147 One stall too many....
Sorry I've been gone a while - divorce, disruption and a few other issues, but I am now settled again...... any way...... My 147 Selespeed has its first serious problem. When the temperature is around freezing point, after about a mile of traveling and certainly before the engine is thouroughly warm, as you approach roundabouts - and this is in manual mode, the revs drop dramtically on braking, even gently and the engine stalls with the warning "Oil Pressure Low" (well it would be its stalled). This only happens around very low external temepratures and when the car has not ben garaged (it never happens in the morning for instance, only at night when the car has been in the car park all day). It only happens once, never twice and always at the same sort of distance at the same roundabout or just after.
To avoid this I have been using the city mode to get out of town onto the main drive home and until yesterday the symptoms are clearly there but the computer "manages it away". Yesterday, the car was VERY cold, drove for about two miles and had to do a slow right turn - the power steering had seized and the car seemed to be stalling but it did not actually stall, the low engine oil pressure message returned, but the car carried on running (city mode saved the stall me thinks). It caused some alarm as if the steering had not come back three young lads and a wall would have been very much more damaged - the look on their faces as I slammed the brake on was not one to be forgotten. Because it never does this twice, the dealer is at a loss as he cannot duplicate the fault. All oil and other system levels have been checked and are OK.
Anyone got a clue?