22nd Dec 2002, 20:35

GM 3100 need intake gaskets every 2 years or so it is a common problem with GMs 3.1 and 3100 V6. And I have a 92 Lumina with 300,000 miles on it and it is still going strong only thing done was tranny filter, intake gaskets and various others, but intake gaskets only cost like 41.99 at napa and that is not too bad.

Mike Berg.

8th May 2003, 10:33

I have a 95 olds cutlass with the 3.1 the problem is the cooling system the car runs hot new water pump new thermostat new sensor, pressure tested I just can't figure it out.


21st Jun 2003, 21:41

I have a 1995 Olds Cutlass with 3.1 also. It had a overheating problem. After I replaced the water pump, which is a easy do it your self job, it still over heated. I then took it to a mechanic, he simply open a purge valve on top of the thermostat housing under the throttle body. Start the car and let he team poor out of valve until water cam out. This allowed all the air trapped in the system out. Have had no overheating since... Maybe this can help.

22nd Jul 2004, 11:22

My 1992 Lumina van with only 90,000 kms on it has gone through more than enough pads and rotors, and I am pretty light on the brakes. I spent $506.00 cdn. dollars to resolve engine/transmission oil leaks. Two trans. lines had to be replaced. My next major which seemed to occur right after the oil leak service was engine overheating. Yes I would stop and shut off ignition and the coolant would gurgle from the radiator to the recovery tank and then spill it's guts onto the pavement. I would top up the coolant and the next warm day voila, the same thing would happen. Off to dealer. Service advisor said leaking intake manifold repairs required for $1200.Also belt tensioner needed for $200.Then broken head bolt allowing coolant to enter engine oil crankcase compartment and requiring a tow job back to dealer. GM must have eaten this one. Still overheating, but not onto pavement. Now require engine temperature sensor for which I had to pay, but refused to pay for the installation of it. At this stage I am paranoid about the oil and coolant levels. Guess what?The coolant in the recovery tank is still dropping. Checked under hood on a cool day and discovered a rubber hose about 2 1/2- 3 inches long was oozing green coolant from both ends of hose on passenger side. Going back to dealer on Monday to resolve these issues once and for all. After all, they have been going on since May 31/04.Good thing I know a little bit about cars and how to read Lemonaid 2005.Other than that I really like my first new vehicle and can hardly wait to buy my second (which will be Japanese).Sayanara.

9th Sep 2004, 10:49

I own a 1995 lumina and it runs great it has 82,000 miles and I've only had to change the alternator. Maybe a little slow on the pick up, but it's a family sedan. Chevrolet makes good cars.

17th Jun 2006, 22:13

If you want a vehicle that sucks, try the "reliable and sporty" 1998 Dodge Intrepid. My cousin has one, and it drives, but everything will go out at once. Please believe me, she paid over $3,000 to get it fixed, and as soon as she got it out, the power steering hoses busted all over the engine. Don't ask me why, but that car I wouldn't recommend for nothing.

She drove a 1995 Chevy Lumina she bought from a distant cousin, and it drove like a champ. For 8 months straight, she had no problems with it, except for the tie rod ends, she got those fixed and was on her way, that's why the Lumina is dependable as long as you keep up with it.

22nd Jun 2006, 08:59

I recently inherited a 95 Lumina from my grandmother. It had 39,000 miles on it when we started using it. Here are the problems with it so far: 1. It will stop accelerating for no apparent reason at random intervals. It does not buck, jerk, sputter, or stall, it just won't accelerate past whatever speed I happen to be going. That is being investigated as I type this. 2. When it rains heavily, water pours out from the bottom of the blower fan (pass. side under dash) onto the floor. Upon removing the cowl, I discovered the HORRIBLE design: a 3" x 5" hole, facing upward, leading directly to the blower fan. No cover or diverter, no filter, just a hole. No wonder it leaks. 3. While replacing the rear speakers, I discovered that the bolt for the seatbelt retractor was NEVER INSTALLED!!! The seatbelt strap had been run through a slit in the rear deck and a holder near the seat, so one could never tell that the seatbelt wasn't strapped down until one of their children died in a car accident, or they removed the rear deck. The threads in the hole still had paint on them, no bolt to be found anywhere near it. I have only had this car for about 4 months and the problems are frustrating already. GM is the devil. If these problems occurred with a Toyota with 40,000 miles, the top executives would kill themselves. With GM, it's just another day at work.

30th Nov 2006, 06:58

Hey people, just to let you know this car I have had since it had 80,000 miles on it, and now it has about 110,000 miles and no lick of a problem on it.

I am 17 and I drive my car like a bat out of hell. I have tinted windows, rims, exhaust, and much more stuff to this car, yes it "was" a family car until I got it.

The car is nice in and out, and anyone looking for a nice reliable car this is the one. So anyone that wants to trash talk this car, you need to drive it the way you should, like maybe like your grandma should if it has more than 300,000 miles, thank you very much.


25th Feb 2009, 14:49

My 95 lumina's cup holder broke too.

Other than that OK though.

9th Mar 2011, 15:25

My 96 Chevy Silverado has 240,000 on it, I replaced the intake gaskets at 200K. We take it on an eight hour each way vacation every year, no problems.

My 95 Lumina has 280,000 miles on it, the intake gasket is seeping! I am angry! I am buying foreign next time!

10th Mar 2011, 11:58

We rarely see sarcasm on this site.