Chevrolet Lumina Review from Netherlands

1995 Chevrolet Lumina LS 3.1 V6

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired132500 kilometres
Most recent distance139200 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

A big and comfortable ride

Faults:

The transmission had to be replaced in the first few weeks after I bought it.

Air-con system had to be revised.

Ignition had to be mended.

ABS-sensor had to be repaired.

General Comments:

Compared to other European cars around me, the Lumina is a very big car. Regarding drivability, it has lot of European characteristics, while the suspension is still very American.

The car looks a bit anonymous in Dutch traffic, only the red rear turn signal lights make it look like an American car.

The Lumina LS is definitely not a racing car, but compared to the Celebrity it is more responsive.

I am glad I now have a working air-con and cruise-control, things that I lacked on my 1987 Celebrity. That car, however, is still cruising around between the windmills and the bulb fields in our flat landscape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2007

13th Jul 2010, 06:00

After about 3.5 years of ownership, I would like to share an update on my 1995 Lumina LS:

I have been back to the shop for the ABS sensor, connectors a couple of times. This is for sure a weak point of the Lumina. The air-con fluid has been refilled, it usually does not work in winter time, below about 7 degrees celsius. Had an oil-leak fixed, quite an expensive operation, thermostat also done at the same time.

Overall I am still satisfied with my Lumina. There is hardly any corrosion and the engine is running smooth. However, I am looking around to buy another car, probably an SUV, like a Chevy Trailblazer. Just returned from a roadtrip in the USA, and drove around in a Chevy HHR and a Jeep Compass. Really appreciated the more elevated seating and the flat trunk to store our luggage.

Regards, Daniel.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review