My sister was quite alarmed at this, and who wouldn't be!!!!
She has a BA XR6 and one day when she turned the key the whole car physically jumped and chugged and died. She tried again and it wouldn't start. She tried a third time and floored the accelerator and it just managed to turn over with a lot of chugging and jumping. Even as she reversed it it was still chugging.
If she didn't have an appointment, and was simply going shopping she would have called Ford Assist. However after her appointment the car was fine. This had only happened once before (according to my brother-in-law) but definately not to such an extent.
What the hell could have been the problem? I have told them to book it in to the dealer to be checked, but who knows when they can do that. On top of all of this they have experienced brake shudder, only a week after it was in for its 3000km service.
This is really making me wonder.
Would you like to change your name to Homer Junior? People can call you Hoju.
I had this exact same problem one morning many months ago. Turned the key and it chugged and died. Tried again and the same thing happened. Then the third time it started, albeit very roughly (the car was physically shaking from side to side while it was in neutral) until I pulled away. Once I had driven 50 metres or so it was fine. Scared the crap out of me though! Thankfully it has never happened again.
For the record, this would have been when the car had around 7000km on it (i.e. before the car had its first proper service).
To me it sounds like its some sort of glitch in the engine management software.
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I had the same prob in my fairmont v8. Happened 3 times, took it in and the delaer updated the eng. mgt software and replaced the fuel pump. This happened when the car had about 5000K's on it. It is now over 15000k's and no probs. Hope this helps.
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