Geezuz... I hadn't thought of that, but that sounds spot-on. Car has
175K miles on it, engine purred, but in the previous few days it had
some hard starts and it was missing occasionally.
Not good news, but thanks for the heads up. I can now be appropriately
depressed when I call the mechanic. I had the entire top end of my last
one rebuilt at around 295K (215K of them mine), so ugh, I know what I
could be in for. That time was elective, not due to a catastrophic
failure, so while it hurt, it didn't have quite the same sting.