I was shocked to see this late 1980’s Lumina APV still reasonably intact and on the road in 2009. These vans were so horribly unreliable that 99% of them were junked long ago. Most of the body is plastic, and was another step in the development of GM’s plastic body panels which finally found success in with the Saturn SL in 1991. It was not uncommon to see these APV’s with pieces falling off when they were less than 10 years old.
The Lumina APV was GM’s attempt to take a car platform (the Lumina) and make it into a minivan like Chrysler did with their hugely popular (in the early 1980’s) Caravan/Voyager minivans created from the K-car platform. GM tried to make theirs bigger and more “modern” than the Chrysler box-on-wheels vans. The resulting “Dustbuster” Lumina APV and nearly identical Pontiac TranSport sold reasonably well at first and then quickly became a hideous joke of an automobile, adding another nail in the coffin of “Old GM”.