Has the car been under water? There's a lot of steam coming from
somewhere. Did he wait for the glow-plug lamp to go out on his dashboard?
Is he running on summer-grade diesel or veg oil? When was the engine last
'Regular' diesel might not be the grade normally sold in the UK for winter
use, which contains more volatile fractions to make cold starting easier.
My ZX 1.9D has always started very easily even in the coldest weather
(apart from when I've left it so long unused the battery has died).
I've heard of a bus fleet which was converted to 'biodiesel' with much
green fanfare in the summer and ground to a halt in the first cold snap
because no-one had thought to adapt either the vehicles or the fuel to
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