I have a 1998 lumina with the 3.1 v6. It has 207,000 miles . a few weeks ago the cam broke. I was just driving and it stalled and wouldn't start and backfired. I was hoping it was the timing chain, but after looking in the oil cap and watching , you could see when the engine was cranked one side moved and the other didn't.
I received 2 quotes to replace the engine. one from a jasper dealer for $4200
and one from a chevy dealer for $4500. that'* kind of a lot of $$$ I think.
the car is not in the best shape body wise , but it is solid, and the interior is in great shape. I don't think it justifies that kind of money to fix though.
I really like the car though. im looking around trying to find someone to fix on the side, but haven't yet.
thank you for any thoughts or advice on the problems .