1994 Chevrolet Lumina 3.8 from North America


Good, but not great


Rear tailgate lock went early on in previous ownership.

Passenger door-handle broke last year.

Alternator went out two years ago.

Passenger side power window motor went two years ago.

Air conditioner compressor went out two years ago.

General Comments:

My mother bought this car new and I have owned it since about 2004.

It has 160,000 miles on it now and has given us relatively little trouble.

Rear tailgate lock has to be one of this car model's weak points, as it went out many years ago, early in my family's ownership of the vehicle.

The passenger door-handle has also gone out, but this I think is due to excessive wear. The door lock was not unlocking properly and my husband thought it was unlocked and pulled to hard, which resulted in the door-handle mechanism breaking.

The passenger side power window motor blew, however, when I investigated, I found a plastic ring (like the kind you take off a new milk jug top) down inside, which I think caused the window to stick and burned out the motor.

The air-conditioner compressor went out and began locking up the engine. Check this out, I measured using a piece of string what length the serpentine belt needed to be in order to bypass the air conditioner compressor and she works like a charm now. Of course, I have no air conditioning, but she isn't locking up anymore and, frankly, I'm not spending $800 to fix my air conditioner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

1994 Chevrolet Lumina APV 3.1 liter from North America


Very decent van


Ignition control module went out at 126,000.

Exhaust fell off car at 131,000.

Seat belts tangle and lock very easily.

Valve cover gasket on rear started leaking at 135,000.

ABS light has come on since I bought this van in 2006.

General Comments:

This van is overall not too bad. It rides pretty decently. Very easy to diagnose when something goes out for the most part.

My only real tiffs with this van is that the exhaust from the muffle back fell off while I was driving, and the seat belts tangle WAY too easy.

The exhaust fell off when the vehicle was over 130,000 miles, so that can be expected. I'm not sure when it was put on.

Shortly after the exhaust was replaced, the catalytic converter blew through the side and was replaced.

The old owner had pinched some ignition wires under the distributor cap, and that caused it not to run. Found the wires, taped them and put them in the proper spot. Van has run since.

Suspension needs work and I just replaced the tie-rods, but again this van has over 130,000 miles on it. Seems to be regular maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2008

1994 Chevrolet Lumina Base 3.1L V6 from North America


The most perfect car ever made


Nothing so far, because I cared for it since it was brand new.

General Comments:

I love my car. I bought it new. Nothing had ever gone wrong with it. It is very reliable and gets pretty good gas mileage. It is also extremely comfortable and smooth.

I would buy another one in an instant if I didn't have the one I still own. I strongly recommended this vehicle to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2008

1994 Chevrolet Lumina APV 3.1L V6 from North America


Reliable, good quality multi-purpose vehicle


When I first bought the van I had to replaced the front tires and front brake lines to pass inspection.

The A/C compressor needs to be replaced as it has a leak.

Headlight lenses have holes in them.

Coolant temperature sensor sender doesn't work correctly.

General Comments:

This van is not the greatest looking, but it gets you from point A to point B! My van is currently teal with some ugly pin stripping and a gray interior. My van has the 3.1L V6 with the 3 speed transmission. Right now I get about 20-23MPG city/highway mixed. Found out I had a bad vacuum hose on the injector body so my mileage was sitting at about 16MPG. Went to Saskatoon on a tank. 125 KPH with A/C on and both back windows open, made 23MPG (that's with bad vacuum hose, bad cap & rotor). Could probably get over 25MPG now.

So far, I have replaced the following:

-> Front Brake lines

-> Both front tires and 1 back tire

-> Spark plugs with genuine AC Delco

-> Spark plug wires

-> Cap and rotor (these were long gone, nothing left of the center contact and there was some rubbing evident)

-> Fuel filter

-> PCV valve

-> Front and rear wiper blades

-> Added AC Delco EOS to the oil when I did a change.

Things still to do to the van:

-> Replace the headlight lenses

-> Replace headlight bulbs with GE Nighthawk

-> Replace Coolant temperature sensor sender

-> Replace the A/C compressor (probably get one from Pick 'N Pull)

-> Clean the entire inside

-> Paint the exterior a nice dark metallic blue and black

-> Check the timing and correct.

I work as a lube tech at a GM dealership in Spruce Grove so I do all the work myself and get the parts cheap. It's nice that all 5 rear seats come out individually. Can fit a 4'x8' sheet of plywood in it!

I would recommend this van to anyone. But I would recommend the Pontiac or Olds version with the 3.8L and 4SPD auto instead.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2008

12th Jun 2008, 06:56

Excellent review!