 1.4 d4d. My DpF filer is blocked by soot, as seen on mechanics computer, However I commute on motorway for 90 minutes round trip ( with short journeys in-between at home) I’ve done this commute at speeds of between 40 & 50 mph, 3,000 rpm several times in an attempt to force a regen and yet the Dpf is stll blocked.

  11. Hi can you advise me I bought Toyota Avinses 2016 just 2 weeks just seen on the screen DPF is full is this serious or easy I have 60 days warranty

  12. Hello,
    My yaris proceeds with regeneration procedure very often (at least once a week). Is this normal?
    Also, please note that the regeneration procedure has started right after of two hours journey in highway with high speed (above 70mph).

      1. Hi, I’ve recently bought an avensis t180 dcat model SM07 HPL, engine management light came on after a week and also ASC and traction control off lights…. I took the car back where I bought it and they said the filter was blocked so the fault was cleared and the car was put on a rolling road and force cleaned out I guess? I got the car back and now 2 weeks later its happened again!! What is the problem? Its stressing me out and its only got a three month warranty on it as its from a used car dealer. Please help!

        1. Hi James,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We are sorry to hear about your issues and the distress it may have caused. Without being able to assess your car in person, we cannot provide an answer ourselves. In this case, we would recommend re-visiting your nearest Toyota centre as they are best equipped to evaluate the car.

          Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the situation further with our team, would you like to us to put you in touch with our customer relations team?


        2. James , it’s the egr valve that needs cleaning. A fairly straightforward 30 minute job and videos on YouTube. I do mine about every 6 months.

  13. Hi,

    Can you please advise if a Toyota Avensis Estate, Manual, 2012, 2.0 diesel has a particulate filter?

  14. Hi please could you please advise whether an advensis D4D reg. No: FE10VGK is fitted with a DPF filter? Thanks.

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for providing this information. We’ve spoken with our technical team and the vehicle is not fitted with a DPF filter.


    1. Hi Bert,

      Thanks for getting in touch. When the DPF is working normally there is no light on, it is only if the DPF becomes overloaded and stops functioning that the warning light comes on. However, this is only very occasionally.


  15. Hi, can you please help me? I have a few questions regarding my 2007 Avensis 2.0 D4D which i just bought second hand.
    Does this model have a DPF?
    Does this engine have a timing chain or timing belt, and when should the timing kit be replaced, mileage?
    What is the best oil for this engine and how often should it be serviced, mileage?
    VIN: SB1ED56L90E045860

    Best regards

    1. Hi Stephan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, as this is not a UK vehicle we are unable to help you. We’d advise you to contact Toyota Europe as they will be able to assist you further.


    1. Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that this vehicle is equipped with a DPF filter.


        1. Hi Nazeer,

          Thanks for getting in touch. As this is not a UK vehicle, we unfortunately can’t help you. We’d advise for you to contact Toyota in your region as they’ll be able to assist you further.

    1. Hi Kostas,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that this vehicle does not have a DPF fitted.


      1. Hi I am looking to buy a Yaris 1.4 d4d 2008 reg AU08WBD can you tell me does this vehicle have a dpf fitted thanks Dave.

  16. Hi
    Trying to find out if my Hilux reg M44KCY has a DPF and/or EGR valve? Took it to my local Toyota dealer for service yesterday but no wiser …..

    1. Hi Annie,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you could please provide a VIN number, we will be able to assist you further.


        1. Hi Annie,

          We can confirm that the vehicle does not have a DPF fitted, but does have an EGR fitted.

          We hope this helps. Thanks.

          1. Hi Ali,

            Thanks for getting in touch. What kind of issues are you experiencing?

  17. Hello,
    Can you please tell me if my Lexus IS 220d is fitted with DPF?
    VIN no.:JTHBB262202005209.
    Thank you

  18. Hi, I have 1 year old Avensis 1.6 diesel 11k miles on the cloak. Serviced 1 week ago because turn 1 year. My wife driving it only locally for the past 4 months of maximum 300 miles. We just get the warning message on the dash that the DPF is blocked and need to be clean by Service.
    Is that not something covered by TOYOTA warranty?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We would advise for you to contact your local Toyota centre regarding this, as they will be able to assist you further.


  19. Hi, recently I bought used Toyota Avensis d-4d 2014, VIN SB1BD76L80E136634. I wonder if it is fitted with DPF filter? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that this vehicle is not fitted with a DPF. The listed engine oil for this vehicle is:
      ACEA B1, API grade DF-4, CF or G-DLD-1.

      We hope this helps.

    1. Hi Ken,

      Thanks for getting in touch. According to the information we have, no DPF is fitted to your vehicle.

  20. Hi, please can you help check if my Toyota avensis bj59bxf has dpf installed. Vin is SB1BB76L80E014202. If installed, what engine indicator will come on and will any dpf cleaner fluid help?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your vehicle does have a DPF fitted. If the engine management system detected a fault it would instruct the instrument cluster to bring on the engine management warning lamp. In regards to cleaner fluid, we cannot advise on using any Toyota non-approved products.


        1. Hi Dennis,

          Thanks for getting in touch. According to the information we have, no DPF is fitted to your vehicle.

  21. I have a problem with a DPF fault. My car has gone into limp mode, with the engine management light and service light on. The DPF regenerate light hasn’t been on at all. My local garage are at a loss, they don’t know what to do. They believe it could be a software problem. I can’t get any straight answers know one seems to know what is wrong with my car, and I can’t afford to take it in to the dealer. Considering scrapping. Can any one help,

    1. Hi Neil,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re sorry to hear that you are experiencing a problem. We can only suggest taking it into your local Toyota Centre as they are in the best position to inspect the vehicle and troubleshoot the issue.


    2. Hello, I am looking to buy a car tomorrow and wanted to know if you can tell me if it is fitted with a DPF? REG: RE11COH. Cheers.

      1. Hi there,

        Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear that you’re looking to buy an Avensis. We can confirm that the vehicle does have a DPF fitted.


  22. Hi, My 2007 dcat t180 corolla verso diesel randomly starts blowing out plumes of smoke for a couple of minutes when i go on my short journeys. Is this normal? Anything to do with dpf regeneration. I have no warning lights on. Thanks.

    1. Hi Adeel,

      Thanks for getting in touch. For your peace of mind, we would recommend taking it into your local Toyota Centre. They will be best placed to inspect the vehicle and diagnose if there is an issue.


    1. Hi Ali,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, as this is not a UK vehicle, we won’t be able to provide this information due to our systems not recognising the VIN. We would advise for you to contact Toyota in your region, as they will be able to assist you further.


  23. Hello,
    J have Verso 2.0 93kw 2010 year,(vin NMTDD26R20R021158).
    Did my car have DPF filter.

    Best reguards.


        1. Hi Terry,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your vehicle is fitted with a DPF filter.


  24. Hi I’m having problems with my urban cruiser vsc light flashing and engine light is on also 4wheel drive light is on took it to garage and they don’t know what’s wrong with it also could you tell me if it has a dpf please NG11KVT

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you are experiencing these issues. We would advise for you to contact your local Toyota Centre, as they will be able to perform an inspection on the vehicle.

      In regards to the DPF, if you could please provide a VIN number, our technical team will be able to tell if your vehicle has one.


    2. Hi I have the same problem I brought an obd2 reader of ebay as I thought it was the maf sensor but has said its the dpf, my urban cruser is the same year as yours it has no power now hopefully some PDF cleaner that you put in the petrol will sort it out?

  25. Hello.for the engine 2.2d-cat rav 4 2007 is good diesel with cetane number 55 and motor oil motulx-clean 5w30? i live in romania.multumesc.

    1. Hi Liviu,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We would advise for you to contact Toyota Romania, as they will be able to assist you further. You can find their contact details via the following link:

  26. Would you be able to tell me if GY06 RLO has a DPF? VSC, TRC off and Engine lights have come on this morning and I’m just trying to track the issue down. Its been suffering from taking four or five attempts to get it started in the morning, but then runs fine all day.

    1. Hi Dale,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you could please provide a VIN number, we will be able to assist you further.


  27. Hi, I’d be grateful if you could tell me if Auris WP07 KGN has a DPF.

    If it does not have a DPF, do I still need to use a LOW-SAPS engine oil?


    1. Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that there is no DPF fitted for your vehicle. The recommended engine oil would be 5W-30: ACEA C2 (ACEA B1 may also be used).


      1. Hi Fazal,

        Thanks for getting in touch. We would advise for you to contact your local Toyota Centre in regards to an inspection, as they will be able to assist you further.


    1. Hi Mario,

      Thanks for providing your registration number, we can confirm that your vehicle is not fitted with a DPF.


  28. Hi there
    My Rav 4 dashboard is saying “DPF full” so I tried taking it for a 30 minute drive at 40mph and it didn’t clear. I took it to my local Toyota service garage and they say it will cost £150 for a “regen”. The car is only 2 years old so still under warranty? Should this not be covered by the warranty?

  29. Can you tell me the code p1386 is coming up on my car . But I have tried lots of things too clear it like clean the dpf . Egr fit a new 5th injector. Checked the wiring. Been too Toyota. Had the ecu upgrade fitted another fuel pump . But still getting the code coming up. Can you help

    1. Hi Lee,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you could please provide a reg or VIN number, we will be able to assist you further.


  30. Hello. I have Toyota Rav 4 2.2 D-cat 2007. Would you please be able to tell me if this car is fitted with 5th injector facility and if yes how is that supposed to work? I have recently noticed that once in few days car will be developing few clouds of smoke when on a short run, is that when it is regenerating DPF? If I’ll go on a motorway run there is no smoke present on my short runs for a week or so but then it will start occasionally smoking again. Is that a normal behaviour when car is regenerating/ trying to regenerate? It has covered 102k miles already and I am a bit worried if that’s DPF is getting close to it’s last days? Car isn’t using oil and oil level is always fine. Can you please enlighten me a little? Thanks
    VIN: JTMBB31V406066322

    1. Hi Marcin,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your vehicle is fitted with a 5th injector system. As to how this works, the engine control unit will decide when a regeneration is needed based upon laid down parameters. At this point, the particulate filter temperature will need to be raised. This is done by adding more fuel via the 5th injector.

      In regards to the smoke, we would advise visiting your local Toyota centre to have the vehicle checked over. The smoke colour will determine any course of action and they can also check for any faults codes stored in the vehicle.


      1. Hello, thanks for your info. Smoke is whiteish colour and there is no codes stored in the vehicle, it only happens on a short drive and at the same time a can feel a slight temperature increase inside cabin as well as bigger fuel consumption, it is when the active regeneration occurs or is trying to occur? Thanks

        1. Hi Marcin,

          Some smoke might be evident but any increase in cabin temperature or fuel consumption would not occur during a regeneration. For this reason, we would recommend that you contact your local Toyota Centre who will be in a better position to inspect your vehicle and investigate this further.


    2. I greet the same car as you. I want to ask you if there is a witness on the dpf regeneration.
      What type of diesel do you supply? Cetanean figure 55 or 51? Thank you

      1. Hi have you sorted this issue if not…………..
        1st check air intake sensor make sure its clean do not use cleaner just remove wipe with ear bud an refitt.
        2nd clean out EGR easy removed clean with crab cleaner and replace,lots of videos on you-tube.
        3rd fill tank with diesel add 2 bottles Wynn’s DPF cleaner and take for long run keeping car at high revs ( no more than 3000) occasionally revving higher.
        You should find car runs smother and tick over lower .
        I recomed doing all the above as my 2006 now runs better then new

        1. Hello Fozzy,
          would you have any ideas on this fault please, I have a 2007 rav4 t180, it occasionally losses power for around 10sec or so then comes back to life again. No warning lights at all on the dash, it’s dangerous pulling out at junction etc happens in any gear even on the motorway. Do they have a dpf..there is a lot of black smoke sometimes when you hoof it in 2nd or 3rd then it clears.

          1. Hi. We’re sorry to hear that you’re experiencing issues with your RAV4. We’d recommend contacting your local Toyota dealer so they can take a look for you. Thanks.

          2. Hi there,

            If you could please provide a VIN number, we will be able to assist you further.


      1. Hi Im thing of buying a avensis 2.0 d-4d reg mk57boh could you please tell me if it is fitted with a dpf.
        Thanks in advance

        1. Hi Rhys,

          Apologies for the delay, we are currently liaising with our Technical Team regarding this and will be back to you as soon as we can.


  31. Hay shafqat here, I have Toyota verso it’s DPF filter is choked , take two time to garage they clean with machine but after 10 , and again 2 days light came back, sensor is working fine , i am very much worried, what should I do , try to regenerate on M8 , nothing happened.
    Please advise

    1. Hi Shafqat,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you could please provide us with a reg or VIN number, we will be able to assist you further.


    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your vehicle does have a DPF fitted.

      Hope this helps.

      1. Could you please tell me that what the symptoms of a DPF gone bad would be. I have just bought the car and randomly it blows a cloud of blue/white smoke for a few minutes and then clears and runs clean exhaust for quite a while before doing it again. I am wondering if the DPF is bad.

        1. This sounds like the system is working correctly as it will clean itself on a regular basis. If there is an issue with the DPF it will illuminate the EML (engine management light) on the dashboard.

          Hope this helps, please let us know of any further queries.

      2. You have told this person that they have a DPF fitted on their 08 Avensis yet scroll down this blog and you have told another person with an 08 Avensis (NL08 OWA) that they do not have a DPF. Yet again confusion reigns, which is the correct information.

        1. We can confirm that 08 Avensis Plate YT08 FTE has a DPF and the vehicle that you’re referring to does not.


      1. I was told on this Blog that Toyota Yaris d4-d was only fitted with a DPF after November 2008. But you are telling me that an 08 Yaris with 5 speed gearbox (registered March to September 2008) does have a DPF. You appear to be contradicting yourself. How can I have any confidence that you are telling the truth.

        1. Hi Lee,

          Apologies, we were given incorrect information from our Technical Team. Yaris SK08ZDA does not have a DPF, and it is correct that DPFs were first installed in November 2008. We are very sorry for the inconsistencies in our replies and for any inconvenience this may have caused.


  32. Hi, i have Toyota 1.4 automatic diesel 2007. I was driving and the dashboard was showing gear 4 but car didn’t take any race and eventually stopped on the road. After stopping the car was still showing 4th gear on the dadhboard. Upon pressing gas the car was not moving at all, i switched off the car and switched back again, no change and the dashboard was still showing 4th gear. It is happening everyday and car stuck in gear 5, 4 or 2 or any gear and i can’t change the gear with the stick. It itself started once i switched the car off. I don’t know what’s is happening, any advise please.

    1. Hi Sayyad,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you are experiencing these issues. We would advise for you to contact your local Toyota Centre, as they will be able to assist you further through an inspection of the vehicle.

  33. Hi, may I ask for information if my Land Cruiser j120 2006, d-4d 3.0, 120 kW, VIN: JTEBZ29J100076571 has DPF?

    1. Hi Sebastian,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that this Land Cruiser does not have a DPF.

      Hope this helps.

  34. Hi,could you tell me if my rav4 has a dpf and what sort of mileage I should be getting around town plz reg number yp60lwr (auto).ty

  35. Hi there,
    Could you please confirm that my Avensis reg:YK57OVG isn’t fitted with DPF. Many thanks.
    Kind regards.

    1. Hi Judit,

      Thanks for contacting us. We can confirm that the vehicle does not have a DPF fitted.

      Hope this helps.

  36. Hello. Does the 125 hp 2.0 D4D engine (Facelifted Avensis 2006) have a DPF? Reg hg56xlv. Thank you very much in advance.

    1. Hi Steven,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      DPFs generally block due to soot, which can be burnt off at high exhaust temperatures.

      Therefore a longer drive, getting the exhaust up to temperature is more advisable.

      Fuel cleaner may assist in cleaning any of the fuel components from things such as carbon build up.

      Hope this helps.

      1. My avensis d4d , RK62UZM is putting out clouds of smoke that I think is caused by the dpf constantly regenerating , (the engine doesn’t use any oil or coolant between services)usually leaves loads of smoke behind when moving away from traffic lights etc , it also only returns about 32mpg which might suggest that the 5th injector is constantly open , any suggestions as to what may be at fault. No error codes when scanned, it’s a very poor display to see a Toyota taxi leaving clouds of smoke behind .
        Any help is appreciated

        1. Hi John,

          Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you are experiencing these issues.

          There could be numerous causes for excessive smoke being emitted.

          The cause will need to be investigated fully and therefore we recommend for you to visit your local Toyota Centre so that they can assess the root cause. The 5th injector could be the cause and occasionally they can become blocked, however again, the root cause needs to be identified.

          Hope this helps.

        2. Hello John,
          I have the same problem and after hours of maintenance still no solution.
          The 5th injector is working from the moment the car reaches working temperature. I had to pull the plug of the 5th injector to get temporarily rid of the problem, but of course this is no permanent solution.
          Did you find a solution for the problem?

    2. Find this all very interesting. My wife purchased a Yaris Icon 1.4d in 2014 brand new. Very economical and decent to drive.
      She drives motorway most days and the car has not been driven in a sluggish manner. Over 80000 very expensive miles on clock now.
      Properly serviced etc etc
      This week we are fitting our second brand new DPF!!!!
      Total spend in excess of £1200 to date and we expect it will clog up again soon. Yes it regens. No we don’t switch off during regens.
      Garage has done several forced regens…
      I feel so sorry for my wife spending seemingly endless money on this little car.
      Just trying to warn any ‘would be’ buyers
      If only someone had warned us!
      Is this vehicle really “fit for purpose?”

      1. Hi Richard,
        Thanks for getting in touch.
        DPF’s can block depending on usage conditions.
        This is usually linked to driving conditions that include a lot of stop/start or low speed city/town driving.
        Under these conditions the DPF cannot regenerate efficiently.
        However, the same issue may occur when driving the car on the Motorway but at slow speed and in high gear, e.g. 60mph in 6th gear.
        Under these conditions the engine is operating at very low rpm which, again, is preventing efficient regeneration.
        As a general rule that the engine needs to run at least at 2000 rpm so that regen can take place efficiently. Therefore, if the vehicle is being used on the Motorway at slow speeds in high gear, it might be worth shifting down a gear or two.

        1. VW duped us all with their software that cheated the emissions tests, and they were deservedly penalised for this.
          Toyota (along with many other car manufacturers) have duped the public with their DPFs in that they refuse to admit that they are not fit for purpose. When we bought these diesel cars, not one of them ever came with any guidance about how we had to drive them in order to accommodate for their flawed DPFs. Now that they’re failing long before they should, Toyota refuses to stand by them, and forces us to pay a fortune to have them replaced … only to have the new ones fail a few years later.
          I used to think Toyota was the most reliable car on the market, but now they’re just as bad as all the rest.
          Toyota has had numerous opportunities to do the right thing – even if that’s just a case of improving the designs of the new DPFs – but they won’t take that step until they recognise that they failed in the first place.

        2. Thank you Toyota UK
          I am amazed that Toyota know so much about our driving style!
          The car has not been driven at low revs in high gear etc.
          My wife does not do a lot of stop / start driving
          She knows not to stop during a regen
          She doesn’t do low speed town driving
          By mentioning motorway driving I was simply making the point that she is not a low mileage/ snail type driver…
          This morning I collect the car from a Toyota dealer and will be paying for a new DPF which brings our total DPF spend to apx £1350
          Quite ridiculous
          My next stage with this is the motoring press. Toyota leave me with no option but to tell my story to as many as possible.
          I have also been told by your dealers that “all diesels have this problem!!!”
          Unfortunately I can disprove this quite easily.
          I appreciate the fact that you are keeping this blog open for my comments

          1. Hi Richard,
            Thanks for your response.
            Within our reply we were trying to suggest some characteristics of driving styles that may explain the problems you are experiencing. In no way did we try to determine you or your wife’s driving style, we were simply offering some technical advice.
            If these characteristics are not similar to the driving style you or your wife use, we would suggest contacting our Customer Relations team who will be more than happy to investigate into the issues you are experiencing.
            You can contact them here:

  37. Hi , I have a verso 7 seater almost a year now . I’m constantly having trouble with the dpf full light keep coming on dashboard. After Toyota garage where I purchased car checking it on computer saying nothing was wrong , then said some faulty valve was replaced, light back on and oil maintenance light on . Oil is like tar after a full service end February and back in garage in June. I’ve it booked in again for another service this week . I was told it was my short journeys but I drive 20 minutes daily to work morning and evening without slowing or stopping . At this stage I’m sick of it now and think my 2012 verso was far more reliable than this 171 verso . Would love some advise . What other car could you recommend for family of 6

    1. Hi Caroline,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      DPFs become blocked due to soot accumulating over time.

      For the soot to be burnt off, the exhaust system needs to become very hot, which is why your Centre appear to have raised a point about carrying out lots of short journeys. Generally, it is advisable to carry out a journey at motorway speeds and for an extended period every so often to help the soot and carbon particles from accumulating. Leaving the transmission in a lower gear so that the engine RPM is increased can also help this.

      As EU emission targets have become stricter over time, diesel vehicles have required the introduction of DPFs and can appear more sensitive should appropriate driving conditions not be met. Regular servicing and using the correct engine oil is therefore even more important.

      You may want to pursue a Hybrid vehicle in our range such as the Prius+, which has 7 seats. For more information, please use the following link:

      Hope this helps.

  38. Hi, Can you identify if my Toyota Avensis d4d has a dpf.
    I’m looking to change the SCV on the injection pump having identified it as faulty.
    After a search of Denso e-catalogue it’s showing two SCV’s for my vehicle
    04226-0L030 / 04226-26020 DCRS301370 without DPF
    04226-0L040 / 04226-26030 DCRS301380 with DPF

    1. Hi Ersin,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Apologies for our last reply with inaccurate information. We can confirm that your vehicle does not have DPF filter.

      Hope this helps, apologies again.

      1. In my previous comment you said that my Toyota Yaris D4D registration WN56FFU did not have a DPF and furthermore that all Yaris’s before November 2008 did not have a DPF. Yet on the thread above you are saying that ALL D4D engines have a DPF. Talk about confused!! So what is the actual truth. Does the Yaris WN56FFU definitely not have a DPF and if this is correct why are you telling the person above that all D4D engines have a DPF. I have come on this Blog to get accurate information before making a purchase of a Yaris without a DPF and I am rapidly losing faith that the information you are passing on to people is inaccurate. Please could you clear this up once and for all.

        1. Hi Lee,

          Thank you for noticing this inaccuracy and we apologise for passing on the wrong information. We can confirm that your vehicle does not have DPF filter. We take the accuracy of our information very seriously and therefore apologise for the inconsistency of our replies in this instance.


          1. Hi Lee,

            Thanks for getting in touch. This Yaris does not feature a DPF filter.

            Hope this helps.

          2. Is the Yaris 5 speed d4d (2007 model) supposed to have turbo lag as I drove one today and it did not appear to have any lag from the turbo although it accelerated and got up to speed well enough.

          3. Hi Lee,

            Some degree of turbo lag will often be experienced on single turbocharger engines, such as the 1ND-TV engine which should be fitted to this Yaris. That said, the turbocharger and engine ECU have been designed to give optimum performance and fuel economy, with a very linear and progressive power delivery. You therefore may not experience any turbo lag at all. If however there is a sever lack of power and performance, this could indicate a fault with the turbocharger.

            Hope this helps.

      2. Thank you TOYOTA UK, thank you Lee,

        I was a little confused after first Toyota UK’s answer, but after its reply I am clarified. As I know, almost all diesel cars manufactured before 2008 year don’t have DPF.

      3. Hi my car toyota avensise d4d smoking from exhaust most time when i going up hill started smoking from exhaust i went to few garage they told my maybe dpf or fuel injector my car doing blu and graysh and unburn fuel smell white I went few times to toyota dealers they can’t found problem

  39. Hi would my yaris fe10ujx have a dpf and would a diesel particulate filter cleaner help engine efficiency, thanks

    1. Hi Izzy,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, the vehicle has a DPF. The system is set so that all cleaning is carried out during the normal drive cycle.

      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Although your vehicle will not have a DPF, it should have a DPNR. A DPNR is similar to a DPF, but doesn’t do an active regen. This is a similar principle to a catalytic converter on a petrol car.

      Hope this helps.

      1. Hi Lee,

        Thanks for getting in touch. If you could please provide a reg or VIN number then we will be able to assist you further.

          1. Hi Lee,

            Thanks for getting in touch. Diesel particulate filters were first installed on Toyota Yaris in the UK in November 2008.

            Hope this helps.

  40. Hi, I appreciate this forum. I have a Toyota Avensis T25 D-CAT. It shows an engine warning light and the problem code after my diagnosis was P2002. What Can be the exact problem? Again does this my Avensis model car has a DPF warning light?

    1. Hi Zakarov

      Thanks for getting in touch. DTC P2002 is described as the following – Particulate Trap Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank1) . Therefore if this DTC is stored in your vehicle, you will have a DPF fitted. This DTC will generally mean that the DPF has deteriorated and will likely need replacing, however further diagnosis should be carried out to identify the root cause.

      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      Unfortunately we cannot recognise the VIN provided, please double check this and get back to us. Alternatively, you could provide your reg which we could use to look into this further.


      1. does my car fl65zxg have a dpf.

        The orange spanner light has come on. I do 90 mins fast driving every day. how will i know if and when there is really some damage going to happen. If its going to cost 2000 then i will just risk it

        I guess i will try a fuel additive just in case it helps.

        It sounds from this forum as if i should keep driving it with the warning light on because the dealers dont always know what will cure this?

        1. Hi Geoff,
          Thanks for getting in touch.
          Your vehicle does have a DPF.
          The warning light you are referring to may just be the engine oil change/servicing reminder light and not an actual indication of an engine fault. However, we would advise that you take it to your local Toyota Centre should you have any concerns and for diagnosis. You can find you local Toyota Centre through the following link:
          If you are concerned about your DPF blocking, the driving pattern you report should enable the DPF to automatically regenerate.
          We hope this helps.

  41. Hi,
    I have a 2010 Rav4 2.2 DIESEL AUTO (VIN JTMBB31V90D049690) that periodically produces dense clouds of grey smoke at 2000rpm when the engine is warm. My dealer was unable to replicate this when under warranty and could not explain the cause. It is now worse and I am concerned the DPF may need replaced. Can you please advise?

    Kind regards, Colin

    1. Hi Colin,

      The vehicle should be taken to your local Toyota Centre for inspection and to diagnose the root cause of the issue. Dark grey or black smoke usually indicates over fuelling. When the DPF regeneration takes place, the fuel injection system will increase the amount of fuel injected, so this could be the reason for the smoke being produced periodically.

      Carrying out a forced DPF regeneration would normally be the first step before replacing the DPF, although DPF regeneration will take place during specific driving operation. It is therefore important that vehicles fitted with a DPF carry out a suitable journey in order that DPF regeneration takes place. Typically a motorway journey for 30 minutes, allowing the engine and exhaust system to get up to temperature and burn away soot particles that may have accumulated in the DPF. Holding lower gears so that the rpm increases will also assist this process.

      Hope this helps.

  42. Does my late 2013 Hilux 3.0 litre have a particulate filter? reg Number A4GNB made in South Africa.

    1. Hi Guy,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Yes, we can confirm your Hilux does have a DPF.

      1. Thank you for coming back to me, which type/model DPF is fitted to my vehicle?

        Thank you Guy

        1. Hi Guy,
          It is unlikely that we will be able to obtain this information, however, if you can provide us with your VIN number we can look into this further for you.

          1. Thank you coming back to ne, the VIN is as follows AHTFZ29G709097319

            regards Guy

      1. Hi Aneta,
        Thanks for getting in touch.
        We can confirm that this vehicle does NOT have a DPF.

      1. Hi Jeriel,
        Thanks for getting in touch.
        As your vehicle is not UK spec we will need the VIN number to check.
        If you can supply the VIN number, we are more than happy to check for you.

  43. Hello, my Toyota Corolla verso 2.2 sr has momentarily lost power twice. Otherwise, the sweetest engine ever! The filters (oil,air,fuel) are all changed annually . Is it equipped with a DPF?
    Vin. NMTEA16RXOR124254
    Kindest regards,

    1. Hi Isaque,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Your Corolla Verso does not feature a DPF.
      We advise that you take your vehicle to your local Toyota Centre in order to have the lost power symptom diagnosed and repaired.
      You can find your local Toyota Centre here:
      We hope this helps.

        1. Hi Robert,
          Thanks for getting in touch.
          Your Auris does have a DPF.
          We hope this helps.

  44. Hi, I have a Toyota RAV4 2009 2.2 D-CAT. I had a new EGR fitted last year as on a few occasions car went in to idle mode with the engine management light on. Fault showed up faulty EGR. Since then I have also been having issues with DPF whereby it continuously regenerates diagnosed by my garage. Obviously a new DPF is very expensive. One of the big problems I have is that the mpg is very low. Only 30-32 mpg on motorway drives and around 25mpg urban. Will a new DPF improve the mpg back to where it should be at around 44mp on the motorway.
    Thank You

    1. Hi Darrell,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Would it be ok for us to contact you using the email address you have provided, to help advise you on this issue?

    1. Hi Alan,
      Thank you for getting in touch.
      We can confirm that your vehicle does not have a DPF.
      Hope this helps.

  45. Hi,

    I have an 09 reg corolla verso sr with a 2.2 diesel engine. Bought car at 19000 miles and very pleased with it. Can you tell me if car has a DPF please? VIN is NMTEA1 6R30R163848 and engine 2AD5413324

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your car does not have a DPF.

  46. Hi,

    Could you tell me if my car has a DPF fitted?
    Also what type of oil should I use in my car?
    Reg – FP08YLX


    1. Hi Oisin,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your Auris does not have a DPF and we’d recommend engine oil specification is API CF-4 or CF and the recommended oil viscosity is: 5W-30.
      Hope this helps.

    2. From which year is your Auris? I have a 2008 model and I was wondering the same thing. Thanks

  47. I have a Toyota RAV4 2014 2.2 D-CAT Diesel and wondering if a treatment of Toyota Diesel Fuel System/Injector Cleaner (Part#: PZ46300PC004) will improve fuel economy and as well as reduce soot in the DPF/DPNR system?

    Could you also advise how often should I use the system cleaner? Is this bad for the engine to use it frequently (i.e. every 3k miles)?

    Many thanks for the help and advice in anticipation.

    1. Hi Mr Racaza,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      This cleaner is better than the off the shelf cleaners as it does the entire system – tank, lines, pump, head, valves, pistons, exhaust; it is also formulated to work with the engines and this means it can be much stronger.
      If used every 3k, very little difference will be noticed in continual use. It is designed to be used annually / at every service, but using it more often is not harmful, but, it will cost more vs the received benefit to do this.
      It works by cleaning, simply. A dirty fuel system causes restrictions making the pumps work harder. Carbon build up in the head, valves, cylinders and pistons cause the burn to be less efficient, so less value for money. Carbon build up in the exhaust causes a restriction which makes the engine work harder.
      Cleaning not only improves the economy, it also reduces the risks of some issues caused by the build-up of carbon. So it is very beneficial, but at the cost per bottle vs the MPG improvements / fuel savings, once a service is enough to make it worthwhile.
      We hope this helps.

      1. Great. Thank you very much for the detailed reply Jessica. The information provided are very helpful. Cheers!

  48. I have a diesel Auris 07 registration, which I suspect does not have a DPF filter. Will the car therefore fail its next MOT?

  49. Hi,

    Is it possible to tell whether my car has a DPF fitted, please?

    The VIN is: VNKKC963X0A057877.

    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Ian,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm that your vehicle does not have a DPF.
      Hope this helps.

  50. A toyota prado roll in the sea after an hour was towed out wash down with fresh water and remove wire clean and fitted back. But hard to start.

    1. Hi Sori,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      We would suggest visiting your local Toyota Centre in your region. From the video you have attached, the white smoke is coolant being burnt which relates to water getting into the cylinder and being burnt during combustion. The level looks low at the moment but to avoid any damage we would advise that this is looked into by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible.

  51. hello, is this services still active? is there an easier way to check for DPF?
    VIN: NMTEA16R30R164871

    1. Hi Mike,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      We can confirm that it is not fitted with a DPF. We would advise checking to see if there is a differential pressure sensor fitted in the exhaust system, if there is not, there is no DPF.
      Hope this helps 🙂

  52. hi There
    i have Toyota Rav 4 2011 A17ULV

    i started getting engine management light with 4×4 and trc lights comes on all at once.
    i had 7 months left in my car with Toyota Warranty, so i decided to take it to Local Toyota. they charge me £110 for diagnosing, they said you have P2002 1 and 2 coming up. they suggested to change EGR Valve trusted then asked them to replace it. that cost me £299. two weeks later i had same light came up on dash board, took it back they said now you need to change DPF filter. i asked how much would that be? ans was £1700. i mention that i had EGR replaced from you, so whats the guarantee you give if i have DPF filter change and the problem would not come back. the Ans was from dealers that we cant give out Guarantee. so basically at this rate i would be replacing all the parts in my Engine,

    Car Goes on Limp Mode when this lights comes on.
    any chance you can help please?


    1. Hi Atul,
      Thanks for getting in touch. All blog comments have to go through an approval process so when your comment appeared removed it was just waiting for approval.
      After speaking to our technical team they said that the P2002 is DPF trap efficiency, caused by a few factors, for example the wrong oil used at service, stop start driving, EGR fault, oil burning, etc.
      Often an EGR can be cleaned if its coated in carbon. If you provide your EGR code, we’d be more than happy to look further in to this for you.
      For P2002, the first thing to do would be a regen, force this through and then check the engine data to see if the block is clearing. If not it will need a DPF. If it starts to clear then the problem is sorted.
      Alternatively, if your car has smoke coming out of the back at idle or fast idle (stationary and above 1500 rpm) and under hard acceleration when the engine is hot, the colour of smoke can tell a lot about what the engine is doing and its health.
      We’d advise seeking a second opinion on the vehicle, or take it back to the dealer and ask them to submit a technical support case. Similarly, the Technical team at head office will be happy to review the actual data and advise the best course of action but would need the data from the vehicle.
      If it is used in stop start driving or there is a certain colour of smoke then further work would be required.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Hi
        I have had my EGR replaced. I just took my car for run and all the black smoke came out from back of the exhaust. My DPF value shows 0%. That means in not blocked. My light still there.
        I asked Toyota now they saing they need to change DPF filter. Even though it’s clean.
        Seems like they just want RIP my money.

        They have been scratching there heads too.

        1. Hi Atul,
          Thanks for getting back to us. You say that you have black smoke coming out from the back of the exhaust and that is an indication that the DPF cannot be on 0%, unless the DPF core has failed.
          We’d advise going to your local dealer and get a data file sent to technical for assessment.

      2. Hi, my car VIN- SB1KC20E60F045985. Could you please tell me if I have a diesel particulate filter and what type of oil I should use? Thanks

        1. Hi Kamil,
          Thanks for getting in touch.
          For your vehicle we would advise the following:
          Oil grade = ACEA B1, API grade CF-4 or API CF.
          Oil viscosity = 5W-30 (preferred), 10W-30, 15W-40 or 20W-50.
          Oil capacity with oil filter change = 4.3 litres.
          Hope this helps.

          1. Thank you for reply, but i m still dont know if i have DPF filter?. Thanks in advance. Kamil

          2. Hi Kamil,
            Sorry for the confusion. We have checked with our Technical team and we can confirm that your vehicle does not have a DPF filter.

  53. It is great that you are helping people on this blog. My Toyota Corolla I just bought used has VIN number SB1KC20E90F034608. Could you please tell me if I have a diesel particulate filter and what type of oil I should top up with? SemiSynthetic? Fully Synthetic? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ed,
      Thanks for your kinds words and sorry for the delayed response. We can confirm that your car doesn’t have a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and the engine oil specifications according to the repair manual are as follows:
      Preferred Oil Viscosity: 5W-30
      Oil grade: ACEA B1, API grade CF-4, CF or G-DLD-1.
      Hope this helps.

      1. You’re amazingly helpful! Could you please inform me if my 2008 1.4 Diesel Auris is fitted with a DPF and what oil should I use taking into account the hot climate of nearly 39 Celcius in summer?

        1. Hi Iza,
          Thank you for your kind words. Please could you provide your reg or VIN number so we can look further in to this for you. Thanks.

          1. Thanks for providing this Iza.
            We can confirm that your Auris is not fitted with a DPF, and the recommended engine oil specification is ACEA B1 or API CF-4 or CF and the recommended engine oil viscosity is 5W-30.
            5W-30 will be able cope with outside temperatures of 39°C.
            Hope this helps.

    1. Hi there,
      We’re sorry to hear this. Please could you provide your reg or VIN number so we can look further in to this for you. Thanks.

        1. Hi Stephen. We’re sorry to hear that. If you think your vehicle is not performing as it should, you should arrange for a Toyota technician to inspect it. Thanks.

  54. Bought new 2014 Corolla d-4d in Bosnia. Engine and transmission has been solid with zero issues. Basically, I did the typical maintenance (oil, trans, tires, brakes, filters, etc.) and it is such a reliable car for last 46,000 km.
    Every time it starts DPF regeneration, I’ve never stopped the engine. Just keep on driving next 20 minutes to complete the process. No problems with DPF at all so far. City drive 90%, open road 10%.

        1. Hi Jay,
          Thanks for getting in touch. If you’re based in the UK and your Hilux is for the British market it’ll have a DPF. Thanks.

  55. My 2013 has had trips to Stevenegel Toyota Luton for four times now for DPF regeneration. I have had to pay for this except the last occasion. They programmed it so a dash board light comes on when regeneration is required so I don’t turn the engine off. I have followed all the advice and drive style Recomended. It now has an engine management light on as DPF fault. This is is the fourth occasion. I asked Steveneagel Toyota to raise the issue with Toyota UK. They have said Toyota UK will not be doing anything about it even though car is still within the 5 year warranty. I’ve been given the option for a regeneration fir a fourth time and clean up of EGR valve at my own cost. The fault code is for the DPF not the EGR. This is totally ludicrous. Four regressions and problem still not solved tells me there is a problem with this particular DPF. I drive an average of 95 to 100 miles a day on motorways at 70+ I drive it hard knowing the DPF issues. I don’t believe by regenerating again will solve the issue. Toyota UK not being fair here. My next options is to raise a log complaint procedure which I liked avoid.

      1. Subject:
        Toyota DPF is obfuscation legal ?

        Please have Toyota marketing contact me.

        I urgently want to discuss Toyota DPF obfuscation, and the need to investigate misrepresentation concerning vehicle type data lodged with UK and EU department of transport. The issue relates to testing figures included in sales literature and declared to EU Governments – known to be misleading.

        In my case a Top of the range Toyota 2014 Landcruiser Invinciple 3.0, upgraded from 2005 LC 5 LC.

        Toyota client for over a decade..
        Is being fobbed off.

        A question perhaps for Ombudsman.

        Has sale of goods act been breached ?

        1. Hi there,
          Thanks for your comment. We’d advise contacting our Customer Relations team directly. You will be able to contact them using this number: 0344 701 6202. Thanks.

    1. The dpf issue is a joke and a bad one at that noone ever provides you with info about yhis at pre sales stage, or that this is not coveted under a warranty- disgraceful and now they eant us to pay nrarly £700 to have it fully cleaned and removed.?????? Shame o n you Toyota!!!!!!our first and last Toyota.

      1. I have Toyota verso and erg valve failed which made the dpf fail Toyota won’t stand over the dpf because it’s over 60000 miles I and the Toyota garage that I am dealing with believe the dpf should be covered as it did not fail on its own the egr valve caused it I phoned Toyota and the won’t budge on the mater its costing £1500 to replace it was 2000 to start with but Toyota offered 500 of I talked with my solicitor and he reckons with Toyota offering 500 off they are admitting liability so in turn are liable for replacing part under warranty

    2. My Wife had same issue with her Yaris at Steven Eagle Letchworth. Mixed driving yet told she wasn’t driving it right… My RAV4 looks like it might be about to give me similar problems yet I do 15000 miles annual almost all motorway??

  56. hi Glen, did you got any DTC code? I think i have similar problem. I have replaced with toyota DPF and after 450 km got increased diesel consumption. I see increased value of 5. injector on diagnostic (Exhaust fuel adition FB=1,29).

    1. Hello from Poland, I was being a happy owner of Toyota Auris 2.0 D4D 2007 until two days ago when I saw an illuminate warning check engine in my dashboard and after a few kilometers a safe mode started. It found out that it was P2002 mistake it means my DPF stopped working.I didn’t know what to do so I went to the local mechanic who used a computer program and drove my car for few minutes at high speed and the car started work at the normal way. In fact the last three weeks the car was used only in the city in a very shot distance. My question is what I should I do now to avoid similar situation in the near futere if it is all in all posiible???

      1. Hi Irek,
        Thanks for getting in touch with us. Our Technical team would advise driving the car normally and if the system cannot re-gen with that drive style, it will give a warning indicator. If this warning indicator comes on, it has tried to re-gen but cannot and you need to drive it normally, but hold the revs slightly higher or select a lower gear than normal for a short time, 5-15mins.
        It is also very important to use good quality Diesel and not super market fuel. Also the correct oil should be used, specs for each car can be found in the owner’s manual.
        For any further information please contact Toyota in your region.
        Many thanks.

  57. This DPF is driving me mad. Every time I call about about my concern, I get told it’s fine without anyone even wanting to see my Hilux.
    I literally have 2 days out of the week were the car isnt blowing these fumes/ smoke out and the other 5 days it just blows all the time. I’m sick of it. I’ve been pulled over twice by police, had people follow me on the rod and pull me up to complain about the smoke bellowing out of the back. It concerns me some much, and yet as I said, I keep being told by Toyota it’s normal. How can a be 2 year old car blow smoke for 5 days a week regularly? From what I’ve read, it’s meant to go for around 10min… doesn’t obviously add up when I can’t drive normally for days and hours with this happening all the time!

    Pretty fed up!

    1. I have a similar issue and response from Toyota. My DPF burn off operates every 400km now since the last service and ECU check. Fuel consumption has risen, not to mention is bloody annoying with the car revving higher most of the time…

    2. Hi i have 15 plate avensis i have exactly same problem if you find anything to clear your problem let us know please

    1. Hi Martin,
      Thank you for your comment. We wouldn’t recommend removing the DPF filter as the reason for fitting a DPF is to meet emission targets set by the EU. Many thanks.

      1. Thank you for your reply, i understand that there are EU regulations my question is if it is possible i.e in non EU countries my car is an import from UK thank you

        1. Hi Martin,
          It is possible to remove the DPF, however, removing it would be changing the homologation of the vehicle, so not something we would recommend. Hope this helps.

      2. Hi I have 15 plate Rav4 I have exactly same problem if you find anything to clear your problem let us know please. I bought Farmer & Carlisle Toyota Leicester I have within month had DPF problem, and salesman said to it very good car and they do not advised diesel car not good for city and sort journey when I gat to back Toyota and they said me diesel car not good for sort journey you have to run all the time long journey and I have purchase hire so I cant give them back I am stuck 41 month. when we are bay car they sale quickly car after don’t care ones had a money.

  58. My Yaris has been with a Toyota linked garage for a week now. We took it in as the engine management light came on. The garage are telling me that they are 30% of the way through the checks to find out what is wrong with the car. Every time they get an error code they have to email it to Toyota to get a response and then move on to the next code. I just don’t understand how this process can take so long. We’ve had problems with the dpf before and the dpf light was on just before the engine management light came on. The garage say that there is no way they can speed up this process as Toyota reply ‘when they feel like it’.
    It’s such poor customer service.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thank you for contacting us. We’re sorry to hear about your experience, please could you direct message us on either Facebook or Twitter with your name, email address and let us know the issues you are facing. This will enable us to set up a case for you in order to speed up this process. You can find our social media pages here:,
      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Marlon,
      We’re looking into this for you. All comments go through an approval process and we’re waiting to hear back from our technical help team. Once we hear back from them, we will reply to your previous comment. Many thanks.

  59. I have a 2010 Toyota Yaris 1.4 D4D. A couple of months ago DPF was blocked and engine management light came on. I bought a Toyota DPF filter (£400+) and installed onto car garage ( further £250). Engine management light still came on and was told to take to Toyota dealer. I took the car to Toyota dealer who said DPF was blocked and they did a forced regeneration to clear the DPF. I asked how the DPF could be blocked when it is brand new and had only done 50 miles between the installation and going to the dealer. Couldn’t give me an answer. Anyway, had had had enough by this stage and thought well it is working now, hopefully no more issues with it. How wrong was I. Approximately 4 weeks later the engine management light has come on again so I will have to book into dealer again! and get some truth about this matter. How can a brand new DPF become blocked again after 4 weeks? I at the very least will be seeking a refund from Toyota for shelling out on a new DPF that suddenly becomes blocked almost immediately. I feel Toyota are not dealing at all effectively with the issue of blocked DPF filters. I know the answer I will get…. contact your local Toyota dealer for help! Well so far they have been utterly hopeless.

    1. I had the same problem last year. Got 40k miles from original filter with no problem then needed many regenerations until it was every 100 miles. Put a new one in and thought, should get 40k trouble free. Within a few thousand mikes it was doing it again. Why Toyota? We never get an answer, it must be sensor related faulty readings but they won’t admit to it because it will cost them money. I bet we don’t get an answer. I had to change to a petrol engine to cure mine.

    2. Following on from my comment above I took Yaris to the dealer today and they have no clue as to why DPF comes up on diagnostic as full. They have asked me to bring the car in again on Thursday so they can have more time to find what is at fault. Well my request to you Toyota GB is to contact this Toyota dealer (Corrie Motors, Inverness 01463 226000) and diagnose this problem asap. Will you??????

      1. Hi Lee,
        Thank you for your comments. We recommend you follow the advise provided by your Toyota Centre to resolve the issue. Many thanks.

  60. Hi – DPF clogged up – apparently 95% full – this led to various problems – high oil level, spanner light kept coming on, was juddering etc when idle. The Toyota garage said I was using the vehicle incorrectly. During the week I do short journeys then at the weekend it normally gets 3-4 decent 40 minute journeys doing 50-60mph. Once a month it gets a decent motorway run.
    Apparently to stop it happening again I need to do 50mph in 4th gear keeping the revs over 3000 for 30 – 40 minutes with no stops or slowing – at least once per week? Does this seem right?
    How am I meant to do this? There are not many roads in the UK where you can do it and apparently motorway driving is not suitable as the revs are not high enough. Also if you stop at any point you lose the benefit and have to start over again – that means not traffic lights etc.
    Can someone please explain how I am meant to do this.
    Also why did they call it an ‘Urban Cruiser’ when it is not designed for urban driving??

    1. Hi Marlon,
      Thank you for your comment. After speaking to our Technical team, they say that the 30 – 40 minute drive with no stops is not correct. However, in order to give you a more detailed answer, please could you provide your reg or VIN number. Many thanks.

      1. Hi – my Reg is MV10 SZP. I think it would be very helpful for me and the rest of the people reading this if we had the exact official details on how we avoid the DPF clogging up when you tend to do short journeys and urban driving.

          1. There is currently nothing wrong with the DPF. I just need to know what is the general guidance for stopping it clogging up and making sure it does the regen – on this model. There seems to be different advice from different people. Toyota must have some centralised information and advice on how you are meant to drive the car to avoid it?

          2. Hi Marlon,
            Our Technical team would advise driving the car normally and if the system cannot re-gen with that drive style, it will give a warning indicator. If this warning indicator comes on, it has tried to re-gen but cannot and you need to drive it normally, but hold the revs slightly higher or select a lower gear than normal for a short time, 5-15mins.
            It is also very important to use good quality Diesel and not super market fuel. Also the correct oil should be used, specs for each car can be found in the owner’s manual.
            If you have any questions regarding engine oil, check out our blog post:
            Hope this helps.

          3. I was take my car 100 time and all the time said there is nothing rungs to the car and dpf is not on warranty we can not do any thing also I spent over 2000£ to sort out the problem but still bad and smoke all the time

  61. Does the fuel level affect dpf regeneration? I read somewhere that it doesn’t work if less a 1/4 full. I’ m having problem of diesel raising the oil level. Why/how does this happen?

    1. Hi Eamonn,
      Thank you for getting in touch. We’d have to recommend speaking with your local Toyota Centre to get a diagnosis and explanation. The technicians will be able to explain in depth and answer any questions you may have. We hope this helps and your questions get resolved soon. Many thanks.

  62. My 2006 RAV4 D-CAT has become sluggish in the past 3 weeks. it’s unable to pick up speed quick enough as before. The OBDII scan tool says P0200 (Injector Circuit Open) but the technician says it’s a DPF issue. I’m tempted to believe him because a check last year gave the code P2002 (Diesel Particulate Filter Efficiency below Threshold). But this has since cleared and never came again. In fact, I do not often use this car but once in about 2 months, I do give it a blast on the highway for about an hour and half doing about 120kmph. So, what is the cause of the current sluggishness and the often regeneration?

    1. Hi,

      Unfortunately it is impossible to diagnose this without inspecting the vehicle. Please contact your local Toyota dealer for assistance. If they are unable to help, we can only recommend contacting customer services in your region. Thanks.

  63. I have a Toyota Auris I had the Dog cleaned last May today engine light warning triangle came on and the car lost power anything I can do

    1. I own an Auris 1.4D-90 and had the same problem, workshops, generally reccomends manual cleaning but in my opinion they miss the point and the problems will recurr in less than 10 days.
      Workshops should initiate a manual regeneration and the owner must run the car approx. 30 min. at a speed greater than 70 km/hr., the DPF will clean and the consumption will drop significantly, i.e. in my car the consumption drop from 6 lt. to 5.5 lt/100 km.
      The cost of initiating a manual regeneration is nothing, only connect the engine scanner and activate it, probably, this is the reason why they prefer a manual cleaning and charge 250 euro for the operation.

      1. I was devastated the other day to have the engine warning light come on on my 2010 Yaris D4D.
        I had just driven it from Annecy in France to Oxford in the UK, and then back again. These are two journeys of 1100km each way. I used motorways for the whole journey (120kmph in the UK and 130kmph in France) so there was plenty of opportunity for the DPF to clean itself several times over. I am therefore very suspicious of the glib suggestions we get from the Toyota garages and even from Toyota Europe that these DPFs clog up because of too much city driving or journeys of too short a distance. My Yaris has never been driven like that, so I’ll need a more understanding reply from the powers that be.

        1. Hi Roger,
          Thank you for contacting us. The DPF is a filter and eventually, will get clogged up so much that it is beyond cleaning and will need to be replaced. With regards to the motorway driving it is the engine speed that is important not necessarily road speed. Please could you send us your reg and/or vin details so we can look in to your case further. Many thanks.

          1. Hi
            Thanks for offering to look into this for me.
            The vehicle has been driven less than 25,000 km in total, and only ever on medium or long distance rural journeys, mostly on motorways.
            The VIN is VNKKC96320A228363.

          2. Hi Roger,
            We’ve looked into your vehicles history and it appears that all the servicing and the warranty has been done in France, so Toyota UK don’t have access to all the information. From what you have told us, your car has done less than 25000 km and is 8 years old, that’s only 3,000 km a year which is not a normal drive pattern for a DPF vehicle. We’d recommend replacing your DPF filter at your local Toyota dealer. You can find you local dealer here: Hope this helps.

          3. 25000 km in 8 years is indeed around 3000 km per year. However, all of that driving has been on open roads or motorways, and almost no journeys have been shorter than 10 km. Typically they are 100 km or more (sometimes 1100 km, as mentioned in my earlier post).

            Toyota’s DPFs are not smart enough to know anything about annual mileage, so what aspect of a 3000 km per year, open road, 10 km minimum journey driving pattern is the DPF struggling with? Surely it’s a simple as “I need a clean, I am up to temperature, I’m driving more than 40mph, so I can clean myself”.

            Is Toyota going to replace my DPF as one of the many recalls I’ve had for this car to date (turbo, airbags, brakes, various switches, etc.), because it is clearly not up to the job. Hopefully the replacement DPF will be a whole lot better than the original one, because I don’t plan on increasing my annual mileage just so I don’t have to replace a DPF every 8 years … especially one that is clearly not designed for infrequent open road driving.

            Toyota has been fantastic with all of the other product recalls. I’m struggling to understand why these sub-optimal DPFs are not being treated like the rest of the product recalls. Maybe they don’t need a blanket recall, but they should at least be replaced free of charge when they fail due to no fault of the driver.

  64. Hello.
    I have Toyota yaris 2010 1.4 d4d with reg: GV60EWY .
    My engine error light is on with code P2463 and I couldn’t find any reason of that(There is not any description of this code)? Is it possible that on because of DPF or is something else? Would you please let me know what is that error code and what should I do? There is not any black smoke in my car just I am feeling a bit reduction in my car acceleration .
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Arash,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) ‘P2463’ means that the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is restricted due to soot accumulation.
      Modern diesel vehicles fitted with a DPF, need the exhaust to get up to temperature in order to burn away/clear the soot that accumulates. It is therefore recommended that the vehicle is driven at motorway speeds for a time that allows the exhaust to get hot and then burn away the soot that has accumulated.
      If the vehicle rarely covers long journeys, not allowing the exhaust to get up to temperature, soot will inevitably accumulate in the DPF and giving the symptoms that you are experiencing.
      We would therefore recommend that you take the vehicle on a motorway journey allowing the exhaust to get hot (20 mins or more for example), then see if the warning message clears. If the message still fails to clear, your local Toyota Centre may be able to carry out a forced regeneration or investigate further if the DPF remains blocked. Hope this helps.

      1. I had this issue continually. With contaminated engine oil as the diezel couldn’t burn of in the dpf. My issue was a faulry air/fuel sensor causing the system to run rich and soot up the filter all the time

      2. Thanks for your response.
        I bought DPF cleanear which spray inside car DPF system from temperature sensor.
        I wish that job can help to clear my DPF.😔
        Unfortunately if I request to dealer for this job , it should be cost me too much.

  65. Is it possible , that during the dpf working or just finishing its regeneration , for fumes to enter cabin of car ? Trying to sort out an on going problem with Toyota. They are just not interested at all .

    1. Hi Steve,
      Exhaust fumes should not be entering the cabin of the vehicle, this needs to be investigated by a dealer, unless you have the window open and simply smell the fumes stronger when a DPF regeneration is happening. We hope this helps.

    2. Hi We are having the same problem with a Corolla T180 2008 No windows open, but can smell diesel fumes in the car, surely this is a Health and safety issue too, ironic DPF’s are supposed to be more healthy for us !
      Did you resolve the problem with yours ?

      1. Hi Alan,

        Thanks for contacting us. The settings of the Heating and Air Conditioning system may have an impact on this. For example, selecting Outside Air or Recirculated Air mode.

        However, if you are concerned, we would advise for you to contact your local Toyota Centre.


        1. Doesn’t make any difference and the recirc is working correctly and the diesel smell should not enter the cabin either way. But it does and it comes from my car, it doesn’t have any leaks. I believe that the problem emanates from the DPF system / operation. Time to get an engineer to look at it and possibly pass info onto watchdog as Toyota are very quick to pass the blame away from their shortcomings on the the design, engineering and operation of the DPF system which is now compulsory to pas the MOT if fitted from new but is now where near fit for purpose.

          1. We are sorry to hear that you feel this way. If you believe that there is a technical fault with your vehicle, we would always recommend for you to contact your local Toyota Centre so that they can perform an inspection. If you have any further issues, please feel free to contact our Customer Relations Team. You can find their contact details via the following link:



  66. I have a 2007 2.2 diesel Corolla Verso. When I last had my car serviced by a Toyota main dealer i asked if my car had a DPF catalytic converter. The service manager told me that they had no practical sure way of finding out. I did not go to that dealership again and probably never will. I don`t think it has a DPF but I would like to know for sure so that I use the correct engine oil. Can you help. The VIN no. is NMTEA16R80R115195, and the engine no. is 2AD5273459. Also is there any way that a non-mechanic could check just by observation?

    1. Hi Mick,
      Our technical department have advised that your vehicle does not have a DPF catalytic converter. For more information on DPF, we would advise contacting customer relations or another Toyota Centre. Have you logged your initial complaint with our customer relations team?

  67. Since we bought our Yaris we’ve had nothing but trouble with the DPF filter. The Toyota Dealership refused to replace the DPF even though the car is only 2 years old and well within warranty. They said that the DPF is a well known problem and they have daily conversations with customers advising them to sell the car when the DPF becomes problematic. Hmm, they didn’t mention this when they sold us the car and I’m pretty sure they’ll fail to mention is to the poor customer that buys our car. One very angry Toyota car owner.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      We’re very sorry to hear this. Have you logged your complaint with our Toyota customer relations team? Many thanks.

    2. I had same issue but was insistent the issue was an underlying one. I demanded a resolution and they found a faulty air fuel sensor. Replaced about a year ago under warranty and no issues since

  68. I was sold Diesel car without giving relevant information about DPF issues.

    Thanks to sales guys at RRG macclesfield, who failed to exercise a reasonable duty of care at a pre-sales level, in order to ascertain whether a Toyota Rav 4 diesel car was suitable for me and my lifestyle, and that they also failed to give me crucial information in relation to the expected use and operation of the vehicle in order to allow me to make an informed choice as to the suitability of a diesel car for my lifestyle / use.

    Toyota Diesel car should be avoided .

    1. Hi Monu,
      We’re very sorry to hear that you’re unhappy with the service you’ve received. Have you reported this issue to customer relations?

  69. I have to say reading these comments I am very disappointed. I too have problems with the dpf on my vehicle, I have returned to my dealer who has said as the problem has continued I will have to replace the filter – my car is still under warranty and as the filter is not a serviceable part I would like an explanation as to why it is not covered. The person at the dealership was unhelpful and down right rude and customer services have not responded. It looks like on here the only answer you can give is ‘go to the main dealer’ or ‘contact customer services’ both of which have failed.
    Such ineffienciency and avoidance is not what I expect of a large organisation.
    Very disappointed

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for getting in touch. As it says above, diesel particulate filters do have a capacity limit and can become full. But unlike traditional air, oil or pollen filters that need to be exchanged manually at regular intervals, the DPF has a much longer service life and is designed to be regenerated to restore its performance. The car’s electronic control unit (ECU) is programmed to do this automatically, neutralising the soot by burning it off at high temperature within the exhaust system while the vehicle is running. All modern cars with diesel engines follow this procedure and have a DPF. Occasionally, use of the vehicle might be such that it will have been impossible for the ECU to complete the administration of any regeneration procedure. At this point, the DPF will have become overloaded and stopped functioning, so the vehicle will illuminate a warning light in the dashboard. It will then be necessary for the soot to be neutralised and the filter regenerated manually at a main dealer.

      we do understand your frustration, and if you have a complaint, we’d always recommend contacting our customer relations team. You mentioned that you had already contacted our customer relations team though. Can you provide your case reference number? We can ask that the customer relations team contact you again to clarify our position. Thanks.

  70. Hi
    I’m just wondering, should Toyota dealers be advising buyers on whether a diesel car with a dpf is suitable for them if they are told of a customers driving habits? Thanks

    1. Hi Mathew,
      Regardless of DPF, the dealers should be advising a vehicle which best suits a customer’s driving needs/habits. We would assume that they will be recommending the correct model for you.

  71. Hi
    I am trying to buy some top-up oil in preparation for a long journey. The oil vendors want to know if my 2010 D4D Yaris has a DPF or not, because this dictates the oil I should buy. Is there a way I can find out whether my vehicle has a DPF or not, e.g. by entering a VIN somewhere that would respond with yes/no for DPF fitted?

    1. Hi Roger,
      We should be able to check this for you. In order to attempt this, would you be able to provide us with your VIN/registration number? Many thanks in advance.

        1. Hi Roger,
          No problem at all. We’ve dropped your VIN with our technical team and they will let us know. Many thanks for your patience.

    1. Hi John,
      Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on Warranty regarding DPF. You would have to speak with your local Toyota Centre or our customer service team for more information and insight. Many thanks.

  72. Hi I have a 2006 Rav4 2.2D and all the warning lights have come on and code 1386 shows when I took it to my local garage, something to do with the exhaust fuel addition injector? I can’t see any reference to this code on this site, any ideas? It seems to run fine but does occasionally go into safe mode so not great!

    1. Hi Roger,
      We’re in talks with our technical team and we’ll advise you when we hear back. Many thanks for your patience.

  73. Good afternoon,
    Have gone through all above correspondence regarding Diesel Particulate Filters fitted on Toyota vehicles. I am one who (up to now), have blind faith in Toyota vehicles , but reading all comments regarding DPF, and most of all, as I am experiencing the same problem regarding the DPF fitted on my RAV 4, 2013 model, with a 2 ltr diesel engine, I hope that a solution is found so that Toyota vehicles remain in my good books.

    My RAV 4 has 52k on the clock, and has been regularly serviced at Toyota.

    My queries are :
    1. What is the solution when DPF FULL see Owner’s Manual , is displayed on dashboard ?
    I live in Malta which, as you probably know is only 122 sq miles, so it is very hard (not to say impossible), to drive for 30 minutes at 40 mph to clear the DPF as recommended in the owner’s manual.

    2. Is there another method of cleaning my vehicle’s
    DPF ?

    3. Is the Malta Toyota Agent supposed to change the DPF if this cannot be regenerated/cleaned ?

    Hope to get a reasonable answer to my queries.


    1. Hi Roger,
      If you DPF FULL shows on your vehicle you need to take this to your local dealer. However, this can be quite expensive to replace. We cannot recommend another method of cleaning your DPF filter, unfortunately. Toyota Malta should be able to assist with this and help regenerate your DPF filter. We do have to recommend checking your owners manual for any information and follow the instructions in there. Many thanks.

      1. Hi again Ella,

        Referring back to my query, :

        As there is no further information regards the DPF I would like possitive clear answers to the following:

        1. How can I be sure that my RAV 4 DPF is being regenerated if I drive it for 30 min at 40 mph?

        2. Can regeneration process be split into smaller time intervals or does it have to be a continuous 30 minute process. Audi and VW manufacturers
        give both as solutions?

        3. As the RAV 4 has only 52k on the clock and is still under guarantee ( as it is of year 2013 ), I guess the Toyota agent in Malta should replace it free of charge.

        4.For how long Is it safe to continue using the vehicle without regeneration?

        Hope to get a reply ASAP


        1. Hi Roger,
          Thanks for coming back to us. We have to advise contacting your local Toyota Centre. They will be able to advise further as we are unable to give any more information regarding DPF. All of our Toyota technicians have years of experience with DPF issues. Many thanks.

  74. Amazed today that i was told to use premium diesel and to ensure we drive the car hard for minimum of 40 miles if the light comes back on. So now we have a car that is ruling OUR life – what happens if i have to catch a train by a certain time and cant just go off joyriding round the country for 40 miles!!! Also please tell me where i am supposed to buy this premium diesel and at what cost? There are no garages near to me to buy it?!
    Toyota should be responsible for providing a better solution and not just wash their hands of it – shame on you toyota!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for getting in touch! We have spoken to our customer relations team and someone will be in touch to discuss this issue with you. Hope this helps.

    2. Sadly, this is the case with all DPF equipped cars, since Euro 5 was introduced, it always creates a big reliability problem when treehuggers take over the design of cars, rather than engineers and the whole DPF fiasco is clear longstanding proof of this. May I kindly suggest that if you want to use a car as and when you please, do as many short journeys as you like and don’t have to go to the expense of wasting all of that expensive fuel to go on long needless drives (for no other purpose than because a dashboard light tells you to), that you buy an old school (pre 2006) diesel or a newer petrol engine car. Older diesels may be less refined and less exciting, but they are capable of taxi-like mileages on the majority of their original factory parts, and don’t pitch a big expensive non warranty covered fit because some anti-emissions part isn’t happy with YOUR lifestyle!.

      1. Yes, sadly agree chris, I cant believe toyota who we have had total faith in have built such poor cars. I understand it is industry wide but surely there has to be a better solution?! It looks like we are being forced into purchasing either a petrol or electric car which being diesel users all our life will be very difficult to change now or as you say, go back to an older diesel which sort of defeats the object of buying a newer car..!

        1. Sarah, what will probably annoy you even more, is that is you were an American Consumer then all of the major emissions components fitted to your car would be covered under the Federal Emissions Warranty – Government based legislation introduced back in 1996 which forces all of the car manufacturers to cover the major emissions components on their vehicles for a period of 8 years / 80k miles, if a covered part goes wrong within this period, even if the original new car warranty has expired, it still gets replaced free of charge, with no quibble and non of this nonsense about driving style. After all, on one hand, we are told to minimise the use of our cars, and then in the next breath, we are told to drive on long needless journeys every few hundred miles, burning up those dwindling oil resources we keep being lectured about, for no other purpose than to allow the ‘green’ parts on our cars to effectively service themselves, in short you have to become anti-green in order for your car to be green! – ludicrous.

          Currently the only manufacturer who seem to play a fair game in the UK in relation to DPF warranty cover seems to be Skoda, at least if the feedback on the various owners’ forums are anything to go by. Personally, I think that if we are going to have more and more anti-emissions components such as DPF and SCR systems ruining the reliability of the diesel engine, then the manufacturers should back those components with a similar emissions based component warranty to that given to American Consumers, after all if the manufacturers don’t have enough confidence in their own build quality to offer a decent warranty on the parts they are fitting, then maybe, just maybe they shouldn’t be fitting them to cars until a time when they do. No smoke and mirrors – no pack drill.

          Non of the responses given by Toyota on this blog in relation to the problems their customers are having with their DPF systems have endeared me towards buying a new diesel car from them, quite the opposite but its not just Toyota, the fact that very few manufacturers seem to honour any warranty in relation to the diesel particulate filter, should perhaps speak volumes about the technology behind it, hence i’ll be avoiding buying any new diesel car until the problems with these DPF systems are sorted out and the reliability improved or at least some kind of warranty given in order to convey trust to the consumer in relation to its longevity, and if everybody maintained the same stance, you watch how quick something would be done or introduced in order to improve the situation.

          1. Totally agree chris. The whole dpf issue is madness and what makes it worse is that toyota doesnt act on complaints and i am still months on from purchase driving a car that was faulty from purchase and getting nowhere. We will definatly not buy another diesel until as you say this nonsense is sorted out. I am not a fan of petrol cars but can see us having to get rid of this car and buying a petrol. After the treatment by toyota we will be looking at other manufacturers too!

    3. I run a large fleet and every Toyota I have is now having DPF problems. The Toyota “warranty” up to 100,000 miles is a scam. Been told that the DPF isn’t covered as it is a serviceable item yet its not on any service schedule when to change…. at a cost of £2000 pounds I might add !. Been told that we are not driving them properly !!!!
      Next time don’t buy Toyota. We won’t.

      1. Yes totally agree! Toyota and other brands have lost it where diesels are concerned. We wont buy another toyota and wont recommend until this gets sorted out. Following our complaint toyota still hasnt come back to us many weeks later, disgraceful!

        1. GLYNREDGRAVE how old are these vehicles?, you *may* have a case under the Consumer Rights Act (Previously the Sale of Goods Act) if the car is less than six years old. Obviously if the car is still under its original warranty then the more likely you are of them working with you and eventually getting the problem fixed. The only onus is that you can prove that during your ownership you have used the vehicle ‘properly’ – generally proof that its been serviced on time and genuine Toyota parts used – ideally by a dealer, is more than enough to satisfy bringing your complaint.

          Another important factor (assuming you bought the vehicle(s) from a Toyota Dealer), is whether you were advised at the time you were considering purchasing a DIESEL car, that you were expected to cover a certain annual mileage, or have a driving style which was suitable for the car, did the dealer also expressly point out that the DPF would be excluded from the vehicle warranty prior to, or during the actual sale?.

          Whether its pointed out in the manual is irrelevant, as you wouldn’t be expected to have access to an owners’ manual (the clue is in the name) until after the purchase of the vehicle, the whole basis of your complaint should be that these factors should have been stated to you and ascertained by the dealer prior to purchase.

          Be truthful in your claim, but If the dealer genuinely didn’t do any of this, then make sure that you empathise that you believe that the dealer failed to exercise a reasonable duty of care at a pre-sales level, in order to ascertain whether a modern diesel car was suitable for your fleet and any daily usage, and they failed to give you crucial information in relation to the expected use and operation of the vehicle in order to allow you to make an informed choice as to the suitability of a diesel car for your lifestyle / use.

          Print out all of the similar complaints here, and on the owners forums, the more you can find the better, so you can also support your complaint on the basis that the number of complaints are so numerous and widespread that you believe that the DPF issue is not isolated to your vehicle or down to your driving style.

          Also file a complaint with consumer-ombudsman.(google it), and themotorombudsman (dot) org – national media can be very helpful too, as many Sunday newspapers have motoring and consumer columns.

          Finally, Do you have any finance on the car?, if so the finance company are jointly liable with the dealer / manufacturer in resolving this for you, contact them if its applicable.

          Non of this is a ‘magic’ solution and it takes effort to see it through, and obviously the closer the age of the car to the magic 6 years old, the lower the contribution expected from the manufacturer / dealer, if at all but its the principle here, and i’d be firing off letters on that principle alone, especially if the car(s) is / are still under warranty and the dealer didn’t tell you in the showroom that a diesel car needed to be treated any differently to a petrol or point out the DPF requirements prior to purchase (very important to highlight this aspect – assuming it applies).

    4. You need to drive instead of catching the train modern diesels need to be driven not parked up at train stations

      1. I do drive and do not do short journeys. The train trip was a one off and was for a special birthday celebration steam train ride so when it happened to start playing up it made me wonder what happens in other circumstances, hospital appts, other impt appointments, do we simply have to keep driving and either be late or not show up at all because our car says so???

        1. Ok I’ve found when you can dive in 4th gear at 60 mph you don’t need to do it all the time once a month for 30 mins should do the trick forget premium fuels I’ve had previously had problems and since doing this it’s been ok your first indication will be a drop in mpg so reset every month .

  75. Very interesting reading about DPF etc
    Also interesting that my previous post was removed
    Sad that Toyota cannot be honest enough to leave a post containing a real life story about a real car purchased from a real Toyota dealership
    Sad also that Toyota refuse to repair a PDF issue under warranty
    Probably best to go now to the motoring press

    1. Hi Richard,
      As no-one operates our blog over the weekend we are just getting round to answering all the queries. Please bear with us, whilst we filter through the comments. All comments go through an approval process before going live. Many thanks 🙂

  76. Very interesting!
    We purchased a new Yaris Icon in 2014 and the DPF has given trouble and continues to give trouble. If you are considering purchasing one of these cars DONT! (DPF is only one issue)
    Toyota absolutely refuse to help under warranty.
    Feel free to publish my email address and I will tell my story HONESTLY to any one who cares to listen.
    My FIRST AND LAST Toyota
    Richard McNabb N Ireland

    1. Hi Richard,
      We’re so sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your car! Did you speak to customer relations about your bad experience?

      1. Thank you Ella for posting my two comments! We have received a number of telephone questionnaires during our 2 years of Toyota ownership. In all of these we have given honest responses but didn’t receive any solid answers to our queries.
        I can only assume these calls came from Toyota “customer relations” dept? Perhaps not!

        1. Hi Richard,
          That’s no problem. Was it a dealer or customer relations you spoke to regarding your DPF? Do you have a case number from customer relations?

          1. Hi Richard,
            Thanks for getting back to us. We would have to advise logging this problem with out customer relations team! They will be able to escalate this further- you can get in touch with them via telephone: 0344 701 6202 OR via our email form:! Please let us know if you have any more questions 🙂

  77. Hi I have an Avensis 2009 2.2 d tr (the newer shape) chassis sb1ba76l70e004005, 81000 miles and have noticed a rattle from the steering column at low speeds which is very annoying and have been told that the steering shaft splines may be worn and should have been fixed as part of a recall but cant seem to find any confirmation on this. Also I have noticed clouds of smoke occasionally being emitted from the exhaust, any advice please.

  78. Hi i have a 2010 T4 AVENSIS it shoots big massive puff of smokes time to time, like smokes come and disappear. i took the car to local garage and mechanic said its a dpf causing this trouble. Any help please specially some1 with similar situation many thanks

        1. Hi Syed,
          Thanks for getting back to us. We would say this is the best option, your local dealer with give the best support and advice!

    1. Hi Omkar,
      Thanks for your post. Unfortunately, due to this model not being in the UK range we are unable to check whether this car has DPF. We would advise contacting Toyota from the country you are based in. Hope this helps!

  79. Hello,
    i smell a burn/rubber/exhaust smell in the cabin, starting today.
    I donk know what it is, and the smell is pretty strong.

  80. My Yaris diesel is 4 years old. I had to take it to Toyota last week as it lost power and the engine light came on whilst I was driving on the motorway. I got told the DPF was blocked and that it needed a clean. The service team told me this happens due to the low mileage I do- however when I explained I drive 40 miles to work daily on a dual carriageway at 70mph and twice a month I drive 180 miles round trip to see family they were shocked. I went away happy as I thought my car was fixed.. Well until 6 days later it happened again and again when I was driving home at 70mph when the engine light flashed on. I have been told the filter was blocked again?? and it now needs replacing at a cost of +£800! I don’t know much about cars but after doing some research and speaking to experienced drivers this isn’t an issue that should arise at this stage and taking into consideration the mileage I do? I don’t trust what Toyota are telling me and I truly think there is some sort of fault.
    It does seem like a common complaint and big fault with Toyota diesel cars and I certainly think that it should have been highlighted when I bought the car from Toyota.

    1. Hi Rita,
      Thanks for your post and we’re sorry to hear you’re having problems. I will take a note of your email address and someone from customer relations will be in touch regarding this problem. Hope this helps!

      1. Hi Susan. Have you been in touch with our customer relations team regarding this issue? They will be happy to help: Thank you.

      2. Hi Susan, unfortunately not! I’m still going back and forth between my local Toyota and customer relations- there are still a lot of unanswered questions!

    2. Well Rita, it wont make either of us feel better but I have the exact same issue with my 2010 Avensis D4D. Driving to work yesterday morning, power loss, dashboard lights on brought it to a garage who tell me it is a DPF problem. Minimum cost €500, possibly up to €1,500 depending on parts required! I also travel 60km a day to and from work on motorway so no excuse for DPF not clearing normally. Talking to other car owners and mechanics I believe the system is inherently faulty. Toyota can no longer lay claim to the “best built cars…” rubbish.

  81. My 2013 Yaris D4D broke down yesterday. The AA recovery man said that the sump had been flooded with diesel and the oil level had risen very high because of DPF regeneration. Thing is, I do 80 miles of dual carriageway driving at 70 mph twice per week so why was it trying to regenerate anyway, and having tried why did it fail and flood the sump instead?

    My service indicator light has been on since 7500 miles after the previous service. The dealer said it’s normal. But yesterday the AA man said it was the car telling me that the oil was contaminated. So I’ve been driving round with diesel in my oil, and damaging my engine, for 6 weeks.

    1. Hi Dominic,
      We’re so sorry to hear that you’re having trouble. Can we confirm that you’ve been to your local dealer about this issue? They should be able to assist you further with your query. Many thanks!

  82. I’ve owned a GDJ150R Landcruiser for 6 months now and have clocked just over 11000 klms. Almost every day that I start driving, the engine revs at 900 rpm for about 20 mins, then drops back to about 700 rpm. Is it do-ing a DPF burn so often and is this normal for this model. I’ve never experienced this on previous Toyota diesels that I’ve owned. I have been told that a DPF burn should raise the rpm to about 1200rpm. (I dont know if that’s correct or not.)

    1. Hi Kevin,
      Thanks for your post. Someone from the customer relations team should be in touch with you! Many thanks.

  83. I have a 2007 Toyota Quantum 2.5 D4D with 350000kms on the clock. I have a big problem, on my intake pipe the plug thats there has 3wires, I noticed that 1 of the 3 wires broke so the vehicle started making white smoke & i was limited to only drive 80km/h & it wouldnt drive any faster…I’ve fixed that connection & i reset the computer by disconnecting the battery. The white smoke disappeared & i could drive over 80 km/h but then the next day…my vehicle would only drive 80km/h again but this time round its making black smoke & i noticed that i dont hear my turbo spooling up while driving. I resetted my computer a few times but it still drives the same. Please help me because im clueless now.

    1. Hi Winslow,
      Thanks for your post! We’re so sorry to hear you’re having these troubles with your car. We would suggest a trip to your local dealers. They will be able to help resolve all the issues you’re experiencing. You can find you local dealer here: Hope this helps!

  84. Hi there
    when I bought my 2013 Toyota yaris diesel, I was told there was a full service done on the car , does the dpf filter not come under a full service if it is a consumable product like oil filters air filters etc ?
    and also I was not told about dpf when I purchased the car as I live on a small island where staying at 40 mph for a period of 20 min is hard

    thank you

    1. Hi Paul.
      Thanks for your post. The DPF filter is a legal requirement for all diesel cars. The DPF filter has a much longer service life than air and oil filters because it is designed to clean itself. Therefore, it is not included in a full service. Hope this helps. Many thanks.

  85. I recently purchased a new Toyota Avensis 2.0 143ps D4D, Toyota’s reputation for reliability was the deciding factor. My driving pattern is a 5 mile each way commute to work, shorter local journeys on the weekends, approximately 10 longer journeys of over 300 miles annually, and a summer holiday involving approximately 2,000 miles on French roads. Total 8,000 miles per year just about every year. The vehicle is serviced by Toyota at the recommended intervals and fuelled with Shell diesel. In view of what I have read about DPF problems I am concerned that I may have purchased the incorrect car. My previous vehicle, an Audi petrol covered 120,000 miles over 12 years of ownership without any special maintenance other than regular servicing, I expect the same from my new Avensis, an unreliable or troublesome car is not acceptable in year 2016.
    Some questions:
    1. What is the likelihood of DPF problems, and how frequent is blockage expected to occur?
    2. What steps can I take to mitigate any filter blockage?
    3. Is use of a fuel additive which lowers the temperature at which soot is combusted in the DPF recommended by Toyota?
    4. If so, how often is the additive to be added, to each tank, or less frequently?
    5. Do more frequent oil changes, perhaps every 5,000 miles help reduce the possibility of DPF issues?
    6. Assuming a careful driving style and the above describes mileage what is the anticipated minimum mileage at which the DPF will need to be replaced?
    7. What is the current cost of replacing the DPF on a 2015 Avensis 2.0 143ps D4D at aToyota dealer?
    Please provide honest and open answers to all my questions, I can live with swooping this car for a petrol or hybrid vehicle, however as I live in the country and full time availability of my vehicle is essential, a car which needs ongoing additional maintenance and may leave me stranded due to a blocked DPF is unacceptable.
    Best regards,

    1. Hi Ross,
      Thanks for your post.
      1. DPF problems are more likely to occur when carrying out shorter and more frequent journeys.
      2. It has been advised that getting your car to 2000rpm for 20 minutes at a time can help reduce blockages. Getting your vehicle to 70mph for a good run can also help.
      3. We do not have any fuel additives in our product range and therefore would not recommend the usage of any.
      4. N/A
      5. We would advise that changing your oil more regularly isn’t too important. However, making sure the oil is of the correct specification for your vehicle is essential.
      6. It is hard to comment on the minimum mileage and we would be unable to say. It is completely dependent on driving styles and conditions.
      7. If you were able to provide us with your VIN or registration number we would be able to provide a more accurate price. However, from our system we can see that it could cost around £584.13 Excl. VAT with labour cost on top of this.

      Hope this helps. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Ibra,
      Thanks for you post. I have spoken with our technical team and our system is showing that your vehicle does not have DPF. Hope this helps. Many thanks.

        1. Hi there,
          Thanks for your post. The answer to your query is, Yes. Your Avensis does have a DPF fitted. Many thanks!

  86. I’ve been driving a Yaris diesel bought new 3 years ago and have been told the DPF filter needs replacing for over £1,000 and isn’t covered under warranty. The dealer told me it used to be covered but was withdrawn as there was so many faults coming in. They also told me that I was the fourth person with the issue that week, so it’s endemic.

    This seems like a big fault with Toyota Diesels that should have been highlighted to buyers from Toyota , so what would be the best trade or legislative body to raise this to in the UK? I’m at the stage where I don’t trust Toyota’s or the warranties any more.

    FYI: I drive on a dual carriageway at 70 mph twice a day, so the regen should be working- but isn’t clearly.

    1. Hi Tim,
      Thank you for your post. We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing. We would advise contacting our customer relations team here: Many thanks.

  87. In my car meter showing dpf full and p244c dtc showing in trouble code. but we cant solve the problem any procedur available for this dtc.

  88. Hi, im Ardy.. I have trouble with my land cruiser VDJ200. The display in meter combination is “DPF FULL SEE OWNERS MANUAL”. I have been removed it with the new one but the trouble was not clear. So what i have to do next? Thank you very much

    1. Hi Sunardi. We recommend you visit your local Toyota dealer to inspect the vehicle. Thank you.

  89. I have a 2014 Yaris diesel with 79k miles which I use for driving tuition.

    The car ran perfectly for 40k then the EML came on and I took it to the dealer who did a software update and a regen on the DPF.

    It ran great for another 20k as far as I can remember, with the DPF warning light coming on a few times and as recommended taking it up the motorway for a good 30 minute run at 70 in 4th gear cleared it.

    From then and especially from 70k this has been happening more frequently and recently the DPF light has not been coming on just going straight to limp home mode with the EPL light on.

    the dealer has been doing regens but the last one only lasted 150 miles.

    I’m at my wits end as i have tests coming up and cannot rely on the car.

    The dealer says the filter is fine because it is regenning ok but i need some advice as to when you know when a filter has reached the end of its life and a new one should be fitted?

    1. Having exactly the same issue now 2013 model at 64k, it’s at the the dealer now getting fixed hopefully but not a reliable car for driving instructors.

  90. Hi, my 2014 yaris icon 1.4L has suddenly dropped in mpg over the past 3 months – after a good ~2 years of 450-500 miles per tank, I am now struggling to get 400 miles per full tank. I commute to work and regularly drive 50+ miles per day with at least 40 minutes above 40 mph (including a couple of stretches at 70mph). Can you advise why my mpg has dropped? Could this be a problem with the dpf/ECU? Thanks.

    1. Hi Tanja,
      Thank you for your post. Due to many factors which may contribute towards this, we will find this hard to advise online. Therefore we would advise visiting your local Toyota dealer who will be able to take a visual check of your can and be able to advise accordingly. Your local Toyota dealer can be found here: Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

  91. Hi, How long I need to drive (a range will be fine) before the DPF needs regeneration. For example, If I am doing short trips of 4-5 miles twice a day within city for four weeks (250-300miles) and then do a long trip where I can drive over 40mph for more than 10 min. Will this result in clogging?

    1. Hi Ramana,
      Thank you for your post. We have spoken with our technical department and they have advised that this type of driving style will result in clogging. Hope this helps and if you have any further questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Tammy,
      Thank you for your post. The cost of a DPF filter differs from model to model. We would advise contacting your local Toyota dealer with your chassis number and vehicle details. From this they will be able to offer you a price specific to your model car. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Alan,
      Thank you for your post. The DPF is not covered under warranty due to this being a serviceable part. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

  92. This is an astonishingly frustrating process. I have been told a number of times that I need to run my car for longer distances so this doesn’t happen. It seems I am expected to create the right conditions for my car to be both efficient and safe rather than a car working efficiently and safely for me! I find this totally unacceptable. I have an additional problem of too much oil presenting on the dipstick after this “regen”. This definitely makes my car unsafe to drive! This has happened to me twice in as many months. Am losing faith and confidence in the car and its issues.

    1. Hi Shena,
      Thank you for your post. Sorry to hear of your disappointment. We can confirm that the regeneration will not cause excess oil to appear on the dipstick as the amount of oil in your engine will be governed by the amount of oil put in. If you are concerned about this we advise that you contact your local Toyota dealer, who can check this further. You can find your local Toyota dealer here:
      Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

      1. No. The oil on the dipstick in excess is a separate problem. I am repeatedly being advised that I need to run my car more often/for longer drives/at faster speeds to minimise regeneration. This is not a realistic expectation, nor economical. It does not solve anything for myself as driver. So, it seems still need to create the right conditions for the car and be responsible for that. Do petrol cars have these issues?

        1. Hi Shena,
          Thank you for your quick reply. Sorry for any misunderstanding. Hopefully the dealership is addressing the issue with the excess oil on the dipstick. We can confirm that petrol cars do not have these issues of a DPF. If we can help in any other way please let us know.

      2. Hi, I’m having trouble with the DPF on my avensis this car is 13 months old ,can you clarify the warranty period on this please .

        1. Hi Stewart,
          Thank you for your post. We would advise if you are having issues with your car to visit your local Toyota Dealer: Toyota warranty is design to cover any manufacturing defect. Your local Toyota Dealer will be able to investigate the issue further for you. Hope this helps clarify and if you have any more questions please let us know.

  93. Why have you removed the post i made about DPF’s instead of answering it?

    What is your problem? What are you trying to cover up?

    I will be taking this matter to FOS and other authorities!

    1. Hello Steven
      We have not removed your post. All comments received on our Blog need to be approved before they are published and can be seen. Your post was received at 14.39 today and will be published as soon as we have received a reply from our technical team.

  94. What is the capacity limit of a DPF, and at what point can you, or should you expect to start having problems with it?

    You state above that the DPF has a much longer service life and is designed to be regenerated to restore its performance, but what happens if/when the filter is regenerated manually at a main dealer and the ECU warning light remains lit up on the dashboard?

    What is the life span of a DPF and at what mileage should you expect to have issues with it before any suggestion of a new DPF has to be installed?

  95. Does this same procedure apply to older diesels (2010). Do they also have the fuel injection process that allows regeneration for city driving?

    1. Hi Stu
      Thanks for your post.
      When Euro 5 came into effect in September 2009, part of it required all diesel cars registered from that point on to be equipped with a diesel particulate filter, or DPF. However we need more vehicle details in order to confirm a specific model. Hope this helps.

  96. a light on the dash would be handy when is regen is on or a % symbol how full it is , this could be done as software update may be? ? iv tried 2 talk two toyota thay don’t seam two want two know or listen

    1. Hi Ken
      Thanks for your post and feedback.
      We will pass this information back to the product team who look after our product specification. While we do not have current plans to introduce this feature, it would require new parts to be incorporated rather than a software update, we can review this for the future.
      Thanks again for your post.

      1. Please, where can i get a brand new dpf to buy? I have removed my existing dpf because it has clogged to the extent that the filter elements are burnt. The car now emits white smoke when engine gets hot especially when idle in traffic.

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