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Intermittent engine cough when taking off - also gas escaping ?

My 2008 Ford Escort (last of breed before the Focus) has developed an intermittent 'cough' when I go to take off or accelerate in second, and   sometimes third  gears.   Also an occasional roaring as if from a faulty exhaust can be heard which rapidly disappears when further speed is gained.   Overall performance doesn't seem to  be below par.   New four point plugs  were recently fitted in an effort to solve the problem.  No go.   Engine seems to idle normally.   Any sound advice appreciated.

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    when you start driving the engine sounds like it is doing a lot more work than it should. it takes longer and a lot more effort to get it up to 65mph. the only thing i can think of to describe how it sounds is, it sounds like I'm driving in Four high.



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Vehicle returned from major service at garage.   Suspected possible overfilling of oil in sump.   Checked and found too much.   Drained roughly half a pint out to lower level (to top point on dip stick) then cleaned sooted plugs and haven't had the problem since.
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