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3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,035 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 252008

Lumina 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles

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

Difficulty turning the steering wheel to the right at low speeds. Contacted GM and instructed to take the vehicle to a dealer. Charged $100 and told this vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall 03V527000 due to VIN. Replaced rack and pinion myself which fixed the issue. My car shows the exact same signs of the reason you did this recall. Why was my car not included? I demand an answer!

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #18

May 162013

Lumina 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, she noticed a grinding and banging sound coming from the steering wheel. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 03V527000 (steering) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #17

Apr 112011

Lumina

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina. The contact stated the vehicle would not steer to the left because the rack and pinion failed. The dealer was contact who advised that his VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion). The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the vehicle was not included in the recall and offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #16

Jul 112009

Lumina

  • 129,800 miles

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

Temporary loss of steering. On 4 occasions within the past 2 weeks I had recently left my residence and was making either a left or right turn. At the start of the turn I could not steer the car. It was as if something was broken, I did hear a squeal. I was able to return home (about 2 blocks) and again checked the power steering fluid and the serpentine belt. The fluid was correct and the belt is about 8 months old. For the recall #03V527000 in 2003 I did go to the Chevrolet dealer in ft. Myers and they checked the vehicle and told me that the car was ok.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 012007

Lumina

  • 125,000 miles
Vehicle would not turn using the key, took our vehicle to the dealership.. had a new key made.. the key was not the issue..had a new ignition installed through dealership, the vehicle worked for a short time but starting showing the same problems. Hundreds of $$ later, the car is parked now we don't want to put any more money into it, but can't sell it unless it's fixed. This is some sort of steering/ignition problem. This car has also been known to stall while driving it. We have installed a new starter, a new alternator, battery we also had all the electrical wiring re-done.. we don't know why it stalls.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #14

Feb 042009

Lumina

  • 63,455 miles
Rack and pinion.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #13

May 102008

Lumina

  • 76,800 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina. While making a left turn at any speed, the power steering becomes difficult to maneuver. The contact is an asc certified mechanic and stated that the failure was with the rack and pinion. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion). The current mileage was 78,045 and failure mileage was 76,800.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #12

Jun 142004

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
When driving through small puddles in the road during or after rain, power steering quits working when serpentine belt gets wet. This steering failure lasts for about 3 seconds until belt then grips and steering returns. Mechanic fabricated deflector to prevent water from splashing directly on belt.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #11

Jul 292004

(reported on)

Lumina

  • 52,000 miles
Problems with steering on 1998 Chevrolet Lumina. The vehicle steering became difficult at low speeds, particularly on left turns such as entering a parking space or parallel parking. The consumer researched the NHTSA website and found a recall 03V527000 that seemed to describe the problem the vehicle was experienced. The consumer contacted the dealer and informed him of the recall. When the realer checked the recall he told the consumer that the vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #10

May 122004

Lumina

  • miles
When turning the steering wheel towards the right, the steering wheel locked up, which caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle. The owner took the vehicle to the dealership to be inspected.

- Loyalhanna, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 282004

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 55 mph and changing lanes steering failed. Steering wheel rotated, but the vehicle would not react to the movement. This occurred without warning.

- Brandenburg, KY, USA

problem #8

Jan 132003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
I have a chev lumnia 1998 which I purchaused new. I have always notice the steering to be very "tight/stif to turn. The dealer said it was ok and had no recall. Also the horn won't hardly blow...

- Georgia, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 022003

(reported on)

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and making left or right turns and without warning steering wheel locked up. The consumer stated the steering wheel usually locked up when it was raining.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 052003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
When making only a left turn, vehicle looses power steering. As a result steering becomes difficult. There is recall for this issue, but the VIN # is outside the remedy scope.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 182003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
98 Chevrolet Lumina steering won"T turn to the left without jerking, sometimes it is easy and others it"S like the power steering won"T work but turns easy to the right.

- Clinchco, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 272003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
While making a left hand turn vehicle suddenly lost all power temporarily. Took vehicle dealership, but problem was not resolved.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 262003

(reported on)

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
While driving there was a vibration in the steering wheel and a loud noise in the steering column. This was caused by a steering shaft failure. GM dealership said that Ford company had started a recall on some of they're models for the same exact problem.

- South Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 112000

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Small bumps cause steering to go light and struts make loud noise and the low traction light comes

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 251998

Lumina

  • miles
Steering.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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