Thanks for the advice, but at some point I will have to buy another newer car. But never a zero miles car again. Checked the compression and it was good. It spun over so fast that I thought the valves were stuck open, but the compression checked out and I even went so far as to remove the valve cover and all looked perfect. Chain was tight and valves were moving normally. For 180,000 miles, I can eat off the inside of the valve cover. No sludge whatsoever. I installed the PVC upgrade when the vehicle had about 50K on it. Back to the riddle. I thought I was on to something when I pop started it without adding fuel. Figured it was the battery or cassette. But if that were true, why would it start, after failing to start, using the same battery and voltage, with just a squirt of fuel? My gut says that this is one of those dual issues. Both fuel and ignition, but which components exactly. I hate swapping out parts to solve a troubleshooting issue. Plus it gets expensive. Regarding the axle, very sad indeed. And if my OG9/3 is the improvement, I'd hate to see what failed. The support offered by the intermediate bearing is exactly what I'm talking about. If one side requires a bearing, why not use the same sized bearing on the drivers side? What did they save, $20 on a $40K vehicle? Even with a new driver and bushing, it's sloppy again within 10K. I've actually considered making my own seal carrier that would house an intermediate bearing fitted to a modified driver. The design would not be that much different than the classic 900. Now there's something novel for the propeller heads at Trollhattan. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, simply look back at what worked and re-use it. Same with the spring over double wishbone.... Probably too logical.
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