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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 242002

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles

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

Vehicle was serviced about 2 yrs ago because it started losing power and was running rough. The power window on driver side stopped functioning. Brakes grind when wet even though they have been replaced. Noticed around this time that the car temperature gauge sometimes creeped up above normal. It seemed to be losing anti-freeze. The heater stopped working. I refilled the anti-freeze. It seemed to take care of the problem but it slowly returned. Vehicle was also very slowly losing oil. Last month (10/02) I started home from work. The car suddenly overheated. Strong fumes came into through the vents, burning my eyes. I had to stop repeatedly to let the car cool so that I could get home. I work only 3 miles from home. When I got home, the oil stick contained oil halfway up the stick. Started over flowing from the oil cap when I restarted. Smoke was heavy from the back. Had someone check the car. The car is not functionable. Will not turn over. Replaced the starter but didn't help. There is oil in the radiator, water in the oil. Seems to be fuel in the anti-freeze. Appears to be a blown head gasket or more. Have found out that this make and model year was recalled for motor problems previously paralleling these same problems.

- Nashville, AR, USA

problem #8

Dec 122000

Lumina

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 052000

Lumina

  • miles
Recall for defect in spark plug wire did not apply to 3.1 liter engine although same problem as 3.4 liter engine per michael mays, General Motors customer relations manager. The vehicle needs additional servicing as a result of this defect.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #6

May 102000

Lumina

  • miles

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

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 #5

Feb 112000

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
At 70, 000 miles engine was replaced. Consumer has contacted manuacturer concerning file number 9905857296. Manufacturer has yet to provide any assistance..

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 301998

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving at approximately 35-40 mph, going up or down hill vehicle will begin to hesitate, eventually causing the vehicle to stall. Dealer cannot duplicate problem, but has replaced fuel filter and vehicle speed sensor. Defect is still occurring.

- Montara, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 271997

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine failed.

- East Highland, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 161998

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Transmission slippage in the passing gear mode/engine makes ticking sound.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 291997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine noise.

- Hoffman Estate, IL, USA

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