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#205 of 857 96 Lumina going strong
Jul 10, 2000 (7:53 pm)
I bought a a 96 with a 3.1 V6 brand new, and it served well as our family car until we took delivery on our 2000 Venture. I now use the Lumina for work, and I'm telling you, it's a GREAT car. Since buying it, I have cancelled my subscription to Consumer Reports Magazine, as I have concluded that if Honda put a turd on wheels, Consumer Reports would rave about it. They are so heavily biased against American cars, especially GM, that I finally got disgusted. At 43K miles, my Lumina is still looking and running like new, and at $17K out the door, it beat the crap out of any of its competitors in terms of space and ride. It's a good, solid, reliable car. Incidentally, I also own a 1988 Beretta, which I bought new, with a 2.8 V6. It's at 200K miles and still runs strong, although it leaks a bit of oil.
Chevy definitely gives you the most for your money!
#206 of 857 Very good car!
Jul 11, 2000 (4:47 am)
My family had a base 1997 Lumina for three years: Best car we've ever owned. Cheap and good on gas. In the three years we had it, the only thing that was changed was the oil. Definitely wasn't a car that'll leave you stranded, the 3.1L is fine but doesn't have a whole lot of power. The only reason we got rid of it was because the lease ended so we bought a supercharged Regal. We'd definitely recommend it to anybody looking for something reliable, it's better than anything Japanese!
#207 of 857 To canada7
Jul 11, 2000 (5:18 am)
I'm going to buy a 2000 or 2001 Regal GS in the fall. I'm trading in my '93 Lumina Eurosport. I can't wait. I would buy an Impala if they offered the SC 3800 engine but they won't.
Jul 14, 2000 (6:56 pm)
Does your LTZ have the 3.1L or 3.8L engine?
When does your lease expire? Interested in
selling it? How much?
#209 of 857 Achilles
Jul 14, 2000 (7:25 pm)
The Lumina LTZ versions came equipped with the smooth, powerful and reliable 3800 Series II V-6. I believe their HP rating for that year was 195HP.
My 2000 Impala LS has this engine but the HP rating is 200HP.
The Lumina LTZ is a great car! Don't pass it up!
Jul 14, 2000 (7:45 pm)
I have located a 1998 LTZ with 51,000 kms (31,000 miles) loaded but with the 3.1L engine. They're
asking $15000 CAD (or $10000 USD). Any opinions?
#211 of 857 Ummmm
Jul 14, 2000 (7:49 pm)
I guess the Canadian LTZ version came with the 3.1L. The U.S. version had the 3800 engine. US$10,000 doesn't sound too bad and the mileage seems to be right where it should be.
However, try to hunt down a US LTZ with the 3800 engine. Its a much better proposition. Can you get a US LTZ used model up there in Canada?
Jul 14, 2000 (9:53 pm)
The Lumina LTZ's are the same in Canada as in the US. The 1997 and 1998 Lumina LTZ's came with a standard 3.1 engine, with an optional 3.4 in 1997 and optional 3.8 in 1998. In 1999 the 3800 series engine became standard.
#213 of 857 So then
Jul 14, 2000 (10:37 pm)
Achilles' LTZ should have a 3.8L not a 3.1L? He says the car he has been looking at is a 1998 model. Could it be an older version?
Jul 15, 2000 (3:21 am)
I had a '98 LTZ prior to my Impala LS. My LTZ had the 3.1 engine. I feel that if I had done my homework first, I would have gotten the LTZ with the 3.8 engine. Nothing wrong at all with the LTZ. I really it, but knowing that a 3.8 was available never sat right with me after finding that out.
Anyone looking for an LTZ will be well served getting on with the 3.8. Don't assume that because it's an LTZ that it has the 3.8