I have a 96 Saturn SW2 (that’s the ultra cool station wagon), it’s got the twin cam eingine, and mine is a 5-speed. I’ve had it for not quite two years and it’s been a fine car, until recently. I have started and posted in a few threads about it, both complimentary and otherwise.
For some time I’ve thought it was running oddly, there was a little stutter or stumble and the power kind of came and went, independent of the throttle position. Last year I got new plugs and a new fuel filter, and in the past few months a couple temperature sensors have been replaced. Currently, the temp gauge acts weirdly, registering a temperature not connected to the motor, and also independently of the temp sensor, as well as the weird power fluctuations.
Last night driving home, it stopped running, just turned itself off. It would crank, and would start if I floored the pedal but would not run. No matter the throttle, it would die immediately. It took a couple hours for AAA to tow me to the shop, and, once there, the car started and ran fine, well, fine as can be expected lately. The mechanic is a decent fellow, and is honest and hasn’t charged me for things that other shops might have, but the car still isn’t running “optimally”, IMO.
The current problem is something electrical or electronic, it has to be. And given that the car stalled shouldn’t there be some kind of code stored ina chip comewhere? Isn’t that what the OBD or OMB or whatever that damn electronic code stuff is calledall about? And I wonder if this shop has the right tools to examine such things? Can any modern repair shop not have such tools? Perhaps this guy isn’t tenacious or stubborn enough t sit with my car and try and get it to stall, or fail or whatever.
This is kind of a rant to vent my frustration, but also a question relating to modern car electronics and such. But I’m asking for opinions, so I chose IMHO.