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Nickle and Dimed to Death
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By John
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1996 Chevrolet Lumina LS 4dr Sedan


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I have owned a 1996 Lumina LS for the last 8yrs. I have replaced the following since purchasing. Water pump, alternator, fuel pump, driver- side power window motor, and ignition assembly. In addition the 3.1 V6 engine has a problem where the Intake manifold gasket fails every 30,000 miles. I have replaced this twice ($1100 each time). This item should be subject to a recall by GM but is not. I highly recommend you avoid this vehicle. You will spend a fortune on repairs.


Best Features

Styling. Roominess.


Worst Features

3.1 V6 Engine by GM is unreliable.


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Nice Car
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By ShawnInWA
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1996 Chevrolet Lumina LS 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car in Sept. 05', nice clean car good on reliability. Had to replace rotors, brakes, water pump, accelorator sensor soo far...Over all car drives nice and handles great. Bad idea on cup holder position! But it works....Car currently has 155,400 miles.


Best Features

Big trunk, comfy seats, gets up and goes...good gas mileage


Worst Features

Ashtray keeps coming off. Passengers always hit their knee on the dash where the heat vent is...bad spot!


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Probably saved my life
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By Samuel Jordan
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1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan


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Hit a car head on @ 70 mph; bashed the right light and the rim was bent. I put a spare on, and drove her another 600 miles back home. The engine still works awesome, but the frame is a bit bent up. The engine on this girl is wonderfully reliable, but problems I had included brakes, A/C, stupid cupholders, and an alternator (it's a Chevy). If you buy from the right person, this car is truly a great machine, hands down. Good mileage, drove cross country several times with her; great handling, good speed. If you buy from some stupid teen or shady dealer, you'll have problems like any other car, I suppose. I have a bit over 100k on it, and it is still going strong, in spite of the accident I had.


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I am truly thankful to be alive after that. The cage really protected the engine and me. Loved the handling, reliability in Minnesota winters, pretty easy to work on (everythings has easy access except for plugs and battery - they're a pain), mileage, roominess, thriftiness, good, solid ride.


Worst Features

Brakes stink, seemed like I was working on them too much after about 95,000 miles. The car is hard on the tires, and the AC compressor just stopped working one summer. Coffee drinkers and station flippers will not like the position of the cupholder- right in front of the radio! Paint's cheap.


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Love this car!
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By MakeMineGM
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1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car to drive in the winter. It had 106K on it. Look around - these cars are everywhere! It gets good mileage (about 25 mpg on my last trip traveling an average of 75 mph). It's not a sports car but the suspension is firm enough for a full size sedan. Problems: The A/C is not working, I have a bad sensor for the ABS and the front seat is worn out (heavy previous owner?) - nothing major. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this car the highest rating in the offset crash test. How could I go wrong for $1550?


Best Features

Exterior styling - looks sharp for a 4- door


Worst Features

Make more of them. Or at least have your replacement model (Impala) have the same IIHS safety rating.


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My Lumina
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By Raye
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1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan


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A mercedes hit me from behind going 45 miles per hour. My Lumina stood up against it fabulously. It is a nice looking car with plenty of room for the whole family. I love it!


Best Features

The color...forest green. The design of the interior. It is a nice looking car. Plenty of room for the whole family!


Worst Features

The driver's seat wears out to easily. It has metal on the outside edge that has worn through the material.


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