1996 Chevrolet Lumina User Reviews

1996 Chevrolet Lumina Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars 2.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Overall: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Nunya writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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5

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Reliable, supurb handling, excellent and quiet ride, trouble free

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There are NO systemic problems that I know of; I've only replaced small bolt-on stuff before the intake manifold actually caused me to break bolts free from the main block.  That does not even count, IMO.

Nunya
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Best Driving & Handling, Most Trouble-free And Quietest Car I've Ever Owned! — With high-end Goodyear All-weather passenger tires, this car rides like it's on rails! Instant and accurate "feedback" from the excellent rack&pinion steering; absolutely perfect suspension; and more than adequate acceleration and braking easily puts this car at the very TOP of the fine performance heap on a poor-mans budget. I could not be happier! After 115,000 miles, I developed a small external leak in my intake manifold gasket that affected the milage, and slowly leaked away my coolant on the OUTSIDE of the engine.. not into the oil-pan. I went ahead and regasgeted everything from the Intake manifold gasket to the top of the stack.. and had SIGNIFICANT gains in power, milage, and quietness... not to mention, the leak is gone!

Owner for 11 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:13,000

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Robert writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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3

Pros

american, V6, gas mileage, trunk space

Cons

interior, still only a V6, FWD

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1996 Chevy Lumina — Its a car. Plain and simple. It has a V6 but gets decent mileage and isnt slow...or fast. Drive train feels solid but interior is built to a much lower standard. Suspension is above average and brakes are good.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Devynne writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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safe family car, when you get the right engine.

Cons

DONT GET A 3.4 liter

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Ehhh. — we had the 3.4 liter, which was not a good engine. the situation was this; if you had the 3.1 it's this prob. if you had the 3.8(i think) it's this prob. but if you had the 3.4 its a long list of things and it wasnt cheap.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Geoffrey writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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3

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Affordable, reliable, relatively cheap to maintain

Cons

has problems relatively regularly

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Excellent — Accelerates and handles well, but lacks overall speed. Exterior looks leave much to be desired. The Lumina is interesting to drive, and gets reasonable gas mileage for being 12 years old. Thus far maintenance hasn't been too much of a nightmare. Quality could be better, as it has had a right side pull since I got it.

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Casey writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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3

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cheap

Cons

not great gas mileage, transmission

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Good Reliable Car For The Most Part, Alot Of Passenger Room — needed new engine and transmission and ac compressor, gas mileage is ok vor a v6 with 19-21 mpg, performance acceleration is nice but cruise control is a pain, car is fun to drive as a v6, but does not have the g force feeling of a v8

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kaitlyn writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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5

Pros

the coolest thing to ride in

Cons

piece of junk

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Ghetto Mobile — I LOVE this car. It may be the biggest piece of junk with duck tape and beer cans holding it together but it is still the best thing. This car is really an imbarisment to society but there is nothing better then driving in that piece of junk.

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Eugene writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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4

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took on anything

Cons

died on the way to vegas finally

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My Tank!!! — It was a hoss!! Pretty much a tank... It was my first car that i hated at first but grew to love it cuz it was pretty good at handling and then it has more horses than a mustang of the same year...

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Seth writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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2

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Good for going to work, or the the store

Cons

May need many repairs

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Overall An Acceptible Car — The chevy Lumina is a decent car for work or school driving. Bought this car with 37,400 miles now has 49,700. The car handles good, but has slow acceleration. Gas mileage is between 20-25mpg. Problems that I have had where with the lower intake gaskets leaking happend twice, and I have replaced the front brakes. This car also uses synthetic motor oil. I would only recomend this vehicle to people who know how to fix cars since this vehicle is known for some engine problems, and problems with the front suspension.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Phil writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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3

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Long distance commuting

Cons

If you dont like big cars

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Ok Car To Get Around — Plain, long, heavy, yet tourqey not much going for it except for comfort. 3.1 engine makes good power, transmission is set up like a truck and the car drives like it. The seats are good though and thats about it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Cole writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan Review
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4

Pros

Still runs

Cons

It wont survive the winter

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I Need A Truck And A Bike — Gets up and goes, burns threw brake pads and rotors like none other, needs tune up, gas mileage is ok-ish, runs pretty good for being so old, needs to be cleaned and sold, i need a truck and a bike.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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