Well this is going be a slightly long story so sorry for this .
I have a vauxhall astra Sxi on 53 Plate. It runs a 1.6 16V Twinport engine, engine code Z16XEP.
Its done around 32,000 miles. And been fine for the last few years until now.
I am at university and so hasnt had a lot of running, done around 2000 miles in a year.
The first problem
I had a little niggly problem when i came back from uni, the car wouldnt start cleanly. It started though, but took quite a few turns over to start.
This was very constant and didnt matter whether the engine was hot or cold. I took the car to a garage for a good service as i was going on a summer placement for the entire summer in the south of england, and wanted it done before i went.
The garage said your batteries gone, i was like oh ok. He charged me for a battery and serviced the car. Perfect or so i thought. Car ran like a dream and started perfect or so i thought.
The day i was going to move down south. The car started showing its orginal issue again and was difficult to start.
The next part
So i got down south and really started showing a lot of problems with starting and became difficult sometimes. I was taking short journies to work in the car. But the problem still occurred when i travelled nearly 200 miles in a day.
I left the car for a weekend and tried starting it on monday morning before work and thus it had no life. Not even a gurgle of trying to start even though the starter motor seemed to be wizzing around at high speed.
I asked for jump start off a friend and this is a big car trying to start mine. We connected the leads and left for a few mins. Tried starting again and still nothing. Not even a sign of life.
So we thought heh must be battery so we push started the car and thus it started. But very low power from the cars engine, then it reved up and bounced a bit. Tried to put my foot down and thus still didnt accelerate much. Then took my foot off accelerate and car just slowed down considerable until it came to a complete stop and i had to dump it near round about.
I got the garage to tow the car in and this is where the fun starts grrr....
They said battery was fine and that wasnt the issue. So they said arghhh yes Crank sensor and some other sensors too have gone.
Got charged for them and thus car still had problems.
They cudnt understand the problem with car so they sent the car off to a local compnay of vauxhall. They checked over the car and cost me money too. They said head e.t.c and something more mechanical.
However the garage that i took the car originally too said noo it can't be mechanical as they were successfull on starting the car when turning certain sensors off, or something like this, he wasnt absolutely clear on it.
So the garage i orginally took the car into got the car back and then said they would pop onto a well known Auto electrician's he knows. So i was like ok no problem.
The auto electrician has had the car for a week and a bit now and with no look it seems. They said yep ECU is at fault and will cost me £250 to repair and so they sent it off to a company to repair the ECU.
They got it back later last week and have still not been able to get the car to successfully work. This is getting ridiculous now and i am certainly losing my patience. The guy i contact at the original garage says the auto electricians are looking over the car directly and making sure all wireing is correct, but doesnt seem to be much success. They are starting to lose direction on what to try next. The mechanics have said this is the worst car they have ever worked on in over the 30 years theyve been working on them.
I have been highly recommended to this company but i am losing my faith.
Costs to date:
£160 total for sensors. £140 labour for the original garage at the moment
£120 for vaux to look at it
£250 for ECU fixing and cost for labour is at around £200 and going up!
So at the moment its around £870 in total. OMG
I haven't paid yet tho and i am a student so pretty poor.
Please can anyone help me, I would really appreciate anything.