Engine Performance problem
1999 Saturn SL2 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 158000 miles
Was drving to get an oil change, and car went dead 3 times within 1 block to the service station. There was no sputtering or rumbling, just shut off instantly. At first I thought something was wrong with my brakes and didn't even notice the car was off. Service engine soon light has been on for 8 months since last servicing with no known problems. At that time had brought it in for the service light and had tune up, oxygen sensor replaced, oil leak fixed (but still need to add every 1000 miles). After driving 3 miles light came back on, they ran a check and it showed something with camshaft, but since I already spent $900 they did not do that repair and passed me for inspection then. I also had alternator replaced and new battery over a year ago. This time service station said check showed nothing wrong except that camshaft thing. I guess that has nothing to do with engine stalling. They also drove it and it was fine. It didn't stall on my way home. I know I needed oil but this couldn't have fixed the problem. I worry because I drive a lot on the turnpike and am scared it could die like that at a high speed.
Friday, March 5th, 2010 AT 6:48 PM