1997 Chevrolet Lumina LS 3.1 from North America
It's been good to me
Drivers side power window gears went out when it rained.
Sun roof gears went out.
Great ride and handles pretty well. For an 8 year old car I feel it has held up.
Other than the described problems it has been OK. LS has nicer interior and stereo.
I feel the car is slightly underpowered, but the mileage for a car this size is good so I guess that's the trade off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2005
7th Jan 2006, 10:28
Just wanted to update. There is only one recall on this model... Just received it and got it fixed. It's called a "power steering gear lower pinion bearing separation."
Takes about two hours at the dealer.
11th Jan 2007, 14:29
Now at 79000+ miles.
Had water pump start to rumble and leak (misting a vapor).
Also had a leaking intake gasket (puddling coolant).
Replaced water pump (+ new thermostat), intake gasket, new plugs/wires, new belt and fixed power window... cost just under $1400 U.S. to fix.
All these problems, from what I've seen (thanks carsurvey.org) are pretty common for this model.
3rd Apr 2011, 08:31
At a little over 102,000 miles now.
Replaced ball joints and front wheel bearings.
Rusting on rear fender between where the plastic bumper meets the rear fender, just under the fuel door. I've seen this on quite a number of Lumina's.
I've owned her for 7 years, so it's time to look for something newer.