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#278 of 857 Lumina production will stop in April.
Feb 02, 2001 (7:29 pm)
For all of you to know, Chevy Lumina is built in Oshawa, Canada. It has always been built there since GM started building Lumina's in 1988. Chevy Lumina, Impala, Monte Carlo, and Buick Century and Regal are all built in Oshawa. That plant has one of the best paint shop in GM. I have never seen a Lumina with peeling paint, although I have seen a lot of S-10's, C/K trucks, and Grand Am's. Chevy Lumina with 3.1L and 3.8L engines are excellent buys, stay away from 3.4L DOHC engines found only in Luminas, Grand Prix, and Cutlass Supremes. Buick never used that engine. The alternators in earlier model GM 2.8 and 3.1L was a problem, so was the rear disc brakes until they switched to rear drums in 95.
Last year, 2000MY was the last year for public to be able to purchase Lumina from the Chevy dealers. in 2000CY ( part 2000 and part 2001) only some 45,000 Lumina were built for fleet use only. GM will stop building Lumina's all together this year.
If you are looking for a good, roomy, and reliable car, look for 95-99 Lumina's.
#279 of 857 To: this_is_nascar
Feb 03, 2001 (4:45 pm)
I thought one of the points of the LTZ was the 3.8 liter power plant although the LTZ trim seems to take away the pure family car look. A car that looks horsepower should have better than average P. I don't mean to be putting down the 3.1 liter however. I had a 90 Eurosport with the 3.1 and it was an excellent car. I put 128,000 ticks on it. I read some post earlier in the forum from folks living in Canada that said the 3.1 was more the standard engine in their country. I thought all LTZ's purchased in the US had the 3.8. Thanks for the feedback.
#280 of 857 To rooba10
Feb 03, 2001 (4:54 pm)
Amen to staying away from the 3.4 liter DOHC engine. I never had one. My 90 Eurosport had a 3.1, but I heard more than 1 mechanic warn about that engine. They say it is very complicated, but however powerful.
Feb 04, 2001 (12:34 pm)
I had also thought that all LTZ's had the 3.8. That's why I was surprised when I discovered that mine didn't. That was the main reason I traded it in on my 2000 Impala LS. The 3.8 is head and shoulders over the 3.1
#282 of 857 To: this_is_nascar
Feb 06, 2001 (3:09 pm)
I agree 100% about the 3.8 over the 3.1. Also, from what I have read on this forum and from mechanics in town, the 3.8 is one of the best V-6's CM has ever made from a longevity viewpoint as well. Happy Trails
#283 of 857 Chevrolet Lumina 1998
Feb 07, 2001 (6:20 pm)
I'm considering purchasing a chevrolet lumina 1998. It has 9000 miles on it and am concerned about the steering wheel being too close to the chest area (I'm 5'0 foot)and have to sit close to the steering wheel to reach the pedals comfortably. In event of a front collision the bag would employ with such force as to hit the chest possibly causing the heart to stop. Similar to a judo hit in the mid-sternum area, which could also potentially cause the heart to stop. The sheriff's department stated the steering wheel should be at least 10 inches from the chest. Is there something that can be done about this? or should I forget this one Has anyone had experience with their air bags and the amount of force it employs? Would really appreciate an answer soon. Thanks.......Majikjenie
#284 of 857 What does LTZ stand for?
Feb 22, 2001 (7:50 am)
My dad has a 1998 Lumina LTZ with the 3.8, which is one of the best engines in the world, and he has every option offered for that car execpt for on star. This car is fast, but not as fast as the Taurus SHO. My question is what does LTZ stand for?