1996 P38 4.6HSE, owned for 14 years, 88k miles...
Over the years I have experienced all of the usual problems (suspension, door latches, bits dropping off, etc.) but the engine itself has never given me any issues. It's not exactly concours condition - it's used as a workhorse, but has done well so far.
Several weeks ago, I jumped in the car and it was struggling to start - not battery, which is fine (a relatively recent heavy duty addition), but turning over strongly and simply not firing up. Eventually it did, but after a mile or so I got a "Gearbox Fault" message. I decided to head straight home and then the engine stopped and I ground to a halt. Managed to start it again and got it home. Later I checked all the simple bits and couldn't find any obvious problem. The car still took a few goes to start from cold (fine when warm), but the "Gearbox Fault" message had gone. It ran for a few short journeys like that. However, it seemed to be taking longer to change gear than previously, so I thought I would take it to a friend who has 4 of the things (glutton for punishment) to see what he thought. However...
Now it just turns over strongly but won't fire up. Everything is moving that should except the engine itself.
I wondered if it could be linked to the gearbox problem, but everything seems to move smoothly, including the transfer box.
So, my question is: is there something I should try which might get it to fire up? And if I do get it to start, should I drive it to a mechanic to get the gearbox checked over?
Or do I simply bite the bullet and give it a Viking funeral?
Any advice welcome.