Lately my Saturn is very slow to accelerate when first starting it up. The
engine light will come on and flash at around 40 mph. I have to let up on
the accelerator and drive slowly for a couple of minutes, then the car feels
like it has warmed up, the light goes off and it drives fine. The car has been sluggish for a few months and gets poor fuel consumption. I had a mechanic do a back pressure test on it and he said the catalytic converter was fine. There is an exhaust smell but I don't know if that is just because the car uses a little oil. The Saturn handbook says that if the engine light flashes it is a misfire and emissions issue. My mechanic thinks I should have the transmission checked out. What are your thoughts?
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 AT 7:49 PM