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#29: 10-15-2004, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by shane

What is it with Americans coming up with new words? Use either shudder or stutter for crying out loud. Studder????????????????????
Sounds like the car just hesitates intermittently would be a better description.
Did you guys even go to school - or did you forget most of what you learnt when you left? It's not hard to speak like an adult.

For what it's worth, I'll try to help. A modern car takes miles to adapt to a higher octane fuel. From my experience, the consumption of around 3 tank fulls of a higher octane fuel allows the car to fully adapt to it and therefore make the most out of it. If you are exepriencing the hesitation symptoms described here, run you car on three full tanks of the highest octane fuel available and see if the problem persists. Don't try one tank of low octane in between the other tanks of high octane.

Main Entry: stutˇter
Function: verb
Etymology: frequentative of English dialect stut to stutter, from Middle English stutten; akin to Dutch stotteren to stutter, Gothic stautan to strike -- more at CONTUSION
intransitive senses
1 : to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by spasmodic repetition or prolongation of vocal sounds)
2 : to move or act in a halting or spasmodic manner <the old jalopy bucks and stutters uphill -- William Cleary>

Main Entry: shudˇder
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): shudˇdered; shudˇderˇing /-d(&-)ri[ng]/
Etymology: Middle English shoddren; akin to Old High German skutten to shake and perhaps to Lithuanian kuteti to shake up
1 : to tremble convulsively : SHIVER

As you can see, both terms "stutter" and "shudder" could be used to describe a car that shakes under acceleration. And by definition, stutter means "hesitates intermittently." As for the misspellings, they are of no real consequence, since everyone understands the intent. So, please, no more comments about correct terminology, since it really doesn't help the discussion.

My car definitely stutters when I apply medium throttle in 2nd and 3rd gear. I have 2100 miles, and have never used less than 93 octane gas. I do think that it is related to the computer/fuel system somehow. The car WANTS to take off, but for some reason the computer holds you back.