At least, that's what I'm trying to tell my SW but it's not listening.
It's a MY2006 2.4 (200 bhp) - had the full EGR, manifold, etc etc replacement routine carried out on it about a year ago (at 31k miles, after it 'died' 5 miles into it's first drive in my ownership,
) and since then it's been faultless for 15k miles until about a week ago. The car gets driven hard (not thrashed to within an inch of its life,
) but with some mechanical sympathy and only ever drinks V-Power or Ultimate so it should be relatively muck-free in the combustion department.
Went out one morning to go to work and initially it just turned over and didn't fire up. After another couple of attempts, it staggered into life very lumpily (as if it was running on less than the 5 cylinders,
) and pushed out a huge cloud of bright blue smoke from the exhausts. After about 10 seconds of this rough running, it cleared its throat and ran perfectly for the 15 mile motorway journey to work. However at the end of the shift, although it started up a lot quicker it was still very lumpy for the first few seconds and the smoke screen was repeated (maybe it's trying for a part in the next Bond movie,
This has been the case every day since. It was booked into the dealer for its annual service yesterday (Tuesday) anyway, so I took it along and left it there on Monday night so that they could experience it from a cold start. When I went to collect it, they said that "Yes, the problem exists" but "No, we haven't identified the cause yet".
They admitted that they have another one with the same problem and they now want both cars back in next week to have an ARUK tech come and have a look.
The one bright side to all this is that they gave me a 1.6 diesel MiTo whilst it was being serviced and have promised me the same car again next week. What a little cracker - it's like driving a go-cart and that engine is well-refined for a 4-pot oil-burner,
. It has been suggested in some quarters that the MiTo is a bit of a gay icon,
, well, if that's the case I may just have to out myself,