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Old 01-21-2015, 06:56 PM   #11
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I have not had any issues with my DEF system. Cheap, easy to get, and doesn't require it vary often. That being said I'm thinking if I ever have an issue with DEF or DPF I going to remove them. So far it's been a non issue, even in single digit temps.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:22 PM   #12
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I get my def from fleet farm. I payed 7.99 for 2.5 gallons. I haven't had a problem with it yet. The temps had been very cold maybe reaching 0*F for a high temp. I am pretty sure the def froze in the tank. Being it will freeze at 12*F. The tank for the def has a heater in it. Also it will not put you into limb mode because it is frozen. The computer accounts for the time to thaw out. Yes I do agree the EPA screwed these trucks up with the dpf and the def. It shouldn't be mandated on private use vehicles. However with that being said I would not trade my diesel in for gasser unless I was going to back to a half ton however I would seriously look at the ecodiesal and depending on durability I think I would pick one of those up. These trucks are not cheap but price them next to an ecoboost and by the time you add up the max tow/payload your more money then a slightly used diesel. Just my 2cents. To the OP your truck should be good for years to come yet 145000 is nothing on a diesel engine. My uncle has 180000miles on his and still no issues. Although he hasn't even changed the brake pads. If the tells you how hard he drives his.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #13
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Same here. It was extremely cold here last winter, as it was for the north in general. It was not uncommon for my truck to sit outside in 0 degree and colder weather for days. I've never had a freezing problem, and my truck had never been in a garage. It may have frozen but between the heater and the truck computer, it ran normal. FWIW, I have a Ford. Don't know anything about other DEF systems.

I'm not trying to disprove anybody, just try to get a grasp on why so many people complain about something that has so far been a nonevent for me. Most that seem to complain about DEF, I've noticed, don't own a truck with the system. They just say they absolutely don't want it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:46 PM   #14
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I'm not trying to disprove anybody, just try to get a grasp on why so many people complain about something that has so far been a nonevent for me. Most that seem to complain about DEF, I've noticed, don't own a truck with the system. They just say they absolutely don't want it.[/QUOTE]

If you go on forums for diesel only trucks you will see a lot of people with issues with the DPF/DEF.Chevy,ford,Dodge all have had issues,it's a new design and not a very good one in my opinion.It robs performance of the truck,regens are issues,strong exhaust odors inside the cab of the trucks during regens,not to mention all the sensors they are adding to the exhaust failing to. I personally don't own one,and if I did I would delete it as soon as the warranty was up.My brother has had issues with his and finally deleted and it's like a new truck now. Just adding the EGR's to diesels was causing enough issues,your recirculating oily exhaust through the engine which eventually leads to clogs and or failures of components.Its very expensive when that stuff doesn't work and your out of warranty to.So maybe the people you hear complaining are doing homework on truck sites and not wanting to take the risk of buying a truck and having issues.i'm not trying to take a shot at your reply but the evidence is out there about the system,but on the other hand some have had no issues like yourself.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:11 PM   #15
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If you go on forums for diesel only trucks you will see a lot of people with issues with the DPF/DEF.Chevy,ford,Dodge all have had issues,it's a new design and not a very good one in my opinion.It robs performance of the truck,regens are issues,strong exhaust odors inside the cab of the trucks during regens,not to mention all the sensors they are adding to the exhaust failing to. I personally don't own one,and if I did I would delete it as soon as the warranty was up.My brother has had issues with his and finally deleted and it's like a new truck now. Just adding the EGR's to diesels was causing enough issues,your recirculating oily exhaust through the engine which eventually leads to clogs and or failures of components.Its very expensive when that stuff doesn't work and your out of warranty to.So maybe the people you hear complaining are doing homework on truck sites and not wanting to take the risk of buying a truck and having issues.i'm not trying to take a shot at your reply but the evidence is out there about the system,but on the other hand some have had no issues like yourself.

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Personally, I haven't had any odors in the cabin. As far as robbing performance, my truck is rated at 400 hp and 800 ft lbs of torque. More than enough for anything most of us need. Ford has had issues with an EGT sensor on the 2011-2012 models, but let's not forget, this is a completely new engine. Not a redesign. A from scratch diesel. If that's the big issue this motor has had, then I'd say that is pretty good.

Evidence is always out there for any problem you search. Don't forget people with problems are the ones who are vocal. People that are happy with their product rarely write reviews. I'm sure it has had its issues, but so has every motor and subsystem to date. Personally, I have yet to meet someone in person who has had DEF/DPF issues. The only people complaining are the ones on the net who don't own them. I'm sure they exist, but it's not common as naysayers suggest.

Honestly, I am keeping mine at least through the warranty period. After that, I will probably keep it until the DPF needs replacement and then determine if I am going to get it removed or replaced. Personally, I like not smelling exhaust fumes, and having my new trailer turn black. Point is.....I still can't find a reason why someone could realistically decide to not buy a new truck based on the DEF system. Price, I get it. But I'd say take a poll for a group such as those who are on here without bias. Not if they want it or not, but take a poll as to how many have actually had problems. I bet you find most haven't had an issue. If you google DPF problems, of course you will find them because those are the keywords you are searching for.

Lastly, Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid are two different components. I understand the filter being one issue. My problem is with people complaint about the DEF systems. GM produced the LMM for several years with a DPF and no urea injectors (DEF). So I restate my original question....Why do people have such a problem with DEF systems? Dump in cheap fluid and forget about it.
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As you mentioned, the web site just won't let you build a truck. You have to talk to someone on the web site. Their program really sucks. All the competition have the build your own feature and it works.
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I did get their site to work yesterday clutch. Yeah, I went back and tried it again. Just to duplicate what I have now, no extra features, MSRP $61,500.00.

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Old 01-23-2015, 06:09 AM   #18
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Yeah all I have to do is see the sticker prices now and I lose the urge real fast. Then I go home and wash, wax, change oil in my two 11 yr old trucks.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:19 AM   #19
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The reason I just picked up my 2012 13,000 mile dodge is because it's the last year of no DEF. I'll be deleting as well. I'm selling my what will be 78,000 mile 2012 end of February after pulling a car hauler trailer full of furniture to Boone NC for my daughter and SIL.
I'm looking for a small DD and will save the new to me 2012 just for towing.
I'm about to be 68 so I give myself another 15 years or so of being able to RV.
This truck should last me the rest of my useful towing life. I'll prolly go thru a few new trailers though.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:38 AM   #20
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Ustabslim - if you're looking for small DD we just got a Chevy Sonic hatch - forget all prior Chevy subcompact clunkers, this one has Korean design, Opel Europe drivetrain and a corvette engineer setup the suspension. Get the 1.4 turbo, 6 speed mt if you don't mind shifting. I got a used LTZ '12 for about $11k still has warranty left. The 1.4 can be "tuned" by trifecta adding like 30 horses and torque. I'm getting 40mpg pretty easily in a lot of heavy traffic and some open road on my commute. This car slays the Fit, etc etc. everything but the Focus SVT which is racy and priced high, while being smooth riding adn quiet inside. I like it better than the unreliable mini a buddy has, engine has a lot more guts (his is not the Cooper S). car and driver tested it against the 500 Alberath and the Mini S and said it didn't give up a whole lot as it handles so well despite being heavier and bit less power.
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