Just bought a used 2001 Saturn Sl1. What could be wrong when a car just dies at a stop/traffic light then will start up after it sits for approx 1 hr.

Asked by Sep 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM about the 2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car will die when sitting at a traffic light, then start again after sitting for awhile.

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Did it come with a warranty?

No warranty, but dealer/mechanic said to bring it in which we did after the first time it died. He checked it with a computer diag. said nothing was wrong. Let the car idle for 45 min....no problem. We brought the car home then it died again two weeks later. Called him said to have it towed in tomorrow.


I found if your temp gauge is not working right I had a problem fixed replace the Temp Sensor! The computer will not run the engine right. I had bad cold starts and had to floor it just to start. Be sure you replace the wire harness which has the connector to the temp sensor, it gets rusted & corroded & can leak Antifreeze fluid. Add electric contact gel to the plug in sensor. My car starts like new now! I just turn the key. good luck.

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Sounds just like our issue. Will try all of this now and let everyone know. Thank you for this.

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