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I have a '95 Eclipse with just under 200k miles on it. Maintenance has generally been very prompt, and over the past four or five years I've replaced damn near everything short of the exhaust system and the block - tranny, clutch, water pump, timing belt, fan belt, radiator. Maybe a couple other minor things, but those are the biggies.
Recently, my car has occaisionally decided to just die in the middle of the road. This is, you know, disconcerting, although luckily it's summer and there's next to no traffic. It seems to happen only when I clutch - the tach just immediately bottoms out, the engine dies, and the "Check Engine" light comes on. I can start it right back up and it runs fine, but that's not, you know, good, and I'd hate for it to happen when I really need to accelerate.
In addition to it flat dying, there are also occasions where the tach is just erratic as shit when I clutch - drops below normal idle, then powers to above normal idle, then stabilizes or continues to ping-pong within a 1k RPM range. It may or may not be worth noting that over the past couple months there's been rather a lot more bass in the engine sound, but I'm pretty sure that something in my muffler got knocked loose by constantly bottoming out my car on the turn into my street (it's like a 40% grade on a two-foot ramp, there's no way an Eclipse can make it without bottoming out. Believe me, I've tried.)
The only thing I could think of that might do this would be some kind of weirdness with either the fuel sensor or the fuel pump itself, but I'm not terribly knowledgeable about cars. I also have negative dollars right now, so I'm really really hoping it's something I can fix myself, cheaply, without a hoist or weird specialty tools.