On Fri, 3 Jun 2005 17:05:28 +0000 (UTC), "Tim.."
>"gandissy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> "David Millen" wrote...
>> > Just put the third tank of fuel through our recently acquired 2003
>> > Focus TDCi 100. It's averaging 37.5 - 39.5 mpg (Imperial gallons),
>> > 7.2 - 7.6 litres/100km on a mix of long and short trips, lightly
>> > loaded. This our first diesel-engined car, and I'm beginning to
>> > think the diesel "economy" thing is b**s**. Is this consumption
>> > normal, or is there something wrong with the engine?
>> i would certainly expect better economy...
>> are the exhaust gases unusually smokey? if so it could be your egr valve
>> playing up.
>> although, i must admit the defective ones i've seen are *very* smokey and
>> the fuel economy has been *much* lower than you are experiencing.
>> fairly quick to replace but, iirc, about 180 quid plus vat for the part.
>Indeed, there is a voluntary recall for EGR valves on virtually all Ford
>TDCi's, which are to be changed if the owner reports poor starting , poor
>mpg, poor performance and smokey exhaust. This applies to the mondeo 2litre
>TDCi's also. It is also thought to be a possible cause of premature failed
>turbo's on this engine also.
Thank you, Gandissy and Tim. No, it's not smoking, and it starts
fine and goes all right for a diesel. But that gives me some ammo
for discussions with the dealership.
All the best
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