Help, please! I have a 1996 Toyota Celica automatic transmission with just under 160k miles. It’s always been a great car, very reliable and very few problems. A few days ago, it started having trouble starting (engine would turn over and not fire, usually starts after four or so tries) and then will bog down considerably while taking off from a stop until it shifts into second gear. No problem idling, not stalling.
Mechanic changed fuel filter, checked fuel pressure, plugs, cam and ignition timing, catalytic converter - all okay. Thinks it might be the distributor but would take a few hundred dollars worth of work to diagnose, plus whatever expense if it is the distributor, and obviously more if it is not. I don’t have a bunch of extra cash, and something about this solution worries me.
Might it be the distributor? Has anybody run into this problem? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!