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Chevrolet Lumina, Sedan
Aug 29, 1999 (9:54 pm)
Why are they discontinuing the Lumina? I read where Chevy execs are convinced the new Impala will be as big a seller as the Lumina. In fact, the 2000 Impala LS has almost the same equipment (3.8 engine and trans) as the LTZ. I guess they don't want duplication of effort with the Impala and Lumina. Besides, their rationale is they can then build more SUVs on the same production line used to build the Lumina. However, Chevy better think about an SS version of the Impala, with a more potent engine (supercharged 3.8), to compete with the Ford Taurus SHO and the Chrysler 300M.
#56 of 857 My Lumina
Sep 01, 1999 (2:56 am)
I bought my 98 Lumina LTZ in December of 98 with 8300 Miles on it ( and got it for 14.5k too!). Anyways, the car has just about 20k on it now and I love the car. I had a 91 Lumina Euro with 103k on it with no problems except the rear brakes. As for my 98, I've had the rotors in front turned and replaced twice. They still keep shimmying when I'm going around 60 MPH and higher and press on the brake pedal. I'm about to take it back again and tell them to replace the whole brake system. Ever since they changed the rotors, I've also been getting an annoying lound squeal in the front brakes. I took it back to the dealership and they said "every week or so, jam on the brakes real hard and that will get the brake dust off the rotors." I don't believe this since I drove another Lumina (rental car) and never had this problem. I'm finding out I need to "jam" on the brakes every time I get in the car when I let it sit for a few hours. It's getting real annoying and I'm going to take it back again (for the 4th time for the same problem). What's the lemon law for Ohio? But other than the annoying squealing in the brakes and the shaking of the front end, the car has been great to drive. The only option I don't have on it is the Sunroof which I didn't really want anyways. Oh well, ther was my 2 cents.
Sep 03, 1999 (3:15 am)
Has anyone had any problems with the 99 LTZ steering? I have only driven 125 miles since I purchased my LTZ and notice the steering is stiff.
Sep 04, 1999 (2:45 am)
The only problem I've had for steering in my 98 was that when it's real cold outside, the steering is kinda stiff when I turn the wheel. But after a few minutes it's ok. I guess the power steering pump needs to get up to par with the rest of the car.
#59 of 857 98 LTZ - 52,000 miles
Sep 05, 1999 (12:48 am)
Bought my LTZ in 5/98 and has been a very good vehicle considering the way I drive it - usually fairly hard. I travel from Boston to Baltimore and all the area in between. So far, the $ I spent was one front disc brake replacement, new water pump at 51,000 miles. Have maintained the 3.8 with Mobil I 10W 30 oil every 3,500 - 4,000 miles and the transmission fluid changed at 20,000 and 50,000 miles. New Michelin X-1 tires at 40,000 miles (run Blizzaks for the winter). Put in a K&N air filter along with Splitfire spark plugs. Is there a power difference? I think so but it could be in my mind too. Not too many cars beat it away from a light. Plan to run this to 150,000 miles / 4 years. Recommend the LTZ to a Tee!
#60 of 857 To garsarno
Sep 06, 1999 (4:57 pm)
Bought a '98 LTZ in July of '97 (they just came out). Raced an Impala SS ('94-'96) from a tollway cashbox last week. Stayed with him for about 3-4 seconds, then he pulled away. The SS has a 0-60 time of about 6.6 seconds (same as the Regal GS), while the LTZ has been clocked at about 7.8 seconds. So the LTZ does beat most cars, except the Camaro Z-28. One blew me away last night at a light. He was laughing. I was embarrased.
#61 of 857 to jpstax
Sep 08, 1999 (2:06 am)
heh, try a lumina ls ( 3.1) vs just about anything....my friend's windstar beat the heck outta me.... i killed a honda civic though
#62 of 857 LTZ vs LS or base model
Sep 30, 1999 (6:36 pm)
I am debating whether to buy a base or LS versus holding out for the right LTZ. The profile refers to the "wheezy engine" in the base model. Is that motor really "barely adequate"? How about the performance of an LTZ equipped with the standard 3.1 L engine? Also, what about the traction control, does that make a big difference? How does the "mushy suspension" effect performance?
#63 of 857 To hoxxie (#61)
Oct 01, 1999 (6:16 pm)
Chevy had discontinued the Lumina LTZ for the 2000 model year. My advice is to buy an Impala LS, which also has the 3800 Series II engine (like the '99 LTZ did). The 3.1 engine is OK, but the 3800 is so much better. It has been judged one of the 10 best engines on the planet!! You will also be getting a much better suspension package with the Impala LS.
Oct 02, 1999 (5:02 am)
I know for a fact that Lumina is one of the value leader but it's style is very dated...don't you all think?...it's just my opinion but still....If I were to buy a Lumina, I'd ONLY consider the LTZ which looks quite better than the other models...