Hey guys, I got another problem on my gf's 2.3 mazda. Its a 97, 5spd, 2wd, 130k miles. New plugs/wires ~1000 miles ago.
Ever since she bought it in January 08, it's ran really wierd when shifting. It's like the RPM's stay up real high after we push the clutch in and let off the throttle. For instance, if I shift at 3500 rpm's I can count to three before the rpms get down to 2000.
I drove my friends 96 ranger, identical drivetrain, and his rpm's drop right away, like instantly. And his has way more power, but I think thats related to the cat being a little clogged on the mazda?
It's also running rich too. The a/c doesn't work, and a lot of times with the windows open we can smell gas really strong when taking off from a stop or turning corners. Don't know if it's related, but it could be.
This truck has been nothing but problems, (timing belt, abs light, misfire, no power, bad mileage, leaking a/c, no hot/cold control) and she's about ready to drive it off a cliff, rightfully so. I keep telling her that it'll last once we get everything fixed on it. But where does it end?
So what do you guys think is goin on with this thing? Any help would be great!!!