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#251 of 857 I like Chevy Lumina
Dec 12, 2000 (3:04 am)
I have Lumina 1993 with 188000km on it.
I like this car very much. I bought it when it was already 168000km on it.
I replaced a battery,oxigen sensor, and breaks.
Thats it. My wife has a Toyota Corolla 2000 and I can't drive it after Lumina. I got always back pain after this car. Lumina has fully adjustable driver sitting and it is a plessure to drive this car for a long distance.
It is strong like a rock. No problem at all. No one time put me out of the road.Very good on a high speed. Can easily handle a sharp turns. It is not a race car, but not a slow one.
I am going to sell it and to buy Impala.
Police took this car for themself,so it says something.
Who is interesting in Lumina 1993 just e-mail me.
I am from Toronto igor_me2001yahoo.com
I will sell it cheap. I am in a hurry
#252 of 857 Radiator Leak
Dec 25, 2000 (6:08 pm)
I have a 1995 chevy Lumina. I was wondering if anyone has used stop leak to fix a radiator leak. I am not sure to use it or not, will it gum up the engine. If anyone has any experience with this it would be a great help.
#253 of 857 Must have a 95 dud
Dec 26, 2000 (4:33 pm)
I haven't read all the messages, but in contrast to the glowing reports of other Lumina owners, I am now looking to trade in my LS and its crappy 3.4L engine. I have owned my car since May '97, only have 59,000 mis. on it and have been nickeled and dimed out of a lot more than a nickel or a dime. Mushy brakes, back brakes that were never set for the brake pads to make contact with anything, dead alternator, fritzed-out windshield wipers, etc., etc. The latest and, hopefully, last disaster was a solenoid stuck open on the EGR assembly ($265 for new assembly, $440 entire bill). Unfortunately, the hot emissions gasses from the opening have fried my 5th and 6th "double-platinum" spark plugs and I'm now facing another $130 bill to replace them all. Hopefully, I'll find something else soon. Love the interior and the roominess, but I hate the $750 a year in upkeep. If anyone notices a high revving at start-up that alternates with a putt-putting idle, have the EGR checked or you could be looking at a compounding problem. (Cleaning doesn't work, the assembly needs replaced - paid for one of them too.) Good Luck!
#254 of 857 Lumina 3.1 - bad fuel injectors and GM knows it
Dec 27, 2000 (12:57 pm)
I bought a new 1997 LS with a 3.1 . The car ran fine until 66K. The service engine light came on so I took it in and was told it needed a new fuel injector to the tune of $317.00. I had it put in and drove another two weeks and another injector went out. I than lost my sense of humor and raised holy ---- with the dealer. I explained to him that I was not paying another $ 317.00 for an injector so he better get on the phone with the zone rep. and get this taken care of. He did and GM paid for that one and two more that followed within a month. I than decided my car was to unreliable so I traded for a new 1999 Lumina LS with a 3.1 engine thinking that the 97 must have been a fluk. Well guess what, at 15K the engine starts running ruff and I says to myself , SELF ,no this can't be, but yes it was, the injectors are fouling out, but GM found an easier way to fix the problem this time, they flush them out with some kind of fluid which removes the blockage. This happened in oct.2000. Guess where I was yesterday, back at my friendly GM dealer getting the injectors flushed again at 21300 miles. looks like a regular part of maintenance now. So to say the 3.1 is a good engine I can not agree with. I believe GM does not make the 3.1 any more. Anybody else out there with the same problem?
Dec 27, 2000 (6:36 pm)
GM still makes the 3.1l engine. You can found them at least in three 2001 cars: Chevy Malibu, Buick Century, and Pontiac Grand Prix.
Though, in the summer of 1999 GM changed the design somewhat (mostly the engine intake), and currently the engine makes 170-175 hp, instead of 150-155.
Concerning the injectors:
I have a 98 Chevy Malibu with the same 3.1l engine. My dealer cleaned the injectors with the 30k miles maintenance. It cost about $100 (injectors only: total was about $400, including serpentine belt, thorough inspection of the car, and several small things).
Did not feel anything bad with the engine before cleaning, and did not notice any difference after. Probably, you are using a gas producing more deposits, or have a bad fuel filter.
Dec 28, 2000 (12:18 pm)
The engine started lossing power, like it was missing. Than the dash light came on. All the dealer has to do is plug the analizer into the car computer and they can tell which cylinder is miss firing, and how many times. GM will tell you to add a fuel line cleaner to your gas every 1500 miles to keep the injectors clean. In fact they will even sell you some for about $7.50 a bottle. I think not. I did'nt buy a new car so I can add fuel line cleaner every week and a half at $7.50 a pop.I received a survey after the first time they cleaned them out and I explained what happened to my 1997 and that I really was not up for that same problem on my 1999. I also told them that I will not be paying to clean the injectors when the warrantee runs out. Well this must have got their attention because they called me and we had a nice chat. GM has started a file on my car for every time it goes in. Boy do I ever feel special having my very own file, what a lucky guy I am, yea right.
#257 of 857 Oops. Forgot something
Dec 28, 2000 (8:12 pm)
In addition to my previous message about the wonders of the LS model, I have also experienced an alarming oil consumption by my 3.4L nightmare. In every other car I have owned, I have seldom had to add oil between filter changes. I add approximately three quarts now. Just love those dashboard lights! If it isn't "service engine soon" it's "low oil". Looked at a very nice Taurus tonight. Hope Chevy chokes on my Lumina.
#258 of 857 Should I buy a '92 Lumina ?
Dec 29, 2000 (1:47 pm)
I'm looking at a '92 Lumina with 135,000 miles to drive until I can get a new car in about 6 mos.My Voyager needs another transmission ! I drive 500-600 highway miles to and from work every week and need a reliable car. This one has been maintained by my mechanic and he says its a "good car", also that the "brakes are good" (seems that's an issue). Any advice or comments would be appreciated in making my choice. How do they handle in snow ? What kind of gas mileage do they get? Any major problems to look for? It drives well,(no noises, skips or other noticeable problems) and started after 2 weeks buried in a snow bank. Got any advice ?
#259 of 857 1993 LUMINA 3.4 BANK-BREAKER
Dec 29, 2000 (5:24 pm)
WE OWN A 1993 LAMINA EURO 3.4 AND HAVE FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS REGRETTED IT! SINCE THE SUMMER OF 2000 IT HAS COST US DEARLY $600 FOR ITS' SECOND ALTERNATOR $500 FOR A FUEL PUMP $700 FOR A SENSOR!!!! YES A SENSOR BURIED IN THE ENGINE THAT TOOK EIGHT HOURS LABOR AND FINALLY A CHRISTMAS PRESENT OF A BLOWN HEAD GASKET ESTIMATE;$1030.00 WHILE They're IN THERE FIXING THAT IT WAS RECOMMENDED WE REPLACE THE TIMING BELT,TENSIONER AND WATER PUMP. TOTAL $1500.I THINK CM SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THIS BEAUTY. THEY HAVE FOUND THIS ENGINE TO BE A GOLD MINE OF REPAIR BILLS. SO MUCH IN FACT THAT THE TOOLS USED IN THE REPAIR OF THE 3.4 ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO OTHER REPAIR SHOPS OF ANY SIZE. WHEN I CALLED AROUND TO FIND A SHOP TO POSSIBLY DO THE JOB CHEAPER I WAS MET WITH THE NEWS THAT CHEWY HAS THE MARKET ALL WRAPPED UP AND THE TOOLS ALSO FOR THE 3.4 REPAIRS.I HAVE ALWAYS BOUGHT GM AND MY BROTHER WORKS FOR GM.THE LUMINA WE OWN HAS HAD NOTHING BUT TLC SINCE THE DAY IT CAME HOME.WE CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT ELSE COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN TO THIS CAR BUT HOPE THAT NOTHING DOES UNTIL WE GET SOMETHING NEW TO REPLACE IT THIS SUMMER!!!! STERLING1953
#260 of 857 1998 Lumina LTZ - Possible Candidate
Jan 04, 2001 (3:09 pm)
I'll be looking at a 98 LTZ w/37K on it. After reviewing many posts it seems that the only significant problem areas are the brakes fading and the mushy seats.
Is the seat problem related to the split bench, cloth buckets or any available seat? The one I'm looking at has cloth buckets. Any other areas of concern I should consider when looking at this vehicle?