In diesel engines, the diesel particulate filter (DPF) ensures that a large proportion of the carbon- containing fine dust is filtered out. Even with regular maintenance, the DPF eventually becomes so clogged with ash that it needs to be replaced. Find out the average DPF replacement cost in the UK. Plus: Get free estimates!
What is the average DPF replacement cost in the UK?
ON AVERAGE: £1,000 – £2,000
However, the usual price range can be between £750-£3,000. The majority of the cost is the material cost for the filter. The diesel particulate filter cost can range from £600-£2,600, while labour costs average around £150-£400.
For vehicles with large diesel engines, where the diesel particulate filter has to perform high filtration performance, higher costs are to be expected than for those with smaller diesel engines. However, some vehicle manufacturers also offer cheaper replacement filters as part of their own replacement programmes.
Although some money could be saved by using a diesel particulate filter from a third party manufacturer or even a used part, full performance and functionality is only guaranteed and ensured with original components. For this reason, original parts are always recommended and preferred.
In the UK DPF replacement is popular on the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Mondeo, Ford Focus, Ford Kuga, Mazda 6, Vauxhall Astra, Vauxhall Zafira or VW T5. To illustrate, here is a cost example for a Nissan Qashqai. Costs may also vary within a model, depending on year of manufacture and engine size. All figures listed here are approximate values incl. VAT and may of course vary.
So whether you want to tint a Vauxhall Corsa, VW Golf, Ford Focus or BMW 3 series – the car window tinting prices will be quite similar. You will only notice a price difference if you want to tint cars with a very large window area, such as station wagons or buses (e.g. VW T5). Here, the higher material consumption becomes noticeable in terms of price.
Example: DPF replacement cost – Nissan Qashqai
New DPF (original part quality)
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What is a diesel particulate filter and what does it do?
The diesel particualte filter is an important part of a diesel car as it helps to trap the fine particles that are dangerous to the lungs. The ash that accumulates is only expelled during filter regeneration, which occurs automatically about every 200-300 km on a long trip when the engine is appropriately stressed.
In the process, the DPF is burnt free and freed from the ash deposits. If the car is only ever driven over short distances, the ash can clog the DPF in the long term. For this reason, good attention should be paid to the DPF warning light.
When does a diesel particulate filter needs to be replaced?
Even with regular and correct cleaning, the DPF becomes clogged with ash. At some point it is time for a replacement. If the DPF is clogged by ash, even the initiation of a filter regeneration by the workshop will no longer be successful. In this case, the particulate filter must be replaced. Its service life depends, among other things, on the kilometres driven, the driving style and the engine oil used.
Nowadays, the timing of the diesel particulate filter replacement usually depends on its ash content. This is determined by the workshop during the inspection. On some older models, intervals for DPF replacement are specified and are usually around 150,000 km or 93,000 miles.
How long does the garage need for DPF replacement?
The duration of the DPF replacement varies depending on the car model and workshop, but in most cases about 1.5 to 3.5 hours can be expected.
How can I save on my DPF replacement costs?
Since dpf replacement is quite a cost-intensive workshop service, it is worthwhile to compare prices beforehand by obtaining free estimates. This way you can compare prices and garage reviews and quickly and easily find the best value for money in your city.