BIZARRE experience with EOBD sensor!!!
I just got my new Alfa GTV 2L TS (compliance place 11/02 so it is brand spanking new) yesterday and have only put 100 kms on it in one day. The dealer was kind enough to put a full tank of petrol in it, but he put f***en normal unleaded petrol (RON 91 Octane) instead of premium (96-98 RON Octane) - in OZ we only have two types of unleaded petrol - unleaded and premium.
Now it didn't have a problem yesterday, but today (when it got to about 3/4 tank) it started to sh!te itself - my EOBD light came on and then my car started to totally lose power, almost like the fuel supply to the engine had been cut off - and I trailed to a full stop despite pressing the accelerator, downshifting etc. The only way I got it restarted was to switch off the engine, wait about half a minute, and restart again (very disconcerting when you're on a freeway going at about 90kmh).
On all occasions this ferking EOBD light comes on and apparently needs to be reset by shutting the engine off and restarting. I had to do it about 10 times this morning and afternoon - pull over when it shat itself, restart, then keep driving, then repeat all over again. I rang my dealer to have a massive whinge (this is a TWO day old car) and their service department said that it was because normal unleaded had been loaded in the car and had set off the EOBD thing, and said for me to take it in tomorrow and they would drain the petrol and replace it with Shell Optimax which is high-octane (98 RON).
I eventually managed to use up 1/4 of a tank by driving in circles in back streets and then topped it up with premium petrol, and it seemed to go ok after that (though the EOBD light still stayed on, the car didn't experience loss of power).
Anyway...has this happened to anyone else? Do I even need this EOBD thing, seeing as I live in OZ? And has anyone tried to put normal sub-95 octane petrol in the car? What were the results???