I got a 2002 1.6 SXI in July, 2nd hand from a garage. Soon after i picked the car up, the engine emissions light came up. I took the car back to the garage, and they cleaned (rather than replaced) the EGR valve. This was covered under a 3 month warranty.
Great - the light on dash went off - and I thought all was well - until about 10 miles later, then came back on again - and has been on ever since. The garage advised me not to worry about it, and just to pop in next time i was passing, and they would fit a new EGR valve. That was a few weeks ago (I live in London, and the garage is the North West!)
The other day though, suddenly on the motorway the car was limited to 3500rpm - and has been every since.
I also might be paranoid a bit - but when I step out of the car, there is a fairly strong smell of fumes. That might be something / nothing though.
So my question is - when I take this back to the garage - if they replace the EGR valve, is that likely to fix my issues - or could the engine limiting to 3500rpm be unrelated to the EGR valve?
Also - is it safe to drive the car with it limited to 3500rpm? Or is that a definite sign that I need to get the car to a garage down here in London ASAP to get it looked at?!
Any help appreciated, as I am a relative car novice.