Newbie needs help!
Hi, I'm a new Alfa owner after 20+ years of Fords....anyway, I now have a 53 plate 147 2.0TS and I love it! Except, the Motor Control light comes on for a couple of days then goes off again for a few days. It seems hesitant at low revs, has an intermittent misfire and then rockets away at about 3k. When its running fine its a lovely car and will return 50+ at a steady 40mph. I'm sure its running rich as the tailpipe is very sooty. It averages about 32mpg.
Having searched the forums I can see that my problems aren't unique(!) but I'm struggling to find an idiots guide that will tell me what to do step by step so I can eliminate the obvious things first. I've read about dodgy MAFs and blocked cats but I'm not much of a mechanic. However, I would love to have a go before I give up and take it to a specialist. Can anyone point me in the right direction, please?
Thanks in advance for your help.