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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 202003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


On 7/20/03 the battery was replaced in my 1996 Chevrolet. Lumina. Upon starting the car, while still in park, the gas pedal pulled to the floorboard & the car lunged forward out of control. The brakes failed. While dodging people, homes, and vehicles, I tried stopping the car by turning off the ignition to cut power to the motor but this only opened the throttle. The last thing I remember was a loud whine, screaming & blacking out. I awoke from a concussion crashed into a tree with facial, brain, and spinal injuries. GM investigated and stated there was not a problem and will not release the investigation report to me. I cannot find an attorney to sue them. This was not due to driver error. The car was in perfect working order prior to the battery being changed correctly. The 2004 olds Alero was recalled for a sticking accelerator. The mph at the beginning of the malfunction of the car, 0 (zero); when the car plowed into the tree splattering me into the windshield head first like a bug, 60+ estimated by witnesses. Insurance totaled the car & sold to salvage even though they were holding it for me while undergoing emergency medical treatment. I tracked down the salvage yard for GM and an investigator examined the car but will not tell me what he found out.

- Mayflower, AR, USA

problem #2

May 102000


  • miles
Original battery failed 8/29/97, replaced under warranty. On 5/10/00 replacement leaked acid on cable, starter and engine. Florida dealer charged $410.12 to replace battery, cable and clean starter. Suspected cause, overheating. Battery is mounted over left front wheel well with cover allowing little if any cooling.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 171996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Battery failed.

- Sun Valley, CA, USA

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