The saga continues. As some may recall, I posted a story about how
the fuel pump on my 5000 CSQ was cavitating, making horrible noises,
and the car was losing power intermitently. The problem turned out
to be the fuel filter.
Well, as a continuance of using dirty gas, my mechanic tells me the
fuel distributor ($635 list price) isn't delivering fuel to the
number one cylinder. The problem is that the delivery orfices are
small enough that they're machined using a laser. The good part is
that, after he machines a 3.5 mm allen wrench, the metering needle
can (sometimes) be used to clear the orfice. Won't know till
So, to re-iterate, don't buy dirty gas. That is: go to a gas station
that sells lots of gas, is a national brand, is of fairly recent
construction, and one that you think is at least inclined to make
sure every thing is clean.