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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,273 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Chevrolet Lumina engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 242006

Lumina 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Problem with internal oil pump... unable to build up enough pressure to adequately service the engine... 3.1L V6 mfi OHV 12V. What is the company's corrective action re recall. Where do I go for "recall service?".

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #10

Mar 112004

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
I have had my car (98 Chevrolet Lumina) fail twice in one week due to cooling system failure. Once for a water pump and another for intake manifold gasket. I am alarmed by the number of similar complaints I find. Both failures have left us stuck with no transportation.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #9

Apr 252001

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While sitting in stopped position and having brakes applied brake pedal will slowly lose pressure. This will allow pedal to go to floorboard. Consumer has to pump pedal for this not to occur. Dealership informed consumer that it was normal for pedal to go to floor if constant pressure is applied. Four B.F. goodrich tires experienced cracking between the tread, replaced at half price by B.F. goodrich. Consumer states there is a ticking noise in the engine.

- Georgetown, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 272000

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine check light kept coming on. Took vehicle to dealer 12 times, and replaced one fuel injector. Did not remedy problem. Dealer then replaced all fuel injectors. Dealer also replaced fuel pump, fuel filter, and fuel tank, possible engine problem.

- Candor, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 252001

Lumina

  • miles
Car was running good, and just had oil changed. I bought it as a program car still under warrenty. Have had no previous problems. Car was running fine one day and the next morning after trying to start it, the car's engine seemed to jump and would not start. The whole car shook. Had it towed and found out that the engine was blown. A piston rod in the engine broke or something like that is what a dealer said, after it was looked at. Dealer I bought it from has been notified. The car is there for repairs now. New engine will have to be put in going to cost $3500.

- Medina, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 042001

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will not pick up speed and cannot go into lower gears due to a problem with transaxle. The vehicle stalled while the consumer was driving and it was rear ended causing injury to the driver.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Jun 291999

Lumina

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car exploded in our garage causing loss of two vehicles, our townhouse and our live as we knew it. We had less than 60 seconds to escape with our lives. The last 8 mo.S of our lives have been "hell" and is not over yet! we both have incurred serious medical, financial, emotional, quality-of life and trauma/losses as a result of this event. In less than 60 seconds our lives were thrown back 40 years! we do not want anyone else to have to through this nightmare that we experiencing. Referenced in EA02-030

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #4

Oct 131999

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
The engine malfunctiones and the car stalls on the road.

- Gothenburg, NE, USA

problem #3

Oct 121999

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Engine cuts off sporadically. Vehicle has to be turned off and started back up in order to get engine started back up. Dealer can't find a solution.

- Cass City, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 021999

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer came to a stop. As consumer pulled off again, the vehicle lost all power. It shut completely down in an intersection. Dealer has been contacted.

- Philladelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 141998

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed the dash lights are illuminated, the check engine light comes on, and the vehicle cuts off without no prior warning. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Chana, IL, USA

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