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    My vec has started smoking when you start the engine - typically when its been standing for a good few hours, not on every start, only when the car has been sitting for a while, like overnight.
    I wait everytime for the glowplug light to go out but when it starts there is a plume of bluish white smoke that comes out the exhaust for a few seconds then it clears. Starting is fine and engine doesn't seem lumpy.
    Its a 08 reg and just seems wrong. It has only just developed in the last week really.

    The smoke smells like diesel fumes - not like diesel or anything in particular, just typical diesel emissions.

    Any ideas? Maybe needs to go to stealers when I get some time. I'm worried it may be the early sign of lots of problems!! its only done 11k and although I tend to be unlucky with cars, I am extremely paranoid that my car has developed a serious problem when anything happens!

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    i had a zafira with the same engine, that did the same every morning and never had a problem with it, seems pretty normal for a diesel engine.

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    check your oil level, mine did this when over topped up, also are you on fully or semi syenthetic oil. when i bought my car it did it every time i started from cold, done a oil change with fully syenthetic oil and all is fine now!!!!

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    Mines the same once its started its fine tho

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    mine does this as well never had any probs with it though ?

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    It just seems wrong for a year old car!! Well, its with the stealers tonight and tomorrow to check it out.

    Not sure about what oil is in it - didn't do it for 3 weeks then suddenly started doing it when starting. It briefly stopped after re-fuelling with a new tank of diesel, but started again today to booked into Vauxhall. I started to think it was the last tank of diesel (from tesco) but who knows - will find out tomorrow hopefully.

    Also, it seems to run ever so slightly rough when first starting, but otherwise is fine?

    I wondered if it was maybe fuel seeping through the injector and not buring properly when starting? I noticed it seems a common problem with the cdti with problems with injector 3 - could this be related?

    I brought a newer car hoping to avoid these problems! ARGH

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    mine does the same too

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    My2.2 dti omega does it and my Vectra V6cdti this is caused by a small amount of air in the systen just a little leak somewhere nothing to worry about, once started its gone. Follow a passat or a ford when the put there foot down, loads black smoke. You won't find that following a VX. Whats better a little puff of blue or loads of black

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    JSR, any news from the Vauxhall garage on the smokey start up? Mine is the same, same age car and started about 3 weeks after i bought it too (Feb 09). Its been in to Vauxhall who keep saying theres nothing wrong with it, but ive had diesels before and they have never done it. I get the feeling they're trying to avoid some expensive warranty work.

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