1996 Chevrolet Lumina Base 3.1 liter SFI from North America


Very very dependable


Both front wheel bearings have needed to be replaced.

Head gasket was replaced.

AC was recharged.

Other than that, nothing!

General Comments:

This car is still going strong at 260,000 miles. The engine is tired now though, and power can be lacking at times, but overall it's still in great shape.

All of the power options work well, and the transmission has been rock solid.

It has needed no work other than routine maintenance, and still shifts dead on.

I love the car but it is not exciting. It compares well with my Grand Marquis; I love it too. Would consider buying another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2008

1996 Chevrolet Lumina from North America


The car is OK until 100,000 miles, then get rid of it


Wheel bearing started to go bad at 120,000 miles.

Had a fuel injector replaced at 90,000 miles.

Had it in three times in a week, and the mechanics at a dealership couldn't figure out why two of the injectors were not working correctly. This happened at 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car was fine for the first 90,000 miles, then it was one thing after the other.

Problems with the fuel injectors constantly and started out with the check engine light coming on. I was told by mechanics to run fuel injector cleaner through it when this happened, which worked well for 6 months. Then the injector needed replacing, and now other injectors are going bad.

The wheel bearing assembly in the rear started to fall apart at 120,000 miles.

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

Review Date: 23rd May, 2008

1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4D 3.1L V6 from North America


Reliable and inexpensive


Driver's side lock won't unlock from outside.

General Comments:

Reliable car purchased cheaply. Some things about it seem a little cheaply made, but it's mechanically solid. It has plenty of go power and drives nicely for a plain car. These things are ubiquitous around here. If my wife would drive a car that sits low I'd probably never get rid of it. The only thing I don't like is the fixed passenger side view mirror.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2008

1996 Chevrolet Lumina 3.1 Liter OHV from North America


GM should get advice from foreign motor companies


I purchased the Lumina as my first "real" car. I only had about $2,500 to spend and going to a "shady" used car lot was my first mistake. Can ran fine when we looked at it, was recently repainted, and overall was very solid.

After three weeks of driving I noticed the "oil pressure" light would "flicker" at idle. Replaced oil sending unit switch hoping that was the problem. It wasn't and a month and a half later she blew on me while driving home.

Luckily my dad is a mechanic and replaced the engine free of cost, but ever since I got it back it doesn't run as well as it did the first weeks since purchase.

Prior to the engine failure I had to replace the rear struts and gas tank due to a leak. Currently there is a knock coming from the transmission that starts when it gets warm and mostly at idle.

Other than that it's driving OK. Just trying to limp it along till I get enough money to buy my next car.

General Comments:

Overall a very comfortable and good-looking car. If the engine hadn't gone sour it would have been a excellent first car.

Ride is very smooth and interior gauges and switches are simple and easy to use.

I wouldn't buy another used 4 door sedan from Chevy, unless it had under 50k on it and is in good shape.

Although the engine went sour and the car still runs rough, I can't exactly blame GM for this. God knows what the previous owner drove like. It was a bad mistake on my part to buy a car from a used car lot where the highest car price on the lot is $4,500.

If I had to change something about the car I would ditch the bench seats. Although the chicks dig em.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2006

4th May 2006, 09:43

The lumina isn't a bad car, it sounds like the previous owner beat the crap out of it before he got rid of it. You said it, be careful of used car lots. Better off to buy from individual seller or a good reputable dealer.