22nd Feb 2004, 11:38

I want to say that I totally agree with the guy who had all the problems with his Lumina. I've had all the same problems plus a few more. I still have yet to figure out why the steering wheel smokes sometimes. And I've also had major problems with the transmission. My friend has the same Lumina Modal that I have and he has replaced the transmission 3 times. I've replaced mine once. And its almost at the point now where I must replace it again. I don't recommend this car to anyone. Even if you try and take good care of the car it still messes up at least once a week. I swear I spend $100 plus a week fixing something. Ohh yeah one more thing. I've also had problems with the rims breaking off the car while in motion causing me to about get killed. I've had a total of 9 rims break in the same spot. And come to find out there is a recall. But when ever you go to the dealer they say you don't have the right modal number that the recall was for. EVERYONE BEWARE OF LUMINAS. Theyll get you killed...

24th Mar 2004, 17:34

I agree that the turn signal does not work. Both left and right are giving me problems right now. I have to hold the handle in the "up" position to get it to flash. According to the manual I read, you need to have a special tool in order to replace the switch. I am NOT going to spend money on a special tool, I will put up with the inconvenience!

The plastic bins on both the driver's door and the passenger door both fell off.

The cassette player no longer works.

I did get one of the recall repairs fixed, since I have not owned the car that long. I am the third owner.

Aside from that, this car has been VERY reliable, considering how much driving I do back and forth to work.

20th Apr 2005, 11:05

I have a 92 Euro, it had about 95,000 miles when I bought it in the middle of 2001. It now has about 170K and is about to crap out. The engine runs fairly smooth still, but the transmission is junk. It stalls at stoplights when it's cold and downshifts hard on hills. It has recently developed a leak this week also. The only engine problems have been with the cooling system which went berserk about a year after I bought it and the crank position sensor. My mother had 91 and she experienced the steering column smoke, but I haven't had it yet. Overall it was OK up until about the 150k mark, but it's a pain to work on yourself and expensive to have stuff done for you.

9th Apr 2007, 12:20

You might try replacing the turn signal flasher. My flasher went out caused the turn signals to remain solid. The hazard lights still flashed because they run off of a separate flasher. Flashers are pretty cheap and easy to replace.

1st Apr 2009, 18:20

I don't agree with this. I have a 1990 Lumina Euro Sport with a 3.1L V6. The engine runs smooth, tranny doesn't have any problems. The only thing I've had to do is change the turn signal switch. It has 140,000 miles and is still going fine.

15th Jan 2010, 00:41

I have observed that the plastic on older GM vehicles seems to leap off of the interior as quick as it can. I guess this holds true to newer vehicles, as well.

3rd Aug 2010, 13:59

I have a 1990 Lumina Euro and the only major problems I've had were the fuel injectors.

The car has been running for 20 years and taken good care of. My grandfather is an auto mechanic and keeps everything up-to-date, and this car has been used by 3 people before me and it's still in great condition.

The turning radius does suck though. It's a great car if you take care of it, plenty of room and it sounds pretty powerful when gassing it down the highway.

If you don't know how to take care of it then don't buy it, because chances are it'll break and you'll be screwed.

22nd Oct 2010, 14:36

My buddy grabbed one with 279,000. Runs good, but the blinkers don't work and the hazards don't work on the back right side.

Oh well, Jerry-rig it and drive it until the wheels fall off.

I bought a Buick --- 359,000 miles and only changed the water pump in the last 5 years. Sweeeeet.