It quickly developed an iffy reputation; good luck finding one still running anymore. I remember the Lumina car. When I squint my eyes, I can still see a little of that “floaty” looking long front overhang on the outgoing Impalas, which, apart from that, are decently styled vehicles.. My impression is that Ford, around 1982, really got religion after losing over 1.5 Billion (one of the largest losses in the entire corporate world recorded at that point) in 1980 and another Billion in 1981. We did agree however that the Ford was better looking of the two cars. Toyota is now suffering from some of the same problems that had plagued GM, IBM, and other large market dominating organizations that have faced changing times. My experience with the lumina was, naturally a rental. My wife has an 08 GP. Beretta did well, for a couple of years, with ‘kids’ along with Grand Ams. How is that even possible? That was still quite a bit less than the 1995 Lumina’s 242,000 but not much lower than the T-Bird’s 115,000. I love my 1991 Euro 3.1.. I’ve owned it 3 years and it has never let me down. Last W-body for him though, he had a couple of Bonneville SSEs after that and by the 2000s was leasing a new car every three years. The Lumina coupe never sold that well relative to the sedan (e.g., in 1991 roughly 36,000 were produced versus 160,000 for the sedan). Craig, you raise some good points. Toyota managed to get by on basically two chassis (Camry, Corolla) and 2-3 engines for 20 years. Actually its not bad in a basic transportation kinda way. All Rights Reserved. Ramblers were cheap. With few modifications, it was used right upto 1996. And brakes….what brakes? I personally drove an ’88 Prelude Si with my nose in the air and a trail of rust behind me. I would regularly be taken to lunch by carrier reps and one in particular had a new Lumina. But since the 80s, GM’s share has plummeted far in excess of the losses experienced by their domestic rivals. I came into the car world back when GM (and the Big 3) were still the dominate players and will retire when the Big 3 have 50% and GM about half that. The Taurus (was a 92) needed that kind of attention all the time. The problems with this car (and the other GM 10s) were not the exterior styling. At the time I was really surprized to see the 5-speed manual, but had no idea how rare they really were. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. On a cloverleaf interchange doing 25 mph the tires would squeal horribly and hold on for dear life while the body wollowed dove and porpised with any aberration in the road. If the Taurus is considered the car that “saved” Ford; the Lumina and its ilk were the ones that destroyed GM’s critical high-volume mid-sized passenger car business. The 2013 Impala is the last of the line, and its replacement is coming on line as we write this. Dad ended up buying a Plymouth Sundance, which despite the total lack of respect it garnered from the automotive press, was an excellent car. Yes, the Brougham-tastic G-body coupes and A-body sedans and 88/98 were not going to last forever, but when you bite the gift horse that feeds you it tends to get angry. Needs tires, clear coat peeling, too many projects must sell.. Motor and trans.65,000 Almost every 1968-73 car I ever saw had those shoulder belts neatly tucked into their little roof clips, untouched by any human hands since their installation. Meanwhile, these and the A bodies, with no modifications at all besides neglect, sound more wicked than some V8s. 1. This mid-sized sedan was manufactured to follow in the Monte Carlo's footsteps of gaining the most NASCAR victories in history. The mechanical vacuum pushbutton AC controls were tiny and hard to read in low light. What a pleasant surprise to see a GM DS photo example be a car in good shape. 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