Decided I should be using the Dolomite more, at least once a week to keep it freed up and save on adding miles to the Acclaim, especially with it behaving fairly well recently. With that in mind I used it to drive to work yesterday, drove there absolutely no problem. I was actually thinking to myself what a fine daily conveyance it'd make At the end of my shift I set off towards Buchanan Galleries to pick up Girlfriend_70s, this is where problems started.
Traffic was worse than usual and when the car got up to temp it lost it's idle, with some throttle applied it would hold at about 1,000rpm, any less and it'd start spluttering badly. Then the car died at a busy junction with fences around the pavement, there was much horn blasting and angry people as I pushed the car around a corner. I gave it a couple of mins to cool which caused it to recover a bit.
After this I managed to limp the car on to the M8, by this point it was seriously down on power. It's run semi-decently on a tiny bit of throttle but any more and it'd start coughing and bog down completely. Actual airflow through the engine bay did improve things and I managed to slowly achieve 50mph.
I got to Buchanan Galleries, collected Girlfriend_70s and set off again. By this point it was nearly impossibly to pull away from a standstill without stalling. I developed a tactic of bouncing the car off the line on the clutch while reving the bejeezus out of the thing bit by bit to gain momentum until I could pull away using the low throttle.
Then it died again at a red light. There was more horns and angryness. When the lights turned green I tried to push the car across the junction but they went red as I was halfway through and rather than wait the traffic barged towards the clearly fucked car with the driver pushing it with more angry and horns. A small downhill section gained me the momentum required to get the car off the road and on to the pavement.
We waited for 10 or so minutes for it to cool down and then it behaved perfectly fine. Until about halfway up Great Western Road, which was incredibly busy for some reason. By this point I'd mastered the art of bouncing the car off the line but doing this uphill was seriously sketchy and acceleration was glacial. Turned off at the Botanic Gardens as there wasn't a hope in hell of getting up the next hill in heavy traffic and managed to cough and splutter to Maryhill Tesco where we waited for another 10 mins for the car to cool before finally making it home...