I think my car has been trying to kill me... it's the sort of behaviour you expect from a Plymouth Fury. Emissions in the cab due to blowing exhaust. Time to get a new one... Sold the Beetle a while ago... Enough of classic cars WAY TOO MUCH WORK AND HEART ACHE! Don't care much what I get so long as it runs, has a reasonable sound system, and it would be nice if it was black.
Right on with the big shutdown and start pulling plugs. Sorry HAL its for your own good.