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#1160 of 1419 Re: gas mileage on Saturn SL 2? [kdarm]
Oct 08, 2004 (11:17 am)
Although not exactly the same, I had a 5-speed 2000 SW2 for a while. The SC, SL and SW shared the same 124 hp DOHC engine during the 2000 year, and I assume for 1998. The gas mileage was good (listed 28-37 mpg, measured 40 on about 10 occasions with all highway driving, averaged about 34 with mixed driving). For the 2000 model year, at least 15 % of the vehicles had the intake manifold gasket fail (reasonably cheap $300). The AC Delco battery will unexpectedly fail and leak. I also had some transmission problems (quill bearing). I traded the car in about a year ago. A "good" deal on this vehicle would be < $3,500 if the mileage is under 80,000 and the body is in perfect condition. Otherwise, try for a Geo Prism. You get the reliability of a Toyota Corolla and the undeserved American car type depreciation of a Chevy Cavalier (good if you are going to buy it used).
#1161 of 1419 1998 Saturn SL1, Oil and Coolant lights flashing
May 27, 2005 (2:58 pm)
For a while now the oil and coolant lights have been flashing. However, no real problem has been found with the car until the other day. Driving down the highway it started knocking. Pulled over and discovered it was short 3 quarts of oil. Oil change just 1000 miles ago. Checked drain plug and its secure. No obvious leaks. However, looking in the coolant reservoir tank I see a sludgy mix of something. Someone told me the head gasket may need to be replaced and may be causing the oil and antifreeze to mix. After one day of driving I still have oil and things seem to be normal, except for the flashing lights. Thoughts?
On another note, one day i entered the car using jus they key and not the remote. The car went into panic mode as if I had hit the panic button on the remote. Putting the key in the ignition didnt resolve. I had to use the remote to lock the doors to get it to stop. Thoughts?
#1162 of 1419 chocolate in my peanutbutter
May 28, 2005 (10:17 am)
I have a 1999 Saturn SW2. Back in November I noticed oil sludge in the coolant side of things, but no coolant on the oil side. I assumed that the head gasket had failed ( only 72K), so I pulled the head, had it resurfaced, put in a new gasket, used the old bolts, and zipped it back up. I noticed right away that there was now lots of coolant in the oil side of things, and no oil in the coolant. I pulled the head off again, had the head pressure checked, and it was fine. I got in a tiff with the local Saturn dealer about whether I should have used new head bolts. Another engine, a long block, became available, so rather than mess with the original block/head, I dropped the long block in. I zipped it up, ran it, and it began to leak oil profusely. Again, there was lots of coolant in the oil side, no oil in the coolant. The excess oil/coolant was going overboard at a port just below the intake manifold near cylinder #1.
Here is my question to Saturn home mechanics who might know the answer. Is there any other interface, besides the head gasket plane, where oil and coolant can come together? For example, the intake manifold, a radiator with side oil coolers, etc....I find it hard to believe that I've got another failed head gasket on a totally different motor. This motor came out of a wreck that had only 29K miles on it.
May 29, 2005 (12:06 pm)
Sometimes the key wont turn unless I jerk the wheel around for a bit, any clue why?. And now bouth key chain remotes arnt working.
#1164 of 1419 Re: Keys [alexzevahc]
May 29, 2005 (12:44 pm)
It is not uncommon in any car to have to loosen the steering wheel by pulling on it (not necessarily "jerking it around a bit") before the key will turn.
#1165 of 1419 Re: 1998 Saturn SL1, Oil and Coolant lights flashing [sattool]
May 30, 2005 (7:50 am)
Back in September I had the same thing happen...I noticed I was low on oil and looked around for it and found it in the coolant...2 to 3 weeks prior to that my coolant light had started coming on...
To make a long story short your cylinder head is likely cracked on one of the cam journals...it is a very common problem for these...
#1166 of 1419 r billieux 97 saturn
May 31, 2005 (10:34 am)
This thing does not want to be repaired for 6 days after adjusting idle it behaved--no codes now back to map[ code again--no vac problem according to gauge--could it be connection to engine or connection to brake booster--hear a whoosh noise when applying brake not loud--pedal down
#1168 of 1419 SC1 starting trouble
Jun 05, 2005 (8:16 pm)
Hi I have a saturn sc1 2000 model. It has done about 59K miles. Lately it has been giving me trouble starting. The engine starts fine, however as soon as I put it in gear the engine dies. I have to rev real hard, put it in gear and immediately set off. However after driving for sometime it continues to idle(when i stop at lights) without dying. But if i switch off the engine and try restarting it again has trouble starting off. Any ideas as to what the cause is?
#1169 of 1419 95 saturn sc2 with engine noise, help please
Jun 09, 2005 (2:35 pm)
hello group I have a 95 saturn sc2 with a nasty noise. i was told it could be a lack of oil pressure at the timing chain tensioner so the tensioner was replaced (and yes it did seem clogged ) everything reassembled and now the noise is as bad if not worse. the vehicle accelerates fine, no lack of power but this noise is very obvious. any suggestions PLEASE. thanks in advance.