1992 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.1L from North America
Cheap car becomes expensive over time
First, the alternator broke down and drained my battery (fixed for $200).
Then, fuel pump ($250), starter ($180), both of front wheel bearings ($140 each + labor), exhaust ($70), spark plugs and wires ($130), had to clean injectors ($60),... Pretty much it. Bought the car for $1000, spent over $1500 in repairs - and guess what, the engine ate 3-4 liters of oil in 2-3 weeks and started rumbling.
The worst car ever, very bad fuel economy, poor performance, and so on. Neither heater nor A/C worked well, the only good thing was the suspension. Funniest thing is the car drove perfect when I bought it, and spoiled in a matter of few months.
Will never ever buy an American car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th April, 2004
You never replaced the thermostat. Which is probably why the engine decided to eat the oil and die. Your heater didn't work well for the same reason. The thermostat probably got stuck shut, making it overheat and boil all the antifreeze out of it.
I bought a 90 Lumina Euro with 32,000 miles on it. Drove it for 5 years. I put about 120,000 on it.
In that time, I didn't have to do much. Brakes, battery and tires don't count. That's maintenance! I replaced a fuel injector myself for 60 bucks.
These vehicles do have alternator issues, which I did rebuild mine for 55 dollars. That's about it.
I bought a 92 Lumina with 54,000 on it. Put 55,000 on it. Replaced thermostat and power steering line. That's it. Decent car for a low budget!