1999 Chevrolet Lumina from North America
Reliable and well built, and mostly trouble free
Lower intake manifold gasket when the car was 10 years old.
New alternator at 6 years.
Something with a cylinder control at 5 years.
Rear brake cylinders at 13 years old.
Needed new spark plug wires at 12 years.
ABS brake sensor at 11 years.
Radio station present light burnt out, very minor, but how do I remove the radio from the dash to replace it?
Camshaft position sensor code comes on and then goes off every few months, but the car runs normally, so I'm waiting to fix it when it needs a new serpentine belt.
The car has held up amazingly well for a 14 year old car, and when it was 5 or 6 years old I noted that it still looked and ran like it was new.
No rust, the hoses and cooling and body are still original, and the engine and tranny are still going like new. No leaks, no fluid consumption.
Gas mileage has gone down from 25 MPG to 20 MPG. I've done a new air filter, fuel filter, new plugs, new tires (maybe that's why), or it's the ethanol gas.
It's not sofa comfortable or amazingly roomy, but was always a quiet, smooth, responsive ride, with room for six in a pinch.
A little slow to launch or go up hills, but it can move at 75 MPH with no effort on the highways.
If I had one gripe, it was lack of better cup holders and arm rests.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2013
They are OK cars, and you're right they usually age well... just don't buy a white one. The paint comes off prematurely; my '98 and '99, both white, had the paint coming off in chunks before 120k miles (on the '98 before 50k miles, it started on the hood). I've seen others like that also. Any color on these things but white, and listen for "piston slap" when the engine is first started (cold) before it's warmed up, and it sounds like ticking valves or lifters. It's worse than that. It is usually the '98 and newer Lumina, and many other GM products have this problem.