I got my 02 at the end of last year and I love it! I have had some of the same problems but she is running like a champion now. When i first got the car i used to smell a strong fuel smell in my car when it was cold outside. I brought it in and there was a recall on our year car to have all the fuel lines replaced. I have the same BOV as you but i never knew that it was not good so i will have to look into that. I had smoke coming out of my hood scoop and I thought it was from a Cv boot flinging grease onto my DP but turns out it was an external headgasket leak. replaced all the seals and gaskets, replaced the spark plugs, and the power steering rack and pinion boots (there was a rip in both of them) did a lot of modest performance upgrades and had it DYNO tuned and she is putting down 247 hp to the wheels. Fun to drive! as for the sputtering could be a lot of things. My advice is you need to go through the whole car with a fine tooth comb, there are a lot of systems and you have no idea how the last owner cared for the car. I went through a period of a couple of months checking the car out and finding all the problems the last owner left. Oh yeah check the timing belt! you dont want that to fail. Welcome! and thank god you got rid of that honda.