1996 Chevrolet Lumina Reviews

1996 Chevrolet Lumina LS 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired103600 miles
Most recent distance165661 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A solid car that will never let you down

Faults:

Battery at 140,200 miles.

Drive belt at 151,650 miles.

Front struts at 156,300 miles.

General Comments:

Very good car all around; very quiet, fast, handles well for me, and is fuel efficient; gas mileage ranges from 27-30 mpg.

I want to say few mechanical problems, but it is fine because I have had the car for 4 years, and put as many miles on it as I have, and it has been really reliable, and still runs the same as it did when I purchased it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2011

1996 Chevrolet Lumina Base 3.1 V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Good for a first car

Faults:

After I first bought the car, I had regular maintenance on it; battery, belts, tires and oil change.

Had to get a new alternator at 75,000 miles.

The engine started knocking real bad at 85,000 miles and would not go over above about 30MPH. That lasted about a month, and I was going to get rid of it because of that problem, but it stopped by itself, and I never had that problem again.

At 98,000 miles, my engine seized up, and I would have had to get a new engine. So that's when I got rid of the car.

Never got it over 100,000 miles.

The paint job on this years model was extremely bad! It chipped off almost 75% of the car.

The heat and air conditioning went out at about 78,000 miles.

It rusted easy.

General Comments:

I called my Lumina the "tank/snow plow/race car."

It handled very well in the snow and I'm talking about 8+ inches! Never got stuck in the snow the six winters I drove in that car.

I had hit a deer going 60MPH, and all I needed was a new headlight and hood.

Got rear ended 3 times, and never had any major damage. At speeds of about 5MPH, 10MPH and 30MPH.

For a bigger car, it was fast and was comfortable.

A lot of trunk space and leg room in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2011

28th Jan 2011, 17:28

My first car was a '97 Lumina LS, but I bought it back in 2001. I had it 4 years, and traded it with about 137,000 miles. All I had to do was put an alternator in it in the time I had it. The transmission was getting hard to shift in cold weather, so that may have become a major issue. Towards the end of my ownership, I was very bored with the car. I now drive Buicks, and like them a lot more.

1996 Chevrolet Lumina Base 3.1 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired207000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carChrysler New Yorker

Summary:

A good, reliable, easy to drive car

Faults:

Nothing as of yet.

Oh wait. That pull out single cup holder kind of blows...

General Comments:

I bought the 1996 Chevy Lumina as a car to get me through the winter season. It was under $700, had decent tires, and most important, the heat worked. I figured it will have to last just long enough to get some cash saved up to get a newer car.

The Lumina has a pretty good sized dent in the hood, the rocker panels are pretty much toast, and the rear fender panel on the driver side is rusted through right above the wheel.

Other than that, the body doesn't seem in too bad of shape. When I bought the car, it had just over 200,000 miles on it. I was a little nervous about this, but I figured it would just have to last me through the winter. My work isn't but a few minutes from my house, and other than that, I just don't drive a lot anyway.

Well enough with the brief history of the car, time for the review.

Its been over a year, and I still got it, and other than basic maintenance, I haven't had to do anything but put gas in it. It runs like a champ for having now over 250,000 miles, and still has a ton of life left.

I have the base model with the 3.1 that is actually pretty decent on gas, and an automatic transmission that still shifts really smooth.

The interior is pretty rough, but it is really roomy and comfortable on the occasional long trips I take.

Being front wheel drive, it doesn't do too bad in snowy conditions either.

I have really only had one problem with it, and it has been the cup holder. It is too large for most cup sizes, especially coffee, which I like to bring with me on my way to work or whatever, and it really seems kind of flimsy, like it's going to break at any moment. But that is the only thing I could think of that I would really change about the initial design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2010

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 29 reviews