No, it does not pop and spit. It takes a while to start but once started with the transmission in park and with the gas peddle depressed perhaps 1/2 way to the floor, the engine starts to accelerate and after about 3, 4 or 5 seconds the RPM's are high enough that I'm not comfortable with the high engine speed so I release the gas peddle. The engine doesn't stall and I can repeat the above. If I start the engine then put the transmission in drive, there is not enough power to move the car and the engine stalls.
I don't know if the following is related but prior to this problem I experience the following issue. Upon startup I would place the trans in drive, depress the accelerator and the engine would not accelerate. I would quickly press then release the gas peddle 5 or 6 times then the engine would accelerate. I would have to repeat the process each time I wanted to accelerate away from a stop sign or red light until I had driven perhaps 1 mile. After that, the engine would perform normally.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 9:18 AM