Thanks for your prompt reply! Unfortunately I don't recall the last time the plugs were replaced; I'm usually very good about saving receipts for car repairs but I'm afraid with this car I've been remiss. I seriously doubt the plugs were the originals, as I have had the car serviced pretty much according to schedule, give or take a few months (not years!). As to the hole, the dealer, with whom I'd worked before for the timing belt/water pump with no problems, just said that instead of firing through the top to the cylinder, there was a hole in the side causing the spark to go through the hole, leaving the car to run on 3 cylinders. Virtually word-for-word. As for the first shop, I don't think they were covering anything up; they refunded almost half the bill immediately upon hearing of the stall and the second round of diagnostic testing, no fighting over it. I give them a lot of credit for that. Anyway, it all seems so coincidental that it's happening at the same time: big expensive repairs that I wouldn't expect with a Honda, whose reputation is huge for lasting much longer than 109,000 miles. I'm very disillusioned with Honda but hopefully it's over for a long time to come. Only things not yet replaced that's left to "go", besides the engine and transmission, are the starter and alternator which the dealer said "tested perfect". But I made him take the comment back: I don't care what kind of car you drive, if you say something good about it it will hear you and it will break down. Murphy's Law # who knows!
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 AT 8:40 AM