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#241 of 857 New 98 Lumina (new for me)
Nov 07, 2000 (3:54 am)
I had just purchased a 1998 Chevy Lumina three days ago. I had just recieved it tonight and had been driving in it for the last three hours now. I am very happy with the ride, and also the look of the car. My wife wanted a mini van, for practical purposes, but I decided on the Lumina ultimatly. I find it is good for trucking around my daughter, and really think it feels safe. As for my wife, after the three hour ride, she love's it. I was curious of problems after 80,000 km. The car I purchased is totally mint, just like it came off the showroom floor, yet it has 87,000 kms on it. If anyone knows, what, if any, are the problems that can occure with this model when it reaches the kilometers my car has?
Nov 08, 2000 (9:47 pm)
We purchased ours in March '98 with 14000 miles on it. Now have 32000 (don't know what that is in kilometers), but it is a rock-solid dependable vehicle. Nothing but routine maintenance so far. Good gas mileage (about 25 miles per gallon city driving, higher on the highway). Reading the other posts here, it looks like the later model Luminas (1995-99) have aged far better than the earlier models. Good winter car (we are in Minnesota). My only complaint is the seats don't have enough padding. Feels like my butt is gonna sink to the floor.
Nov 10, 2000 (5:48 am)
I've had my Lumina LTZ now for about 2 years now and I bought it with 8300 miles on it and now it has 32k. I haven't had a bit of trouble with it except the brakes but that seems to be working fine now. As for the padding in the seats.. I know what you mean minnbill.. but I like to sit fairly low and relaxed in the car so that's not that big of an issue for me. Other than the brakes, the car has been excellent.. I just can't wait to pay the damn thing off!
Nov 13, 2000 (12:44 pm)
I also have owned my '98 Lumina for a couple of years. I bought it new and now have 41,000 miles on it. Routine maintenance is all that has been required. My teen drove it into a ditch but the repair was very reason,less than $1000. The auto body man said these cars are build well and took the side hit well. My teen was not hurt except in the pocket book. The car serves us well. The gas mileage is good. It is quiet and solid. The trunk is LARGE. I like this car much better than the Sable I had. The only thing I don't like is the seat. The salesperson tried to talk me into a "better" seat but I am only 125 pounds and I didn't think it would be important. Boy! was I dumb. I think the springs are shot. The right hip seats higher. Odd! Don't you think? I love the car but need to get the seat repaired or replaced.
Nov 19, 2000 (5:06 am)
In my opinion, Sable is better choice for middle size sedan ( though Sable and Lumina are large) especially the new is more refined than it already was plus it looks very sleek and expensive than it really is. but i think Sable/taurus actually got better when the 1996 ones came out.
#246 of 857 1995 Chevy Lumina LS
Nov 19, 2000 (11:06 pm)
Well I'll place my .02 in here as well. I purchased my Lumina brand new in 1995 with the 3.4 L V6, ABS and Control-Trac. Now it has +140,000 miles on it and it still rides smooth and quietly. I have never had to buy a new tranny. It's age is starting to show now.I have had to replace the alternator, (out of my pocket, warranty expired in 1998), earlier it wouldn't start one time, had it towed to a dealer, (cost me a fortune), all it needed was a jumpstart! Now it's problem free and I intend to keep it for a little while more. Overall i believe the Lumina is a nice and refined family car, too bad it was discontinued for the ugly and plain Impala. The only regret I have is not buying the LTZ, which has more equipment than the LS. i.e CD player, spoiler.
Nov 26, 2000 (6:22 pm)
I purchased a 1999 Lumina instead of the Sable/Taurus because of my own observation rather than consumer reports recommendation. My company purchases sable's for their fleet cars and then sells them to employees before they are even 1 year old, I frequently drive a company car and know several other people as well who drive them as well and I always here the same complaints about the transmission problems and brake problems, 100% of the people that I know who had to have their front brakes done also had to replace the rotors (I don't get it). I think the new sable is the best looking one so far, however, I would be leary of purchasing one and for a few more bucks I would go with the grand marquis if I wanted to go with a merc./ford product. Now for the Lumina, the lumina is a an average, nothing fancy car, however, I do know a few people who have them and most have been trouble free, since my lumina is a 1999 with 20,000 miles on it it's to early to say how it will hold up, but, my father in-laws 1995 has held up very well (125,000 miles so far), his car has had 2 brake jobs and still has the original rotors. I paid $15900 for my 1999 lumina with remote keyless entry and a CD player as well as all the other things like p/w, a/c etc. Could you have purchased a 1999 sable for that?? (I really don't know), I only looked at the camry and lumina when I made my purchase and car for car you really can't compare the 2 in my opinion because the lumina is so much larger, gave a better ride as well as a quieter ride for much less money, the only thing the camry had over the lumina was a reliability track record.
#248 of 857 1996 Lumina 3.4L engine question
Nov 29, 2000 (3:45 am)
I was wondering if anyone knew if the 1996 Lumina LS equiped with the 3.4L V6 was the older DOHC or newer OHV engine? Also, does anyone have any experience with this year Lumina with the 3.4 L engine that they could share as far as gas mileage and reliablity. I'm looking at one with 97,000 highway miles on it now and wondering if it is worth a second look.
Dec 06, 2000 (3:38 am)
My grandma had a 99' Lumina and is in her 80's. She recently got in a terrible car accident which was her fault for crashing into someone else head on. She somehow was going to make a right turn but steered her car to a left turn behind a truck so the car who hit her ( might i mention that the man was going at least 30) was unable to see in time to swerve by her. I say that if we had not bought a car for her with good crash ratings, she might not be with us today.
I wrote this because i ask that you remind yourself that safty counts and please consider cars that have good crash ratings because you can always buy a new car but you can never replace a lost loved one.
Thanks for reading~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Julian