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Old 04-10-2008, 06:34 PM   #1
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Which models are more reliable have less problems or you just like better?
Im looking at the 2003 to 2003 ssei
OR 1992-1995 because I currently have a 1994 ssei but have decided not to fix it because there are new problems (steering column can litterally be like pulled in and out and move up and down)
Im kinda going towards the 2000'*

ANyone who has owned 90'* and 2000'* your opinions would be greatly appericaiated

WHat about the SLE are these supercharged from what Ive read some are and some arent
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What no love for the 96-99???

I haven't had the chance to drive the earlier gen or the new gen but,I know the 92-99'* seemed to have more int room. I had the chance to ride in a 2000 and with the pass seat all the way back I still felt cramped.

I'm a big guy too 6' 3" / 325
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The only reason I wasnt considering the 96-99 because I already own a 94 and this would become a parts car and I just like the new ones
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The only reason I wasnt considering the 96-99 because I already own a 94 and this would become a parts car and I just like the new ones
I can tell you from my experience with 2 cars that I have had going off looks, confortablity, and overall likeness and if both were brand spanking new I would chose my 95 SC/SLE than the GXP I had. But that isnt the question is it?
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On the 00+ The passenger compartment, especially the front is a little cramped.. After having driven and rode in them If you have an Sunroof and are over 6ft tall you may have a slight lack of head room... The 03+ Seats are better than the 00-02... They drive and ride good..

The 96-99 is the same as the 92-95 with varying power plants..

I like the room in them a bit more and if you have an SSE or SSEi with the AL7 seats its heaven..

You'd have to go drive them to know what you really like... I like the 96-99 personally...

But do drive them and tinker with the toys and see what you like

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Your question really depends on what you're looking for. The 2K+ certainly have issues (as do all of them), but from a design standpoint I believe the body wiring and electronics are far better. These electronics are much further ahead and obviously much more current. There seems to be a reduced number of "modules" which can make troubleshooting easier. Problem areas such as bad grounds are very infrequent. GM has located grounding splice packs (ground busses) in locations that are much less affected by moisture. Whenever we hear of electrical problems, everyone seems to jump on "check for a bad ground". While this may be true pre-2000, this is seldom an issue with the 2K+.

The down side are still things such as water leaks, rear window regulators, intermediate steering shafts, etc. The intake manifold gaskets however are common between both.

Parts for both are generally readily available, but obviously you won't find much 2K+ in self-pull yards. You can expect to pay a little more for the newer items as well. There are more issues that require a Tech 2 in the newer vehicles, but again, depending on what you plan on doing mod or self repair wise it may be a non-issue.
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Your steering wheel play can be completely fixed with a couple hours and regular old tools. I fixed the same problem in a 1986 olds and even a 1977 Chevy pickup. You just have to start taking the steering column apart, starting with the sttering wheel, until you gain access to the three or four screws deep in there that have come loose. It wasn't a fun job on the olds.

Personally i'll never own a 00+.
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If both were the same age, the 00+ would have more issues, common or not.

With JDB, I wouldn't ever get one..
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are you sure because its not just play in the wheel
You can pull the steering column out about 3 inches and the WHOLE thing moves up and down and side to side and I dont know if you read my other post but the car needs a new bumper cover new headliner the driver seat is very worn the engine is shot
it needs weatherstripping or something maybe because i dont know why the headlner has rot on it but the body is very solid with only 120k and the tranny was perfectly good last time it was driven about 2 years ago but was started and moved twice since then

Technically it runs but the lower bearings are shot but the engine is not locked up
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As far as comfort is concerned, the older gen owns.

For power, the 94/95 SSEi will match the 00-03 SSEi on the quarter mile. Dead heat.

Handling also goes to the 92-95 (assuming you replace worn/aged components).

Looks? Gotta give it to the newer ones. I suggest you find some cars and go drive them.
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