1997 Saturn S-Series Problems and Repair Histories

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1997 Saturn S-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (52%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 44 repairs.

1997 Saturn S-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (67%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 9 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1997 Saturn S-Series

Engine not specified

Saturn in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

148000 mi

US $16
Coolant temperature sensor replaced. 
Saturn in Oregon, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

61000 mi

US $600
Starter motor replaced. Leaky valve cover gasket -- removed & replaced Driver's window regulator broke; removed & replaced. 
Mar 2009

62000 mi

US $113
Throttle body was sticking/needed removal, thorough cleaning, and replacement. Rear hatch latch replaced. 
Nov 2009

68000 mi

US $80
Liftgate latch stuck in open position, would not stay closed. Defective GM design of latch/electronic actuator. 
Dec 2009

69000 mi

US $5
Water leak from cowl 
Saturn in Virginia, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009 A/C worked on. 
Nov 2009

181000 mi
Catalytic converter replaced. 
Jul 2010

188000 mi
Clutch cable worked on. Possibly done wrong the first time it was repaired, by a guy in the neighborhood in February 2009. CV boot replaced. Oil leak, replaced valve cover gaskets. 

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn in New York, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2012
Jan 2011

140000 mi

US $78
Brake shoes replaced and adjusted. Replace TAM motor mount, adjust dog bone position 
May 2011

148000 mi

US $52
Replaced worn outer tie rod end. 
Nov 2011

149000 mi

US $5
Check engine emissions problem corrected by cleaning throttle body. 

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saturn in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

329000 mi

US $150
Muffler and catalytic converter "pop'd" after the car backfired on an old tank of gas. Replaced with a junkyard factory exhaust off a newer car. 
Jun 2011 Engine burning insane amounts of oil when traded. 
Saturn in New York, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

151000 mi

US $70
Brake master cylinder failed, was replaced. Entire ABS system bled and working well. 
Saturn in Idaho, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2009
Apr 2009

157000 mi

US $98
Replaced idler pulley, belt tensioner, and serpentine belt. Had not been done ever so they were wearing out. TSB # 01-T-07 car would barely start and would run very rough. Seemed to be running very rich. 

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn in New York, United States
Jan 2009 - Feb 2009
Feb 2009

145000 mi
Blown head gasket was advised not worth repairing considering age and mileage of the car 
Saturn in Georgia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

102000 mi

US $100
Replaced Alternator. Had tested at Autozone, and was not putting out full amperage. Installed myself 
Nov 2009

110700 mi

US $105
Replace radiator, after coolant leak was discovered. Also as maintenance replaced thermostat, and flushed cooling system. 
Sep 2010

118000 mi
AC compressor out, bought parts to repair myself, haven't yet installed them. 

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saturn in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2010
Apr 2009

84000 mi

US $350
Had my front brake pads and rotors replaced 
Jun 2009

87000 mi

US $173
I had a collapsed engine mount and had it replaced. 
Nov 2009

89700 mi

US $500
replacement of oil pan and drain plug. 

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1997 Saturn S-Series Repair Histories

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