How should I drive my diesel Honda to protect the DPF, EGR valves and other diesel-related components?
I am taking possession of a new Honda CR-V 2.2 iDTEC EX auto at the end of the month. With previous diesel vehicles I have driven them from new following your guidelines with no problems. Unfortunately I was stranded in the centre of France last year for five days with my 3-litre 2012 Fiat-based motorhome because of a "problem" (the garage didn't disclose the specifics) with the EGR valve, which they replaced. I would therefore please ask you to give me some guidelines for driving and maintaining this diesel-engined Honda to avoid, if possible, problems with the DPF, EGR and any other diesel-related problem. This is my first foray with Hondas so any advice will be most welcome.
Drive it at least 50 miles in a single journey every week, trying to keep the engine speed as close to 2000rpm as possible, to promote regeneration of the DPF. That may mean selecting and holding a lower gear in the autobox.