Jump to content
Do Not Sell My Personal Information

2007 Mk6 - Suspicious engine explosion turned £50 starter motor fix into £700 Inlet Manifold...?!


Recommended Posts

2007 Mk6 Fiesta, only about 20k miles on it when I bought it a few years ago, now at ~40k.

Always had an intermittent starter motor problem, and by intermittent I mean like once every ~6 months, so infrequent I didn't bother to get it fixed, it always ended up starting after like 5 mins.

Last week, all of a sudden, just could not get it started. Left it for a day, tried it again. After about 3 minutes of trying, I tried pumping the accelerator while I did it. There was an almighty backfire type explosion, like a gunshot, and smoke from under the bonnet. I decided to leave it at that point and take it to the garage... 

Garage called me with the bad news today - apparently something (we assume a backfire, which they told me shouldn't even happen on modern cars) blew a hole in the inlet manifold, turning the the relatively simple £50 starter motor replacement into a £750 all-in (with labour) fix for a new inlet manifold. They've asked if I want to go ahead but have told me that, in all their years of servicing, they've never seen this happen before, or at least not without finding a cause, and they can't really diagnose why it happened until they have a working engine, hence the £700 inlet manifold. 


Has anybody else ever experienced something like this on a Fiesta/Ford/any modern car??! Is it normal? Does anybody know why it might have happened??

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...