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Old 01-05-2004   #1
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Smoking Punto diesel

Hi all, I'm new to this but I could use some advise from the experts.
I have the option to buy a cheap 1998 punto diesel van for my son to carry his guitar and amp around, the guy who is selling tells me that on acceleration and load the exhaust bellows out loads of smoke and there is oil in the radiator but when cruising at 70 everything seems fine and it dosn't overheat, it sounds like a blown head gasket to me but I would expect it to overheat. Any opinions or advise would be great, thanks
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oil in radiator is blown headgasket for sure, if you are going to buy take into considertaion how much a repair would be. you will need new headgasket probaly the head skimmed also. and when mine went oil fouled up the coolant system so had to have that flushed out aswell. when i had blown headgasket it dint over heat.

is the punto diesel a turbo diesel??? if so then slight chance smoke from exhaust is turbo gone and oil in radiator is headgasket buut you would would have to be damned unlucky to have both of them at same time

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Hi thefishdude, thanks for your input, I think I'll probably buy it as it's a good price, just hope the turbo's ok, thanks again,:)ukfossil
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