Okay, here's the update:
I took the time to check out the vacuum hoses. Nothing unusual stood out.
I replaced the front motor mounts. The passenger side motor mount and the drivers side tranny mount.
There was a small improvement, but nothing significant.
Then, over the following week I installed: a new
-camshaft position sensor,
-crankshaft sensor and a
-VVT solenoid sensor
It is recommended to change the oil and filter when replacing the VVT solenoid.
So I did.
The car has woken up out of it's slumber and doesn't have a shudder as it did before.
Note: This car/toaster is the easiest vehicle I've ever worked on. It looks like a toy and it is like working on a toy.
I hope this info. helps someone else down the road.
Here are some pic's to peep at.
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