Hi, my name is col, i have recently bought a 1.9cdti vectra elite (120) and must say i am / was very happy with it, very soon after buying it i realised it was/seemed to be under powered.. and with thanks to this forum i managed to sort it out.. EGR valve removed and sorted thanks to all the good posts on here..
Now then, we get to the title subject matter, hopefully someone can help me identify a probable cause of my recent breakdown.. whilst driving home from work not hammering it, but i must admit to being a touch... shall we say vigorous.. there seemed to be a little bit of turmoil under the bonnet then a sudden loss of power.. very difficult to rev, virtualy no pull or power.. the spanner light flicked on twice but then went off, after more or less freewheeling until i could pull over (was on town centre road) i finaly stopped only to be overtaken by a large cloud of smoke !!!
I stopped the engine popped the bonnet expecting the worst..nothing much amiss ??? fired her back up, hey presto... large plumes of smoke. Thought better of it and left the car until the morning when i could get it recovered back home..
Now then.. there is no loss of coolant, no mixing of water or oil in either the filler cap area, expansion tank or indeed on the dipstick.
the smoke is mainly white in colour with a possible tinge of blue, the smoke is barreling out the exhaust with some whisps of smoke from both the filler cap area and the dipstick tube.
there is also oil leaking at what looks like a flexible mesh type union on the exhaust ???
I pressume that it could be the head gasket or the turbo or even a piston ring problem, my question is in you opinion which is the more common and what other problems could these produce.. also if anyone has had the same problem what were the costs of repair just so i have a ball park figure to go into shock with !!
I believe it is the z19dt engine (120) and its on a 04 plate elite, with 107000 miles on it, the timing belt was done at 100000..
Any thoughts or information would be helpfull.. Cheers.