Saturn Informative - 1997 & 99 SL SERIES
FLORIDA -- Before I married my wife her sister owned the 97 SL. Every other time she took it to Saturn for an oil change they would write up motor mounts on the service invoice. I'm a mechanic by trade. The motor mounts going out every 6000 miles sounded fishy, especialy since my wife now owns this lovely piece of $*@#. (She owned it before we met.) I looked at the mounts and they were fine even after another 30,000 miles on the car since the last mount change. Now the sister owns a 99. Oil change time, well it is cheeper at Saturn. But the things they will tell you. You guessed it, motor mounts again. They called me about this new problem, so I had them come by the shop. No abnormal movement of the engine, nothing visualy was incorrect, didn't shake going down the road. If you are told you have this problem go and get a second opinion from someone you trust.
Now back to the 97. Oil is escaping the engine, but where? My .wife complained that her oil light was on only after getting the oil changed at Saturn two weeks earlier. I was fumed. So I carefully inspected the engine. No oil leaks any where. But where is it going, its not burning it or is it? I found that another shop had done 6 of these 97 heads in the past month. Its not a quick and easy job. The head alone is about $850. The head gets a small hair line crack on the inside, it goes through to the outside to let oil burn off, just not egnough to see. Saturn has not re-called this part. The 97 only has 65,000 miles on it. It hasnt been hotrodded. There is no logical awnser to this except for a manufacturer defect. Guess the styrofoam they use to cast the parts needs to be changed. Saturns suck! Everyone who ever bought a Saturn new or used should get together and over throw the company and get back our money. Of course at the price when it was still on the lot.