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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,615 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina engine problems

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 012008

Lumina

  • miles

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

I know of several owners of Chevy Lumina where paints is peeling and engine failure is there anything I can do to start an investigation.

- Greenville, AL, USA

problem #12

Mar 072003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
All engine mounts upper and lower had to be replaced. Also had to replace both tie-rod ends, inner & out.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #11

Feb 152003

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Faulty intake manifold gasket allows dextol anti freeze to leak into other parts of engine.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 102001

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle overheated. Independant mechanic determined that radiator was plugged, and flushed radiator. One week later, vehicle overheated again. Consumer checked anti freeze, it was low, so he added anti freeze. Next day vehicle overheated, and consumer noticed water in oil. Had vehicle towed to dealership. Dealer determined that factory anti freeze was eating through T gaskets, and causing internal engine damage. Vehicle needs new engine.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 102001

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Noticed oil spots on driveway. Reparked in different location and more oil spots. Took vehicle to mechanic, and informed consumer that intake gaskets were leaking. Had no problem driving.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #8

Feb 092001

Lumina

  • miles
Took my car to my mechanic for it's regular 3000 mile oil change. He told me at that time that the head gaskets were leaking. I called the manufacturer and was told that in order to diagnose the problem I would have to take it to the dealership where I purchased the car. I was rather reluctant to this as I had problems in the past with this same dealership. I had taken my car there several times because the oil light would not go off and they were unable to find anything. I also had a problem with my check engine light and again they could find nothing. They did install struts on my car after my mechanic told me that they were shot (my car was under warrantee), but again I had to take the car back twice and point out the leaking that was coming from the struts (their mechanic could not find it). So reluctantly I took my car there. The service manager jim assured me that the would in fact work with me to get it repaired. He told me that sometimes Chevy would pay as much as 75% of the cost of the repair. He called me back to tell me that his mechanic could not find any leaking from the head gaskets, but did in fact find the intake manifold was leaking. It would cost about $700 to repair but they would only charge me $500 to have the repairs done, but Chevy would pay for the parts. I told him at that time no thank you, I could have it done at my mechanic for less. He called me back within minutes of my hanging up the phone and told me they would do it for $350. I agreed as it was less than my mechanic would charge. I also questioned him again about the head gaskets, he assured me they were okay. The car was supposedly repaired on the February 15, 2001. I did not use the car often, have actually put on less than 50 miles since the repair. Today is February 22 and the car is not drivable because the head gaskets are shot per my mechanic. I have more to comment on, but not enough room.

- Hillburn, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 202001

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles

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

Antifreeze was sprouting out. Light had came on. Drove to dealership, and was informed by mechanic that engine gaskets were gone & needed to be replaced. This was second time that engine gasket problem has happened.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

Apr 081999

Lumina

  • miles
Lumina had 33698 miles and was clattering when cold starting, lasts 3-10 minutes, called dealer where car was bought, dealer says it is piston slap and it is common, nothing they can do about it. Gets worse and worse as the miles rack up. Car has been in three times for engine clatter and have been told everytime piston slap very common and unwarrantied.

- Isanti, MN, USA

problem #5

Sep 041997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would experience engine leaking. Owner noticed the leakage on garage floor. The problem occurred after routine maintenance on vehicle. The head gaskets/servo cover/ "O" rings, intake manifold/engine valves & pan gasket were changed. The transmission was also leaking. The dealer did all repairs.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 041997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would experience engine leaking. Owner noticed the leakage on garage floor. The problem occurred after routine maintenance on vehicle. The head gaskets/servo cover/ "O" rings, intake manifold/engine valves & pan gasket were changed. The transmission was also leaking. The dealer did all repairs.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 041997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle would experience engine leaking. Owner noticed the leakage on garage floor. The problem occurred after routine maintenance on vehicle. The head gaskets/servo cover/ "O" rings, intake manifold/engine valves & pan gasket were changed. The transmission was also leaking. The dealer did all repairs.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 011998

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine at cold idle is knocking again, 7000 miles since new pistions, transmission is slipping again after 7000 miles, front end suspension dealer has never been able to duplicate the problem have had it looked at 6 times.

- Alva, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 231997

Lumina

  • miles
Intermittent stalling.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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