In reply to a message from DanS sent Tue 2 Feb 2016:
Amen to that.
I have a car that I bought as a Marelli victim, and the
cause was poor maintenance/cheap maintenance of the
ignition: a very poor quality aftermarket cap and rotor had
The PO had not been all that conscientious as regards plug
changes, either. I found two different brands (!) in the
Keep that ignition up to snuff, and keep the fuel system up
to snuff (filters, pressure regulators, all important hoses
at the injectors), and you really don’t have much to worry
My car’s history: 1990, by 2002 failed by Marelli. Since
when I got it back on the road (2003), it has not missed a
beat- had to be towed twice: once due to a failed starter
(consequence of the fire, I suspect) and once the very
first time I took it out after fitting the manual box: I
had set the Marelli flywheel sensor clearance incorrectly,
and after the car warmed up, it shut down. After I
adjusted the clearance, car has been fine ever since.
My own opinion is that, sure, the Marelli cars will bite,
but not unless wantonly neglected.
Pay attention, and you will be fine.
The original message included these comments:
Also the dizzy mod would add more protection for you. The
owners who carry out the yearly maintaince are the ones
who never have this problem!
Also take a good look at the fuel injection hoses, they
should be changed every ten years.
Mike, '90 5.3 XJS Conv., 5-spd+3.54, SE-ECU+TT F/R bars
Lakewood, OH, United States
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