Originally Posted by OLBlueEyesBonne
True -I had to do some modifying to get the 1997 panels to work on my 95, but I'm not sure if I removed a bracket from the door or the panel as there was something in the way that made the panel stick out 3-4 inches.
If my sister-in-laws sister shows up today at my brothers I'll take a quick snapshot of her door panels in her 1996 SLE.
You removed a sytrofoam block spacer.
Originally Posted by chasesmith
Both my 96s, the SE and the SE with SLE package have perforated leather. As for the differences in the part #, a lot of times with the parts at work they supersede to a new one once improvements are made. There may be minor differences on how they fasten or something. I know on my car I have to re-fasten the top of the drivers side panel about every two years.
Superceded part numbers are not the issue here. When that happens, they strike the old part number. All 3 part numbers still exist in the current GM database.
Here'* what I know:
The 'inner belt' weatherstripping, the black piece at the very top is unchanged from 92-99.
The 'upper trim' is a seperate piece from 92-95 (above the armrest, the perf panel). 92 was different than 93-95, whether it was cloth or leather. Clearly different part numbers.
The 92 armrest is one part number. 93-94 share another part number. 95 and 96 have the same armrest, and it changed again for 97-99.
The trim (for the mirror adjust) was the same from 92-96. 97-99 have a different part number.
The map pockets are clearly different. This is the major change in 96. The 92-95 are all the same with the speaker grilles included, and it'* a seperate piece that screws on. However, 92'* part number differs from 93-95 again. Now the ODD part. The map pocket INSERT for 96 is different than 97-99.
There might be a key difference in the shape of the door.
All speaker grilles, door handles, lights, and misc trim not mentioned are the same from 92-99.