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Turbo-diesel difficult to start

Asked by Steve Ballard

My 1999 Holden Jackaroo 3.0-litre turbo-diesel began running a bit roughly a couple of months ago. At first it was difficult to start, stalled occasionally, but then lost power. The mechanic changed the glow plugs, but other than this had no interest in looking at it further. I don't know a lot about engines and was after a simple explanation as to what the problem could be, but he kept talking in circles and could not give me any idea about the cause, other than to tell me to get on the net and research it. He also said that many mechanics avoid them like the plague, but I still see many on the road, so there must be mechanics with the necessary knowledge and willingness to work on them. In your opinion, are these vehicles worth the investment to repair?

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Sep 2012 Graham Smith

I would suggest you seek out a diesel specialist to work on your car. It is valued at about $8000 at best on the used car market, and that's when it's running well, so that should give you an idea of what to spend on it.

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