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Old 02-28-2003, 08:22 PM   #11
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Hey, I just realized that there was still some posting going on here, and I see that we have some real good information now. Sometime when it'* not so darn cold outside, i'll check and see what code is on my car. I expect it to be one of the softer ones, since it'* an LE.

It'* nice to know that we can interchange pieces from other h-bodies to firm up our cars, if we want to. I'm betting that it'* cheaper than going aftermarket, especially if they can be found in scrapyards (not struts probably, but springs or roll bars, perhaps).

I'll be checking back. This is good stuff.
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Well, I went outside and checked (couldn't take the suspense anymore). Anyway, my sticker is long gone. I then realized that I have the original window sticker (the car'* been in the family since it was new), but I don't see any such codes on there either.

What I can tell you though, is that my car is an '89 LE, VIN # 1G2HX54C3KW259604

It'* mostly stripped, but it does have the 15" alloys and 205/70R15'* on it. (could be worse, the base model came with 205/75R14'*)

If anyone can tell me what suspension package my car has, i'd be grateful.
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Old 02-28-2003, 10:51 PM   #13
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FE9 is certified emissions, fedral...
So then the FE2 means I have ride and handling suspension

How can that be when I have a loaded SSEi

I would expect it to have the heavy duty.
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Old 03-01-2003, 11:22 AM   #14
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Yes you have the FE2 system... But If memory serves you also have a lot of ride and handling technology taken directly from the caddy and adapted to the pontiac.. So you do get some performance out of it.. You have the best of both worlds..
I am still a little confused. There was not an option for the suspension on this Bonne when I bought it. It was supposed to come with the heaviest duty suspension. Are these RPO codes general for all GM cars Like maybe the Firebirds have the FE4 or FE7.
Or can one obtain OEM suspensions for this car like FE3, 4 or 7
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Yes you have the FE2 system... But If memory serves you also have a lot of ride and handling technology taken directly from the caddy and adapted to the pontiac.. So you do get some performance out of it.. You have the best of both worlds..
I am still a little confused. There was not an option for the suspension on this Bonne when I bought it. It was supposed to come with the heaviest duty suspension. Are these RPO codes general for all GM cars Like maybe the Firebirds have the FE4 or FE7.
Or can one obtain OEM suspensions for this car like FE3, 4 or 7
The RPO'* I listed WERE for ALL GM cars!
Maybe That is the HEAVIEST suspension available for the SSEi? Remember that GM likes to "generalize" it'* RPO codes too. Also, if that option is "standard" on same car model (IE: SSEi) then may NOT even be a RPO code for that option! GM has done this very same thing in the past! Believe me when I tell you that "that" pisses off most GM Partsman as we can't tell what options a certain car/truck has when GM does that! Biggest example of this Rear Differentials! GM has NO RPO code for them! Ever tried finding a gear set for a rear diff w/o any help? Even the VIN is useless in this particular case!
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I agree here... FE2 could have been the standard suspension on the SSEi.. But its more than possible it was added on as an option by the buyer/dealership... Or as an option group package...

Rat does this mean its possible for Him to have the FE3 sport type susspension?

Also I have several RPO'* that does not match my car either... But there was an uppfitter option group for it also... So I think my seats, floor console and roof console and other varius items were part of this group... So basicly the truth can't always be told by the RPO'* because they are general to a trim level.. Correct? But it will give us a basic idea of most of the items it had out of the factory as well as option groups... Which would leave a lot of the RPO'* useless...
Anything is possible!
Correct! Just because there is an RPO code doesn't mean that car doesn't have anything else the previous year'* model had. All it means that all models for that particular model year had the exact same option as standard equipment.
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So, in other words, we really just can't tell for sure what suspension a car has? How depressing. I was thinking that it would be more clear cut than that.
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Yeah, my car does ride soft, but not too mushy (for a 14 year old car). I think it'* probably safe to assume that it'* a FE1. Personally I like the ride, but I wouldn't want to go much softer at all. That was my concern about possibly buying a buick or olds, that I didn't want a mushy car. Sounds like most buicks will be (as I expected). An olds might still be an option for me though, assuming that it'* not a base model FE1.

What i understand based on what has been said here is that a FE1 pontiac may be different than a FE1 olds or buick, am I right?
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Just to let you all know, my 92 SE has F41: Suspension, Firm Ride Handling, Front & Rear. This option was & is still offered too (1976-2003)!
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I've got a '96 Olds 88 LS with the FE1 suspension, my folks had a '95 Buick Park Ave Ultra (SC) and the dashboard said it had the Touring Suspension. For a Buick, it sure road rough compared to my Olds LS.
I do wish I could put some better handling springs on it tho. I'll keep it in mind when I do the struts.
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