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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


On 7/20/03 the battery was getting weak so I bought a new battery compatible with the car. On the first start with the new battery the car behaved normally. However, when I started it the second time and was backing up a slight slope of a driveway, the car died. I put the car back in park and restarted the car. Without touching the gas pedal with my foot, the gas pedal dropped to the floorboard and the car raced forward with the gear shift still in park. The brakes would not work. I steered the car trying to locate the emergency brakes but they were too far away for me to reach and still maintain the racing car. I thought turning off the engine would stop the car since the brakes has failed but even turning off the engine, it raced even faster and the next thing I knew I had crashed into a tree totalling out the car. I cracked my head into the windshield breaking my nose. Luckily, the visor was down and protected my face. I also sustained bruising and back injuries along with the concussion. Also, the air bag did not activate. Thankfully, as I am short and if it had, then I would have been decapitated or killed from it. My insurance only gave blue book value to the car as it was unrepairable and had to be totalled. I am wanting to seek legal action against the manufacturer. Is there any class action lawsuits regarding this problem on the Lumina's? I feel it was computer problem that shut down the car made it behave like it was possess. No lights came on inside the car to indicate there was a computer problem or any other problem. There is only one way to put in a battery so it could not have been the battery. Debra K. oliver

- Mayflower, AR, USA

problem #3

Apr 032004


  • 70,000 miles
Upon depression of the brake pedal while coming to a stop, the low track and the ABS light came on. When this occurred the vehicle lost brake power. This resulted in extended stopping distance. The vehicle coasted to a stop. The consumer then put the vehicle in park and turned it off. Upon restarting the vehicle the brakes re-engaged themselves. The failure recurred within 14 miles.

- Birch Run, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 252003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
When you start the car in the morning, and backup the brakes make a humming sound- then work fine.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #1

May 261998


  • miles
Brakes squeal when applied.

- Whitmore L, MI, USA

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