I have the above on a 57 plate it's done 35,000 miles. I've had a strange humming noise for a number of weeks that I deduced was engine but more likely drivetrain related as it only occured when the engine was in gear and under load.
On Tuesday I drove 130m to London (mainly motorway) and hit traffic. As I pulled off the car juddered slightly, It was so insignificant that I wondered whether it was my clutch control rather then the car, then it happened again and again until I got there. Car stays parked up for 2 days and 40 miles into my return journey I hit traffic on the M25 again. It Juddered on two consecutive occasions in heavy stop start traffic so I turned the stereo off and put the window down. The car sounded totally funked!!
There was lots of scraping and squeeking noises, loud enough for other drivers to take note and look. The the car sort of stalled but the engine didn't cut out it was like a very violent fore and aft rock, then it wouldnt go into first gear.
I had to ride the clutch at about 3000 rpm to get it to move before the wheels locked and it almost stalled again. Again I couldn't get it back into gear and one of the noises was like the sound of a bolt going round in a washing machine still with scraping (as though you're dragging a trolley jack across the ground). There was no noises on tickover at any revs, only when in gear so I'm assuming it is drivetrain??
I got into the hard shoulder, left it sat for 20 mins and then tried to move but the wheels locked again so got recovered. After a further hour of being stood, the guy drove it straight onto the recovery truck (and back off at the other end) with no noise or issue??
I'm totally at a loss as the car was totally undriveable, I'm normally quite willing to take a risk with cars but this sounded and acted completely unsafe to drive.
Sorry for the long post but wanted to fully describe the issue. Any help is greatly appreciated.