Engine Oil Leak, Lots Of Smoke From Exhaust


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
77,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1999 Saturn SL2 engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Saturn SL2 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 082006

(reported on)


  • 93,500 miles


Since we've had our Saturn, we haven't put alot of money into it but the "service engine" light always came on and no one, not even Saturn could find anything wrong until last month when we had it repaired.

For the last 6 months or so it's been eating alot of oil and we are now putting in oil at least every other week. The garage we brought it to says they can't find the leak anywhere but know there is one due to the remnants left on the exhaust pipe. I fear it will damage our engine. When we step on the gas to accelerate up a hill or to pass, it sometimes lurches forward almost like it can't get into gear, but does eventually.

Because we move a lot (military) I've been advised to contact Saturn to see if there was a recall on this vehicle. Will have to do this. So I rate this a real pain in the butt.

- michelleny, Clayton, NY, US

problem #1

Nov 042005

(reported on)


  • 62,000 miles

I have had my car since 1998. It only has about 62,000 miles on it. I was good about getting it serviced and never really had any major problems until now. There seems to be some type of oil leak in the internal engine causing the car to generate lots of white smoke from the exhaust pipe. I have been told this is an expensive repair. I will most likely have to purchase a new car because I know my car's value is probably not as much as it will cost to repair the engine. Until I can buy another car, I keep checking the oil level and add oil when it get low which occurs more and more frequently.

- Carliss S., Norcross, GA, US

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