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1999 Chevrolet Lumina

1999 Chevrolet Lumina

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4.8
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Lifesaver

by from NY on February 10, 2010

My son (then 22) and I were involved in a crash with a van that crossed the centerline and hit us head-on. The van was totaled, my Lumina was totaled. We walked away with hardly a scratch. Both vehicl...
My son (then 22) and I were involved in a crash with a van that crossed the centerline and hit us head-on. The van was totaled, my Lumina was totaled. We walked away with hardly a scratch. Both vehicles traveling about 35-40 mile per hour. Had I been driving a lesser car, I doubt I'd be reviewing this vehicle. Great car for the money, and a real lifesaver.
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Nice car but...............

by from oakland,ca on March 31, 2009

I recently bought the car at a government vehicle surplus auction. nice car except I discovered that it had an intake manifold leak, which I learned is a wide spread problem with the 3.1 v6. It cost $...
I recently bought the car at a government vehicle surplus auction. nice car except I discovered that it had an intake manifold leak, which I learned is a wide spread problem with the 3.1 v6. It cost $700 to fix because of other parts to remove and re-install. I wanted to put KYB's on it,but apparantly there's alot of work on the front suspension to deal with, so I left it alone. The turning radius is alittle wide. I do like the looks of the car, it drives very nice,quiet,good acceleration and I've calculated 20-24mpg on gas. My 93' Acura Integra w/automatic got 23mpg, was noiser,and had less space. I do like and recomend the lumina, but consider the replacement of the intake manifold gasket when buying.
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This One is nice.

by from Three Rivers, Texas on February 23, 2011

This car looks very nice. Because it is a small car, it will have great mileage; that is great when you are a college student and you have to drive 35 miles on the highway every day to get to your sch...
This car looks very nice. Because it is a small car, it will have great mileage; that is great when you are a college student and you have to drive 35 miles on the highway every day to get to your school from home. People have told me that this car can take a beating and you would stay safe. I have also been told that it has great handling. The best part is that it is such a good car for such a cheap price! Great car, great features, great handling, and great price. I am getting this Chevrolet "Lumina" for my first vehicle.
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Ontario on October 24, 2006

This vehicle is really good. My transmission lasted me 450,000 km. And, the engine last me 410,000 km.
This vehicle is really good. My transmission lasted me 450,000 km. And, the engine last me 410,000 km.
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Hasn't Let Me Down Yet

by from Raleigh, NC on January 4, 2013

I purchased this Lumina two years ago with about 90,000 miles on it. I've only put on 20,000 on it, but during that time, nothing of major mechanical importance has failed. Other than the tires and ba...
I purchased this Lumina two years ago with about 90,000 miles on it. I've only put on 20,000 on it, but during that time, nothing of major mechanical importance has failed. Other than the tires and battery (completely expected), and one minor star on the windshield, I have neither replaced nor replaced anything. It does not leak any fluid, it is very quiet, and very fuel-efficient (around 26mpg in combined city-highway driving, which is good for a V6). I take very good care of it: regular oil changes, all other fluids at required levels, properly inflated tires, and brand-name gas (no El Cheapo Gasolino because the engine may stall on warm start-ups, but that's nothing). Likewise, it takes care of me: gets me to where I'm going without complaints or bad surprises. Too bad Chevy stopped making it, but when it finally gives up on me, I'll look at an Impala or Malibu.
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It Saved Our Lives

by from Pa on February 6, 2015

I'm glad to read other stories about how Luminas saved drivers lives. It saved mine, of that I am sure. I owned a '99 since new and the only major repair bill came from the leaking intake manifold gas...
I'm glad to read other stories about how Luminas saved drivers lives. It saved mine, of that I am sure. I owned a '99 since new and the only major repair bill came from the leaking intake manifold gasket problem. But at 15 years it was still in great shape and very reliable. I noted at 5 years it still looked and ran new. Then we were T boned on my driver side and the impact put the car on its side. We had some minor injuries but as the driver I was worst. But what would have been potentially far worse injuries in another car was not that bad. The side impact crash rating was " Good". Believe it. The Lumina is built like a tank. Its not flashy but safe.
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Lumina Save My Life...

by from Maine on May 25, 2013

The first Ownership very well maintained. Now that i am the second Owner and have this Lumina 1999 for 4 1/2 years still running in good condition. Before 180,000 mileage the day i purchased, "wow" i ...
The first Ownership very well maintained. Now that i am the second Owner and have this Lumina 1999 for 4 1/2 years still running in good condition. Before 180,000 mileage the day i purchased, "wow" i put over 30,000 mileage so far. The Lumina is a good car for my own opinion. why? let me tell you it got front wheel drive, quiet engine, run smoothly which saved me and my family during winter. Lumina is the longest vehicle that i ever owned. All i know it gets me from point A to point B that is why Lumina Save My Life...
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Best GM/Chevy Value I've ever Driven

by from Mid-Hudson Valley/New York State on October 4, 2011

This '99 Lumina is the third I've owned and for the Northeastern U.S. as the backdrop, its done superbly. There are wear and tear situations that every operator must deal with and given that as a norm...
This '99 Lumina is the third I've owned and for the Northeastern U.S. as the backdrop, its done superbly. There are wear and tear situations that every operator must deal with and given that as a norm, this sedan is ideal for a fairly high mileage car. The suspension solutions for drivers in the older towns and cities up here create challenges to the but when I'm good at regular PREVENTIVE maintenance and timely oil changes, this machine takes good care of me in all 4 seasons. I do need more than one air conditioning recharge in the nasty muggy summers here in the Hudson Valley of New York and the only time I stay off the roads completely is in the horror situations of ice storms and blizzards. The Lumina is a well built Chevrolet and very comfortable for passengers to boot. Timely fluid updates will help keep corrosion at bay and door junctions need to be lubricated annually. It holds alignments very well and that says a lot for the many sub par road conditions here.....amazing long distance runner.....I will sell it for $1000.00 more than what I paid for it--without a problem.
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Awsome CAR takes a beating!

by from california on October 15, 2009

I smashed my poor lumina into a boulder and continued through a light poll taking it out. my lumina kept me in perfect condition. not a scratch on me untill I dug around the broken glass looking for m...
I smashed my poor lumina into a boulder and continued through a light poll taking it out. my lumina kept me in perfect condition. not a scratch on me untill I dug around the broken glass looking for my phone. I drove this car hard into the ground. I love the gas pedal :). anyway the car put up with the treatment I gave it untill I crashed it. this car is awsome I recomend it.
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This car saved my life...

by from florida usa on September 27, 2007

I had a chevy lumina 2 years ago..It was the greatest car to take corners and the pickup was awesome..it was a good, reliable car, NEVER let me down. Unfortnately I was rearended and was pushed across...
I had a chevy lumina 2 years ago..It was the greatest car to take corners and the pickup was awesome..it was a good, reliable car, NEVER let me down. Unfortnately I was rearended and was pushed across 3 lanes on a bridge smashing into a wall head on and slid down to a stop..amazingly I was alive and not to injured just shocked and very upset to see that my lumina was squished against the wall..it had saved my life with both of the air bags deploying and the support bars protecting me from the impact..its a good car it takes the impact of another car going about 70mph and hitting a wall head on then slidding to a stop very good better than most cars..BELIEVE me it a very good car for the money it will save your life!!! I'm greatful to be alive and not in a coma somewhere.
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