I agree with all this and why I’m trying to find a workable solution. My best guess is routine cleaning of the HP EGR. Assuming that still exists. Getting conflicting accounts of it but seems most likely it’s still there.I'm not trying to be an Internet wise guy. I get being concerned over stuff like this and analyzing the heck out of it - I do the same and it drives my wife nuts. My point being is that we are pretty stuck for options.
The 3.0L Eco-diesel is probably the most complex diesel offered from an emissions systems perspective and with that comes risk. Will it be more reliable over prior generations - that was the goal so perhaps? Will FCA have messed it up and it be a pain in the ass could also be possible.
VW/Audi/Porsche, Mercedes, Volvo, and BMW have exited the NA diesel market due to the emissions systems complexities and the costs related to the certifications and long-term maintenance required. These are some of the most talented engineering teams in the world. For them to pass as it was not financially feasible is an interesting reference point. One can argue they caused it with the dirty diesel crap but the reality is they all cheat and all have been caught, just the EPA made VW the scapegoat.
The only market left in the US is for the pickup truck segment. Diesel is gone from everything else. The Jeep JL is the only non-pickup diesel I am aware of.
But if you want 30mpg and >450 ft/lbs of torque it's the only way so if you need that you also get the downsides with it.
If all I have to do is pay to clean that out routinely then I’m in. Still cheaper than dropping a hemi. Assuming that during cleaning the soot isn’t dropped in the cylinder. Yes. This drives one crazy.