This morning, tried starting car with Aerostart, bingo, fired up.
Went to petrol station with a jerry and put 20L fuel in the tank. Gauge moved form 1/4 to 1/2.
Drove car to station and filled up, total of ~ 64L, no wonder the car konked out and would it start. The day before I had noticed the gauge on 1/4 even though I had travelled 780klm - should have taken notice of this as that was a bit too good to be true.
Erased the DTC for not having the air intake hose on (3D printed tube wasn't a bad fit).
No more DTCs logged.
I have noted that the MIL light does not go off until the engine starts so that was red herring. Have to check the handbook (thanks R.T., pays to know what normal behaviour is) (handbook agrees).
Root cause - maybe a faulty fuel gauge.
Sphincter is now relaxing!!
Car has done 193k so maybe I should keep a spare fuel pump on the shelf, but will monitor gauge for another tank and see if it gets stuck at 1/4 again.
BIG THANKS to the forum for the suggestions as well as Alfamotive in Brisbane for more advice. You guys have saved me from the mental asylum and bankruptcy once again!
Last edited by 156and33; 28-02-17 at 08:46.