Decided to take the 360 to a couple of client meetings today, total round trip of approx 300km. About 20km into the trip I get a warning message in the screen under the RPM needle saying "Slow Down".
At first it started to flash on and off then stayed on permanently. At the same time the "Check Engine" light came on. Shortly afterwards there was a distinct loss of power, and in 6th gear I could not get the engine to rev above 4,000 rpm or approx 70 mph.
Pulled in engine off and on, battery off and on, but to no avail. Engine sounded VERY rough, like it was running off 4 cylinders instead of 8. Started off again, "Slow Down" coming on and off intermittantly and serious lack of power and "Check Engine" on permanently.
Finally I limped to my first meeting. Parked outside and 5 hours later came out with fingers crossed. To my delight, she started up fine and drove fine, full power back, engine sounded right, but a few miles down the road the "Slow Down" came back on along with "Check Engine". Instead of following the advice, I dropped 2 gears and floored it, and the "Slow Down" went off, but "Check Engine" stayed on.
After my second meeting it drove home perfectly, kept it at a good pace (80 - 90 mph) all the way and drove it up and down the gears with the engine reving smoothly and power as per normal. But the "Check Engine " light was still on all the way home.
Once at home, switched battery off for about 10 minutes. Fired her back up and all the warning lights gone. Short spin, everything is fine, no warning lights of any kind.
Can anyone shed any light on what could have possibly caused the problem? Symptoms of a serious impending issue, something I can just hope doesnt happen again, or something in between???
Thanks in advance