Hi, I've had this R reg 306 LX for 3 months, I drove down to London and back in one journey last week (about 200 miles) and now the whole car is falling apart
The engine was shaking and misfiring, so I checked the spark plugs - the second one from the left was completely black and the end was melted, there was also some oil on it
I replaced this plug and the ignition cables (just to be thorough) which seemed to fix the problem, for about 15 min - when I checked this new plug - it was black and oily again
I did an oil + oil filter change as it needed one anyway, but when under the car noticed the exhaust was blowing from the middle
- I've covered up two holes in the exhaust pipe with gun gum, which stopped the blowing in the middle, but the car splutters constantly, shakes loads when idle and there's a smell of petrol when standing next to it
There's also a significant loss of power - which is extremely frustrating considering I'm driving it to work and back every day (22 mile each way )
Any ideas? It's worth mentioning there's a leak on the left hand side of the engine which I've been told was the head gasket, but was a common leak and nothing to worry about
Thanks for any help!