I will try to encapsulate my experience in my 'new' car. It feels tight and new and it's pretty amazing that it really has 242,800 miles on the odometer. Dunno why someone would roll the odometer forward, but if they did, it wouldn't surprise me. That said, the engine isn't as smooth as my '93 VX's. There is a hesitation of sorts even when the throttle is fairly wide open. I suppose the hesitation is similar to a lean burn stumble, but compared to my car it's much more frequent and less smoothly. The previous owner uses this website to get OEM parts: Honda Parts at HondaPartsDeals.com: Honda Accessory, Honda Car Parts, Honda Auto Parts, Honda Accord Parts Not sure if this is a leigit, good place to get parts or not. I wonder if the stutter could be from improper brand of spark plugs? Any other ideas what it could be? Otherwise the car really drives more like it has 42,800 miles than 242,800.
It's actually running beautifully now; I think it was just adjusting to my different driving style. Man this thing drives nice! Steering is really nice; shifter, clutch; everything seems perfect. The engine sounds young, healthy and willing. Still can't get over how long the ad was up before I bought it. People get scared off by one thing: the mileage; their loss, my gain! (Ok, I really need to stop gloating).
well, it's still hesitating. It seems to be the happiest, smoothest and most powerful in 3rd gear above 2000 RPMs and the stutter seems to be worst at lower RPMs in all gears. 5th gear seems to be the worst at low RPMs. I'm really hoping a tune up solves it completely. WIll be doing a tune up tomorrow or Tuesday.
Have you done a compression test? How about vacuum readings? Mine pulls 22 at idle I believe rock steady. I don't have any of these hesitation problems. I do have a check engine light on though. I pulled the egr and it is clean and clear. I was bored and had some time. You could unplug the 02 and see if it is related to that. Also check timing.
I haven't done any tests. When the engine is cold it runs smooth. The hesitation is also not present with very light throttle on flat or down a slight grade. Even with WOT it hesitates. It seems to hesitate less or completely go away above 3200RPM but I think that may be because the RPMs are climbing so quickly by that point. I also think that's why it's worse at lower RPMs and worse in higher gears (like 4th and 5th).