Bought an '01 156 2.0TS Sportwagon (manual) on Tue evening.
Drove 20miles home, all well but speedo not working. Started ok the next morning for a 10 mile round trip. As I turned into the drive the car died. It started ok again later that afternoon. Took it through the carwash and switched the engine off. Radio was on (Sony aftermarket). Came to the end of the carwash and the battery was dead (dash lights on but not enough juice to turn it over). After sitting for 15mins there was a bit more life in the battery - almost enough to turn over (slowly) and it fired up with a bump start.
Drove for approx 3 miles - toe-ing & heeling at junctions to keep the revs up. Came to a mini roundabout and the power died so pulled over with clutch in - the engine stayed on? but was at 1000rpm and would not take any more throttle (limp mode?) It eventually started to rev a bit (sporadically) as I applied throttle. It almost sounded as though there was dirty fuel coming up from the fuel tank. I limped to a hill and eventually it died. Waited a bit, checked all fuses (all ok), then bumped it and managed to drive the 3 miles home and it was ok. The airbag and engine light were now on. As I pulled into the street it went back to 1000rpm max, luckily I managed to get it home onto the drive.
Question - I've read on the forum about Rev counters causing problems...
Could this electrical gremlin be related to the non working Speedo? (As I turn the ignition on with a flattish battery the speedo needle does jump).
Could it be an alternator problem? (The battery looks fairly new).
Is there any point in trying to reset the ECU?
Would appreciate any help / advice.