Have been reading on here of the various fuelling failings of the 3.0L engine and had my fingers crossed it was going to avoid me but...
Filled up at an Esso / Tescos (yep was a muppet and wouldn't have done but it was desperate for fuel) not the usual Ultimate/Excellium i usually chuck in and 20 mins later had stuttering shuddering on acceleration in pretty much all gears.
Gave my usual small garage a bell who advised me to put in a fuel additive (diesel redex) and when the tank was empty to fill up with the usual "super" diesel and keep my fingers crossed it would sort it.
Well suffice to say there was improvement after filling up with the non super market fuel but it didn't go away but gets worse the higher gear I use (not at all in first, occasionally in second, can catch it in third and always from 4th upwards - 6th is unusable for accelleration) - so got it booked into the garage today for a code read and diagnostic.
Well the guy has had a look and said there's no fault codes, no split hoses and is at a bit of a loss as to what the true cause of the problem may be.
Discussed with him the various threads I've read on here Re loose timing elts, SCV and fuel pumps. He's confident it's not the belt as it would be the same in all gears and feels it will be fuel related.
His advice was drive it sensible and don't welly it (like i would do otherwise) and bring it back when it chucks up a warning light otherwise it could be a case of just chucking money at it till success is met and that is not sensible.
I am missing my rocketship so any thoughts as to what else it could be or alternative courses of action would be appreciated (short of trading it in or some other method of disposal as I really do love it when it is flying).
oops my apologies should have posted in the technical section! - if a mod could move it i would appreciate it!