With that sort of mileage I would think that most of those items are due to be changed.
I would recommend having a compression test done to judge the internal mechanical condition of the engine. This simple measure the pressure of each cylinder.
Brakes dragging simply means that the brakes are being applied but then they are not releasing. They will get very hot while driving and can be judged by simply touching the wheels. Will the car roll on a slight grade in nuetral?
I asked about the temperature gauge and the heat because Saturns ar notorious for bad coolant temperature sensors. They originally came from the factory with composite/plastic tips that eventually crack. This failure effects performance, mileage, idle speed, and eventually even engine starting. The updated sensors from Saturn have an all brass tip. A lot of time when the original cracks it ruins the wire connector also.
If your compression test results are within specification have a tune up (no platinum spark plugs) done along with an oil and transmission fluid change.
Let us know how it goes. :)
Sunday, February 26th, 2006 AT 2:56 PM