Hesitation at stop light

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#1

I have a 1998 Saturn SL2, 130000 miles on it. Automatic transmission. When I come up to a stop sign or light, it feels like the engine starts missing, as if the engine is getting ready to die. If I put it in park or neutral, the problem goes away. When the light turns green, I press on the gas and its very sluggish for a few seconds until it finally starts going again (maybe about the time I hit 10 or 15 MPH). Then everything proceeds happily until I hit the next stop sign or light when the same thing occurs all over again.


#2

Spark plugs? Wires? Fuel filter? Air filter? There’s no point in guessing at much until the most basic things are known to be up to date.

Any check engine light/service engine soon light on?


#3

Yes, yes, yes, and yes. All within the past 6 months. And yes to the check engine light. It referred to an EGR valve, which has now been replaced.