1996 Chevrolet Lumina V6 from North America
Older now of course - but if you find one in good condition, it can be a great first car
Normal upkeep mostly. The original transmission lasted until about 2011, and then we had it replaced. The car already had over 200K miles on it at that time. It has overall been a reliable car, though the brakes have always been on the slow side, and we've had consistent troubles with the neutral safety switch and the coolant sensor, both of which we have replaced several times. We've driven it across the country multiple times, spent time in tropical and snowy regions, and the Lumina handled all terrain and surfaces like a champ.
Unfortunately, my Lumina is at the end of its life. It was doing great and we took it to a new mechanic for an oil change (we will do that to test people out before going to them when we need something larger). Our old mechanic was fantastic and treated our car like it was his own. But we moved and needed a new one. This guy sabotaged my car - we found proof - and I had three major system failures the week they did the oil change. Turns out they put a hole in the transmission pan with a screwdriver and a number of other things so we'd have to spend money there fixing all of this. Screw that!
I will miss my loyal little Lumina.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th September, 2015