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    What are the main issues to look for in a 98-02 F-Body (or 04 GTO) LS1? I found a few good deals on 98-02 F-Bodies but was wondering if there were any big issues with 98-00 models that were fixed in 01-02.

    I have test drove a 98 Z28 and an 02 Z28. The 98 was manual and the power steering pump was on it's way out. Everything seemed fine on the 02.
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    Check under the car to see if it has a 10 bolt...if it does, AVOID like the plague!


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    '01 and '02's came with the LS6 manifold
    '98's were a different animal in regards to the computer tuning, but i'm sure Tom could help you with everything no matter what year.

    '98's had better fuel pump and larger injectors and weak rod bolts supposedly
    '01-'02 had close to '98 injector sizing if i remember right

    i'd stick with the '01 and '02 cars to be honest, but that's just me.

    Others can tell you alot more than I can.

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    01-02 hands down. If I remember correctly there was all kinds of better things about them. LS6 intake, LS6 clutch, the newer clutch hydraulics. As for the 04 GTO it will certainly be a little heavier than the fbody with close to the same hp so obviously a little slower. However the interior is much better as is the ride quality. Having owned an 02 T/A and 06 GTO the gto is much better.

    IMO try to find a steal on a 05-06 GTO. Also Chris all fbodies have the 10bolt.


    Things to look for,

    - whining rear diffs above 45 (both gto and fbody)
    - sticking clutch pedal @ wot on the fbody (poorly maintained clutch system)
    - leaking input seal on the fbody 10 bolt
    - rear quarter panels on the fobdies were known to tweak a bit if driven aggresivly (I've seen this personally)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTSLOW View Post
    Also Chris all fbodies have the 10bolt
    U don't say?!?
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    All of the above^^^^ The rest of the car is pretty sound other than wear and tear items in the interior/and on extior components. If its an A4 car, you can probably bet your gonna be putting a tranny in it with aftermarket parts inside of it in the near future if you plan to wail on it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Valiant View Post
    U don't say?!?
    LOL

    SS for speed (also cheaper), GTO for build quality.

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    I found the link on LS1Tech.com for all the minor changes between years. My big question is reliability, especially on the transmission. I am comparing a 98 T/A with 67k (1 owner) and a 02 Z28 with 37k, both are A4s. T/A only has intake/exhaust and Z28 is stock. I can't vouch for how hard they were beat on, but the T/A is considerably cheaper (almost $3g). Do you think the stock transmission (provided I don't beat the crap out of it) can make it to 100k on a stock/lightly modded engine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VroomPshhTsi View Post
    I found the link on LS1Tech.com for all the minor changes between years. My big question is reliability, especially on the transmission. I am comparing a 98 T/A with 67k (1 owner) and a 02 Z28 with 37k, both are A4s. T/A only has intake/exhaust and Z28 is stock. I can't vouch for how hard they were beat on, but the T/A is considerably cheaper (almost $3g). Do you think the stock transmission (provided I don't beat the crap out of it) can make it to 100k on a stock/lightly modded engine?

    Might want to PM Kyle A B4C Z I know hes looking to make some ridiculous deal on his car to get rid of it.

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    Get the camaro you won't have to deal with the BS headlight motor issues like the TA's have! Kyles car is mint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JC70SS View Post
    Get the camaro you won't have to deal with the BS headlight motor issues like the TA's have! Kyles car is mint.
    Agreed.If i could sell my soul i would for his car.
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    get the camaro you won't have to deal with the bs headlight motor issues like the ta's have! Kyles car is mint.

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    I must be one of the lucky ones with a 10 bolt that never broke and no headlight motor issues. Probably just jinxed myself.

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    my headlights have been fine and my ten bolt held up to what i put it thru. it was in one piece when i gave it to tom. you'd have to ask him what it looked like inside tho.
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    I dealt with one head light motor after the other. Then the window motor went out. Also replaced rusted out knock sensors?? Other than that great car.
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    my windows are slow now but they still work for now
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    After some searching I found A B4C Z's Camaro. Damn that thing is nice but much too nice for me. I am looking to spend roughly half that (this will be my dd).

    So from what I hear the transmissions aren't as bad as some people are making them out to be. Also the window and headlight motors tend to suck. Anything else reliability wise?
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    You might be surprised what Kyle's thrown out there to move the car down the road.....

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    Get yourself a M6 trust me you wont look back.

    Hell I think everyone in here has/had a M6 LSX of some sort.
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    i love my m6 i would get bored if i didn't use my left foot for something
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