definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,140 miles

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1998 Saturn SL miscellaneous problems

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,280 miles


Accessories: Volume knob fell off...not replaced yet. Overhead interior light fell off roof...repaired in August. Other:since around 40,000 miles this car has had a severe vibration, wether from motor or transmission, or "?" is not known. Vibration is so bad that you cannot see clearly out of rearview mirror when in park, or in drive with foot on brake. If you are sitting in car while in park, vibration can actually cause a numb feeling in your butt (I am serious...this is not a joke!!!) other times it is a fight to keep the car to a stop if in drive because of vibration and a "leaping" feeling. Dash panel vibrates terribly loud, and is very distracting from this problem too.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Before buying Saturn Sl the dealership told me they had to replace a motor mount and promised me a good running car. Since buying this vehicle "used" in March of 2003 I have taken it to the shop on at least 5 occassions for a vibration in the motor that causes the vehicle to shake and a loud earing ringing humming in the car itself that would cause the steering wheel itself to shake. All but one of the times the dealer told me that it was a 4 cylinder and that is how they sound. Yhey would then reset the service engine soon light and send me on my way. The noise got gradually worse to the point that it was uncomfortable physically to drive it. I recently requested another look at the vehicle, they did in fact finally say " ya that's bad" and questioned why the service engine soon light had not come on but again replaced the same defected motor mount again. Now I have it back and there is still a noise in the engine that is not right and was told that it is no longer their problem.the vibration isn't as terrible as it was but my fear is that they never fixed the problem that casued the vibration just a symptom and therefore like when I first bought it it will come back. Thank you for listening

- Thurman, IA, USA

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