Hi guys, got a bit of a problem and it's come at the worst possible time!
Had my 2005 wrx for about 2 months, and all running fine, except a couple of times when I appeared to have lost all boost after some hard driving, but turn off and on again and all is well.
However, I have just driven from the UK to the French Alps for a skiing / driving holiday, and have developed a big problem!
2/3 along the journey, under hard acceleration in 5th the car lost all power violently for a split second and then the engine warning light came on.
When i next filled up the light went off, so i thought all was well, but a couple of hours later it happened again.
This afternoon I took the car to a bosh service centre in Bourg. They hooked it up to computer and it had logged a turbo pressure error. Immediate thought was a leaky or blocked hose, they checked all the hoses/connectors and found a bit of blockage. We all though this would be the end of it, but a quick test drive prompty showed the problem again.
After much hunting around, they could not find anything else wrong, and they proposed that the ecu map was non standard and was not suitable for this altitude (>1000m), and told me to drive very softly
This could make sense as I seem to remember the first time it raised its ugly head was in an elevated (around 400-500m) area of france north of Dijon, but I cant be sure from memory.
However, as far as I have been told (by the seller), this car is completely standard.
So, it's looking like my holiday will turn it a big disappointment unless I can get this sorted in the next couple of days.
Has anyone experienced anything similar, and other ideas of possible cause, things to check etc etc?