2001 Chevrolet Lumina Consumer Review: Update from 2005

2001 Chevrolet Lumina - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.1L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Update from 2005
By kolocar on


2001 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


After putting about 130K miles on it and reaching over 180,000 on the odometer, I sold the vehicle to my brother in Aug. 2011.
It's still running strong (April 2014), with over 200K miles and counting.

The Lumina was a reliable daily driver, and not a bad long distance trip vehicle either.
Never less than 20MPG on a tank even in the deepest cold Chicago winters; typically low 30s pure highway driving.
Stovebolt reliable and cheap to fix wear-out parts.
Oil usage excellent at about 6K miles per quart.

Tough as a tank.
Was rear-ended once by a Mustang.
Major frontend damage to the Mustang.
Replaced the exhaust, bumper cover and shocks on the Lumina.

Best Chevy I ever owned.

Best Features

Smooth ride. Logical controls. Seating for 6 in a pinch. Great highway MPG, 30-32. (about 2000 RPMs at 70 MPH). Excellent outward visibility, reliability and durability. No timing belt to change @ $1K per job - nothing wrong with simple, durable, pushrod engines! 3.1 V-6 a gem.

Worst Features

These points are kind of moot since the vehicle is out of production, but....the one thing I wish it had was 4-wheel disc brakes. Braking at highways speeds over 65MPH or downhill in the mountains was always a little scary. The rear drums did little real braking work, and the too-small front discs did about 80% of the braking work. Lots of brake fade. Never liked the double-push E-brake system. The battery was more than half covered by the washer wiper reservoir - dumb design.
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