Today Good price or no dice Lumina Z34 was once Chevrolet’s answer to Ford’s SHO Taurus. Let’s see if this handsome coupe has a price that will entice buyers to answer the call.
THE 2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid that we looked at yesterday was painted factory yellow, which made it look a bit like a big piece of cheese. As we all know, mice love cheese, and at $16,000, the Cayenne crossover won a very close vote, earning a very close 54% victory at Nice Price.
The category in which yesterday’s Porsche operates, the mid-size crossover, has been one of the most popular among the car-buying public for decades. As a result, some other categories, including station wagons, minivans and large personal coupes, have seen their sales suffer.
Today Chevrolet Lumina Z34 1994 originated in an era before the great cross-coalescence. Not only that, but it’s a pretty cool ride in itself.
The Lumina was Chevrolet’s mid-size family car of the 1990s, having taken over this role from the previous Celebrity, serving until 2001. While the Celebrity had been offered in wagon, four- and two-door versions, the W- Lumina platform reduced the model range to a simple sedan and coupe. This coupe would later morph into the reborn Monte Carlo, leaving the Lumina’s light to go out with just one four-door model. Before that happened, however, Chevrolet gave the Lumina some very big balls to play with.
This Z34 edition is the sporty Lumina, much like the Chevelle SS of its era. What puts the meat behind the standard Lumina’s potatoes is a major mechanical upgrade, including a 210-horsepower 3.4-liter 32-valve V6 engine, firmer FE3 suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. A Getrag five-speed was made available in the model, although this car came with the more anticipated 4T60 four-speed automatic.
To top it off, a body sports revised bumpers, grille and rocker panels, as well as a rear spoiler and functional hood vents so the engine can know the weather report first-hand . Model-specific alloys complete the overall appearance. The Z34’s interior also received some upgrades, with bolstered bucket seats and a leather-wrapped three-spoke sports wheel.
This one sports Torch Red paint accented with silver stripes on its Z34 aerodynamic kit. According to the listing, the car has only done 106,000 miles, and while it looks pretty good for its age overall, there are some noticeable chips in the scratches that wrap the car and a sizable dent, but not perforating in the paint, on the car. passenger side front wing. Underneath it all, the factory alloys don’t appear spoiled and appear to be wearing new tires.
One nice feature of the Lumina Coupe is the beer tap door handles located in the B-pillar of each door. It was a bit of a whimsy that GM seemed to appreciate at the time, as it used this design on a number of different models. On the other side of the door, the Lumina met the passive restraint requirements of the time by mounting the seat belt on the door, allowing occupants to either slide under the buckled belt when entering and exiting , or to unbuckle the belt in the traditional way like a sane man and responsible human being.
The rest of the interior is color-coordinated in no-nonsense gray with somewhat institutional plush cloth upholstery and plush Barcalounger seats. The driver’s seat appears to need some work with the foam cushions, but at least the surrounding upholstery is intact. Nothing else seems to be a problem here.
A little more wear is visible under the hood. Nothing seems problematic, just a little darker than we might like. This could be because these shutters are working and letting in dust and dirt. According to the seller, this is a “running and driving car” that has just had a refresh of its plugs, wires and cam cover gaskets. It also passed its smog test and comes with a clear title. Do you think it could be worth $4,000 as is?
It’s quite a conundrum since the reason for the model’s exclusivity is a lack of general appeal when it was new and perhaps even less so now that we’re all supposed to like crossovers over coupes.
What do you think ? Is this hot Lumina a bargain for the $4,000 asking price? Or do you take a dim view of paying so much?
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