Never heard of Tony. I'm in Wausau, darn it! Driving in Chicago is much easier.
On hot days my 3.0L would totally cut out at anything over half throttle, and pick back up when I let off the gas. Acted like a fuel problem but they actually run worse when coasting when the pickup screen is plugged. Standing still it could be revved up just fine. Eventually it would sputter for a few minutes, then die, but could be restarted in a couple of minutes. Ran fine on cold days until about two months ago when it died completely. Finally I found no spark. ASD relay was turning on and scanner said it was calling for spark. Popped in a used coil from my other van and it's running great. Made a 570 mile round trip around the state and it's back up to almost 23 mpg. Yippee!
All I can figure is at higher rpm and load, it took a higher spark voltage and that's when the coil was breaking down. When it died and had to be trailered home, that was the first time in 22 years and 224,000 miles it didn't get me home on its own power.
Friday, January 14th, 2011 AT 6:28 PM