Well I forced my girlfriend to drive me up to Grimsby to have a look at s 2002 156 Selespeed Veloce. The car was stunning, really well looked after and seemed to have everything going for it, pretty much said to the guy I would buy it then thought oh I had better test drive it eh?
So took it out n it was great, slightly clunky gear change between 1st n 2nd but nothing major (I don't think) so we passed a petrol station and all of a sudden the engine fault light came on and the selespeed light started flashing, there was beeping also
car in limp mode 1st and 2nd only
The car had run out of fuel so we went to fill it up and no change, engine light and limp mode.
Got it back to the house and checked the selespeed fluid level and topped up and after some fiddling managed to clear engine fault light and selespeed light so took it out again. It behaved beautifully until 10m back to the house where it did the same thing as before.
I obviously declined the sale as I couldn't move the car but was mad upset as this car was stunning. Had the money in my pocket and everything!!!
First off does anyone know what may have caused an engine fault and when there is an engine fault does it automatically flash the selespeed light to let you know you have limited gears or is that a fault with the selespeed system?
Also the fella said it had been sat for a week and the battery voltage may have been low enough to cause false issues, he is going to charge it and use it for a few days to see if that is the case, if the car behaves fine he is willing to deliver it from Grimsby to Northampton for me to compensate me for my journey and prove that the car has no faults by driving it that far.
What do you guys reckon? An omen for me to stay away or a genuine car with a low battery or minor issue easy enough to diagnose and mend? Ora lemon best avoided?
The other point is this car wanted for nothing, reciepts galore!!