1995 Chevrolet Lumina LS 3.1 liter from North America
It's not worth the time, money or effort to own this car; it's garbage!
When I first bought the car, I had to put a 50.00 throttle sensor in it. A throttle sensor helps your overdrive on your transmission to work.
Then about a month later, I replaced the rear suspension, struts, mounts etc... I still get a clunking noise, then the brake lights went out, lord help me it was connected on top of the blinkers, and that's why my blinkers didn't work; there goes another 60.00 down the drain.
The water pump went out twice within a SIX MONTH PERIOD! There goes 25.00 for each time.
I don't recommend this car at all to anyone, no matter what year. My aunt had a 1992, and it was almost identical in problems; after about 150-180 thousand miles the head gaskets will go! Sell them while you can!
It's a real smooth ride, comfortable! But the gas mileage sucks real bad!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd April, 2006
2nd Apr 2006, 19:30
What do you expect from an eleven year old car with 129,000 miles. I hate to be the one to tell you that things do wear out. The things you have mentioned sound like wear and tear items to me. Oh and by the way, we have a '96 lumina that gets 29-31 miles per gallon on the highway with the AC on. That kind of mileage certainly doesn't suck to me, especially from a full sized sedan.
2nd Apr 2006, 19:46
Just to clarify, you bought a 10 year old car and have had to do some repairs to it? What do you think happens when you buy a vehicle that has been in continuous usage for a decade? Old cars break down. That's what they do. New cars don't break much, but cost significantly more. It's your choice.
3rd Apr 2006, 15:20
I can't comment on reliability or gas mileage, but I had to test drive one a few miles and I was quite impressed with the car. It was very roomy, comfortable, the dash layout was pleasing and overall it was a likable car. The turn signal lever is too short though. I also found it to be quick enough for me on the highway. I'd hardly label one a piece of crap unless it had high mileage (I don't consider 120k very high) and it was neglected. Kind of a more sensible-sized Caprice.