Chevrolet Lumina - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Lumina owners have reported a total of 1,029 problems for their cars built in the 7 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Chevrolet Lumina. The 1997 Chevrolet Lumina cars have the most problems reported (352 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Chevrolet Lumina

Model Year Number of Problems
  2008 Lumina
1
  2001 Lumina
21
  2000 Lumina
31
  1999 Lumina
111
  1998 Lumina
225
  1997 Lumina
352
  1996 Lumina
280

  Common problems of Chevrolet Lumina

The following chart shows the 22 most common problems for Chevrolet Lumina cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (180 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's steering (154 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Lumina

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
180
  Steering
154
  Service Brakes
106
  Air Bag
94
  Electrical System
89
  Power Train
62
  Gasoline Fuel System
49
  Visibility
41
  Exterior Lighting
36
  Seat Belt
36
   
  Structure
36
  Vehicle Speed Control
26
  Suspension
23
  Unknown Or Other
18
  Seats
16
  Tire
14
  Equipment
12
  Other Fuel System
12
  Wheel
10
  Latches/locks/linkage
10
  Child Seat
3
  Air Brake
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chevrolet Lumina of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Lumina model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Chevrolet Lumina model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Lumina Model Years

Lumina
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2001 2142,80317    
0.03
  2000 3137,49318    
0.05

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Chevrolet Lumina is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2001 Lumina
1
  1999 Lumina
7
  1998 Lumina
23
  1997 Lumina
24
  1996 Lumina
38


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