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Car Shakes, Bad Acceleration

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
331,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
1996 Saturn SL1 engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Saturn SL1 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 262007

(reported on)

SL1 1.9L SOHC

  • Automatic transmission
  • 331,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My car started acting up by making a really loud squeaking noise, this was fixed after I added a new belt tensioner. Ever since i've had the car the service engine soon light has been on constantly. Recently it started flashing when I would accelerate, but now it's been flashing constantly. My Saturn now shakes at stops, for a while I couldn't stand it, but a can of seafoam in the gas helped temporarily fix this. Gas mileage has been terrible due to the engine problem, I used to get around 40 mpg, now I'm getting less than 30. Finally I brought my Saturn to a mechanic. After running some tests he found out that the exhaust valve on the 3rd cylinder is shot. That wasn't what I was hoping to hear. My only options are to get a new engine or rebuild this one. I think I'll get a new car.

- , St. Cloud, MN, USA

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