Happy New Year to all… new year, new car troubles. Can anyone advise please?
I have a 2004 Euphonic 1.8 which I’ve owned for a year without issue. Deciding not to drive it on salted roads it has been on the drive under a breathable cover since late Autumn. The week before Christmas the roads were salt free and so I decided to take it for a run. It wouldn’t start. The RAC man spent over 2 hours on it and there was hope when it did start but spluttered then cut out after about 3 minutes. It was felt likely it was an ECU issue as the front passenger carpet was damp. I couldn’t get it to a garage as the ones I use closed for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year. Then came lock down 3!
So, today, on a whim, I go out to the car, turn the key and it starts without hesitation. I ran it up to temperature but then discovered it wouldn’t rev above 1500rpm. It would splutter if I tried to rev it higher. It eventually got worse and cut out again.
Am I right thinking it’s the ECU? Any suggestions are appreciated.