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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,500 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 engine problems

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 252006

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

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

I turned on my car and put it in reverse to back out of a parking space. I had four friends in the car. I waited for my friends to get situated in the car and took my foot off the brake. The car did not roll back as it normally did when in gear. Suddenly, the car lurched backward and starting accelerating toward a concrete wall that was about 45 feet behind us. I did not have my foot on the accelerator. I quickly put my foot on the brake to tried to slow the car down. Nothing happened, so I quickly took my foot off the brake, just in case I had accidentally hit the accelerator. The car continued to accelerate towards the wall. I remember picking up both my feet just to make sure I was not touching the pedals. We hit the wall going about 25-30 mph. Four of us were fine, but my friend in the rear passenger side seat broke her cheekbone. The car was totaled. I was not able to find anyone willing to inspect the car to determine the cause of failure. The car was salvaged for parts.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #5

Feb 022000

Lumina

  • miles
Speed control locked up, causing the vehicle to accelerate. The driver had to put the vehicle in park to stop. Dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Porthsmith, AR, USA

problem #4

Jul 251999

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed vehicle lost power and the vehicle jumped out gear. Also, engine raced very high.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 231999

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles

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

Tp sensor failed causing the vehicles throttle to stick at high RPM making th vehicle difficult to control and consumer often smelled brakes burning.

- Union, MO, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jun 231998

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When vehicle is stopped on an incline the car rolls backwards when going from the brake pedal to the gas. Dealer says there is no problem.

- Gladstone, MO, USA

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