Is this an 8V or 16V motor?
Either way, at that mileage there is enough assumed engine wear for smoking. Worn, leaking valve stem seals and piston rings could cause the smoking. Just keep up on the oil maintenance and it will keep running.
The idle/stalling issue is probably not related. Check very closely for broken or cracked vacuum hoses, intake boot, and crankcase ventilation hoses. These cars are very sensitive to intake leaks.
Monday, July 20th, 2009 AT 8:32 PM