Why is my Skoda Octavia having trouble starting?

I have a 2010 Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI and it won't start. If it does, it starts and is lumpy for a short bit then dies, does not get over 1000rpm. The fuel is fine, as is the battery. Any ideas?

Asked on 10 January 2017 by terry hook

Answered by Honest John
With these hopeless EA189 NOx emitting engines the problem is usually a clogged EGR and the dealer will want anything from £600 to £1,200 to replace it. The 1.6 TDI recall is just starting. First reports are that it makes the engine even worse.
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