Re: 146 1.7 16v Boxer Problems
Engine power- Mine felt fast in 1st and 2nd gear but I had to work it hard and use the revs to make it fly and even then it didn't feel as fast as it should. The MAFs can make a difference. I have three different ones, so one is economical, one is powerful and the third is not very good at anything.
Engine spluttering- likely to be the air or water temp sensor. They are around a tenner to replace.
Engine rocking- the front mount is too weak for the power the later engines develop and has been broken on all three of the Boxers I've rebuilt or changed.
Electric windows- the cables sometimes come off their tracks and that jams the mechanism which can fuse everything and make it seem like an electrical fault.
Squeal- never encountered it but suspect the rears first. The handbrake adjuster mechanism is prone to seizure.
Gearbox- If working correctly it will not be obstructive. This could be a dragging clutch or clutch release bearing. These are weak on the Boxers
Bodywork- is covered in a clear laquer so you can go in heavy with the T-Cut to get it shiny.
"The engine revs like a fat hamsterís heart, releasing its goodness in thick blobs all over the power band, a task made all the more accessible by a gearshift thatís as easy as a Northern *****." Troy Queef 2009