On Friday it broke down again.
It had been running seemingly fine, temp gauge normal, fresh from MOT and service. I had also checked over things like coolant level, brake fluid etc last weekend.
On the way home from work, it conked out, losing all power. The only warning light was the engine/injector orange symbol. All gauges normal, I had petrol..
The car restarted after a few minutes, and was running rough but I tried to nurse it home as I was only a mile away. It didn't make it and I had to call out the breakdown guy.
He was a good old fashioned mechanic and went through things methodically, including checking the coolant level which turned out to be a major issue - nothing in there. He put in about 6 pints of water. The car then started and he ran it up to temperature, did an exhaust gas in the coolant check and detected CO2. So that indicated head gasket or other leak.
We got the car home, and I had a quick look this morning - the dip stick shows that the nice fresh oil is now a mayonnaise sludge:
I am assuming that the thermostat I replaced only 18 months ago has stuck closed and caused overheating, even though the temp gauge showed nothing.
There are two fault codes P1691 and P0100.
So the heads are going to need to come off. Is replacing the gaskets a specialist job or could I trust my local indie?