I just bought a '97 SL1 w/ 150k. It's a beauty, and I'm very happy to be back in the Saturn family.
The problem I am having is with the speedo. Between 0-40 it works fine, but above that it acts as if it is sticking. Going 50mph will show 45 for a while, then jump to 50. Go to 60 and it will stick a while then jump there. Go to 55 and it may never go down, but go to 40 and it will.
I'm hoping that this would be an easy fix, like a little WD-40, but I get the feeling the speedo will need replacing. The odo and trip odo work normally through all this.
WD-40 will only gum up the meter movement worse. Sewing machine oil would be a much better choice. If you're rich, stop by the dealership and have them replace the speedometer head. If you are more frugal, look around your local u-pull-it yards for a busted-up 97 and swap out the speedometer ...
Mike -- MS Gulf Coast
'93 SW2 -- dark blue
'02 L200 -- gold
'09 Aura XE -- burnished gold
Last edited by OceanArcher; 03-21-2009 at 08:38 AM.