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Old 01-15-2006, 03:18 PM   #21
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I am thinking it could be a simple change. Even something we can not see. Say like a change in structure on the back of the panel itself. Maybe the 96 had a second tab behind the door light to screw it down whereas a newer design didn't.
very true....the 92-95 had 2 bolts to holds it down and the newer ones had only one bolt behind the light...maybe they continued the 92-95 design to 96
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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Superceded part numbers are not the issue here.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.
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Was the 96 map pocket better, larger?????
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If it was larger, it may not fit in your door. That'* one of the issues that needs to be fixed. In fact, I'd like a 96 to pull the insert out and look for a part number to confirm my sources. Same thing for a 97-99.
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Part # from a 96 SE driver side door pocket 16668525 made in 9/95
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I've got a 97 laying at the house...will try to remember.
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Heres what I got. The beige color one is from a 98 SSEi, the grayish black one is from a 96 SE. They look a little different to me.







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a note on the screws. 96 SE has 2 screws behind the door light, 1 screw behind the grab handle trim piece, and 1 screw behind the door handle trim piece. Those are all the screws that need to be removed to take the door off.

What I dont remember is if the screw near the door handle is structural or just to hold that trim piece on.
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