I ordered my 1999 Lumina LTZ from GM built to my personal specs.
I had only four problems:
1. Alternator went out after 3 years
2. Switch for the automatic windows went out after 6 years
3. I was told my gas line needed replacement after 11 years (Maybe yes or maybe no)
4. When I floor the car the AC fan slows down ( No big deal since it rebounds after a few seconds)
Other than that I have had no other problems.
Every time I consider replacing my Lumina I back off asking myself, "WHY".
I never had the engine tuned, I change the Oil every 10000 miles whether it needs it or not.
The tires get expected life. The Body is in excellent shape minus a couple of parking lot dings
When I need to get on a highway the 3.8L V6 can take me from 0 to 70 in a Brooklyn instant and maintain that speed for ever without any engine strain.
It is comfortable on long trips and easy to get in or out of the drivers seat. ( Not too high off the ground or seated down in the dumps).
No rust but the powder coating may need a little work.
The Pewter color hides all sign of road dirt so it always looks good.
I have had multiple offers to buy my Lumina but it's not gonna happen.
I use the car every day but get 20-21 miles per gallon consistently.
I would rather pay the price for gas than spend over 20 K for a car that may or may not be as dependable as my 1999 Chevy Lumina.
Come up with a better spoilers the factory model is tacky.
Add a drop down back seat so long items can slip through the trunk for large purchases.
Correct gas and temperature gauges and adapt an honest business practice training program for dealerships.
The gauges read lower than the true values.
I inserted a thermal couple in the engine and drove my car until it was empty then filled it and monitored the mileage.
When I brought it up to my Chevy sales and service managers they said it was in spec.
I told the lairs I rented a similar car and that the rental car recorded accurate values.
I bought my wife this car because it had the 3.8 and it was so beautiful. I hate Luminas and I didnt consider this a Lumina. It looked different with the package on it...however...it smelled like a Lumina, acted like a Lumina, and it was in the shop once a week like a Lumina.
Interior is very uncomfortable.
Hard for a real man to back into the cockpit without hitting his head and his butt. Seat is too low to the floor.
Knees and legs groaned to get out after 200 miles.
Gas mileage in town is 21 and on the highway is 27.7.
It still got 21 on 30 mile trips.
Had to go on 200 mile trips to get 27.7
Go figure... Intake gaskets and plenums are easy to go out on this.
If you smell antifreez
Raise seats up and widen door openings
strengthen head gaskets and plenums
I bought this car in 2000 for 8500.00 w/40k miles. Its had one tune up and replaced the fuel pump/gas tank the first 2 weeks I had it. Since then its been in two car accidents (one was my fault) and had the front end body work done twice. Over 9 years it has had minimal problems. A/c, stuck window. Nothing Major. This year however, I have spent 1800.00 in repairs. 900 of that at the Chevy dealer. Big mistake. All in all. Its been problem free. Now we may be facing a transmission problem. Motor runs perfectly still. We are nearing 214,000 miles and planning to hit 300 by dec! Body is still Nice. Rides great. Mpg 27 mpg when the engines needs it.. We will rebuild it
The 3800 series motor. It cruises.. No hesitation up and down hills. Slices thru any amount of snow.. Handles well in any weather. Oh. I got 5 speeding tickets and almost lost my license. Didn't even realize I was going that fast. Ticket free now 4 years. Think the car is having a hard time with
I inhearited my Lumina from my mom. She had the car since 02. Really I have seen no mechanical problems. I'm a delivery driver in college and the gas mileage will suprise you. It's not flashy but it will get you from a to b pretty well. One thing I do have a problem with is there is only one cupholder. All in all if given the chance I think I might get another one