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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,400 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 192013


  • miles


Lost control of the vehicle driving home. Crashed. Police report is identical to steering recall. Which never was repaired. The VIN number I have at home. Neither airbag deployed even though I smashed into a culvert.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 272009


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled completely losing all power. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and drive to a local mechanic who stated that the tire rods were defective, the engine mounts had fallen out, and there were electrical problems. The mechanic repaired the tie road and engine mount. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. The current mileage was 199,876.

- Mena, AR, USA

problem #3

Jan 102009


  • 87,000 miles
Twice now when trying to start my 1997 Lumina lights come on and car won't turn over. Something must be going on with the electrical system. After getting out of the car and leaving the key on, the car kicked over. Any reason for this type for behavior. Granted I know the car is getting older, but at 87K miles it makes me uneasy to go on any long jaunts.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012009


  • miles
I was driving my car one day, and when shutting it off briefly in a friends driveway, it refused to start. I had accessory power, but the starter would not crank. After checking that there was a good connection with the battery, there was still no ability to crank. After trying for about 5 minutes multiple times, the car finally turned over and started. I immediately drove it home, which took about 1 hour, but the security light kept intermittently coming on and turning off. The consequences of this was that I almost stranded an hour away from home, and now I cannot rely on my vehicle to start, and so I feel it cannot be relied on to drive. When looking in forums and searching for answers to this question, I have found that a lot of users are experiencing problems with their pass lock systems, and we do not feel that this system should be failing.

- Guelph, 00, USA

problem #1

May 242003


  • miles
Between November 2002 and May 2003, I have gone through 4 batteries and 3 visits to the dealer for electrical "shorts." Either the antilock brake warning light, or the airbag warning light would come on, and the interior dash lights would become increasingly dim indicating a battery drain. Within a day or two, the battery would be completely drained, and there is no power at all. The dealer reports finding problems in the battery cells and shorts in the harness under the dash each time, but the problem persists.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

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