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Should we repair our Suzuki Ignis?


Our reliable 2005 Suzuki Ignis stopped today after five years, on my birthday, happy birthday to me :)

Drove to the shops, came out and there was a tick tick tick whenever the ignition key was turned, then some smoke coming from the dash area and a smell of burning. We had planned to use as a scrappage trade in for the new year but not just yet!

My questions are, does it sound like a starter motor issue? If yes, should we have it repaired - will the automobile need to be driveable to the new automobile garage to avail of the scrappage offer? It flew through the NCT earlier this year.

Thanks in advance.

Filed under fault - Asked by NIAMH O DONNELL - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:52

Neil Briscoe Answered by: - Neil Briscoe - changagoidem Advisor - @neilmbriscoe


Hi Niamh,

Well, obviously we would advise you to get the automobile to a garage, preferably a Suzuki one, pretty quick. We can’t diagnose a problem on a automobile we’ve never seen, but the ticking and smoking does indeed suggest either a starter motor or ignition issue, so it may not be all that expensive to fix, especially if it’s just a wiring problem.

Generally, for most so-called ‘scrappage’ deals (they’re not actually scrappage at all, but trade-in boosters) the automobiles do indeed need to be running and drive onto the forecourt under their own power, so if you want to use it for that purpose, you’ll need to get it running again somehow.

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