Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Surrey, England.
I had this error and symptom on numerous occasions, it went back to the dealer twice with the same error. After the first repair it happended again. I refused to accept the car back the secound time and asked for a full refund. They did not offer me this but instead gave me the option to swap the car for a manual gearbox, which I now have with a few extras for the same amount of money. I had exactly the same fears as you about this issue; not only the safety of myself, but passengers and other road users. I'd seriously consider pushing for a replacement. I had to threaten them with legal action before they gave in. I would get everything down in writing with dates, converstaions etc with your dealer. Maybe also worth getting in touch with your local Trading Standards or Citizens Advise Bureau. Good luck! The dealer who I had the hassle with are thankfully no longer with us (Auto Italia - Chertsey).