My mate has a R reg mk3 estate, 1.6 8v, X16SZR engine, which has always started first time - until Thursday when it turned over but wouldn't start up. Today we checked it over; took the plugs out- which were wet with petrol - cleaned them and checked that they all sparked, put them back and tried again. The engine tried to start a few times especially when the accelerator was floored, but won't run. We tried to start it with ezi start - nothing. The car has the same 16 pin diagnostics as my mk4, so I put my op-com on it - no error codes came up and all the sensor values seemed ok. Tomorrow we will try the paperclip test, and check the timing marks in case the belt has slipped - but that is very unlikely I think.
In the meantime has anyone got any suggestions?