I've had my 159 for 6 months now after trading my trusty 156 in and every now and again it really struggles to start. I've got a 3 year warranty and the car's been in the garage 4 times because of this but every time I take it in and leave it overnight for a cold start they say it started fine so there's nothing they can do so I started filming cold starts to show them what's been happening but they still have no idea what's wrong with it. The glow plug control module has been changed as I got error messages and the full set of glow plugs were also fitted but none of these have changed anything.
Here are the videos I've emailed to the garage...
The 1st video was filmed on the 26 April 2012 and shows the engine juddering.
26 April 2012 - YouTube
The 2nd video was filmed on 21 June 2012 and the car started normally but as soon as I put the car into reverse and tried to pull away the car cut out. The car was juddering for a few minutes after pulling away.
21 June 2012 - YouTube
The 3rd video was filmed on 25 June 2012. The car wouldn't start at all on the 1st attempt so I started filming for the second attempt and it took 6 seconds for the car to start and when it eventually did start it was juddering again and was coughing and spluttering for the first 5 minutes of driving.
25 June 2012 - YouTube
The 4th video was filmed on 01 July 2012 and again after not starting at all on the first attempt I started filming and managed to get the car to start after 5 seconds of the starter motor just turning and nothing happening. Again after the car started it was juddering for the first 5 minutes of driving.
01 July 2012 - YouTube
The 5th video was filmed on 08 July 2012 and once again after not starting at all on the 1st attempt I started filming for the second attempt and this time the starter motor just turned and didn't catch for 8 seconds! This time when the car did start there was a lot of black smoke coming out the exhaust. I managed to get to the traffic lights at the end of the road and once I stopped behind the traffic the engine cut out and took 3 attempts to start again! The car was coughing and spluttering for the first 7 or 8 minutes of my 400 mile journey back home from Silverstone.
08 July 2012 - YouTube
The 6th video was filmed on 09 July 2012 and after starting then immediately cutting off again twice in a row I got my phone out and started filming again, I filmed the 3rd attempt which did start and stay on for at least a second then cut off then on the 4th attempt it eventually started without cutting off again. Again the car was coughing and spluttering for the first 5 minutes of my journey.
09 July 2012 - YouTube
Has anyone else had any of these issues and can anyone recommend anything to try to cure it? The car has been on the diagnostics machine and didn't show any faults except from the glow plug problems but they were all replaced.
Thanks for the help.