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View Poll Results: Which car should I get?
V-6 with less miles? 10 28.57%
V-8 with more miles? 25 71.43%
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Which should I do?

I hate to "thread-poach" from Bigrich2021, but reading his post and scoping the classifieds, now I face a dilemma. I recently posted about buying a 98 V-6 3.8. I looked on craigslist ( which is highly addictive btw) and found a guy in Indiana that is selling a 95 firebird with a lt1 and 180K in mileage on it. It is a white t-tops with the ws6 package, though he doesn't say it is a ws6. It looks great. Both cars look clean and well taken care of. The V-6 has about 125K with a RS package. The difference is about $200 more for the Firebird.

Which way should I go?

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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I think you're safer getting the lesser miles. It's hard to find a car with 180k miles that isn't ready to die.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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the 3.8 is a strong V6 I had a 01 camaro V6, and traded her in with almost 200K miles on her. If she's well maintained she's still gotta lot of life left in her. If you plan on modding there's a bit less options for the 3.8L, vice the 3.4L (in terms of engine/internals) My 3.8L was right at 300hp. The same goes for that LT1 if she's well taken care of then she's got some life in her. If you plan on modding the LT1 has a lot more potential. So my opinion is, if you plan on modding, go with the LT1. If you plan on staying mostly stock, go with the 3.8L.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:30 PM   #4
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I think you're safer getting the lesser miles. It's hard to find a car with 180k miles that isn't ready to die.

Not true, totally depends on the owner. My 3.8L that I traded in has 189K miles on her. I got 6K for a trade in, and I know she's got hella like left. I'm still debating buying her back. Before I traded her in I was spanking stock mustang gt's left and right. get the history, on the car. hell have the owner get an inspection from midas, its usually free.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:15 AM   #5
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give me a price range and I can usually find you an LS1 Z28 that's in your budget
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I think you're safer getting the lesser miles. It's hard to find a car with 180k miles that isn't ready to die.
My z just turned 180xxx and has no problems what so ever. No leaks or anything. Runs strong. It's also my daily driver.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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give me a price range and I can usually find you an LS1 Z28 that's in your budget
can you help me find one or an ss for around 10 or 12k with lowish miles?
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:23 PM   #8
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Yes I do plan on doing some mods to whatever I get. The guy who owns the lt1 firebird has claimed to have put a new trans in it and has babied it since he has owned it. He lives in Crown Point, IN., so it has not seen many potholes that are in the city which is good. Still evaluating the options. Thanks for the input folks.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:23 PM   #9
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:28 PM   #10
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I would see if you can get some documentation on either car. Also, are both 1-owner cars? That might be important to know also. It's worth getting a CarFax on both of them.
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Well, I decided to go with the 98 V6. This car was owned by a lady who took real good care of it and does not need it anymore. I was able to get her to go down on the price a few hundred which is cool. So I just want to get 300HP out of it, which won't be that hard with a 3.8 in it already. So thanks for your input guys and here's to some good cruising ahead. I think I am looking forward to the T-top as well.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:39 AM   #12
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while I will attest to the 3.8 being a robust little motor. my vote goes for the LT1. I will warn you tho, it is the red-headed stepchild of the GM family. and somethings appear to be completely ass backwards compared to other gm motors. but they are strong motors. as long as it hasnt been completely ragged out, you'll be fine. there's a couple other guys on here with high mileage LT1s. and there's also a lot of info in the 4th gen section for tech advice for either motor.
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I'd lean V8

But you have to look at each one independantly and see which one has a better value overall. Was the V8 ragged on or was it driven sensibly. Is the V8 owned by an old guy who seems responsible. Was the V6 owned by someone who has no clue how to keep the car properly maintained. This is all stuff you should ask.

And it looks like thats exactly what you did. Nice!

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I'd lean V8

But you have to look at each one independantly and see which one has a better value overall. Was the V8 ragged on or was it driven sensibly. Is the V8 owned by an old guy who seems responsible. Was the V6 owned by someone who has no clue how to keep the car properly maintained. This is all stuff you should ask.

And it looks like thats exactly what you did. Nice!

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Not true, totally depends on the owner. My 3.8L that I traded in has 189K miles on her. I got 6K for a trade in, and I know she's got hella like left. I'm still debating buying her back. Before I traded her in I was spanking stock mustang gt's left and right. get the history, on the car. hell have the owner get an inspection from midas, its usually free.
You're a car enthusiast, so you don't count. That's why it's hard to find a car with so many miles that has been treated appropriately.

You are completely right with your advice, though. Midas usually does this for free, and it can only help make a good decision better.
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Don't buy either. I hate to say that since it doesn't help the folks selling them. But, in my book, that's getting up there in miles....too high for me.

10 to 12k will get you a Z28 w/ a lot less miles that that....depending on year, of course.
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Well, I decided to go with the 98 V6. This car was owned by a lady who took real good care of it and does not need it anymore. I was able to get her to go down on the price a few hundred which is cool. So I just want to get 300HP out of it, which won't be that hard with a 3.8 in it already. So thanks for your input guys and here's to some good cruising ahead. I think I am looking forward to the T-top as well.
Did you buy already? or just decide?
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:36 PM   #20
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It has been a while since I posted this thread but The guy stiffed me on the 98 V6. So obviously, the guy with the 95 LT1 Firebird decided not to sell to me either. So there I was looking again. It took me a month to find another steal like that. So I turned to my most reliable source of inspiration....PRAYER! So came about another guy with another high mileage Firebird. Then, once again, cash walks, he SOLD it the NIGHT before our arranged meeting time (just a sign of the times I guess).


So I tried Craigslist (which really is addictive btw)again for the last time. Then my prayers were answered. A mechanic saw my post, and shot me and e-mail responding to my post. A Red 1994 Firebird Formula. So I played hookie at work, shot by his garage, and dropped my jaw when I saw it (of course her was not looking at me). Test drove it, inspected under the hood and FINALLY found my car! I know it was God because, not only did it have the motor I wanted (LT1), but the t-tops and engine were clean. It has just about everything stock except the Magnaflow catback exhaust, that GRUMBLES!

This was a mechanic's car so the inside was Filthy, seats ripped, and stunk! However, Body was in great shape the undercarriage is immaculate, converter great, new water pump, and a nice spoiler. That aint the kicker......

This car had: 20K FEWER MILES AND $1K LESS! Than the 95 I was going to buy the prior day! Now all I need to do is get a CAI, performance springs (sits too low for these 18" rims I have) and I want new Z rated radials all around. Bottom Line: A BLESSING! I will post pics soon, and have a good summer afterall. It would be nice to be in 5th Gen, but with a 5 month old, that got pushed back, so I will be happy spanking my buddy in his Mustang GT at the Track. Wow this is a long story. So that is the verdict. See you guys soon.

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:11 PM   #21
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I personally would not go with an LT1 for a V8, and if it's a daily driver meant to see snow/salt then get the V6, otherwise seek an LS1. Or get one of each ;-)
It's just a weekend car. We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4X4 that gets the snow travel duty. Also, the minvan is driven daily. The Firebird is for bright sunny and CLEAR Saturdays and Sundays.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:26 AM   #22
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depends on the owener id say low milage doesnt mean better engine plus......get the V6 and u will regret it ..u will hate ur self lol i bought a v6 ,its jst not right and now i had a V8 and am selling my V6.....V8 all the way :P ...... GOOD LUCK
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:35 AM   #23
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hey guys i have an 1998 camaro convert i was wondering if there is a 4th gen car for sale section? it has 126k runs super and it is a 3.8 car auto here is a pic
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nice car really..
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