1998 Saturn SL Engine And Engine Cooling Engine Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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1998 Saturn SL Engine And Engine Cooling Engine Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID444144
 Internal NHTSA #10043370
 ManufacurerGeneral Motors LLC
 BrandSATURN
 ModelSL
 Model Year1998
 File date17/10/03
 ComponentENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemFor the past 2-3 years i have had a massive oil consumption problem with my saturn sl2 '98. I brought it to two saturn dealerships who told me that i had no leak nor was my car burning oil, in essence that i was imagining this problem. In july of 2003, the problem had gotten so bad that i was adding oil every 100 miles, then the car broke down and i brought it to a saturn dealership. They said it was the timing belt/gasket and i replaced them on their recommendation that it would fix all the problems - cost $1000. The car continues to consume massive amounts of oil and regularly exhibits a burning smell. I brought it to a saturn dealer last week who now tells me that the cam cover is cracked and needs to be replaced; however, he told me that i probably indeed have significant engine damage as a result of my many oil problems that this repair will not fix. I have worked my way up the saturn corporate complaint system and i cannot get anyone to either pay for the repair, reimburse me for the previous repair or even acknowledge the underlying engine problem. Originally, i thought that this was a just me getting a "lemon" but after researching the problem my concern is much much greater. Specifically, there are numerous (well over 100) complaints on various internet cites about the same problem - everyone has massive oil consumption and many people's engines have actually caught on fire as a result of low oil. They have also tried to get saturn to acknowledge the problem with the engines and to no avail. I am now afraid to drive the car for fear of it catching on fire. I would like the nhtsa to investigate the problems with saturn engines and oil consumption. I am an attorney and plan to pursue my own case against saturn for the cost of my repairs, but really feel like is a safety issue and that saturn or the nhtsa needs to issue a warning to consumers to keep careful watch on their engines. *la
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure60000
Number of Occurences2
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateATLANTA, GA
VIN pattern 1G8ZK5277WZXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase05/05/98
Was original owner?Y
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders
Drive train typeU
Transmission typeAUTO
 Vehicle speed
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's nameSATURN OF DECATUR
 Dealer's telephone number404-248-1888
 Dealer's cityDECATUR
 Dealer's state codeGA
 Dealer's ZIP code30033
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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