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About Chevrolet Lumina APV

Being mechanically unrelated to the sedan of the same name, Chevrolet Lumina APV was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division between 1989 and 1996 as a minivan. Originally introduced to replace the Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon, Lumina APV dropped APV in its name in 1994 and was simply known as Lumina or Lumina Minivan ever since. Being similar to the Pontiac Trans Sport and Oldsmobile Silhouette, Lumina APV slotted between the rear-wheel drive entry-level Chevrolet Astor minivan and the Chevrolet Van. Due to decreasing sales, the Lumina APV was replaced by the Chevrolet Venture after 1996.
Chevrolet Lumina APV was developed under the background that Chevrolet Astor and its twin, the GMC Safari, failed to make a noticeable dent in Chrysler's almost total dominance of the minivan market in the late 1980s. It undertook the responsibility of fighting for the minivan market with Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. "APV" in its name stands for "All Purpose Vehicle". Featured a U-body configuration, Lumina APV was to be the value-oriented model in the minivan trio. Being versatile and equipped with many innovative features, Lumina APV was powered by 3.1 L V6 rated at 120 hp, 3.4 L V6 producing 180 hp and 205 lb-ft of torque and 3.8 L V6 making 170 hp. All these engines sent power through either a 3-speed or a 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.

Chevrolet Lumina APV Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Boasting many advanced innovative features, Chevrolet Lumina APV is a rather good minivan that could accommodate seven passengers. However, since it now is at least twenty-one years old, you had better be prepared for these common problems on Lumina APV:
First, engine failure accompanied with cooling system failure become Chevrolet Lumina APV drivers' headache during driving. And in fact, these two issues always affect each other, engine failure could trigger cooling system failure, which in return deteriorates engine failure. In case you get your stuck in some nowhere, you are advised to learn about some symptoms of these issues and get them solved in advance. Some experienced Lumina APV drivers said that engine failure often manifests as loud knocking sound from the engine, engine performance suffered and decrease in power while acceleration and fuel economy. Once the coolants also leak and the engine keeps at a high operating temperature, engine fails quickly. Therefore, once both Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light are activated, please inspect the Lumina APV fuel pump, oil filter, air filter, spark plug, head gasket and intake manifold gasket immediately.
Second, transmission and steering failures are also very common on Chevrolet Lumina APV. Since the transmission failure not only brings about uncomfortable and unsteady driving experience, it also causes difficulty shifting gears, transmission slippage and surging as well as wrong gear reading and vehicle not going into gear, you need to keep Lumina APV automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, shift cable and transfer case seal in good condition all the time. as for the steering failure, once you find a front-end alignment is off, steering wheel becomes loose and shaky and steering tilt not locking as well as leaking power steering fluid, please replacing the Lumina APV tie rod, steering column cover, power steering reservoir and power steering hose.
However, in order to enjoy 100 percent safe and comfortable ride depends on your routine work on your Chevrolet Lumina APV. Some auto parts though are very vital, but they could not last as long as your Lumina APV could since they are made of fragile materials and work under harsh conditions always. Therefore, maintaining them routinely is the best way to make your perfect driving experience come true. Windshield wiper, wiper blade, headlight, fog light, antenna, seat belt and cabin air filter should be on your routine maintenance list.
To make sure your Chevrolet Lumina APV keep at a prime condition all the time, you are advised to choose OEM Chevrolet Lumina APV auto parts as parts replacements without hesitation. While manufacturer-warrantied genuine Chevrolet Lumina APV auto parts from are sold at the lowest price online. These OEM Lumina APV parts are guaranteed to be of high quality, reliability and durability and they could be returned without a hassle and delivered at the fastest speed, you can shop with full confidence now!