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Burned Oil Excessively Until It Cracked A Piston


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
122,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced engine (1 reports)
1996 Saturn SL1 engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Saturn SL1 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 062006

(reported on)


  • 122,000 miles


Unbelievable!! I was putting oil in the car every other day. I detected no leaks. The engine finally went on me 3 days ago. I have never owned a car that drank oil like this. I did not hear that Saturns had this type of problem until after it happened to me. Everyone told me I was buying a reliable car! I now hear that this happens a lot to older saturns. They have a habit of building up carbon on the pistons. A mechanic told me that putting a light oil in the spark plug holes, running the engine for a few minutes, then draining, and changing the oil will break up this build-up. I wish I would have known this sooner.

- , Holland, NY, USA

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