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Chevrolet Lumina, Sedan
Nov 04, 1999 (4:08 am)
Yes it's true, the public can no longer purchase the Lumina. My Dad just got one as his new company car. I don't think ya'll are missing anything. They really didn't make any improvements for 2000. I was kinda disappointed with it being a 2000 model year car and having nothing to make it special. However, it is a nice looking car, much better looking than the Impala. Maybe in a few years Chevy will improve the looks of the Impala.
#85 of 857 Wife's Lumina
Nov 05, 1999 (4:09 pm)
Bought the wife a '99 Lumina. Only 6 seat sedan other than Intrepid. Have put 12,000 miles on since purchase. No big complaints, but does anybody else have a driver's seat that the springs pop when cornering (i.e. shifting weight). Also the driver side power mirror quite working. Probably both are warranty, but I find the driver's seat a little thin.
#86 of 857 Drivers seat
Nov 07, 1999 (2:05 am)
I know what you mean about the driver seat. It is very skimpy. From the left side I almost hit the plastic sides of the seat when I sit. It definitely needs extra padding. They do not amke them anymore so there is little chance of improving them. I also bought my wife's Lumina used so I do not know if this is a problem with the new cars as well, or is it a problem that happens over time. Maybe a fat guy sat on my seat and ruined it. Who knows?
Nov 11, 1999 (5:17 am)
hi folks, got a 97 lumina with 60k on it. it doesn't steer to easily. we have a ford explorer and contour which steer with greater ease. i have been told that luminas should steer easily. it also makes a whining noise at low speeds ( driving in driveway-hard to steer when its cold too). fluids are OK-checked them. have 6 weeks of warrenty left so i'm just trying to think if we should take it in or not. thanks
#88 of 857 Take it in
Nov 12, 1999 (4:52 pm)
I had to replace the power steering pump at 60K.
I noticed that the drive belt was a little too shiny. I found out that there was steering oil dripping on it. I also noticed it became harder to steer when the car was cold.
However you say that you checked the fluids!
Look to see if there are any oil spots on the
radiator hose going from the bottom of the radiator to the engine from the drive belt side.
#89 of 857 WARNING !! LUMINA !! WARNING
Nov 13, 1999 (11:11 pm)
I had Lumina.
I totaled it on 11/09/99.
What a blessing !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am 40 something and have owned and driven many automobiles. The Lumina is by far the biggest
POS I ever owned. What a DA I was when I bought
this tin can.
Here is a list of what was wrong with my Lumina before I totaled it. Some items were repaired
and some needed repairing :
(1) radiator leak
--- (probably < $100 repaired) (2) another water leak near the rear of the engine --- (100s probably) (3) power steering unit needed replacing ---($400 + labor = $600+) (4) the $900 little plastic piece for the automatic transmission was going out again ($900 x 2 = $1800) (5) BOTH power windows out. BOTH went out about 3 months apart. --- ($600 - $700 dealer repaired) (6) A/C clutch needed replacing (7) high pressure hose to power steering unit replaced --- 6 and 7 were $450 (8) little plastic piece connecting water hose to engine replaced --- $200+ if remember correctly (9) Oil leaks (only some repaired) --- 200+ (9) I forget the rest of the repairs... DON'T but a Lumina !!! In fact, I am looking at a Toyota 4-Runner. I'll never buy another GM.
#90 of 857 WARNING !! LUMINA ..CONTINUED
Nov 13, 1999 (11:20 pm)
Oh, I forgot :
(10) The passenger door handle broke off.
--- $35 bucks - I fixed it myself.
(11) The driver side seat is collapsing. It is
leaning to the right.
--- no estimate - I ran out of money.
#91 of 857 take it in.
Nov 14, 1999 (6:16 am)
hi, thanks for the info. infact, the steering its starting to click and make noises, so i'd bet something is wrong with it. the tires are wearing abnormally fast ( 15k, supposed to last 70K, so i figure something has to be wrong.)
Got to take it in soon since the warrenty is up Dec 20. I hear some noise like marbles rolling around in the engine when ever it shifts into overdrive and when i accelerate on the onramp/hills( pinging/detonation i think)... tried premium, ocatane boast, you name it...)i dont trust this car, but i have to keep it for another 20 months or so. i'm planning to purchase a 93 explorer from a friend this coming summer as my extra car....
#92 of 857 WARNING !! Lumina.. CONTINUED
Nov 14, 1999 (4:24 pm)
Please read safety info available for Lumina and
the Lumina APV.
Many recalls and service bulletins.
After I checked it out I was reminded of :
(12) The windshield wipers quit working
now and then. About 5 times total.
--- no cost -> I didn't know it was a recall.
Do you think GM tried to contact me ? H&LL no !
I will NEVER BUY another GM.
#93 of 857 Lumina is hardly a POS
Nov 15, 1999 (6:19 am)
I would not say that Lumina is a POS. Maybe your Lumina was a POS, but I would not generalize to all Lumina's. My Lumina has been quite reliable.
The only problem it ever had was a small leak in the power steering fluid case, hardly what I consider to be a major problem. It took the dealer only 15 minutes to replace it. The engine is still very smooth and the transmission is very smooth. No other leaks whatsoever. And the fuel consumption rate is excellent. Almost like a 4 cylinder car.
Did you buy your Lumina used or brand new? maybe it was abused by the previous owner.