First post on here and hoping for some help.
My 04 plate 2.2 SRi Direct has been brilliant in the last 3 years with no issues at all. However, yesterday I was stuck in traffic for about 20 minutes and all of a sudden the Spanner light came on and the car went in to limp home mode. I stopped and restarted the car and the Spanner light showed briefly and then went off but the Emission light came on and has stayed on permanently.
I then arrived at my destination and parked the car, returning to it about 2 hours later. I found that if I tried to pull off, there was almost no power at all but on stopping and restarting the engine, I regained power but the idle was very erratic and power seemed to come and go throughout a range of revs.
This morning, I took the car to my local dealership who can't even look at it until Monday 28/12/08?
I had no choice but to use the car today for a few short journeys and every time I used it I found different results. Sometimes spanner light comes on and stays on, sometimes comes on and goes off, sometimes doesn't show at all.
Sometimes no power in low revs, sometimes no power with high revs, sometimes seems OK?
I really am confused by all this. I am not a mechanic but until I bought the Veccy I have always done minor work myself.
I have read a lot on the forums about Swirl Valves and EGR valves but all of these seem to relate to the 1.9CDTi Vectra.
Can anyone give me any advice, specific to the 2.2 Direct SRi?
I know I really need to get it in for diagnostic check but just wondering what sort of bill I am going to be looking at and whether there is anything I can do myself to sort the problem. (might get me out of going to the in-laws on Boxing day - lol)
Thanks in anticipation.