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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,588 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace gasket check manifold, clean & plane (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1998 Chevrolet Lumina engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 102009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


I had the coolant leaking into the engine without knowing it until the heater didn't work. Just had the oil changed 3-4 weeks earlier. Checked the coolant and it was empty. Filled it and it was empty again after 2 days. No smoke from tailpipe. By the time this issue arose, mechanic fixed the engine replacing the gasket, and the engine now uses Prestone antifreeze but said the damage was already done from water getting into engine. He said it was the terrible product Chevy uses (DEX-COOL) that was the problem as it gunks up everything. The engine makes an awful noise upon starting but after warming up and driving a several miles it smooths out, however I do not use it except for limited driving and would not trust it on Interstate. Also, get frequent oil changes....every 3-5 months!

- , Metairie, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 282008

Lumina LS 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

i found out that i blow the intake gasket when my low coolant light came on.

- , Cascade, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 142004

(reported on)

Lumina LX

  • 93,000 miles

own the car since 1998 was in shop just recent for turning switch in steering column $200 1 week later back in shop for manifold

- , Yankton, SD, USA

problem #1

Jan 072008

Lumina 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,352 miles

GM should have a recall on this with under 70,000 on the car this should not happen. Had the car since 1997, only have 68,000 on it.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

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