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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,333 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 072007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 218,000 miles


I smelled smoke in my vehicle, so I pulled over. It seemed to be coming from the vent. My friend thought it was electical, so he started pulling fuses to stop the problem. I discerned that the problem was the motor that opened and closed the automatic door opener on the van. I told my friend to just get out and I called the fire department immediately, but by the time they had arrived my car was fully engulfed in flames. I am thankful that I did not have my children with me at the time as I don't know if I could have gotten them out in time. My three year old would have been in the built-in car seat which is next to the door. The fire happened so fast. I might add I have never had any problems with the door or automatic door opener. My car was totaled.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 092005

Lumina 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the passenger's side door will not open from the outside. It is possible to open it from the inside of the car, but with great difficulty. She is afraid the driver's side door will experience the same problem and she will not be able to open it. The driver's side door came open while she was driving the vehicle. She heard a loud popping sound prior to the sliding door falling off its hinges. The windshield wipers work intermittently. The mechanic told her he thought the windshield/wiper motor was bad. Updated 12/7/2005.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 022004

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A loud knocking noise was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle while driving, driver's side and passenger's side locks locked and unlocked on their own. Consumer drove the vehicle to dealer for inspection, but mechanic was unable to duplicate the door problem. However, mechanic replaced the shocks on both driver 's side and passenger's side. Consumer informed the mechanic that the problem recurred, and had not been resolved.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142003


  • miles


Consumer states passenger and driver doors open intermittently. Dealer notified. Consumer states this vehicle is running witout warranty.

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 171996

(reported on)


  • miles
Slowed down to make left turn, vehicle hit driver on front right side, door flew open and slammed shut, catching drivver's fingers and cutting off three fingers. Thinks the latch came loose.

- Kemah, TX, USA

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problem #1

May 161996


  • miles
In wet and dry weather the brakes don't stop car, it slows it down. Consumer states vehicle glides to a stop. Starter makes strange noise. Mounting bolt missing from radio causing rattling noise. Door lock assembly works improperly. Window sticking, dealer adjusted upper door and window moldings along track.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

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