Originally Posted by bwcamp
The last couple of weeks I have noticed strong smell of gasoline after backing out of garage. No gasoline smell in garage at all so no obvious leaks. Car starts and idles fine (no misses) and appears to run smooth enough but noticed severe loss of power on hills and acceleration is not what it used to be on the flats. Fumes and power loss appeared about the same time so I expect are related. Any feedback appreciated. Car has 170,000 kms.
Had the exact same problem : don't know if you have this on cold monrings, but I live in Montreal Canada - gets pretty damn cold in winter. I had gas odor in car on cold morning starts, loss of power, and engine would lope a couple of times immediately after a warm engine re-start (eg 10-15 minutes after short trip with a warm engine)- started at around 95k last year (March/03) - brought to dealer for 100k inspection, and they told me it was the converter.
Lucky it was covered by warranty. Things seemed ok for a while - but this past winter the same problems started again. Back to dealer, they cannot find any error codes or anything - ended up cleaning the throttle body but that did squat.
Recently, the problem has progressed to the engine missing intermittently during idle in drive - as if it was about to stall. But not every day, so it is very strange. Changed fuel filter, plugs (old plugs looked like normal wear), tested wires, rotor & cap ok. Darn thing is that no error codes ever show up, so nobody knows where to look!
Hope your repair lasts longer than mine did - and if anybody has any thoughts, I really would appreciate it! (the dealer mechanic tells me its normal for this model year....I better not tell my friend who also has a 2000, or he'll be jealous of me!!)