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1997 Chevrolet Lumina

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Great reliable car for the money
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By Jason
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1997 Chevrolet Lumina LS 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car from first owner at 105,000 miles. Owner had previously replaced alternator and performed regular maintenance. I currently have 160,000 miles on it. This car had never let me down. Gets great mileage for a car this size. Intake manifold gaskets developed the typical leak on the 3.1 engine and I replaced them myself (I am ASE Master auto tech). AC is cold and transmission shifts smoothly.


Best Features

Great AC. Easy to service. Great gas mileage for size


Worst Features

Wish GM still made them, I would buy another. Fuel gauge is not accurate; this was common complaint with this year of car.


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Small things gone wrong
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By colorfularies
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1997 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car 4 years ago and it had 90,000 miles on it. I just needed something to get me back and forth to work in. The car was nice looking, had great pick up and rode strong and smooth. No problems at all the first couple years. Soon the white paint started coming off, and after a brutal winter with snow and ice storms, my car was left with patches of grey primer showing through all over the vehicle I've seen other white Luminas with the same problem. I had it repainted a few months ago and now it looks brand new. A defect in the paint that GM should fix. I've had the radiator, AC compressor, alternator, and water pump replaced.


Best Features

Strong ride, sporty look, good gas mileage for its size, lots of interior room


Worst Features

Better paint jobs for the white ones! Currently my drivers side window won't roll down (its manual, the mechanism is worn out and my turn signals won't work if you click them all the way down. If you just hold them to almost- click, they work - plastic parts inside the steering column wore out.


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Not to bad for an old car
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By Phoenix
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1997 Chevrolet Lumina LTZ 4dr Sedan


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Bought it with just over 97,000 miles on it. Put on about 10,000 since. But after about two weeks of owning it the engine would heat up very fast but after continuing to drive it for about a minute straight it'd go down until at an idle stop. Had a cracked cylinder head, worn hoses and cracked water pump. Then about a week after the A/C had a slow leak for a few days until it was dead. No money to fix and was moving to Phoenix! Still never found out what was wrong with it but dont want to spend the money to fix it. 2 months into owning it, engine runs very rough until driving at freeway speeds or engine is warm. Won't last me long but overall a good car, would be great if no mechanical problems


Best Features

Bigger car then the new one out. Interior is great, last long, cleans well, good head and leg room. Wish all new cars had this type of interior space. 'll miss the room once I get a new vehicle. Engine has good torque to speed up fast when needed.


Worst Features

Body has a lot of small dents from other cars. Wish it was a bit stronger exterior since people in AZ don't care about other people's cars. Car had leaks, first water pump, then A/C. Sure it happens but this car was very well kept, have all service records so shouldn't have happened


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Reliable engine, leaky
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By drea
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1997 Chevrolet Lumina LS 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car from my mother who bought it new. It has almost exactly 193,000 miles on it and I just got the death sentence for it. It has been leaking coolant, which is common with the Luminas, for probably the last 60,000 miles. The coolent has finally leaked into the engine parts causing random misfiring. It has tranny problems. This car had terrible brakes. I constantly was replacing brakes and rotors. It had suspension problems. In addition, it had annoying electrical problems. The driver's window stopped working, headlight electrical problems, cruise broke, no left turn. This was all electrical, not fixed by replacing bulbs. It was never fun to drive. Bad turning radius


Best Features

Roomy interior. Could fit three car seats across the back seat. Big trunk, great car for toting children's equipment, etc.


Worst Features

Turning radius, more peppiness, better brakes.


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Fuel Efficient
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By KaiserM715
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1997 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan


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This car was purchased used with about 24k miles and currently has about 96k. This has been a very fuel efficient car , better than many smaller cars. Has been pretty reliable (have replaced alternator at about 36k, replaced water pump at 75k and had intake manifold gasket replaced under warranty at about 73k).The only other items replaced have been normal wear items (brakes, hoses, belts, etc).


Best Features

-Large trunk -Fuel economy (average on hwy has been 30 mpg at about 70-75 mph and has been as high as 35 mpg) -Highway ride (this is our road trip car and has made many 11+ hour per day drives) -Excellent interior room


Worst Features

-Location of battery makes for unreasonably difficult replacement (took me over 30 minutes the first time, should take no longer than 5-10, GM engineers are apparently not mechanics) -Sunvisor clips keep falling out -Front seats could be more comfortable


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