1990 Chevrolet Lumina euro sport 3.1 fi from North America


An enjoyable, affordable, and very stylish sports car


The water pump blew at 200,000 km.

I just replaced the original starter. After 13 years.

General Comments:

This has to be the best car that I will have ever owned. My dad has a 2003 Malibu, but he always wants drive the Lumina.

In is incredibly fast and handles like a corvette.

When Chevrolet came out with the Lumina 3.1 euro 2 door they built a champion.

The only problem is the pesky door handles on the 2door. They are very weak and wear out quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2003

1990 Chevrolet Lumina euro 3.1L from North America


I had to replace the alternator once.

The car had a small tendency to wear through brake, but this was just from needing disc's.

Seats didn't wear too badly although I drove the car everywhere.

I had to replace the water pump at 218,000 miles.

The car still runs like a dream doesn't use a drop of oil, although the transmission slips just a hair from second to third.

It was my main work car for along time.

Now the rack and pinion is getting weak, but I don't plan on fixing it I am going to drive it till it completely dies.

General Comments:

Altogether a damn good car.

And I plan on buying another one only in a euro model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2003

11th Apr 2004, 20:25

Rack and pinion dies? Autozone sells rack and pinion for $160 plus tax. I also have some kind of oversteer when turning 45 degrees to the left when you do not feel the wheels for 1-2 sec. Weird feeling, but if I were you I would fix your steering before you kill somebody or yourself. No air bags, plus poor crash rating indicates not to expect too much if you get in a serious accident.

1990 Chevrolet Lumina Euro Sport 3.1L V6 from North America


A great car if you have the time to invest in it


Cracked head and engine block when I bought it. I replaced it with a 3.1L out of a 1992 Euro Sport.

Spark plug cylinder stripped out after a few weeks.

1 alternator replaced.

New fuel injector seals.

New front end after a collision at about 25 miles per hour.

Now needing new rear struts and a new radiator.

General Comments:

It's an extremely fast car for a four door. Tops out at about 120 miles per hour, not that I've had it that fast. The engine has been pretty reliable for the mileage it has on it and the fact that its 13 years old. The body's still in great shape, two minor rust spots on the driver side door hinge. Repairs can become a bit pricey even with a family mechanic doing the labor for free. I have it all over the speedometer and it has as much power at 70 miles per hour as it does at 20.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2003

1990 Chevrolet Lumina AP mini van 6 cylinder from North America


The "Rock of Gibraltar" of cars!


Extremely small things, such as plastic parts falling off interior, etc., and just general maintainence. Have had some inconvenient trouble with all the doors. Otherwise, no big problems.

General Comments:

My guy is already at 169,000 miles, is 13 years old, but he still runs and runs and runs!

I would get a new car, but this one is so dependable, doesn't rust, and still looks quite new.

I'm attached to it! Never gave a big problem.

It gives me so little trouble, and I am a gal that doesn't know very much about cars or maintainence -- This one seems to take care of itself!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2003

1990 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.1L from North America


A very unreliable suitable performing family car


The alternator was replaced 3 times.

The cam sensor o-ring was replaced 3 times at 100,000, 140,000, and 200,000 miles.

The cam sensor was replaced once at 200,000 miles.

The Transmission was rebuilt once at 130,000 miles.

Transmission seals were replaced once from oil leaks.

The torque converter lock-up solenoid (TCC) was replaced at 130,000 miles.

The oil pan gasket was replaced due to an oil leak.

The rear main engine seal was replaced once due to an oil leak.

The front main engine seal was replaced once due to an oil leak.

The serpentine belt was replaced 2 teims.

The water pump was replaced once.

The interior seat belt locking mechanism was repaired 3 times.

The trunk leaks water.

The rear brake calipers and rotors were replaced 4 times.

The front brake calipers were replaced once.

The brake master cylinder was replaced once.

The right rear brake-line drop hose was replaced.

The thermostat was replaced twice.

The heater core coolant line was replaced once due to a leak from rust. in the steel line.

The condenser was replaced.

The left and right inner tie rod's were replaced 2 times.

The CV spider joint boot was replaced.

The steering tie-rod boot was replaced.

The front and rear struts and strut mounts were replaced due to failure from rust and top bearing mount.

The rear window seal was reinstalled 2 times.

The wiper motor harness was replaced.

The turn signal does not work.

The headlight switch and dome light switch was replaced.

The cruise control switch was replaced.

The cruise control works intermittently.

Smoke often emits from steering column.

Several recalls were performed.

Excess rust everywhere and especially on the unibody frame near the rear by the exhaust pipe and at the rear trunk and bumper.

The engine Distributeless Ignition System Module (DIS) was replaced once.

The engine ECM was replaced once.

The EGR system frequently malfunctions with diagnostic code 32.

The rear spark plugs are difficult to replace.

The headlight adjustments do not work due to excess rust.

The interior started to wear out at approximately 130,000 miles; the door panels have come loose and excess fading.

In the winter, the door sometimes does not close due to ice build-up in the door latch.

General Comments:

This car is very unreliable and I would not recommend it to anyone. However, the performance is acceptable and it provides plenty of room for a family car. The turning radius is very poor and is impossible to make a U-turn on a 2-lane road. There is a lot of wind noise during highway driving. It is a very rough ride on rough or unimproved roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2003

14th Aug 2003, 23:02

I think you have had extremely poor luck with your Lumina. I have had my share of injector problems and other annoying failures, but it sounds like you or a previous owner was somewhat rough with it and I also think you are expecting a little too much from any domestic manufacturer. Normally, American cars are not expected to last to 200,000+ miles. I do believe however with good maintenance and a little patience my Lumina will run forever. The Tranny and engine are in excellent shape. It is things like injectors and ignition coils or the fuel pump that go out. With patience and a repair manual these things are easy to repair. By the way, the injectors are not that expensive of a part if purchased one at a time and are easier to replace than the spark plugs which are a pain.