10 December 2008
the bug is back
i took it in with a list of things to fix (including new shocks), and they found all kinds of problems which explained the crappy ride and deteriorated performance: broken springs, blocked intake manifold, failed oxygen sensor, failing fuel filter...
on the ride back home, it was magic. the ride was nicer, yes, but dear god i had forgotten how the thing used to accelerate. at 90 hp, you can't really expect too much, but damn it's nice to have back the car i was sold on in '98. this is the kind of improvement i'd expect had i had a chip put it. i wonder how many HP i was down...
i don't take enough pictures of it, so included is the one i took tonight back at home.
Unsexy update: the check engine light is on. i must take it back to my mechanic. yargh!!!!
Sexy update: it was a stuck-open valve on the EGR causing the check engine light. fixed! (dec 12)
Yet another unsexy update: the check engine light is back on. argh!!!!!! (dec 14)
Sigh: it's dec 19, 2 days since i dropped off my car, and it won't be ready until the 22nd. new EGR valve, i'm told. getting tired of this...
Dec 22 update: it's back! i think i forgot how to drive.