bhg would be power loss all the time, right? sounds more like a cracked distrobuter cap, check your ignition system and there should be a little gasket around the base of the distor cap and see if thats all ok.
I was told about the white smoke. I have no white smoke, clean idle, and no knocking or pinging. Just power loss when going uphill and more noticeable in 1st and 2nd gear. I think my luck will be the same no matter what car I get. A water pump wouldn't have anything to do with it, would it?
if it's not stuttering,not smoking,not leaking,and your plugs look fine. i doubt it's a head gasket. but you said it feels sluggish sometimes.
it could be one of these or all:
1.wirn rotor,distrubutor cap, and wires.
3.clogged fuel filter
if it just started than one of these would be your problem. get all of these and do each one at a time but start with the fuel filter.
I agree with 2wickedtoyz.........No other symptoms other than loss of power on hills, I'd look at the fuel filter first. If that doesnt do it for you, then start looking at ignition components (ie: plugs, rotor, distributor cap etc.) As for blown head gasket, you'd have white smoke, discolored oil, fouled plugs etc. Good luck!
Thanks a whole lot guys. I will check the ingnition components after work. I will try to change the fuel filter this weekend. (if i can figure out how). Keep the posts coming though. I think we're getting to the bottom of it.