Ok, we started it from a cold start and it ran terrible, we pulled in a shop. The mechanic put it up on the rack and went right away checking dual catalytic convertors, resonators, etc.
Then they started saying that the check engine light would not respond or come on at all. They were wanting to keep the car at 80 per hour and go into the dash. (I am not paying for an idiot light, that would make me the idiot) They claimed at first the car was too old, that they had newer meters, then they tried and older meter and claimed the ECU wouldn't keep flashing long enough for them to get the code. Then he started checking the coils, one was newer and had been replaced, the other was original, so he ordered a coil. $215, out the door and the car ran great. Until the next day. From a cold start, it takes three or four tries until it stays running, and when you go it has half power, running slow until it builds up speed. Then stopped at red lights it is idling higher, we pull over turn the thing off and go in a store or something and come back out, start it and it runs great again. After that, there are no more problems the rest of the day.
I am considering a plug job, and a fuel filter replacement and see if it helps. It can't hurt anything but my wallet, since I do not know when they were replace last.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012 AT 7:06 AM