I have the same car and had a similar problem but my car just died and wouldn t restart. When you get it started does it run rough or misfire at all? Here is a simple check to eliminate a weak link in the ignition system. Take off the shroud on top of the engine and remove the coil housing which is the white castle looking thing. With it removed use an ohm meter to check for continuity between the contacts on top. If there is continuity the housing is bad. If there is no continuity it could still be bad. Look inside the housing to see if any of the plastic tubes look discolored or a darker yellow, like they were heated up. If it is it could be arcing between two of the cylinders mainly #1 & #3 and killing them just enough to make the engine die for the moment. It could be in the beginning stages of the problem. I had three different housings that were bad, two were making contact or were fused already and the third one checked out but was discolored a little between the top right and lower left tube. It took two of us, one a mechanic of 15 years, and 6 days to figure it out. The part only costs $38 at Auto Zone and is easy to change. So check it out before you invest a lot of time or money into it. Hope this helps.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 AT 7:56 AM