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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,667 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1996 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 081999

Lumina 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina. While driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions, the "service engine soon" warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection who replaced the engine egr valves. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for the identical failure and repaired. In addition, the brake system was cleaned, which contributed to a loud squeaky noise. The front driver's side automatic window mechanism was inoperative and has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 22,000 and current mileage was 157,000. Updated 04/24/09. The egr valves were replaced. Updated 04/28/09.

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 082004

Lumina 6-cyl

  • miles
Experienced intermittent of power steering, lost steering control of the vehicle. Replaced rack and pinion. The vehicelk rack and pinion faield prior to receiving the recall notice. The driver's side power window motor failed, the alternator, air conditioning and windshield wiper assembly also failed.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 242002

(reported on)


  • miles
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 #3

Dec 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver's side rear window went down would not go back up-no problem with this window before-driver's side front window-sluggish, often loses power......driver's side window knob pushed in cannot retrieve it.....engine began over heating in Nov...antifreeze put in...antifreeze mixed in with engine oil..engine froze up-had to be replaced.........antifreeze part just shatterted as car coming out of parking space--fluids lost-engine lost power---mechanic reports new transmission needed estimates $2,500---mechanic reports that this or similar failures of transmisssion common on this vechicle and that transmission experts are aware of this and have frequent complaints.....all these events occurred in last 6 months in addition to the need of brake hub bearing on left rear estimated cost $5,000

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 061997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical window failed.

- Torrance, CA, USA

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problem #1

Mar 011996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power window control failed.

- Brawley, CA, USA

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