1995 Chevrolet Lumina LS 3.6 DOHC from North America
A good family car that has some power
The high pressure hose went out about 3 months after I got the car. Cost $300 to replace. I'm pretty sure this was my fault. I purchased the card from a used car lot and didn't do a good job at checking the engine. Turned out the power steering fluid was low. I added some fluid, but accidently added way too much. I tried to scoop some out, then just stuck the cap back on. Very stupid on my part. A couple months later there was a puddle of steering fluid underneath the car.
Alternator went out after a year. The repair was $600 to replace the alternator and the battery.
I might have avoided this car if I did some research on it. The reason is simply that it is very expensive to do any work on this car. The engine is wedged in tight. Just to reach the rear 3 spark plugs you have to remove one of the engine mounts and tilt the engine forward.
That said, I am very happy with the car. It has good power, good internal space, and gives a very smooth ride. I have read horror stories about the reliability of this engine, but it's been very solid for me. I don't drive the car hard though.
Most of the sites that I read about this engine have come from fan sites, where I assume the drivers of these cars run their cars hard. That might explain why I havn't had a major problem short of the alternator in 3 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2002