Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sydney, Australia
Running rough, stopping, not starting and paying
I was hoping I could get some advice. I have an '02 156 2.0 JTS. I have owned it for a year and have had a series of issues.
When I first bought it, it came up with the dreaded Motor Control System failure. The dealer said they rectified this by replacing Lambda sesnsor and it ran fine for a couple more weeks. Then it failed to start. It would turn over fine but wouldn't fire. It was towed back to the dealer and they said it was the Crank Position sensor. Replaced and worked for a few days and then failed again. Dealer said it reported the same problem but before they replaced the same sensor again they measured the voltage and discovered that the battery was on the way out. Replaced and all was fine until recently.
It started again with the Motor Control System failure. Rang dealer and they couldn't get me in for a few days but said I could drive it sparingly. I did this, but the day before it was due to the dealer it failed to start. Got the NRMA Roadside (equivalent of AA/RAC) assist guy out who checked the battery and all of the obvious things and couldn't help. So towed to the dealer. They replaced Lambda sensor to fix the MCS Failure and said that the non starting was due to a Fuel Pressure Sensor (?). They said that this part cost $3000 !!!! without fitting, but they gave it a tap and it all started to work again. The car now starts fine but is slightly rough idling and has a definite dead spot at low revs. Other than that it drives ok. I have done a throttle reset this morning to see if that helps the idle.
Any thoughts. Am I really going to be up for a $3000 part plus labour. By the way this whole investigation as well as the service it was due for cost me almost $3000.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.