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Slow idle, possible intake gasket

I own a 2000 saturn sl1 and recently my idle has been slower/rougher than normal (sounds like it is missing about every 3rd fire) but the problem goes away as it increases in rpm's.
my service engine light came on the other day and the mechanic tried to tell me that my intake gasket is leaking, but that only ONE of my four cylinders is causing the problem so it's okay to drive on it; but that the problem will spread.
i was told by another mechanic that a leak is a leak and if it's my intake gasket it needs to be fixed asap (he couldn't help me out more than that because the first mechanic had cleared the codes).
any thoughts or suggestions? i'm still in college and commute daily so i would like to be thrifty but still have a reliable car. :S

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On the only Saturn I'll ever own (even if someone offered me one free), I had to replace the ignition wiring at the age of two years.
If you have any kind of multimeter, check all ignition wires, you should have readings of < 15,000 Ohms and new ones will measure ~ 7,000.
Mark them so you can put them back where they belong, then remove them one at a time, measure from end-to-end and flex each one to make sure it isn't accidentally conducting at the moment. A small deviation from the norm is OK but you will likely have wild swings and that is NOT ok. 
My problem started with one cylinder only but quickly progressed to 2, then three and the description you gave sure sounds like it could be as I described.

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E mail me and i will walk you threw it

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