I know what most have told me is to junk her but I believe in fixing things instead of throwing them away&I am sentimental with the damn thing, that being said please be nice&id appreciate any input, I have access to a self service garageif possible to do myself& mechanics that will help there but also friends with experience restoring& working on cars&a shop if things get more serious, at this point the car isn’t worth anything except to me& I’m determined to try.ill try to explain the problems best I can thank you.
She’s my zombie 92 tercel 200,000 miles automatic trans & has had work done over years as problems arise; New spark plugs, timing& serpentine belts, o2 sensor changed&changed ok oil regularly, last work was January 2015 new fuel pump& new head gasket
By March car was having dark exhaust first 5mins running& slighy rough idle but still made 15 miles daily ti work on freeway.
Feb-started noticing needs oil every other week or so, checked for leaks, no drops under car
April- driving 65mph on freeway car starts to slow down , pressing down on gas still loses speed down to 30mph, pulled onto off ramp shoulder& dies but still has power to car, turn off wait 10mins starts up fine makes it 10 miles to work on streets going 35-40mph.
Since then she’s been in the driveway’& will still start but after backing out will kind off sputter out& die, turn key& starts back up will drive around the block but with barely any power,it feels like a straw sucking up the last few drops in a drink is the image that comes ti mind, but not making any unusual sounds.
Have been told to head gasket again incase not installed correctly, fuel pressure, the fuel pump,egr valve among other things. Can’t reach old mechanic so trying to get idea about the issues before I ask for help & try ti find help fixing her.have had to wait for money ti finally have enough for whatever parts& labor I can’t do myself. Any recommendations on help in the las Vegas,nv area? Sorry such a long post trying to be specific as possible& like I said this cars sentimental to me, first new car id ever been in as a kid then mine when 18 & have put the work into her(some myself, other with lots of help) to keep bringing the zombie car back to life. Thanks for listening & have to say I really enjoy all the posts on this site some of the best car forums I’ve found