Change the fuel filter before doing anything else.
Not only the cheapest part, but also the most likely culprit.
i have less than 10K on the fuel filter.
I will check the connection again.
Weak battery connections did this to me before.
my battery is only two years old. Good brand also.
and the connection terminals are clean, and non-corroded.
Fuel pump might be a possible culprit. Does the car start right away if you turn the key to the on position....wait a couple of seconds, then crank it over? Might also explain the poor hill and WOT performance.
i will try turning it to on and waiting two seconds, and then cranking it.
I have kept up with maintanance, only things that are still orginal is:
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EDIT: i tried the turn on.. wait two seconds turn to start... it was bad..
car sounded as if i was killing the starter. very bad sound lots of scratching.
I tried again few seconds later.. this time not waiting the two seconds.. and i got the same response... and no the car wasnt already on.. was completely dead.
I tried a third time to start.. and it did.. this is got me very worried.. as it has
rapidly gone from good to bad.. in two days only.