1995 Chevrolet Lumina 3.8 from North America


My child's Power Wheels was built better!


It would be easier to list what has not gone wrong with the car. Let's start by saying the original owner was a little old lady who only drove it to bingo and Wal-mart. I KNOW this because she was my mother, so I know it was not an abused car.

When I got it the power door lock on the passenger side was broken and the carpet had a hole in it. My mother had already replaced the carpet once under warranty. This was not due to negligence, it is just plain cheap carpet.

A couple of months after I got the car the battery and alternator failed.

At 38,000 the tires needed replaced, even though they were rotated and balanced on a regular basis.

Next the brakes had to be completely rebuilt.

At 78,000 things got really expensive! That is when the head gasket blew filling the entire block with antifreeze and ruining it. Another engine and a couple of thousand dollars later I was back on the road.

Two weeks ago the battery had to be replaced again. (This is no minor task)

General Comments:

These problems would not be quite as bad if the car was comfortable or useful, but it is neither. After 30 minutes of driving the driver seat is killing my back. My wife says it is comfortable, but she is 5'3" and I am 6'0". Of course, while writhing in pain from the seats, GM was thoughtful enough to make the car into a sauna since the A/C is only marginally useful on a hot day even on MAX with the fan wide open. (Oh yeah, you shouldn't think you will be able to hear the radio over the roar of the fan)

As far as being, useful the engineers made what appears to be a huge trunk. That is until you try to close the trunk lid with something in the trunk. That is when you realize the trunk hinges take up half the space.

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

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

20th Jan 2003, 00:31

It could be just a lemon :)

6th Sep 2007, 20:43

Lumina's suck.

Head gasket and manifold gasket (I was lucky I only had exhaust getting into my antifreeze, (air locks-overheating), and not the dreaded antifreeze in the oil.

And what about those anti lock brake sensors. Replaced all four, then the main return feed, and it started again a week later. And, when the light was out, the ABS would engage on it's own on a dry street (summer), and you would be pulsating through an intersection - real safe GM. Gave up on that, unplugged the sensors, removed the dash ligh bulb, and brakes work great. Then there was two back struts, a broken front spring, and your usual assortment of tie rod ends and ball joints. (No we didn't drive off a cliff, regular city driving appears too rough for GM).

Drives great now :- (

6th Jan 2009, 20:39

I'm always amazed at the level of expectations people have upon their vehicles and their lack of expertise reading their owners manuals... especially the category titled, "MAINTENANCE". I've read so many other remarks of their gripes about their autos with mileage of 100-200k and them then having to spend some general maintenance bucks just to keep them on the road. If they feel they got ripped, just go buy something brand new and drive them into the ground with out maintaining them and see what their posts will be... once again.

1995 Chevrolet Lumina Sedan 3.1 V6 from North America


Very disappointed in shoddy workmanship


At 48K miles had to have the transmission rebuilt ($1600)

Around 85K needed more service on the transmission ($800)

Now at 100K miles my car is loosing coolant. I've been told I need to replace the water pump and fix the intake manifold to stop the leak ($900)

General Comments:

While the car handles fine and the interior is comfortable, the quality of the workmanship is poor.

I've had numerous problems and I've found other mentions online from people who've had the exact same problems.

GM won't make any recalls on the things that are costing us tons of money because they don't represent safety hazards, just major expenses to the consumer.

I will not purchase GM again, I'm going with Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th May, 2002

4th Aug 2002, 12:46

I've had all the same problems as most 1995 Lumina owners. My 1995 Chevrolet Lumina has been nothing but problems since 35000 miles when I had to get a new transmission. The warranty was expired because I was a little over the 3 years. My transmission was $1800. I've fixed two oil leaks totaling $1900. New water pump, alternator and battery totaling $1400. My EPA gauge went out totaling $350 and I had to replace to coils twice because of unknown oil leaks and all together that was $1200. I've had to make other repairs and can't remember all of them.

My Lumina now has 121,000 miles on it and I'm shopping for another car before it breaks down again. The 1995 Lumina is the worst car I've ever owned.