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Hi there,

I bought 147 a month ago, after that got hit with a £500+ service bill for replacement plugs and filters etc, the car I have notices is now burning at least a litre of oil a week maybe 2. The exhaust is very smokey on start up and fades as the car seems to warm up but sometimes will spurt out a cloud every now and then, the car is lumpy on acceleration but runs fine on a motorway. I am absolutley clueless and dont want to take it to a garage again without a rough Idea. I see alot about valve seals etc but just need advice
 

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Most probably you have worn piston rings by the sounds of it!!! Does the vehicle start ok from cold and warm?. £500 service bill??? what the hell did you get done for that??? I reckon you have needed new plugs shortly after you bought the car as they are geting oil fouled from worn rings. Think a compression test may be your answer to identify if it is indeed worn piston rings!!!
 
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