Thanks Ssicarman!!! I just did this one, and it was a pain, (at the house: jack stands and all that) but it worked out. Nice instructions! You are a life saver, I've never worked on a saturn tranny before, just replaced alternator and brakes for my friends wife few years ago. Now I own a 98 SL1 and am remembering how difficult everything is on these cars...
Had a little trouble with the bottom two engine/tranny bolts, right up beside the exaust pipe, but just a little. Was able to jack the motor up with one jack, and lower the jack with the tranny on it, and the angle resolved itself for a 3/8 drive extension to reach over the pipe.
Also a little trouble with the inspection plate, ended up having to use a wrench for the bottom bolt, took a while.(no room in there, ya know...)
And, I used RTV instead of a pre-made gasket for the shift tower( it was sold seperately, and I didn't check the clutch kit box for one before I started-- future readers beware)
Heads up for yall if you're about to do this: remember to have an 18 mm 6point box wrench, and a 30 mm socket and cheater-bar or breaker-bar handy for this one. You will also need needle nose pliers or a hook and pick set to help you coax the pins out of the castle nuts; also a caliper spreader [in case your callipers close while they are set aside on a brick or something to be out of the way without disconnecting break lines]. and never leave home without a metric socket and wrench set from 8-18 mm with a 10 inch crescent wrench for back up.
Ssicarman has practically done this one for ya'll!