Alright, this is my last straw with this truck. I love it, but I'm to the point of having enough.
I've been back and forth with the dealership and I finally got them to replace my cracked turbo inlet pipe. While it was there, I asked them to update to the newest computer flash (gave them the letter that Ford had sent me), and expressed concern that my Exhaust Cleaning cycle was very, very frequent. To keep on good terms with the dealer (been there about 6-7 times over the past 2 years and have been pretty hot at times over some stuff) I told them to go ahead and replace my fuel filters and flush my trans fluid. I took my truck in (after waiting almost three months - long story in itself) and had all that stuff done.
Looked at the ticket, and to address the regen problem they replaced my egr sensor and one egt sensor due to codes stored in the computer. I was tickled pink, thinking my truck was fixed and I could hopeully get 12mpg instead of the 9-10 that I was getting.
On my drive home, I pulled out of the dealership and got about 2 miles and "Cleaning Exhaust Filter" came up on my screen, and it stayed there the entire time. I thought the new flash made it just stay on for a few seconds and go off? Either way, it regened for about 30-35 minutes because I drove around in circles letting it finish (I HATTTTEEEE THAT!). So, I went and filled up, reset my trip and thought my truck finally cleared its throat. A few days later, I went on a trip (empty) and after driving 86 miles it went into regen AGAIN, but had to cut it short after about 15 min. WTF!?!?! So, I thought maybe it just had a lot of soot in there from I don't know what and blew it off as nothing. This past weekend is what has REALLY pushed me over the edge. I hooked my bass boat up and went on a fishing trip with my buddies. It's about 120-130 mile trip one way. It regened TWICE on the way down (I guess due to me cutting it short a few days before), and ONCE on the way back. I had 150 miles on a full tank (30 gal tank) and had 1/4 tank left and we had to stop and get more fuel to get back home. I spent $150 in fuel to go less than 300 miles round trip towing a 3000lb boat. I calculated something like 7-8 mpg or something like that. On a good day, empty I get 10 mpg. That is frick'n crazy!
Is this normal???? What can I do about this? I know if I take it back to the dealer, they will say "Cannot duplicate problem" and send me home like they have done several times. Truck is 100% bone stock, and has 56k miles on it. 2008, Job 1. When I first got the truck it was getting 12-14 mpg hwy, and now its lucky to get over 10, empty.
I've threatened before on trading in on a new Ecoboost, and even though financially it's not the best thing for me to do right now I'm really thinking hard this time about trading this truck even though they will only give me 22k for trade in. Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
DPF Delete has been considered as well, but what if something happends and gernades the engine? I don't have an extra $10k for a new engine to be replaced without a warranty. And I have the 7yr/100k mile Extra Care ESP with my truck.
So, to get to my question...... is that normal for a 56k mile truck to regen that much? I swear it gets so hot that I think the truck is melting down. It's crazy!