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Failsafe engine mode light comes on, then mechanic finds nothing

On my 2000 Jaguar XJ8 VP, the "failsafe engine mode" light came on...with TRAC and ACS disabled warnings. So car only goes about 20 - 30 mph. Did this 2 consecutive days. When I took it in, they turned it off, then on and it no longer does it. Runs normallly. Computer test finds nothing, except maybe throttle sensor A malfunctioning.
About a month ago, the "low antifreeze" warning came on, but shen I pulled in a station and bought antifreeze, they said it looked fine.
So I wonder...is it the sensing mechanism that is malfunctioning? I hate to drive too far in case...

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This will need to be addressed by the dealership probably need to reset ur computers

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