Not legally. These cars are certificated for public road use only because they meet or exceed the relevant emissions standards / legislation.
However, like most things this newer SCR technology, use under 'real world conditions' can't really be simulated properly in the lab. Things like longevity and time-related impacts on components are very difficult to simulate. The SCR system is a good idea and a relatively cheap and efficient way to eliminate most of the NOx produced by a diesel, combined with 99.9% of the particulate matter trapped by the DPF.
With regard to the Adblue systems, the earlier systems had teething problems - the tanks for example had a lot of metal components inside which over time, were adversely affected by the UREA solution causing corrosion and blockages. So the newer tanks were changed to incorporate more plastic components to prevent this. A lot of these tanks were replaced under warranty within the 3 years / 60k miles or equivalent, but in a lot of cases, PSA made some varying contribution to replacing these when they were out of warranty depending if the car had been serviced properly of course. So that is an example of where they have improved these.
Another was the unvented cap - which could hinder the pump from working correctly and cause it to break down - requiring a complete tank replacement because of the reasons already mentioned. A vented cap was introduced on affected models to solve that.
Then there was the issue of the NOx sensor harness wiring getting cut / burned through leading to the engine thinking the Adblue tank was empty and preventing engine starting.
At some point we won't be worrying about all this when they electrify us all - we'll just start wrecking other areas of the planet to make all the batteries needed instead
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I have had further conversations with my local Citroen dealer, mentioning the "Guided Support", and they are going to carry out a diagnostic test and perhaps will pay some or all of the cost of putting it right. It helps that I have full service hiistory for the car, and it is just less than 5 years old, with 27000 miles on the clock. Its going in on 04/03, so I will report back next week.
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The guided support for vehicles apparently pays for the cost of the tank and you pay the labour. This is a very rare case of the cost of the labour being less the cost of the part - or at least for our 308. The labour for ours is/was £70 (including VAT).