1993 Chevrolet Lumina Coupe 3.1 from North America
OK vehicle with pep, but expensive to own
Oil Leak from Distributer plug.
Oil leak from Intake Manifold.
Alternators go out regularly.
Door Handle broke.
Rear wheel noise still not figured out.
Oil Leaks and more oil leaks. This car leaked oil from the distributor plug that apparently this engine is famous for.
When I got the oil leak fixed at the dealer for $700, I swear they used sewing machine oil as my otherwise trouble free engine blew the #2 rod bearing a week later. This engine is known for being very strong and hard to destroy. It has had the oil replaced every 3 months or 3000 miles like clock work. Of course dealer denied any responsibility.
Took it elsewhere for engine replacement and now have massive oil leak from intake manifold that wasn't there for first 10,000 miles and just started out of the blue. This will probably cost a small fortune.
I would fix this myself, but this car has no room to work under the hood and is designed very mechanic unfriendly.
I have been through 2 alternators.
And old engine had mystery coolant leak no one could find, but could smell it. (Likely head gasket)
A nice car with lots of pep, but I am so tired or oil leaks and the high priced repairs I won't ever buy a Chevy again. My old Mercury was a dream I should have kept and my current Ford truck is also heaven compared to this GM product. I am tired of having to keep speedy dry in my driveway to catch the leaks from this nightmare.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st April, 2003
13th Jun 2003, 23:11
Everybody knows that a Chevy is more desirable than a broken down Ford. If you drive it nicely it won't fall apart, sounds like you drive like a cop does, Jumping curbs and scraping engine parts to their death.
22nd Jan 2006, 22:35
The distributor hole oil leak is actually about 1-2 hour fix and the new seal cost only $0.70 cents. It takes some time to get the plug upen, but it can be done with just 2 screwdrivers and some banging. If I remember correctly, there is no thread. I spent an hour trying to unscrew it, until I realized it is just supposed to be pulled out. $700 for a 1 hour labor and 70 cents in parts sounds like a rip-off.
24th Jan 2006, 19:48
Where is the dist hole located at? I have a 1993 z34 and can't find the hole. :- (