Hi Luke, sorry to hear you are still having problems.
First thoughts are:
1, make sure the glow plug light on dash goes out before cranking engine
2, do you know when glow plugs were last replaced?
3, removal and refitting of egr could have disturbed the fuel lines. Try priming the fuel system using the manual pump at the fuel filter housing ( is a long black push button ) press until you feel resistance then five more times after starting engine.
Let us know how you get on..... will be a process of elimination me thinks
Adam..2003..1.9D..LX..Silver Crew Cab Van.....
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
Thanks for geting back to me Adam. So im not sure when the glow plugs were replaced but my dad who has been trying to figure this out with me says they are okay. He has a very basic knowlege of engines. I tried priming the fuel system like you said but it didnt make much difference. When i start the car itw is still sputtering, when i rev the engine it slowly builds and i get white smoke from the exhaust then when i remove my foot fron the pedal the engine stalls.
Thanks Adam, ill take a look. I friend of mine had pointed me in the direction of a mecanic friend of his so i might just have to send it in and get it fixed. I least i know he wont overcharge me. Thanks for all your help.