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Chevrolet Lumina

1996 Chevrolet Lumina

1996 Chevrolet Lumina base model
The 1996 Lumina, in the second year of a
major redesign, saw few changes.

The 1996 Chevrolet Lumina entered the second year of its new design with few changes, though there were some notable features added to the options list.

Base and LS models continued, the latter having anti-lock brakes as standard, the former listing them as an option. Both were powered by a 160-horsepower 3.1-liter V-6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Optional on the LS was the Twin Dual Cam 3.4-liter V-6 with 215 horsepower, up five from the year before. Ordering the 3.4-liter engine brought LS buyers four-wheel disc brakes in the bargain.

Minimizing maintenance costs were engine coolant designed to last for 5 years/100,000 miles, platinum-tipped spark plugs that were first scheduled for replacement at 100,000 miles, and Dexron III transmission fluid that never needed replacement under normal driving conditions.

New options for 1996 included an integrated rear child seat, a bench- or bucket-seat leather interior for the LS, and a dual-zone air conditioning system that allowed front passengers to select different temperatures for each side of the car.

Scheduled as a midyear option was a power sunroof. Standard on LS and optional on base was an AM/FM stereo with Speed-Compensated Volume, which adjusted the radio to compensate for ambient noise levels.

1996 Chevrolet Lumina LS rear
The 1995 Lumina benefited from technical innovations
that prolonged engine and transmission life.

1996 Chevrolet Lumina Facts


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