A solid but very basic car
By CarLuva on
1998 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan
The lifters started sticking when the engine was cold around 60K, but other than making quite a racket, there was no negative effect. Most of the work I had done was routine maintenance (battery, alternator, turn signal switch). Around 90K, it started having some more serious problems (the most expensive was a leaky intake manifold gasket), but nothing terribly out of the ordinary. The 3.1L V6 had adequate power, and the automatic transmission was reasonably responsive. The biggest shortcoming of the car was interior build quality: Both sunvisor clips and one cupholder broke under normal use. Gas mileage was very good for such a big car: I got 27 MPG highway going about 75 MPH.
Hydraulic hood supports; automatic headlights; convenient map lights on rearview mirror; decent power in the base engine; lots of space in both front and rear seats; enormous trunk; good gas mileage.
Power windows and mirrors should be standard; higher interior build quality; useful cupholders; fix those noisy, sticky lifters.