So my Hyundai is terminal now (
) so I made the trip (£35 train ticket) up to pick my dad's 156 JTS up, swapped the insurance over (£73 for the rest of the policy) and off I go. 45 minutes later I lose all power on the motorway and by sheer luck I have a clear shot at the hard shoulder from the outside lane - only just make it before I run out of speed.
It refuses to start, turns over though.
I have to join The AA and get them out (£149 with call-out), he tows me to services to have a look. Cams turn over so not the timing belt, oil and coolant is fine, sparks tested and that's fine, fuel makes it up to the top of the block from the tank. All fuses and relays seem fine. OBD fault code is P1760+ but the book he had didn't explain it so well.
I'm now in the situation where I'm too far from anywhere and all garages are shut as it's after 18:00 so I have to upgrade to "Relay" on my membership (£70) which covers me for 50 miles, and it's £2.50 per mile after that. Unfortunately I'm 76.8 miles so I have to pay 26.8 miles at £2.50 per mile (£67).
Initially I waited 40 minutes for the first guy, unfortunately the control centre gave him the wrong mile-marker so he's about 25 minutes late after they realise the mistake. Now I had hi-viz waterproofs but it was hammering down and I got soaked. The "diagnosis" took about an hour and then it was about another hour before we set off. The guy had to swap about 14 miles out as he can't legally drop off outside his "area" so I had to wait 50 minutes for the next guy to turn up (loading the car onto and off of the "trailers" takes 20 minutes each time too.
An entire day to find out my car is dying, pick up another car and that to die on me too, and when I say entire day I mean I left the house at 08:00 and got back in around 23:00 with all my money gone and no working car to show for it. Very happy!
On the plus side the AA guys were really good, the second one even recommended Cloverleaf in Gloucester and took it the rest of the way on his own (to drop off and leave the keys and their diagnoses and all information in the secure overnight drop-off box) without charging me anymore (should have been an extra £25 give or take.
I'm so looking forward to the next bill lol. On the plus side when he dropped me off and left with the Alfa on the trailer some lads in the car behind (windows open) saw it and one said "Oh my god tell me that's not an Alfa Romeo!? Haha!" and I was actually offended - seems I may have taken to the car even if on my first journey it dies on me less than an hour in hahaha.