It's died on me! Unresolved problems, but from the symptoms, I'm guessing that the piston rings have gone.
I am amazingly disappointed with this car, after hearing all the good hype about how indestructible these engines are. It hasn't reached 100,000 miles, yet supposedly these engines last twice round the clock.
Also, due to this being the very rare auto version, the majority of insurance companies won't even accept its existence, and those who do have classified it as insurance group 14, which is very high for a 1.6 with 112bhp. Yes, it is reasonable quick, I took mine to 128mph, but for this insurance group I'd wanna hit 140mph!
I loved this car, 3 months of problem free driving, then out of nowhere it completely dies. For a car with a fantastic reputation, I was completely gutted... I would not recommend this car due to high running and insurance cost, semi-decent performance, but not up to the level of rivals such as Saxos, XR2/3s, and it couldn't even out-accelerate a 1.6 5dr VX Astra!
On a positive note, the body kit and spoiler do make it look a little like the granddaddy Pulsar GTI-R, but it's still a sunny at heart, so if you see one for sale, then back away!