1999 Chevrolet Lumina

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$18,335

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

6

Seating capacity

200.9” x 54.8”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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1999 Chevrolet Lumina review: Our expert's take

Lumina LTZ turned some heads with its front-end styling, aluminum wheels and paint scheme. Chevrolet Lumina is headed toward the end of its road, destined to be replaced for 2000 as Chevy’s bread-and-butter family sedan by a more interesting craft bearing an old name, Impala.

Poor Lumina, it never worked up to its potential, an automotive underachiever that could only watch as Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry traded laurels year after year as bestselling automobiles.

The styling is attractive, though generic. Performance is competent, though bland. The overall theme is mainstream to a fault, offending no one but not enticing anyone, either.

The big plus during its 10 years of existence has been its affordability, providing a good-size interior and plenty of creature comforts for a modest price.

The big problem is that Lumina drives like a budgetary compromise, getting you there in a reasonable manner but boring you to tears along the way. Even the top-end LTZ tested recently failed to excite, despite its strong engine response and generally solid feel.

Though a Ride and Handling package is standard on the LTZ, I found the suspension to be mushy and poorly controlled. The car swayed heavily in turns, and on any kind of rough surface, it bounced and heaved unpleasantly.

What a difference a really good set of shock absorbers would make on this car. Konis, all around?

Again, here’s another place where the Lumina fails to live up to potential. The cornering is balanced and predictable, but because of the vagaries of the suspension, it’s really hard to get into it.

The LTZ is advertised as a sports sedan, which it very well could be with just a bit of extra effort. Jeez, I’m starting to sound like my junior-high guidance counselor.

The 200-horse engine has plenty of pull, growling appropriately and zipping the Lumina quickly up to highway speed. The transmission works nicely, allowing a sporty run to the upper revs before upshifting.

Standard equipment is a 160-horsepower V-6, which is quite adequate but not nearly as enjoyable.

Stylistically, the LTZ manages to turn some heads, checking out the sharp aluminum wheels, unique front-end design and monochromatic paint scheme. Jaded me, I was surprised by how many people seemed to appreciate the LTZ styling.

Inside, the LTZ has comfortable bucket seats up front and enough head and legroom front and rear. Three people will fit in the back seat, as long as they’re not too wide.

Interior styling is, again, pleasant but generic, ergonomically acceptable but completely unmemorable. Except for the leather power seats, which were quite nice.

And here are some examples of Lumina’s big plus, affordability. The leather seating surfaces and full console add just $645 to the price. Six-way seat power for the driver is $305. And the preferred equipment group of keyless remote, power trunk opening, dual temperature control and steering-wheel radio controls is $591.

Those are pretty reasonable prices for the kinds of options desired on luxury cars, without the luxury price. But despite the extras, including LTZ’s engine upgrade and suspension refinements, the bottom line is still solidly in midstream. That’s good value.

Still, it’s time for Lumina to ride into the sunset, having enjoyed decent sales during its 10 years of existence but not leaving much of an impression one way or the other.

1999 Chevrolet Lumina

Vehicle type: Five-passenger, four-door sedan, front-wheel drive. Base price: $20,360. Price as tested: $22,554. Engine: 3.8-liter V-6, 200 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, 225 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. Transmission: Four-speed automatic. Curb weight: 3,372 pounds. Wheelbase:107.5 inches. EPA fuel economy: 19 city, 30 highway. Highs: Affordability. Strong engine. Good featu res. Lows: Overall blandness. Ragged handling. Underachievement.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Lumina driver 1999 Chevy LTZ.

We purchased out current 99 Lumina LTZ. was surprised by the unfailing quick response onto the expressways. Never had an issue catching up and maintaining decent speeds. Passing gear was quick and responsive. When gas was decent MPG city was a steady 17-22 city. There are however drawbacks. Whomever designed the engine must been on acid or recently finished a major Blunt. The cooling system required big dollar maintenance. I've had no issues with any other mechanical parts. The 4 wheel disc, interior design and the overall appearance pretty decent. Comfort on and off the hiway was better than our daughters 2000 chevy impala LS. The Speedo just turned 150,000. And with regular maintenance keeps running strong.

4.0

Dependable on the road

I got mine free from a family member 11 years ago and I love the performance and dependability! It still runs great but it is trying hard to fall apart from the interior to the metal you can dent with your thumb with very little effort. It is the leakiest vehicle I've ever had! From the windshield to the trunk! It was garage kept by my Grandma and barely driven no more than 50 miles from home. It has an awesome smooth ride and you'd rather set it on fire than have to change the spark plugs twice but it has given me 181,735 miles and I'll drive it til it won't go any further. If you baby your car, you will be happy with it.

1.0

Pure dog water

This car is terrible it looks poor and drives like crap anyone who bought it needs a refund asap it very uncomfterable dont by it please my son didnt like it either.

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Safety

Based on the 1999 Chevrolet Lumina base trim.
Frontal driver
4
Frontal passenger
5
Side driver
4
Side rear passenger
3

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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