Whats wrong with my boxer engine?!
My 146 1.6 Boxer is playing up. Normally it runs fine, but recently I've had a few problems. The engine loses power, as if it's not firing on all four cylinders, the engine note changes and I can hear the more of an induction noise. Even if I floor the throttle, lay off, and open it up again it still won't accelerate. Then all of a sudden it bursts back into life and drives fine.
This has happened a couple of times over the last few weeks and lasts for a few seconds. This is when the engine is warm. I've also had a few problems starting the car from cold. It turns over with no hint of it starting. Then after a few attempts it will all of a sudden start as normal and drive fine. The car does not do it all the time so I'm a bit puzzled. I've done over 40,000 miles since owning the car, and its now done 82,000. I've never had any problems with the engine before as its always been reliable - until now!