Bought in November of 93 as a new 94 model. We had a black over silver two tone appearance and the upscale LS trim package. Had everything including the 3.8 liter engine and a sunroof. But in the summer of 96 on a family vacation we had a terrible head on collision. The police said the design of the van protected our family. So we went out and bought another one. Only this time we bought the fully loaded Oldsmobile silhouette, since we couldn't afford it back in 93. But anyway, these vans are safe, reliable and have served us well over 100,000 miles and 14 years with only very minor issues.
Black and silver paint,sunroof,cd player,dual A/C,power slider and seat, and especially the body integrity. It saved our lives.
I got this Lumina Van for $1 at the ripe old age of 13 with 194,000 miles on it from a family friend. It needed a Tie Rod End on the left because it had a shimmy and shake I couldn't take. I charged the air, changed the oil, oil filter and air filter. It needs a new headliner but living with it. The automatic ride leveling rear shocks are shot but my mechanic said I can save money and put regular shocks on it for between $200 & $300. Also I had a wizzing sound in the front that sounded like the alternator - I changed that and the belt for about $230 but that didn't solve the problem. Used a hose up to my ear and the other end to the pulleys - its the compressor - mechanic says don't worry.
Space Ship Feel Inside. Cloth seats are still like new after 200K miles. It was featured in "Get Shorty" movie with Travolta and DeVito as the "Cadilac of Minivans", Remote Sliding Door, Fun, Spacious, Aerodynamic, Fuel Efficient, The Style is Back in Vogue. Before BIG SUVs we had a SMART MiniVANs
Well after 200K miles - what do you expect this thing is still going strong - look out Honda! Tires, Muffler, Belts, Hoses, Oil and Filters, Tie Rod Ends, Shocks, Compressor pully squealing. Show me a Honda that doesn't have all these replaced or is needs to be replaced soon after 200K miles.
Its had its share of repairs, but isn't at all bad for a car with 224,000 miles on it that still running great! Awesome power and the 3.8 liter motor has a cool little snarl when you get on it. By 30,000 miles these vans all had had the same problems; alternator (finally had to go with the bigger one after four replacements), a/c compressor (sensor leaked and also failed), tires (belts separated). Then it had few repairs for the next 100,000 miles or so. Were thinking of trading it in while its still running well, but might just keep it another year.
3800 engine and transmission for their longevity and power.
Better A/C compressor and alternator, or at least a heads up about the alternator's ceartain failure (left my son and I stranded on the interstate). Thanks for that one, Chevrolet!