Yes!! Someone with the same problem as mine! Ahem... I mean, sorry to hear your car has a surging idle and lags at low speed. And, umm... welcome to the forums!
Heh, my car has the trim faded like yours too. I think there was an emblem there that came off. Your FE is kinda low, tho. I drive to get passed, but I get 65mpg. At 60mph your F
conomy should be over 50mpg I think.
Actually, my car no longer lags or stutters at slow speed. I think the Valve adjustment and the correct spark plugs were the biggest factor for fixing this problem. Do a full tune up including spark plugs--make sure your car has the right plugs!! This is very
important. Under the hood it should give you the number for the right ones. The NGK something 11 is the ones you want. Look under your hood. And change the other tuneup items, the (forget what it's called), but anyway, fuel filter, air filter and spark plug wires. Any other tune up items that might help? The other thing that helped with the lag at low RPM is a valve adjustment. Does your engine sound like jingling change when you go hard on the gas at low RPM? Best place to test this is going up a hill at 1100 1200 rpm. I think that's all I've done is the valve adjustment and the tune up. I also replaced my timing belt and alternator belt, but not sure if that would have any bearing. If you need to change the timing belt, check the alternator belt, maybe change the fuel pump while your at it, and do the valve adjustment then as it is easy access when getting to the timing belt. Make sure you check out TomO's profile -- he has some great links and info on the VX. He is kind of the
VX guy on the forums.
Oh, and anything you learn about fixing the problem... please pass it on!! thanks
Edit: Umm... maybe make sure your car really is a VX. Only reason I say so, your rims don't look like the stock VX rims and your FE doesn't reflect a VX's either, but rather a normal DX or CX. But the power lag I think is unique to the VX. How much did you pay if you don't mind my asking? Car is nice shape!