I have a 2007 1.8TDCi S-Max, 113,000 miles. It is particularly poor at starting, more so if left for more than a day, but once started is OK for the rest of the day. Engine turns over well but doesn't fire (as though the engine has no fuel). It will then catch but stall but eventually (5th attempt and much cranking) keeps running. Lots of either smoke and/or water vapour when it does start. Might I have an issue with water build up in the fuel supply (can I drain water off the filter?) or is it more likely to be another issue such as injectors/fuel pump. Major service (incl filter) at 101,000; diesel rail (leaking) replaced at 111,000 - could the system not have been bled properly after the rail was replaced? Thanks in antipation.
have you checked the glow plugs