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By NickHill, 27 November 2011
I have a 59-reg Mazda 3 1.6 diesel which suffered the 'suddenly dying' symptoms, reported in ‘Muddy pause’ 26/11/2011. This was after the car had done about 30,000 miles. For the first couple of occurrences, the technicians at Milcars Mazda (in Watford) found nothing on the engine management system. Then they made a breakthrough and were able to reproduce the problem at will, which meant they could tell when the problem was solved. And the cause? Something to do with the fuel filter because changing the filter cured the problem and there’s been no re-occurrence for the last 17,000 miles. As it was a filter problem there's no record in the EMS. The workshop foreman at Milcars told me, several weeks ago, that they have had a number of owners turning up with the same symptoms and every time a new fuel filter has solved it. Incidentally, the customer service and value for money at Milcars is remarkably good.