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#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?
#288 of 857 Hi Majikjenie
Mar 05, 2001 (3:06 pm)
This information may be too late for your purchase of the 1998 Lumina you were looking at.
I drove a 1998 Lumina LTZ for 3 years and really enjoyed it except for one major problem. The problem is that I'm only 5'1 and had to sit very near the steering wheel in order to reach the pedals.
While driving my LTZ for three years (overall, it was a great car!) I worried about the possibility of an accident severe enough to deploy the airbags, fortunately, that moment never came. When looking for another car to lease this last summer, I did look long and hard at the new Chevy Impala LS, but it just didn't fit me well. I ended up with a 2000 Mercury Sable LS Premium which had a great feature, factory installed electric adjustable pedals! (These pedals adjust up to three inches with the touch of a button!) I had found a car that perfectly fit me! Now I sit about 12 inches from the steering wheel.
Ford Motor Company makes several cars with the adjustable pedals, the Ford Tarus, Crown Victoria, thier near twins, the Mecury Sable and the Mercury Grand Marquis.
I drove Chevy's for 15 years and hope they will soon incorporate adjustable pedals in their vehicles.
I know of several sites on the Internet that sell pedal extensions. They are.........
Hope some of this info will prove useful to you Majikjenie. Take care
#289 of 857 3.1V6 Performance Upgrades
Mar 10, 2001 (8:50 am)
I drive a 98 Lumina with the 3.1 V6
It has acceptable power but i'd like to try to get a few more hp out of it if possiable.
Are there any reasonably affordable ways to make this motor perform better?
Ive heard of the K&N air filters helping, but by how much?
What about a new computer chip?
#290 of 857 96 Lumina not starting
Mar 19, 2001 (5:41 pm)
My 96 Lumina sometimes won't turn over. I bang the under hood fuse boxes until it'll go, sometimes waiting 5 min. does the same thing. Anyone have any ideas, the fuseboxes are filthy, I tried cleaning them with limited success. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree...
#291 of 857 CHEVROLET LUMINA :
Mar 24, 2001 (1:12 pm)
We own a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina bought brand new in April 1996 with a 3.1 liter engine! It as been and still is a truly GREAT CAR!!!!
#292 of 857 95 & 99 Lumina (No Problems!)
Mar 25, 2001 (8:19 pm)
We put 50k miles on a base 95 Lumina with 3.1 engine with no problems at all. Sold it and got a 99 Lumina with same motor and have 12k on it. Again, no problems, just change the oil and go. Bench seats are quite comfortable to us, even on long all day trips. 3.1 motor has plenty of power for passing on two lane roads. Get 29 to 31 mpg on 70 mph interstate drives. Too bad they are ceasing production! Great, roomy, economical car to buy and drive!