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    Hi, I could really do with a bit of help please. I recently bought a vectra C 2002/52 2.0 DTI and it has a bad starting problem.

    Basically the problem is there seems to a problem starting when left to stand overnight or after a day at work. The car starts better in the morning when its been cold overnight but really struggles when leaving work. There is smoke coming out of the exhaust when its trying to start (presuming just diesel smoke) so I am guessing its not the pump. The glow plug light only comes on in the morning for a really short time, around 2 seconds but never when I finish work after its been stood for 10 hours. The car starts fine when its only been left for a short period of time hence why I think its got to be a heat problem.

    been on a diagnostic and showed no faults?????

    Fitted new glow plugs which didnt make a difference.

    Any ideas please as I dont want to throw money away by fixing parts that dont need replacing.

    The car also feels under-powered especially upwards of 60-70mph and not geting the best MPG so have been advised to get a air flow sensor which they say sometimes doesnt show on diagnostic. Will this help the starting problem?

    Any help will be much appreciated as I am going to inverness next week (380 mile each way) so need the car running right.

    Thanks Mark

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    ?Do you park your car facing up hill at work...could be leak off pipes theres an "how to" on here...Take a look at the fuel filter ?is it tight without any leaks.

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    I ave been trying various things to narrow possibiltys. I have unplugged the temp sensor to force use of glow plugs and it started perfect, so have got a new temp sensor to go on which hopefully will work.

    I have read I few threads saying there is a software update for these cars due to starting issues between 5-9 degrees. has anyone had this done as mine has started starting ok now the weather has improved this week as when I was leaving work last week the outside temperature was between 7-9 degrees whereas this week it has been 15-20 degrees.

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