2008 Vauxhall Vectra 1.9tdi Staring problems - camshaft oe crankshaft sensor ? or flywheel ?

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Problem added: May 30, 2013 (7 years ago)
Hi. My 58 plate Vectra estate has been a brilliant car until I decided to sell it when things started to go wrong ! Developed starting problems when warm (morning start OK)which after changing everything else indicated by the ECU readout, my local Vauxhall dealer replaced the crankshaft sensor (ca. £400). Some improvement for a day or so but then reverted to same problem symptoms. Battery replaced and started seems to turn over fine, just reluctant to fire and start up. Now same dealer says due to play in flywheel also causing possible starter problems (estimated £1500+ to resolve) and just co-oincidence that it causes similar symptoms.
Has anyone experienced same problems ? Is the flywheel scenario convincing ? Must admit I suspected sensor or fuel supply causes and can't immediately understand flywheel relevance, but everything else checked and replaced where necessary. I don't trust co-incidences and this is an expensive repair for a relatively high-mileage (112,000) 58 plate car, especially coming on top of the previous bill !

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Car: Vauxhall Vectra
Variant: 1.9tdi
Model Year: 2008
Category: Running Rough, Starting & Power Loss

Recalls: Vauxhall Vectra Recalls
More: Vauxhall Vectra Problems
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May 30, 2013 (7 years ago)
Have you had the codes read??
Could be the TDC SENSOR.
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May 30, 2013 (7 years ago)
Dual mass flywheel is a very common fault on that car .That price is average for a Vauxhall dealership , though can be replaced a lot cheaper elsewhere .It can cause problems starting as it fails ,as timing is taken from flywheel .Also can affect the starter motor .This link explains DMF quite well (cut and paste)

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