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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 07-03-2007, 09:59 PM   #11
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I was thinking the exact same thing, the 92 SC engine and the 97 NA engine have similar horsepower. Different torque ranges of course, but similar power. For the cost of the 92 SSEi, you could probably just go buy a 97 SSEi engine and tranny at a salvage yard, and at least then you'd be getting a decent horsepower increase. You'll still be stuck with the weaker FE1 suspension though. So ultimately, I feel compelled to point out: SSEi Bonnevilles are NOT that hard to find, and they aren't terribly expensive. Instead of looking at buying a trashed fifteen year old model and doing engine swaps, -why not just go buy a 96-99 SSEi??? -Or get a NA engine from a salvage yard and just put it back to the way it was?
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Sorry, I didn't take any pictures. the 92 is in such a sad state, It would not be worth it to buy and work on, unless of course I was doing a project car or something. It would be too much of a headache at this point. I am actually $900 into the 98 SE. I am debating selling it once I get it road worthy again and put my profits into a used SSEi.
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Now you're thinking! Sometimes I think it just takes a friend to help steer you clear of a bad idea and tell you "stay away from the $400 pile-of-problems". The low price is enticing, and it'* dangerous -because it gets you thinking, "what if I could do this, or that. . ." -but unless you're a die-hard engine swapper and tinkerer (and don't get me wrong, some of the gearheads in this club are EXACTLY that guy), -it'* often best to just stay away from someone else'* pile of problem-car.

When I was younger and had no money, I was always tinkering and did an engine pull / rebuild / reinstall. Back then, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. But looking back, life would have probably been much easier if I'd just bought a decent used problem-free car to begin with.

You just have to keep repeating to yourself that cars are just not rare. There'* plenty of them out there. It really isn't that hard to find a decent used one in good shape.
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