13th Oct 2001, 09:21

I can't believe anyone would find this car to be an unreliable gas guzzler! My 1991 now has 155,000 (I bought it with 19,000) miles on it, and still gets me to school each day. It gets 20-22 mpg around town, and 28-33 mpg on a trip. The only "weaknesses" I can find are lousy rear brakes (fronts are GREAT!) and a poor factory alternator. It was repaired at 50,000 miles, again at 61,000 miles, and finally at 65,000 miles, all by the dealer. Once I had it replaced at 80,000 miles, by a REAL mechanic, there were no further problems. If you don't like a Lumina, you're doing something WRONG!

1st Mar 2003, 16:19

I'm not thrilled with my 1991 Lumina. Things seemed to be built on the cheap, such as the hood latch. The thing disintegrated on me a couple of months in. And what's up with those ridiculous windshield wipers? What a STUPID design. The damn things COLLIDE with each other! I don't know who the Einstein was who decided he wanted to be different, but these wipers are some asinine. The thing handles bumps like a Jeep, and if you've ever ridden in a Jeep, you know that's not good. The roof liner is also drooping, which give the car a trashy vibe. I'll give it an overall "C".

2nd Apr 2003, 14:15

I have a 1991 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Door 3.1 Sedan. I love the car, but I have had several problems with it. It currently has 307,000 km on it, the alternator has been replaced 3 times, one of the engine coils it it has been replaced, the rear brakes have to have constant replacing and only sometimes work. The front grille is made of what seems like cheap plastic and has been replaced once. The blinker mechanism on the steering column has been replaced twice. The light's on the climate controls no longer light up. The engine seems to have a hard time shifting from 3rd to 4th gear. My vacuum lines have failed several times. She's now burning some oil. All and all the car has been taken care of and has had and oil change at every 5000 km it's entire life. I love the car just wish it worked better.

3rd May 2003, 23:32

I own a 1991 lumina with the 3.1 V6, the engine is extremely reliable, it has 305000miles/almost500,000km, the major problem I have is a heavy foot so I have had to replace the transmission twice now, but the car is worth it, the engine does hesitate when it feels like it so I just put the gas pedal to the floor and she runs like a charm. I love the gas mileage 38mpg highway, 27 city.

13th Jun 2003, 23:52

The car is very old. it was old when you bought it. hopefully you don't buy a Ford product or Chrysler. in them you will replace the engines or trans, better yet keep the wrecker on the speed dial. this info is unknown to true Chevrolet fans.

21st Oct 2003, 09:28

To begin with, I am a female and married. I bought a 1991 Chevy Lumina 3.1 Euro in 1997 (with 90,000 miles on it) for my daughter to finish high school. Before letting her get it on the road, I had all the fluids checked and replaced also replaced the hoses and belts. She drove it to school everyday through 1999, no major problems. She drove it 35 miles a day to and from work through 2003 when I bought it back from her for my son to drive.

It has been maintained very well all through the years. I have used the best oil (Mobil one synthetic) and made repairs as needed.

The Lumina has 162,500 miles on it and still drives great. In the city I get 28 miles per gal. On the highway I get 35 miles per gal. Either I lucked up on an excellent vehicle or just maintained it well. I Love it.

19th Nov 2003, 22:13

I recently bought a 1991 Lumina Euro 3.1L - 118K miles. The car high Blue Booked for $3250 - I got it for $1850. It doesn't like to shift into 4th consistently, but is a smooth-running vehicle. It does have some poop for a 3 liter 6 cyl. I had a Z24 Nissan just before this car and the Chevy eats it for lunch - literally. It is a smooth ride for 118K on it. So, my very inexperienced, perhaps premature impression is: I like it.

15th Jul 2004, 20:43

I bought my 91 lamina in 2004. It is one one the best running car on the road I get great gas mileage. The only problem that I have had was my hood release broke, but a piar of pilers work wonders. It has 350,000 on it and still runs like a dream. So I have not had really any problems with it.

13th Sep 2005, 11:59

I bought my 91 Lumina Euro in November of 2004, and I LOVE it. It handled the 1800 mile drive from Iowa to Arizona with absolutely no problems, drove great.

My only problem is that the cruise control has gone out, and I'm not sure how to fix it, but other than that, I haven't had a single problem with it.

The brakes are starting to act up, but as I read other peoples comments, I guess it's something that's common.

Finding aftermarket parts is kinda a pain, but what can you expect? I don't think too many people try to beef up a Lumina haha.

Overall, the car runs great and handles well. I would definitely recommend it.

2nd Aug 2007, 11:46

My Chevy Lumina was running great until I let it sit in the drive way for about 3 days, and now doesn't idle.. at all. I can start it, but I have to hold the gas, which is bad for it. If anyone has any idea how to fix it, please leave a comment.

26th Aug 2009, 22:31

I have a 1991 Red Lumina Euro coupe with the 3.1 V6. It has been a wonderful car! I bought it in 1991. I still drive it to work 50 minutes each way. It has 359,889 miles on the car and engine, and is still getting 24mpg. The trans. was rebuilt at 180,000 miles. I wish I could buy a brand new one all over again!

30th Jul 2010, 01:54

My blue 1991 Chevy Lumina 3.1L will be 20 years old next month. It has 125,045 miles. Great reliable car. It gets 26-28 mpg.

I had to replace the infamous manifold gaskets in 1998 and the radiator in 1999.

I have replaced the alternator twice.

I replaced the rear calipers.

The radio died long ago.

One tap on the gas pedal and it will leave newer cars in the dust at the red lights.

This is a great car. They don't make them like this anymore.

10th Jul 2011, 08:22

The high low revving is the idle air control valve - clean or replace.