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Chevrolet Lumina, Sedan
Jun 27, 1999 (12:59 am)
Just my 2 cents worth: Just picked up a '99 LTZ (had to go out-of-state to get as the availability is diminishing). Got it home and initial impression is that this is a fantastic buy!! I got a $ 2000 rebate on it and took it with the 1SD package and CD player option, cloth interior. For the money, you can't do much better-and, you get great crash-worthiness to boot!!
Hopefully, this car will surface again in the future for I would sure like to be able to buy an updated model when the '99 gets old!!
If you can get a Lumina LS, LTZ or whatever, do it, before they're all gone. The only other choice is to get that 2000 spaceship they're calling the new "Impala" - if you stay with the Chevy product line, that is!!
Good luck to whomever is still shopping - look no further!!
Jun 28, 1999 (5:22 pm)
I just bought my LTZ with a CD player but am wondering if there is a way to install a cassette player. The salesman told me there is no place to install it. Is it true?
Jun 30, 1999 (2:39 am)
My friend from California is here visiting and at the rental car company gave them a Chevy Lumina. At first we made fun of it becuase we thought it would be a piece of crap, on the contarary. The car has a few annoynaces that i've noticed. First is that some of the interior pannels don't quite fit correctly or meet up with each other (I might be a tad spoiled tho becuause i drive a Mercedes but I always expect a lot). Second is the fact that all of the seats in the car sit too low and allow your butt to sink in too much which makes them seem even lower! My third small complaint is that one time I drove the car I noticed that the car is a tad underresponsive in the wheel. Now for the positivies. My first is the stereo system, from what I know it's made by Bose (their home speakers suck but their car systems are pretty good) and for what they charge for this car it's pretty good, and the CD player is quite nice. It also has that nice "Auto Tone" button which is handy to have while your driving for easy adjustment. At first when I got in i thought the buttons looked dumb but because they're large they're easy to use and read! I also like the engine in it, it's smooth and easy going, laid back. It's smooth under noraml driving but when needed it does have enough power!
I guess I have to put in perspective the fact that it's a $17,000 car for what it costs it's the best of it's kind!!!
From my limited experience it's a good car, despite it's few annoying shortcommings!
Jul 01, 1999 (2:37 am)
i own a 90 lumina eurosport with about 97k on it - ive had it for 4 years and the the 2 problems i had where replaceing both back brake assembies and the computer - besides those 2 problems the car runs great - i dont know if the motor is 3.1 or 3.3 but it runs strong - im thinking of getting a 99 but i read the malibu is better - true or false ???
Jul 02, 1999 (11:02 pm)
Re: #19: I think it's one or the other with regard to the CD player or cassette. I chose the CD as it is far more convenient than pulling the tape out of the unit when it eventually gets stuck (they all get stuck at some point it seems). If you have to have a cassette, carry a portable player with you and lay it on the seat! (That's what I will do when a tape is all I have).
Re: #20: Your assessment seems plausible and yes, you are correct, for under 20K you will get 99.5% fit and finish--just short of perfect and certainly tolerable!! The LTX is a last great bargain from Chevy and I said before, I hope someone in GM looks at the sales figures and resurrects it in the coming years. When sales of the new Impala space ship don't meet expectations (as I predict they will not), maybe the Lumina will come back. We'll wait and see!
Good luck to those of you that bought one, you did the right thing - I know I'm glad I did!!!
Jul 04, 1999 (3:22 pm)
Well, this morning my husband and I are going to sign on the dotted line for a 99 Lumina LTZ. Have to replace my 86 Cougar that my son totalled. He's ok, the car isn't. My mechanic told me that I should either get a Saturn or a GM car with a 3.8 in it.
Test drove the Lumina LTZ, Grand Priz. Grand Priz was nice but just enough over our budget we had to say no. Just to be sure, we looked at a Taurus, UGHLY! Didn't like the options available with only a 3.0 V6. Test drove a Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7 because the ES version again put us over budget but their largest was 3.2.
So went back to the Lumina LTZ (FYI - we did test drive the Impala. Same engine as the LTZ). We've decided that it's the Lumina LTZ. Other GM models over our budget. Besides, great sale this weekend at our Chevy dealer.
Wish us luck!
Jul 04, 1999 (3:24 pm)
Sorry that should have been '89 Mercury Cougar
#26 of 857 Luminas are ugly too
Jul 05, 1999 (1:44 am)
i believe that Taurus are ugly, but Lumina are ulgy too and I rather buy a Sable than Taurus or Lumina because Sable isn't ugly but is roomier and better looking than a Taurus.
besides I so glad that you didn't buy the Saturn because Saturn are Junk as a Joke!
#27 of 857 Just bought our third Lumina
Jul 07, 1999 (3:16 am)
We've had great luck with the Luminas. First was a 1992 Euro. Bought it for my husband's work car as he had to have a 4 door. He liked the sportiness of the Euro. He drove it 3 years and put about 80,000 miles on it. Only bad thing was that it needed several brake jobs. In talking to other people, we found out this was common with the 92 Euros. Traded the 92 for 1995 Lumina LS. Had the regular 3.1 engine, which my husband did not like nearly as well as the 3.8 -- there was nothing wrong with the engine, he just missed the power of the 3.8. He also missed the sport suspension on the Euro. But the 95 Lumina was a wonderful car. We never had to have it in the shop for anything except an oil change. Right before we got ready to sell it (a few weeks ago) with 76,000 miles, we noticed a brake squeal, so we had to get new front brakes. Only $109. That was the total repair for 3-1/2 years!! His new Lumina is a LTZ. He had to buy the LTZ because he likes bucket seats. But he's glad to be back into the sport suspension and larger motor. He got leather seats, CD, sun roof. Our only complaint with the all the Luminas is that it's kind of a noisy car -- you hear wind noise through the windows and road noise through the floor. But you're also paying less than comparable cars, so I guess they have to cut corners somewhere. Based on our experiences, we would highly recommend a Lumina.
#28 of 857 Grandmom loves it!
Jul 10, 1999 (8:21 pm)
This is the car my grandparents drive. They have a '95 and it's done good for them except the battery and alternator that had to be replaced. Very common with GM vehicles, I think.