Originally Posted by Narag
car starts, runs for a few minutes, then dies. I can't restart it for a bit after the fact either. It'll just sit and crank. I still have the old ignition but i'm curious if anyone has input to offer.
I own a brand new 1988 SSE since Jan 89
Well, by experience I can only tell you to stay away from junkyard coilpacks
replacement (either DELCO & Magnavox type)
I did this error once and finally resumed to a new ignition coil pack to solve the erratic firesparks I had to deal with a junkyard specimen.
The reason is that most of them will die around 200,000 to 225,000 km'* and most of our cars 87-91 have already reached the 200,000 km'* bar and this includes the junkyard specimens. Using them will only postpone the problem you had on a very short period of time. (You will only borrow some time before this comes up again snagging your car reliability ; few weeks, maybe few months but that'* all)
The junkyard replacement specimen is a defenitive cheaper option that can be considered only if you intent to get rid of the car soon otherwise if you intent to keep the car for many years to come, a brand new coil pack from GM is the right thing to do in my opinion.
This will restore the genuine reliability of your spark fire system and surely will be the last time you will face this problem...unless you reach the next 450,000 km'*.bar with it.