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I have bought a 2006 van and the engine keeps cutting out - what is the issue?

Last night, my brother bought a Ford Transit Connect, 06-plate, 180,000 miles. When he pulled away from the seller's house, there was a big cloud of black smoke which cleared after 30 or so yards (I was following behind). On the way back up the A1, the engine cut out seven times. The glow plug light flashed just before this happened. He switched the van off and on quickly to reset it just to get home. When checking the van today, I found air filter totally blocked with soot, low coolant and low engine oil levels. It looks like it has not been serviced for quite a while, which I will do in the next few days. Do you have any advice?

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The black smoke might be related to turbo oil seal failure or a problem with the injectors. It there is a serious issue with the injectors then your brother may be facing a huge bill to get the van up and running. The low coolant and oil levels are a real concern, however, as it suggests the van has been neglected and this usually means serious mechanical problems are not far away. If your brother paid very little for the van then it might serve him well as a cheap workhorse for a year or two. But it reads like this van is nearing the end of its mechanical life. If you need to find a local and trusted mechanic, try our Good Garage Guide: good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk
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