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Old May 31st, 07, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I own a '69 z28 Camaro, but do not want to resort to using it for everyday transportation. I have been looking at later model third gens and all fourth gen Camaros for some time now and just can't decide.

Which year and model would you think would be the best for me? I'm looking to use it for almost my main transportation vehicle, but I also want to put a little money into it to give it some extra speed.

I have been interested in the '98 z28, but just can't decide on what to get. Could anyone give me some specs on what the best in your eyes would be as far as fourth generation?
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Old May 31st, 07, 07:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best Year and Model?

so your wanting a 4th gen .. why you picked 98 model .. dunno . Do you like how the single head light look. ?? they get that ugly yellowish tint to it after awhile and I personally dont like how those head lights look.

I own a 97 SS , and I love it . they only made that model in 96 and 97 .. and very few too. once they made the 98-02 SS .. as much as 8 K SS's were built in one year... thats alot ... theres alot of them out there, and even more when you count the Fake ones.

But .. I like the 97 model.. I love the outside look and the interior changed and it looks like the 98 + models from the inside.

Good Luck ! tell us what you go for .
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Old May 31st, 07, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Best Year and Model?

I've ALWAYS been more of a fan of the z28 than the SS. Rarity or not. lol. Dunno why, I just prefer a z.

But I dunno why I like the 98, I just do. It probably is those headlights, but with them going yellow after a while... that can easily be fixed.

I'm actually thinking of adding a kind of ground effects body kit to a fourth gen if I were to get one. I found a 98 a while back with a strange front end so I was convinced it was a body kit... then I got to looking. Some of them look pretty decent. Here's one of them I like...

http://www.viniati.com/-p-13342.html

But of course I know where I can get the exact same one for a lot cheaper than that. lol.
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 03:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've rarely seen the headlights go "yellow"....some may get foggy....but only after 100k+ miles.....

Check mine out

http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=725481

Don't forget in terms of power LT1 < LS1

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Old Jun 14th, 07, 04:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best Year and Model?

Well it all depends on your budget and engine prefrence. Since you have a 69 camaro Im guessing you have done you homework and know a fair amount between the years of the 4th gen camaros but heres a little recap to help.

98 and up got the facelift as well as the LS1 engines in it rated at 305hp for the z28. If price is a major factor and you want an LS1 for sure then this is your year to look for to get the best price most likely. There will just little changes here and there after this through 2002.

If you prefer the 93 to 97 body style you get the LT1 engine. The prices on these cars have dropped a lot and you can easily pick up one of these for a steal since most people prefer the LS1 engines. If you go with one these Id atleast go with a 95 or up, this gets you the vented opti. If you find a 96 or 97, these cars have the dual cat setup which broght the pony count up to 285, instead of 275. And in 97 as mentioned they got an updated interior which gave you the nicer seat as well as digital odometer in the gauge cluster. The seats before this seem to all have problems with the leather tearing at the bolsters.

Hope that helps some. If your like the 98+ style camaros and plan on bumping up the power then I would say go for a 98 and up over the others since your already be starting with higher base number and newer car for that matter.
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 08:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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98-00 had the LS1 intake....01-02 got LS6 intakes...

EGR/AIR systems also varied somewhat like that...

98's were the only year with accurate gages (oil,temp,etc) all the rest are pretty much dummy gages....
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 09:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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go with a 98-02 ls1 with 6sp. they run awesome and get good mileage. also respond really well to mods.
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 10:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I sold my 01 SS 6 speed because it wasn't a good "daily" driver....I drove it too much....but those 6 speeds sure are fun
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 10:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LT1 F-bodies are a huge pain in the *** to work on, FYI
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 10:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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10,500 you can have mine
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Old Jun 14th, 07, 11:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Best Year and Model?

Nap forget the modern plastic stuff, with computers, electic windows...want a good realiable runner?
Get a six pack 1st gen...

They should have changed the name after the 1st Gen...
Not that Im baised, bit one eyed, pig headed, or fanatical....lol
Oh and its all based on, I have never driven anything other than a 1st Gen Camaro. and only ever been as a passenger around the block in a 70 1/2...that was real dog, not because of the model,
And a '82 which was nice, but didnt have the Camaro feel.
And Im quite happy in in my Total ignorance lol

So get a 1st gen six pack
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Old Jun 15th, 07, 05:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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???

Forget the more horsepowe the car makes...while getting better fuel economy too?

The computers that leave you with endless tuning capabilities?
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Pulled the plugs and they were black as coal
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Old Jun 15th, 07, 03:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ok...but LS1's do that stock....
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Old Jun 17th, 07, 02:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Best Year and Model?

LMAO 4th gens aren't hard to work on at all
the LT1 cars are relatively cheap and (as an example) my '94 Z (3.23s, auto w/ 2800 stall) ran low-12s and still got 24+ mpg on the highway
a 6spd will do even better

never seen any color problems w/ the 98-02 headlights, now fords are a different story

pick up whatever V8 model you like, do all the bolt-on mods . . . whichever cat-back you like the sound of . . . I'll never not add headers (just my .02)

remember that 4th gens should have premium grade fuel do to higher compression ratios

and enjoy your ride
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