I purchased this van in 2001 with only 50000 km on it. I have put another 160000 on it since then. We have used it as a daily commuter, vacationing vehicle and transport vehicle to help friends and family move. It has seen its share of use and abuse. I have been diligent with regular maintenance, and for the first 207000 km I have had no problems with the motor or transmission. Just recently at 208000 km the intake manifold gasket has started to leak. Over the years I have replaced the water pump, fuel pump, wiper motor, interior fan motor, and driver's seat cushion/chasis. Breaks and tires are the only other things that I have had to dump money into, but hey, nothing lasts forever!
Power train durability! AC still blowing cold at 210000 km. I'll drive this van into the ground. Wouldn't be surprised if it lasts 300000 km! Way to go Chevy!
There were no head rests on the middle and back row seats. The dustbuster body style wasn't a great choice. I'm sure my kids will be pushing me to sell it once they get their learners license!
I have owned this mini van since it was new. I am currently considering a new vehicle. I am researching the same car. This car has done everything I have asked of it and then some. It is an extremely versitile vehicle, from hauling 7 people to piles of lumber with seats removed. This car has never left me stranded and the only reason I am considering a new one is mileage.
5 years ago I saw a 96 Lumina Mini-
van.Dark red with the ground effects
package. Checked it out and test drove
it. I was amazed at the power it had.I
think the v6 is 190 hp or so,and it
only weighs 3300lbs. It only gets
17mpg around town but I get 25mpg on
the highway,with a best of 27.I have
driven to Colorado a number of
times,with trips to Las Vegas,Phoenix
and even a 24 hour drive to Miami and
24 hours back. I drove Phoenix to
Albequerque on 1 tank of gas and made
it home on 1.That was 1000 miles with
one stop! Never had any mech. problems
The removable seats and flexible
config.With seats out,there is plenty
of room to roll out a sleeping bag for
camping.And I love the sporty ground
effects and solid burgandy paint.Roof
rack is handy. I have cartopped a 10ft
john boat and trailored a 14ft sailboat
at the same time.
I can't suggest any improvements,since
chev. went to the venture mini-van in
97. I only wish it cornered as well as
it does everything else. But of course
it is a mini-van!!!
I loved this van, but the temperature
gauge started going up, so I brought it
to a reputable garage, and they told me
there were metal filings and antifreeze
in the oil and that it needed a new
engine. It only had 117,000 miles on
it. Because of the design, which makes
access to the engine very difficult, it
would cost $3000 to repair.