1998 Chevy Lumina

Sal Collaziano

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Nov 11, 2008
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The Chevrolet Lumina received a major redesign for 1995, and the Monte Carlo name was resurrected for the 2-door version previously sold as the Lumina coupe. The Euro model was dropped, replaced by the LS trim. The LHO V6 was dropped in favor of the L82 V6, also known as the 3100 SFI. This Lumina was also sold with police (code 9C3) and taxi packages after the Chevrolet Caprice was dropped after the 1996 model year. An up-level (high performance) LTZ trim was introduced in 1997 to soften the blow from the discontinued Impala SS and Caprice. It's standard features included the 3100 SFI V6,sporty alloy wheels (similar in style to the Impala SS's),a rear spoiler,restyled front and rear body clips (resembling the Monte Carlo Z34,called the "appearance package"), a tachometer, and a floor-mounted shifter.Additional options included an electric sunroof,leather bucket seats,power driver seat,AM/FM stereo with CD player and the "Sport Performance Package",which included 16" Brushed aluminum wheels,blackwall radial sport tires,sport tuned suspension and a 3.4 L V6 rated at 210 hp (160 kW) and 200 ft·lbf (270 N·m) torque

The 3.4 L V6 was replaced by the 3800 Series II in 1998 which made 205 hp (153 kW) and 230 ft·lbf (310 N·m) torque.The 3800 Series II has been noted as an all around better motor than the 3.4 liter because of its ability to get power to the ground faster because of its 25 ft·lbf (34 N·m) more torque and general reliability.The (3.8 liter) LTZ has impressive performance because of such refinements,with 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) times of 7.5 seconds,1/4 mile (400 km) times of 15.0,but high 14 second runs have been achieved,it is also limited at 120 mph (190 km/h) because of the rev limiter at 5500 rpm.Because it's very light weight for a mid size sedan (3300 lbs) it is possible for them to go much faster with little modification. Also in 1998, the Chevrolet Lumina received second generation airbags. The front-wheel drive Chevrolet Impala was introduced as a replacement for the Chevrolet Lumina in 2000, although GM did produce 2001 model year Luminas to be exclusively sold for rental fleets. US production ended on April 26, 2001. In some Asian countries, the Chevrolet Lumina continued as a rebadged Buick Century/Regal. In Latin America, the Chevrolet Lumina is sold under the Omega nameplate.

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