Poorly 147 Sounds Like a Scooby
I have a 53 plate 1.6TS 147 with 86k on the clock.. I've been having a few probs with the engine over the last couple of months or so.. Firstly, I know I need the variator changing as it's got the diesel sound at start up, I'm not too worried about this as I had this problem 50k ago and had the variator and cam kit done, I know it needs doing again some time soon..
The main problem is this: sometimes the engine looses power and sounds like its running on 3pots, very similar to a scooby but without the power.. It ticks over fine and only does this betweem 1 and 3 thousand revs, it doesn't do it all the time and temperature doesn't seem to make any difference. It can go days without doing this then suddenly it will do it all the time, the other day the dreaded 'motor control failure' message appeared and wouldn't go away... it only went after a short drive when the engine began to run ok...
I'm suspecting its an ignition problem rather than mechanical as its very intermittent, possible plugs, coil packs or sensor problem.. Lately the engine runs a little sluggish and rough when first starting up and setting off, reminds me of my first car 20 years ago!!!
Any Ideas before I just start replacing plugs, coil packs etc to see what works, anyone else got or had this kind of problem
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.