Yes, I can confirm it was MIJ.
I can't remember how they earthed the beast now
but the boss fella did tell me at the time, for what that's worth... The fitter didn't seem quite so certain!
I did get the impression that they know what they are doing... (the Alfa 146 fella in another queue to me was absolutely fine.. ) but the fitter who did mine might just have been having an off day and maybe got careless. I've mentioned how he first welded the new pipe to the old mild steel front silencer
, even though I'd paid for a cat back system. He had to put my car back on the ramp to replace the front silencer... It didn't exactly fill me with confidence...
But the beast was already damaged by then.. so that's really just a side-note. MIJ's techies got on it again and diagnosed a defective lambda. They made me pay for a new one (at retail cost) even though, given the problem occurred as soon as it came off their ramp, there was a good case to suggest that they had damaged it. They insisted they couldn't have...
Still.. the guy in the service reception did take an interest in trying to solve the problem .. more than the rest of them put together.. and if it wasn't for him I'd have burnt the place down to be honest.. but letting me hang around in reception for 6 hours without even offering me a cup of tea.. and the whole crew disappearing for supper just as it was getting dark and the shop about to close with my car still not fixed... doesn't put them anywhere near the top of the "customer service" league.
They eventually drove my car to a local auto electrician and he diagnosed a fault with the ignition (coils) and/or ECU. He also discovered that #1 HT lead, at the coil end, looked like it had been "hit by lightning"
..and for good measure we emptied some oil out that we found in the spark plug wells... but it still wasn't running right and all he could do (Saturday 5pm) was patch it back up so I could just about drive it home 130 miles..
There I bought a new coil from Shop4parts.. but they sent me the wrong part (oval connector).. in the right box and so I had to return it for a refund, since they didn't have the right part (square connector) in the right box.
Meanwhile I had the whole coil pack off and all the plugs out.
Whatever happened to it had primarily affected #1 cylinder end. The metal frame that the coils bolt on to looked like it had suffered some kind of shock. The corner with the bolt hole (where it touches the head) had shattered and was broken off. I only noticed that when I came to unbolt it.. since in situ, it was held down by the coils and the other bolts..
The coil itself looked okay visually.. but the outermost HT lead had the scorched/burnt end which the auto-electrician had noticed.. it fell to bits as soon as I tried to clean it up.
The plugs were generally showing their age but were in good condition... not cracked or burnt or arcing at all.
The other HT lead looked like it was okay.. not blown to bits.. but still a bit startled... The boot (hard inner) to the second plug was slightly cracked.. but this one was probably already like that and didn't look like it had been shorting.
Anyway.. the correct coil eventually arrived and in the meantime I'd bought a new Bosch HT lead, a couple of spare boots (just in case.. .though at £24 each I coulda done with just the one..
) and a whole new set of plugs (hoooow much?????) I also managed to get hold of a second-hand coil frame... the breakers had plenty!
Fitting all that lot.. solved the problem!
I don't know if my old #1 coil is knacked or not.. certainly the frame got some kind of shock and the HT lead was a write-off so I didn't fancy it's chances.. Anyway it was easier just to change every part that looked vaguely traumatised rather than just change bits one at a time until I worked out what was damaged.
I suspect the only part I needed
to change to get it running was the HT lead .. though the frame needed to be replaced too.. but in any event.. it's running fine now and showing no ill effects.. and I know that everything in there is in good condition.. so I won't have any dramas in the ignition system for a very long time (he said...
I wouldn't necessarily discount using MIJ again though.. they just weren't that great on worrying about me.. but the exhaust itself is nice. You just have to make sure that your fitter brought their brain along and is paying attention.
At least you'll know where to look if they blow your coils up (the HT lead end where it fits into the coil.. ) It may be worth bringing a couple of spares along...