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Used 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Consumer Reviews

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4.63 out of 5 stars

Incredible Car

Jeff, 10/21/2010
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Most reliable vehicle I have ever had. Bought it at 90,000 miles in Jan 2003 and have 317,000 miles on it now. Have replaced transmission, water pump and air conditioner in last seven years. Purchase price was $4000 and repairs have come to $3800. A fantastic investment for 227,000 miles of transportation.

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4.13 out of 5 stars

Keeps going and going

Travis Wynn, 03/10/2006
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

This is the most reliable car I've ever had. Have 100k on it and it still has factory battery, never needed any major repair, well has never needed any repair except for the intake gasket. Good on fuel for its class. GM should consider make more cheap reliable cars like the Lumina.

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3.75 out of 5 stars

It's reliable

Stephanie, 06/01/2008
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Although I bought a gently used 2004 Camry today, I am sad to say goodbye to my Lumina. It has been an excellent car to me. It's no longer aesthetically pleasing, there's lots of rust, dings, and dents. But it has never failed to start and get me where I was going even in two feet of Ohio snow. During this extensive ownership period, beyond regular maintenance I've only had to replace a water pump, an alternator, and an EGR valve. None of which resulted in a breakdown, just poor performance until it was fixed. Oh, the power steering pump is noisy, but still works fine. I'd recommend this car to anyone as a used vehicle. Still seeing lots of them around. Still strong after 135,000 miles.

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2.38 out of 5 stars

Absolute Lemon

Al S, 09/22/2008
1996 Chevrolet Lumina LS 4dr Sedan
3 of 4 people found this review helpful

This has got to be the worst car experience ever. We bought this car which was a cream puff. Low original miles on what was verified a local use car or "grocery getter" The car had about 35000 miles and looked and sounded smooth as silk. The first week of our owning the car showed what a disaster this car was. In that time we spent $900 for wheel bearing, directional switch, ignition lock cylinder failure. Two years later, intake manifold gasket failure ($400). That led to the cam shaft bearing failure which meant new engine ($3000). Now after all said and done, a P1870 transmission component slip (possible new trans?) Just one bad design after another! Goodbye American cars!

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4.25 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Buy For $1000

jamescl, 10/31/2012
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

An amazing purchase, got the car not too long ago and ever since has been driving down the road perfectly. Very smooth riding, gear changing and steady braking and acceleration. Everything on the car works except for AC/cool air but since it's soon to be winter, shouldn't be too much of a problem at all for some time. The interior I have seen much better on cars but for what it is, it's not bad at all. Exterior design I just love. The overall build quality seems to be pretty solid beside a few things I can name like seatbelt buckles can be pretty difficult at times but still usable, just fiddle with them for a few seconds and they're good to go. Overall a very good car, recommend!

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