I'm a 156 (2.5 v6) owner with an electrical head-scratcher
... the worst type.
Ok, yesterday driving along fine (low on fuel, but it would transpire not to be the problem) when a jolt and a pop from the exhaust the car cuts out.
To cut a long story short, after getting 10 ltrs worth of fuel into the car I set off again seemingly fine; about 4 miles later at traffic lights I try to pull away and again engine 'clicks' and cuts out.
Luckily enough I was right opposite a petrol station and managed to push and start it up enough to get parked.
This is what followed over the next 5 hours (till eventually towed):
Loss of all electrics - no dash board lights, no central locking, no alarm (well just about, and I mean just about activating), no engine start (just trying to turn over), no nothing.
Then electrics came back and I was able to start the engine up, it'd run for a minute or two and then 'click', cut out.
It would also 'click' and cut out if I swithed to full beam lights or press the fog lights (the fans coming in didn't cause a cut out).
Its not a battery thing I'm sure - the engine starts (when it does) without missing a beat.
The Green Flag man says it could be a relay - I've never done electrics on a car and don't know what this is.
Has anyone encountered similar or have any pointers.