Overall a good car
By Joe on
1998 Chevrolet Lumina 4dr Sedan
I've put 15,000 miles on it (127k now) since I bought it. It's a base model, but it has power options and keyless entry - big plus. Interior design is the best part: simple. 3 gauges, 3 climate knobs, and not much more. Standard GM controls work well. Car has tiny spots of rust behind wheels, but that's expected with age. I've gotten 33mpg going 68 on the highway in calm weather, but I get < 20 in the city. This car has adequate power, but who wants adequate? The 3100 has enough grunt to make your heart race when you push it from a stoplight, and it works okay for passing on the highway. Drivers side visor clip and rear passenger window button broke, but they're not important.
Auto headlights. Curvy styling sets it apart from other 90s boxes. Reliability (only regular maintenance needed so far). Gas struts on hood. Roomy. No torque steer. Usually quiet (but more cabin noise as it ages). Good in snow (better with ABS), even with all- seasons.
Wish it had the 3800 (40 more horsepower, same mileage). Nose is quite big - makes scooting around cramped parking lots tough. Trunk arms intrude into trunk space. Tach needed. A bit of engine vibration makes it through to the body when stopped - shifting to neutral eliminates this. Would like ABS.