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#383 of 857 Do seniors turn a car into a dog?
May 06, 2002 (7:20 pm)
I recently purchased a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina LS with the optional 3.4 liter engine. It was previously owned by a retired couple living down the block from my retired in-laws. It has less than 43,000 miles and looks showroom fresh. It's fine in town, but is an absolute dog on the freeways. Is this typical of this vehicle/engine combination or has slow driving turned this into a dog? What can I do to give it some pep?
#385 of 857 Low coolant light flashing
May 07, 2002 (8:55 am)
Just wondering if anyone knows what could cause the low coolant light to flash. The radiator and overflow resevoir are both full. Thanks
#386 of 857 White peeling paint?
May 07, 2002 (11:35 am)
Last fall I purchased a white 1997 Lumina.
The first time I washed it, the paint started to peel off of the rear drivers side door panel. The paint appears to peel all the way down to the metal. I can tell where the previous owner tried to touch up a spot, but the spot seems to be getting bigger.
Since then, I have noticed several white Luminas driving around with the same body style also peeling paint in much the same manner.
Does anyone know what is up with this, or if there are any recalls or deals to get the cars repainted?
Also, since purchasing this car it seems like I get pretty poor gas mileage compared to my previous v6- a dodge intrepid. What is the typical gas mileage for these cars??
#387 of 857 re: peeling paint and mileage
May 08, 2002 (3:20 pm)
I have the same year/ model since new, now has 150k gets 25 avg and 29 on a trip, a little less than new. Piston slap has been the biggest headache. Take a piece of masking tape and see if the paint lift off using this, if so have a body shop check it out, sounds like the door was redone, I can't see the paint delaminating on one panel only.
May 09, 2002 (7:08 pm)
I also have a 1995 Lumina with the 3.4 DOHC engine. I have 152,000 miles on it and I can say with confidence the the car is NOT a dog on the highway. Infact I feel that this particular engine with it's 7000 rpm redline is particularly good for highway passing and driving. Not sure what the problem might be with the one you bought. Maybe try a fuel system/ injector cleaner like Chevron Techron or something. I've used one about every 20,000 miles and it does seem to make a difference. I recently replaced the car as my daily driver but still drive it every couple of days. It is definitly quicker than the V-6 in the new car I bought.
On a side note...I too have seen several luminas with the delaminating paint issue. Oddly, ALL of them seem to have been white. Must be something about that paint...
And to the guy with the low coolant light flashing, just a thought, but check your engine oil and dip stick for sticky residue. I had an olds cutlass that would flash it's low coolant light every time it blew a headgasket, which was often. The light came on even if the coolant levels appeared fine. Coolant mixes with oil creating a sticky mess if the leak is bad enough.
#389 of 857 2001 Chevy Lumina
May 11, 2002 (2:06 pm)
I'm looking at a 2001 Chevy Lumina it has about 30,000 miles on it in very good condition, has anyone had any problems with the years of 2000-2001 Lumina's from fleets or rentals?
May 11, 2002 (4:13 pm)
Great car all around, but be very cautious with these fleet cars, there are notoriously poorly maintained, check inside the oil filler cap you can see into the valve train, see if there is even slight amount of oil gelling or sliminess, pass on any one you are uncomfortable about, there are plenty around, of course insist on staring them up cold to check for piston slap.
#391 of 857 driver buckets seats
May 13, 2002 (6:47 am)
I want to replace the split bench in my 94 with leather or buckets. (After 184,000 miles the interior needs a face-lift). Any year/models that I can simply swap from a junkyard?