1991 Chevrolet Lumina 3.1 from North America


Good reliable car


I purchased this car for 600 dollars. I got it for a pretty good deal considering. Bought it with a crack windshield and the parking brake was working all that good.

The windshield washer fluid doesn't squirt out.

These are all minor stuff. Soon I'm going to do a tune-up.

General Comments:

Pretty good car for what I pay for. I plan to keep the car for the next five years if not more. It's a pretty reliable car even though I'm not an American car enthusiast, but I'm starting too though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2004

6th Oct 2004, 16:33

These 3.1 engines sound sweet with a free-flow exhaust.. Doesn't cost much and makes Big improvement (unless you like your car quiet). Sounds better then my 5.0 and that's a much bigger motor.

1991 Chevrolet Lumina z34 3.4 from North America


A great car!!!


So far no serious problems. just have to keep my eyes on the major parts. timing belt, alternator, etc.

General Comments:

I bought this car in 2002 and so far I had no serious problems with it. its fast, runs great, looks great, sounds great!!! and beat a 5.0 mustang on the highway. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

21st Sep 2004, 11:15

I have a 1991 z34 and have done some mods 2 it! A 2 1/4" exhaust from front 2 back (a big resonator in line where the converter should be) short mufflers and 2 3/4" tips!

Cold air intake and fine tip plugs (like an EV tip)

Your car will lose mid range, but will make up for it on the top end ; will surprise a lot of rice rockets on the highway!!

1991 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.1L from North America


A car I love to hate


My 1991 Lumina - a car I love to hate.

I've been a very loyal GM customer for many years now, but my 1991 Lumina is the last one I'll buy. I've discovered reliable and high quality vehicles from Toyota, so it's "so long GM".

But, to the Lumina. Really, for the money, I've driven it a long way, but the aggravation has made it a painful experience. My white Lumina Euro 3.1L now has 300,000 km (180,000 miles) on it. Here's the weaknesses.

Brakes: very expensive repairs continually. Probably the most annoying thing. I've replaced everything in the braking system many times, sometimes exceeding a grand a pop. The brakes were undersized for the weight of the car, according to a GM engineer I met once.

Intake Manifold Gasket. This is a big gasket that sits on top of the engine and just underneath the intake manifold. This gasket on my 3.1L engine is known for premature failure, it breaks and the water pump will gladly fill the crankcase with coolant. The engine can be ruined. At first sign of this leaking (takes an expert to diagnose this), replace the gasket after going to the bank for a loan.

Heads: A known weakness, the heads crack and have to be replaced. Mine is oozing coolant a bit right now. A head replacement is a grand, and is risky according to my mechanic.

Electrical: The switches for the automatic door locks failed several times and I finally engineered my own switches using some from Radio Shack.

Struts: I cold weather the rear struts can freeze solid and when they do, the first bump can drive them through the top of the shock tower and into the truck. Which mine did.

What GM has to do is develop a good overhead valve engine and achieve some level of quality. Unfortunately, they can't get away with selling junk to the public for decades, and then get the public to believe that they've achieved something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd December, 2003

12th Feb 2004, 12:22

I think that this reviewer has had a very bad experience with a 3.1 v6 Lumina, the engine itself is very reliable I have the same one, (94 lumina 3.1 v6) and have had none of the problems mentioned.

I will say this: the car itself is totaled (I was involved in a bad wreck) but the engine and trans still run like there was nothing wrong..

7th Apr 2004, 14:10

I have a 91 4-door, and it's a fairly decent car though I'd like something more sporty. Really the only recurring problem other than normal wear is having to replace the alternator since it sits right on top of the engine and takes all the heat.

13th Dec 2004, 05:44

I have a 1996 Lumina 3.1.

I hit a bump associated with a maintenance hole cover that is sinking into the road and the front right shock tower just let go, driving it into the wiper motor and leaving that side of the car down and with no suspension movement.

Has anyone ever heard of this happening on a van that is only 8 years old?

That was one bad day, will update after I find out if this vehicle is now a write-off...

25th Jun 2006, 17:42

I also own a lumina euro 3.1, it's a great car, but come on, you have 300,000kms on it, most cars don't make it that far, I am amazed with mine because it also is hitting the big 300,000kms and I will make it last!

20th Mar 2009, 18:20

My parents owned a 1991 Chevy Lumina Euro Sport with the 3.1 V6. It is a good car.

Heads do crack and head gaskets do blow, but I have never heard of the shocks or struts doing that.

It had 209,313 miles on it. Just rebuilt the motor on it, because they got it for me to drive, and the valves bent because the timing chain broke.

The computer has went out on it before, but other than those problems, it is a good quality car, and if you like the Lumina, you will like the Chevy Impala LS with the 3.8 V6.