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Chevrolet Lumina

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  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    is just fine. I have a 97 Lumina with 3.1 engine
    and it is quite smooth and quiet and runs
    beautifully. No problems yet.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    Ditto for the great 3.8 engine! Unfortunately, it was only available in the LTZ model. You can get it with the 2000 Impala LS and Monte Carlo SS.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    they are lying to you. If the intake manifold gasket was leaking, the car would run very poorly because that would cause a vacuum leak. If the exhaust manifold was leaking it would be loud. The gasket that is probably leaking is the cylinder head gasket. That is an expensive repair, but the car is only $3575. If you do want the car, make sure everything else is in good shape. Be sure the tires are all good, the brakes are servicable, check the transmission in all gears.

    From experience with other GM products, if the coolant in the plastic overflow tank is bubbling, you have pressure escaping from the radiator cap, through the line, and into what I like to call the burp tank. That means one of four things:

    1) the head gasket is blown at a water jacket and pressure from the compression in each cylinder that is compromised is going into the cooling system and causing excessive pressure. Cooling systems are usually rated from 13 to 21 lbs. Compression in cylinders is usually 120 to 180 lbs. When the engine is cold, remove the radiator cap and start the engine, if the coolant starts bubbling and steaming immediately, suspect a bad head or head gasket.

    2) the radiator cap in the car is no good, thereby letting pressure release when the system is not up to 13 to 21 lbs. That lets the coolant boil at a lower temperature than if it were pressurized.

    3) the thermostat is stuck and keeping the coolant from flowing out of the engine and into the radiator.

    4) the water pump is seized or leaking and coolant is not flowing at all.

    This experience is from GM V8 engines like the 267, 305, and 350 Chevy V8s and the Oldsmobile 307 V8. But since all cooling systems work the same, I suspect one of these four answers will be your problem. If the cooling fans do not come on, this may be another problem, but I suspect a bad head gasket on this particular car. If you replace both head gaskets at the same time, it should cost $800 to $1200 depending on if you go to the dealer or not. Each, they will run $500-$600. If there is a cracked head, expect to spend much more, but at that point just spend the $2000, drop in a 3.1L crate engine, and be done with it. Just be sure the rest of the car isn't about to die. If the car is too rough, it may not be worth anything but parts.
  • zumina90zumina90 Posts: 1
    My 1990 chevy lumina euro sport Has independent suspension all around and the back wheels tilt in \ /due to the independent suspension. What causes this to happen?
  • topgun8topgun8 Posts: 1
    I have a 97 lumina.the car died the other day and they replaced the battery.the problem i have is the stereo etc does not work now.something in the manual states that i need a 4 digit number to redo the stereo cause of the theft detterant.this car was bought used in another state a yr ago. any ideas or suggestions???is this a generic number?there is no record of this number anywhere. thanks
  • jfunjfun Posts: 1
    Funny you mention about the back brake problems on the Lumina...I just got a letter about a class action suit against GM over the rear brakes on any '88-'93 Regal, Grand Prix, Cutlass, and Lumina in a New Jersey court. Your friend should look into getting some of that repair cost back.
  • Buck531Buck531 Posts: 14
    I just happened to be looking at the rear rotors on my Lumina yesterday and found 2 HUGE gouges on the rotors on both sides (one on each rotor) directly in the middle. I put my finger on them and they seem pretty deep. Luckily I only have 28k on my car and I can take it into the shop. Every since I've had this car the brakes have been squealing and pulsating when I hit the brakes (I've had it to the dealer about 3 times now for the brakes). The servic manager said that I "don't hit the brakes hard enough when I'm driving" and that causes the squealing because of brake dust build up. Now I've never had this problem on my 91 Lumina. The guy told me to jam on the brakes every week or so to clean the brake dust. Now is it me or what, but I don't find I need to do that on a brand new car. Anyone else have any suggestions? I know when I take it in on Wednsday, I'll have them look at the front brakes too (they've already resurfaced the front rotors and then changed them the next time I took it in). I don't know. Brakes and I just don't get along.

    Buck
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    And what is written in the the manual about braking?

    I have a 98 Chevy Malibu. Its manual say that the brakes are self-adjusting and to self-adjust they need to be used moderately (or hard - do not remember) at least once in 1000 miles. But it does not mention the brake dust, just self-adjusting.

    There are some downhill slopes on my road to work, very natural places for strong braking. Usually I am switching for the 2-th speed here, braking by engine, but, after reading the manual, started to brake moderately to strong once or twice a week.


    Well, the Lumina is a different car, but who know: probably its components were designed by the same team...
  • Buck531Buck531 Posts: 14
    Well, the dealer called me back this morning and said that the gouges in the rotors were normal (I guess something new). I also called another dealership to verify this and they said the same thing. What I do not get is that they told me the pulsating in the brakes were very little. They also said that the brakes had 50% left on them. They said that they could turn the rotors (again!), but it's not covered by warranty. They said that Cheverolet only covers the rotors up to 12,000 miles of warranty and is considered "user Maintenence" and wanted to charge me &70 freakin' dollars to turn the rotors. What's wrong here folks? I only have 28k miles on the car now.

    Buck
  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    Traded in My Lumina LS for a slick Daewoo Nubira
    CDX. My power steering pump failed at 30,000 miles. The front Axle bearings failed at 50,000
    miles, the transmission started to make noises
    when placed in reverse. Too damn early for these
    problems to happen. Get yourself a real car.
    Daewoo rules.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Well, that's yet to be seen. When your Leganza gets to the 50,000 mile mark, I hope that you still are singing the same song of praise. Sorry, but Korean Kars simply just don't cut it. But hey that's my opinion.
  • tomaso3tomaso3 Posts: 4
    After reading over 100 letters I feel I have to tell you all about the differences in Canada. Perhaps the differences remain the same for some of the Lumina Models.

    I understand that most Luminas were made in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The 1999 model year was the last to be sold in Canada, however for the US market, Oshawa still made the 2000 Lumina base model for fleet cars. I hear The Lumina is not being produced anymore. [The Sunfire and Cavalier convertible are also gone for 2000]

    I own a 1998 Lumina LTZ - it is the best car I have ever had. In answer to question 37, yes,the sun visor clips keep coming out and that is the only problem I have after 56,000KM, about 33,000 miles. Oh I forgot, the little button that holds the seat belt buckle from falling to the floor fell off - GM plastics = they are the worst.

    In Canada the LTZ has the 3.1 as standard, not the 3.8 as in the U.S. The rear brakes are drum and not disc like the U.S. I presume this is the same, but the rear and the front of the LTZ is the same as the Monte Carlo except for the colour of the Chevy logo. The standard Lumina and the LS model have different looks on the front and the back compared to the LTZ.

    My LTZ is leased and I will dicker with the dealer over the buy out because it's a great car and I would like to keep it.
  • tomaso3tomaso3 Posts: 4
    Comparing gas mileage in Canada and the U.S. is an exercise in futile mathematics.
    Canadian [Imperial] gallons have a greater volume than American gallons, about 20% more. However, for many years now, Canada has sold gasoline in Litres. Sells for 77 cents a litre now. That works out to about $3.46 an Imperial gallon.
    1 Imp gallon = 4.5 litres
    1 U.S. gallon = 3.78 litres. Therefore at U.S. measurement, gasoline here in Toronto costs $2.91 a gallon U.S.
  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    I am not just experimenting with Daewoo here,
    My previous Daewoo was in Sydney Australia, and
    I drove it for about 100,000 miles with ZERO, count them, ZERO problems. I had previously owned a Ford Festiva which is also Korean built, which I drove for 80,000 miles with Zero, count them, Zero problems. I have only owned Korean in the past. The only American car I ever bought was this 97 Chevy Lumina LS. This is the only car that gave me trouble. I panicked, I am not used to having trouble with a car that is still new.
    I now have the Leganza CDX, and Nubira CDX.
    No troubles yet.
  • vince848vince848 Posts: 1
    Hello TopGun8... Take your car to any Chevy dealer and have them clear the number code in your radio. They have a master code which will supersede the code already in the radio. Once the radio is working, its best to follow the instructions in your manual, and put in a new code that you will remember in case you have to remove the battery or disconnect it again. Goodluck.
  • aparnet2aparnet2 Posts: 13
    I am condering about buying a 98 lumina from the car rental center. they are asking for 7999. any suggestions? so many thanks!
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    Join the "new brakes club". My wife's '98 LTZ (bought in July of '97) needed new pads for all 4 wheels (plus all 4 rotors turned) at 33K miles. The rotors were badly scored. Since the work was NOT covered by our 36K warranty, it cost us about $200. I'm not complaining though, because the car has otherwise been VERY trouble free. Other than 3K mile oil changes, and fuel injector cleaning (plus a new fuel filter) at 24K miles, it's run great. It runs as fast as the day we bought it.
  • jshtexjshtex Posts: 1
    I own a 91 lumina and overall it has been ok. But I have spent a fortune on the brakes. I received the letter about the refund and while I was finding all of my receipts I lost the letter. Can someone please give me some info say a name and address or better yet a phone number from the letter?

    Thanks
  • euro93euro93 Posts: 1
    I have a 93' Euro, and I was wondering if a computer chip would add a nice gain. Anybody have any advice? Thanks!
  • rsd2rsd2 Posts: 1
    Iam looking at a 1994 Z34 with 98,000 miles and in excellent condition for $7,900.00. Is this a good deal and are there any problems with this car. Looking for something affordable with ZIP to drive to work.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    Have the 3.4 (DOHC) engine checked thoroughly before you buy the car. This engine was discontinued by Chevy, and with good reason. It has a history of MAJOR problems. I own a '93 Eurosport with this engine, and I can't wait to get rid of it. It's very hard to start in cold weather. I also had 3 oil leaks repaired ($1500), and the ENTIRE brake system replaced at only 8K miles (Chevy dealer paid for it).
  • stepjamstepjam Posts: 3
    I bought a a 96 with a 3.1 V6 brand new, and it served well as our family car until we took delivery on our 2000 Venture. I now use the Lumina for work, and I'm telling you, it's a GREAT car. Since buying it, I have cancelled my subscription to Consumer Reports Magazine, as I have concluded that if Honda put a turd on wheels, Consumer Reports would rave about it. They are so heavily biased against American cars, especially GM, that I finally got disgusted. At 43K miles, my Lumina is still looking and running like new, and at $17K out the door, it beat the crap out of any of its competitors in terms of space and ride. It's a good, solid, reliable car. Incidentally, I also own a 1988 Beretta, which I bought new, with a 2.8 V6. It's at 200K miles and still runs strong, although it leaks a bit of oil.
    Chevy definitely gives you the most for your money!
  • stepjamstepjam Posts: 3
    I bought a a 96 with a 3.1 V6 brand new, and it served well as our family car until we took delivery on our 2000 Venture. I now use the Lumina for work, and I'm telling you, it's a GREAT car. Since buying it, I have cancelled my subscription to Consumer Reports Magazine, as I have concluded that if Honda put a turd on wheels, Consumer Reports would rave about it. They are so heavily biased against American cars, especially GM, that I finally got disgusted. At 43K miles, my Lumina is still looking and running like new, and at $17K out the door, it beat the crap out of any of its competitors in terms of space and ride. It's a good, solid, reliable car. Incidentally, I also own a 1988 Beretta, which I bought new, with a 2.8 V6. It's at 200K miles and still runs strong, although it leaks a bit of oil.
    Chevy definitely gives you the most for your money!
  • stepjamstepjam Posts: 3
    I bought a a 96 with a 3.1 V6 brand new, and it served well as our family car until we took delivery on our 2000 Venture. I now use the Lumina for work, and I'm telling you, it's a GREAT car. Since buying it, I have cancelled my subscription to Consumer Reports Magazine, as I have concluded that if Honda put a turd on wheels, Consumer Reports would rave about it. They are so heavily biased against American cars, especially GM, that I finally got disgusted. At 43K miles, my Lumina is still looking and running like new, and at $17K out the door, it beat the crap out of any of its competitors in terms of space and ride. It's a good, solid, reliable car. Incidentally, I also own a 1988 Beretta, which I bought new, with a 2.8 V6. It's at 200K miles and still runs strong, although it leaks a bit of oil.
    Chevy definitely gives you the most for your money!
  • canada7canada7 Posts: 4
    My family had a base 1997 Lumina for three years: Best car we've ever owned. Cheap and good on gas. In the three years we had it, the only thing that was changed was the oil. Definitely wasn't a car that'll leave you stranded, the 3.1L is fine but doesn't have a whole lot of power. The only reason we got rid of it was because the lease ended so we bought a supercharged Regal. We'd definitely recommend it to anybody looking for something reliable, it's better than anything Japanese! ;)
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    I'm going to buy a 2000 or 2001 Regal GS in the fall. I'm trading in my '93 Lumina Eurosport. I can't wait. I would buy an Impala if they offered the SC 3800 engine but they won't.
  • achillesachilles Posts: 8
    Tomaso3:

    Does your LTZ have the 3.1L or 3.8L engine?
    When does your lease expire? Interested in
    selling it? How much?
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    The Lumina LTZ versions came equipped with the smooth, powerful and reliable 3800 Series II V-6. I believe their HP rating for that year was 195HP.

    My 2000 Impala LS has this engine but the HP rating is 200HP.

    The Lumina LTZ is a great car! Don't pass it up!
  • achillesachilles Posts: 8
    I have located a 1998 LTZ with 51,000 kms (31,000 miles) loaded but with the 3.1L engine. They're
    asking $15000 CAD (or $10000 USD). Any opinions?
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    I guess the Canadian LTZ version came with the 3.1L. The U.S. version had the 3800 engine. US$10,000 doesn't sound too bad and the mileage seems to be right where it should be.

    However, try to hunt down a US LTZ with the 3800 engine. Its a much better proposition. Can you get a US LTZ used model up there in Canada?
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