Originally Posted by pm0369
well the reason I don't think it could be bad gas is because I've cycled two tanks through it before it stop running. I put gas in both my vehicles the same day by the same gas station. Now Karack... I am very afraid of checking my compression just for the fact that I'm terrified to know that I need to rebuild this beast...
Completly dumped all fuel and started a fresh tank?
STORY TIME :P I used to own a GEO metro. When I bought it, it ran PERFECT like a kitten. Then after a few days the thing started doing EXACTLY what you discribed (cept for the reverse light thing). HOT and studdering at high RPMs then shutting off. I changed the plugs and plug wires and the distributer... NOTTA. My buddy took a wiff of the exhaust and we deside to dump the tank and clean the hell out of it. Sure enough after washing out the tank with acetone she fired right up and continued purring like a kitten till she rusted through.
EDIT: Now a GEO metro is a piston powered TBI engine. So it is a different beast, but the theory remains.
Compression test would rull out a lot of stuff. I'll help you check it if you need help.