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A couple of months ago, I was driving throught the mountians of PA... It was about a 60mile stretch of 6% grade hills going up and down almost constantly.... By about 30 miles in, my cars performance was degrading... by that i mean lacking power. And by about 45miles in... I could hardly climb the hills.... creeping at 30mph..... This has happened once before a long time ago... Is it too much for the car to handle or another problem... like O2 sensor or inproper tranny cooling.... I have the 5spd. Can anyone give me any suggestions?
 

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I have the same problem when I drive to San Diego. It´s the car. They weren´t ment to be hill climbers. I find myself driving in 4th gear on most of the steep up hill grades. Even 3rd if the grade is real long. I don´t feel too bad though. My brother had a Toyota truck with a 2.4L and he had to hit 2nd on some grades. The big tires and gears probably played a part in it too though.
 

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Hrm... your air filter is clean? Chances are that the problem is temperature related, because you said that it gets worse with time.

Either way, you could try a different gear ratio, smaller tires, and advancing the cams.

My wagon actually gets better with time. After crusing on the highway for an hour or so it rides like a luxury car
 

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I have herd problems with that with the catyletic converter being somewhat clogged. But it could also be something with the fuel system too.
 

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Yeah... my airfilter is clean... I can run cross country if it is flat, its just when there is more than 20miles of mountians...
 

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Thats strange. I have a 91 EGT, pretty similiar to the 92s, with only 78,000mi on it. A few months back I drove it from northern PA to southern Georgia without any problems whatsoever. Also I live in PA. I go up and down mountains all the time and have never had any problems climbing them, hell I can cruise up one in fifth if I want. I would definatly have your car checked out.
 

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Here´s a good quick self check you can do. Lift the hood on your car and count your spark plugs. If there are only 4 don´t expect it to climb mount Everest any time soon.
 

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Check to see if you have a weak ignition coil. Somewhere I used to have the numbers. If you can find the specs, check the resistance through te coil when hot and when cold. The really important one is the hot number, that could be doing it. fuel delivery would be my next guess. I drove my 94 gt 5spd from one end of I 68 to the other every week for 2 years and never had a problem like that. Check the basics spark fuel and air. then check the catalytic converter. those are my nemisis in the world of cars.
 
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