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

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 21 1996 Chevrolet Lumina reviews.

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

Pros

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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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

Cons

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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2

Pros

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

Pros

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

Pros

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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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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Tony writes:
1996 Chevrolet Lumina Review
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3

Pros

Fun to throw around

Cons

Brakes are not up to par with my preferences

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Its Great To Throw Around As Long As You Don't Mind The Weak Brakes — Fun to drive and handles great in the corners. Could use a little more acceleration power. Its a '96 so its starting to fall apart. Great gas mileage during the summer. The brakes need to be improved for my AWESOME driving style!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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they never die!!!

Cons

gas

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Its A Great Traveling Car!!! — performance- acceleration is alright, breaking is pretty good, abd handeling is good appearance is nice couple little dents but thats about all. interior is very nice for a 96' cost of ownership- the gas mileage isnt too bad, maintenance is east to keep up on and this car is pretty fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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Inexpensive, safe, and reliable.

Cons

It's cheap. The paint's cheap, the inside is cheap.

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Usually Good Value For The Money Used — It's a cheap 4-door car. It's nothing special, but it is reliaible and drives well for the price. I miss it but my wife hated the long, rounded hood. Gas mileage is decent and it's a good compromise between go power and gas mileage. It also has side-impact beams in the doors.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2000 Chevrolet Lumina Reviews

A Good, Afordable, Reliable, Daily Driver. By James

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1999 Chevrolet Lumina Reviews

Great! By Jessica

LOVE MY CAR, it has a lot of nice features, Love that it gets up to speeds up really quick, only costed me $800, really fun car to drive!!! only thing that i do not like about the car is the leathe... Read More

Good Car For Getting Around By Enrique

it's a great car for getting around whit family or friends, spacious, excellent driving, the 3100 engine is very powerfull and runs very smooth, i like the look of the car, don't spend a lot of money ... Read More

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1998 Chevrolet Lumina Reviews

Where Has 158000 Miles Gone? By Brian

My lumina has been a great family car. It's been very dependable and still runs great. Besides the older styled look of the car, it's still in decent shape and rides nicely. The Lumina may not be t... Read More

Nice 4 Door Sedan By Janius

Although the outside looked very plain vanilla, inside it was very plush and comfortable. The 3.8 V-6 ran great and it was a surprisingly fast car. This was the first "over powered FWD" car I owned ... Read More

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina Reviews

Should Have Sold It Sooner By Jose

Requires a lot of keep up. I've found other reviews that share these common problems: 1) factory head gaskets give out at low mileage - this is even a service bulletin, but not a recall; 2) combinati... Read More

Overall Good Dependable Gm Vehicle By Brendan

This car accelerates at an average rate but if you put it to the floor she'll still get up. The stock brakes arent the best but could always be swapped with a monte carlo to have 4 way disk and upgrad... Read More

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