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Old 12-08-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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i have a chance to finance a '96 SSEi that seems to be in excellent condition.

i know that both years must be identical, if not the same BUT:
However from doing research, i have seen that alot of the real power adders available (not custom makes) are all for 97+ models.

will i be left out on the aftermarket for the series II if i get a 96?

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The primary difference is the 96 has the 4T60E trans, not the 4T65E like later years. This is not a problem. The 60 seems to be less troublesome, even with the Series 2. Bulletproof trans work and shift kits are available (check my sig).

INTENSE doesn't offer a PCM for 96, but DHP does.

That'* about it. Identical otherwise.
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The 97 and above SSEi models got the new transmission, the 65E-HD. The 92-96 had the 60E. I believe that slight PCM differences also set the 96 off from the 97'*. 96 was an odd year in between changes so that'* why there'* not a lot of aftermarket for them.
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The 97 and above models got the new transmission, the 65E-HD. The 92-96 had the 60E. I believe that slight PCM differences also set the 96 off from the 97'*. 96 was an odd year in between changes so that'* why there'* not a lot of aftermarket for them.
Custom everything that is avail, Engine and Trans and everything else for that matter for the 97+ is aval for the 96, and DHP is making the PCM for the 96'*

and the only other difference is that the 96 has the Delco 8 speaker system with a Gain slider as apposed to the Bose 8 speaker amped system
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The original poster asked if parts were as readily available for the 96'* as the 97'*. In other words, there are options for 96 owners, but are there as many? That was the original question.

EDIT. (for my horrible grammar. haha)
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The 97 and above models got the new transmission, the 65E-HD. The 92-96 had the 60E. I believe that slight PCM differences also set the 96 off from the 97'*. 96 was an odd year in between changes so that'* why there'* not a lot of aftermarket for them.
Custom everything that is avail, Engine and Trans and everything else for that matter for the 97+ is aval for the 96, and DHP is making the PCM for the 96'*

and the only other difference is that the 96 has the Delco 8 speaker system with a Gain slider as apposed to the Bose 8 speaker amped system
heads on the 97 are not the same
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All engine mods are IDENTICAL. Intercoolers, pulleys, intakes, exhaust, you name it.

The ONLY difference is a different trans/shiftkit (readily available) and the INTENSE PCM isn't compatible, but the DHP is.

IDENTICAL otherwise as I stated above.
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thanks everyone for taking the time to chime in!.

i didnt think of the PCM. It makes sense now.

The main reason why i ask, is because for almost a year i have been on the hunt for boost. I am also considering a top end swap for my 94 (to make up for the lack of boost)

Chritsmas has come early for me, since i have found two SSEis in good condition and i can afford.
a white '92 i will get it if the owner accepts 1,000-1,500$ (he is asking for 3,000$)
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a dark green '96 availale for finance, i have not seen this one in person.
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i am leaning more towards the 96 since its available for monthly payments and i can put some cash into it right away.

i really want either one.
suggestions?

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NO top swap. The only one in existence here is NOT happy. We've stated time and again that it'* a bad idea for many reasons.

Other than that idea, I think you need to carefully look at both cars.
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NO top swap. The only one in existence here is NOT happy. We've stated time and again that it'* a bad idea for many reasons.

Other than that idea, I think you need to carefully look at both cars.
yeah swaping is not the best solution and not my first choice.

i will look at the 96 this weekend.

i have seen the 92 from the exterior, I will negociate and see what happens. It is for sale at a mechanics shop around here and apperantely it belongs to the shop owner. hes an older gentlemen.

thanks for the input.
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