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Old 01-25-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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1989-1992 RS question

There's a fairly good condition 3rd Gen RS for sale at a local lot in Battle Creek. From what I've seen of it, it's been equipped with T-Tops but I can't identify the engine.

Is there a way to differentiate the V8 from the V6 RS other than popping the hood? Note that I haven't been able to check the tail out for any identifying features either.
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easy way is to check the VIN number on the VIN plate on the left side of the dash near the base of the windshield. the 8th digit is always a letter and the letter shows what engine is in it so here are some of the letters used for the engines in 89-92 camaros

W 2.8 V6 used in up to the 89 model year
J 3.1 V6 used in 90 up to 92
P 5.7 TPI V8
E 5.0 TBI V8
F 5.0 TPI V8
H 5.0 SFI V8
H 5.0 4BL V8

those were the most common engines in the 89 to 92 F cars, the TPI was mostly in the Z28 or IROC cars. most base or RS cars had the 2.8/3.1 V6 or a the 5.0 TBI (throttle body injection) engines

If the letter is the same as those or not, here are a list of ALL the GM engine letter codes:

VIN numbers for GM cars/trucks just scroll near the bottom .
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information. I also have another question about the T-Tops as to whether or not they were an 8cyl only option. I may stop in during the summer months or something because that car has probably sat on that lot for 4 months now..

If it isn't selling now, it probably won't sell later..and could make a cheap project car.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:26 AM   #4
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T Tops were optional on EVERY camaro model from the base 4/6 (depending on year) to the RS or IROC Z or Z28. my family has owned among us 4 3rd gen F cars.

1982 camaro base coupe inline four/5 speed manual hard top
1985 firebird coupe with V8/5 speed t top
1983 trans am coupe V8/auto t top
1988 camaro sport coupe V8/auto t top (mine)
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:21 PM   #5
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I just picked up a $200 1989 RS with a 2.8 5 speed, if your looking at an 89 an "S" in the VIN makes it a 6 cyl.
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easy way is to check the VIN number on the VIN plate on the left side of the dash near the base of the windshield. the 8th digit is always a letter and the letter shows what engine is in it so here are some of the letters used for the engines in 89-92 camaros

W 2.8 V6 used in up to the 89 model year
J 3.1 V6 used in 90 up to 92
P 5.7 TPI V8
E 5.0 TBI V8
F 5.0 TPI V8
H 5.0 SFI V8
H 5.0 4BL V8

those were the most common engines in the 89 to 92 F cars, the TPI was mostly in the Z28 or IROC cars. most base or RS cars had the 2.8/3.1 V6 or a the 5.0 TBI (throttle body injection) engines

If the letter is the same as those or not, here are a list of ALL the GM engine letter codes:

VIN numbers for GM cars/trucks just scroll near the bottom .
Thats wrong the code for the 5.7 TPI is 8
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