I've had the same thing happen to mine previously. With mine it was the spark plugs were ridiculously dirty. Warning for you though: If you have a California Emissions standard model, like mine, the SOHC journal head unit is notorious for developing cracks between the third and fourth cams. This will cause oil and coolant to mix and your engine will start either "chugging" (hard back and forth motions at idle or slow starts) or cause it to have a slow start shifting between gears. I'm currently on my second SOHC and this one's leaking now, too. Wondering if it might just be a better idea to replace the whole engine now, instead of going with another "new" cam journal head.
Friday, March 16th, 2012 AT 2:56 PM