1991 Chevrolet Lumina Reviews - Page 4 of 10

1991 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 3.4 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance300205 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

A Reliable Performance Machine

Faults:

The only problem so far has been a Radiator leak it was 210 dollars for a new one, probably around 20 dollars to have had it fixed.

Previous owner replaced fan belts, timing chain, brakes, alternator and clutch all around the 250,000km mark.

General Comments:

This car is very fast and handles better then any other car I've ever driven. It kills 5.0 Mustangs and Camaros on the track, and barely lost to a 5.7L 1986 Corvette! (less than 1/2 a car length in the quarter mile)

The factory sound system is amazing, the Bose audio upgrade sounds nicer then my friends aftermarket stereo composed of a Rockford amp, Rockford deck, Rockford 6x9's and 2 10inch Cerwin Vega subs!

This car turns heads, it sounds and looks like a race car.

The seats are very comfy. The inside of this car is very roomy. The interior is well set up except for the long reach to the climate controls. It has the shortest shift I've ever seen, which makes for fast unnoticeable shifts.

Its gas mileage is pretty average, nothing to complain about, but definately nothing to boast about.

Contrary to popular opinion this car is very reliable. It has 300,000Kms on it, and runs like brand new! If your looking for a nice, rare car that's gonna turn heads, this is your pick!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

25th Feb 2005, 02:13

I read the comment on the Chevrolet Lumina Z34 and I totally agree on what was said. I am 18 and my first car was and still is a Z34. It is so fast and it looks awesome on the road and it sounds great too! So far I have beaten a Dodge Daytona Turbo Z, Chevy Camaro 5.7 liter, and a Mustang 5.0! And now with the greddy stage 3 turbocharger & intercooler I've moved up to Crushing faster cars in the quarter mile. (The 2005 Corvette isn't as fast as they make it out to be.) I've never had any problems with the motor or anything in the interior messing up on me either. All around, I think the Chevrolet Lumina Z34 is the best car that I have ever driven.

29th Apr 2014, 07:32

I own a Mustang GT 4.6. The Lumina 3.4 could not keep up; the car was too heavy.

1991 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Door Sedan 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired104700 miles
Most recent distance129500 miles

Summary:

Reliable cheap transportation

Faults:

As expected with higher mileage vehicles, I had to replace the battery and alternator. The only thing that I replaced that wasn't usual was the driver's door handle. But when you really think about it... which handle gets used the most?

General Comments:

This has been a wonderful first car for me. I have owned others while still owning this one, but always seem to come back to it. The only thing that I would have to say negative about it would be that a 2.5L 4 cylinder engine is too small for a mid-size sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2003

22nd Jul 2004, 08:02

I agree that the 91 Lumina is a great, inexpensive, reliable car. I have put money into it, but overall, it's been great.

I replaced the suspension bar in the rear, that was $525, installed. SO far, that is the biggest expense. There is the caliper recalls, normal wear and tear... all in all, a great car. It's a 91 and I have 160,000 miles on it.

Cleveland.

1991 Chevrolet Lumina sedan 6 cylinder. 3.1L. from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder. 3.1L. Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90 miles
Most recent distance391000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A long lasting dependable car

Faults:

In 391000 miles, its had one water pump, one alternator, one starter, one door handle and one suspension part.

General Comments:

This car is a vampire - it won't quit running until I run a wooden stake through the motor.

The motor, even with 391k miles, still burns no oil and runs great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2003

1991 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.1 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles

Summary:

Probably the best automotive value I have experienced

Faults:

The car required brakes when I first began driving it. The rear brake caliper on the driver's side had began to stick, and wore out the brake pad and rotor. At 173000 miles, this was the first work done on the rear brakes, and the second set of front pads.

I had to put an alternator on the car New Years Day of 1999, it died on the way to a New Years party.

The thermostat bypass line gasket blew out once, which was a distress, because it was in the first week of my ownership.

The cooling system cratered all at once one night. The water pump shelled out, which I believe in turn clogged the radiator, and messed up the thermostat. That was the biggest expense I had in ownership, and that includes a set of 16" tires.

One cold winter day the driver's side outside door handle broke, which is common.

The intake gaskets leaked, but at the time I didn't realize that was the problem. As a GM technician, I now know where the oil was coming from, and I also know that a 3.1 V6 with that many miles was definitely leaking at the intake gaskets.

General Comments:

The Lumina was my first car. I bought it from my aunt and uncle. My uncle purchased it brand new. The only major work my uncle did to the car was an alternator and a water pump.

The car was one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever driven, and extremely roomy. I spent a lot of miles riding in the backseat of the car before I bought it, and was not cramped. The trunk was very spacious for a coupe.

The engine was plenty powerful. Of course, no car has enough power, but this one could flat out run.

Part of the Euro package was 16" wheels, red trim, and a trunk louver, making it a sharp looking car.

I would definitely like to find another Lumina just like it in the future to bring back the memory of my first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 40 reviews