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Old 07-12-2004, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default Hehe, in the RIGHT place this time :) 94-96 Grand Prix-eh?

Me again, the ignorant one This time I'm asking about a Pontiac, at least =) 94-96 Grand Prix, maybe later year if I can find one in good condition for 2500 Impression, thoughts, rants, etc. are greatly appreciated... Was thinking of going for one with a 3.1 in it as opposed to the premium-sipping, more-seemingly-maintenence-intensive 3.4. Does the 3.1 still move the car as well or better than, I don't know, say, my 93 Bonnie with it'* series I 3800 in it? Thanks AGAIN guys! Jeez, I'm gonna need to buy you all a fruit basket or something, being that you all have been so helpful...

By the way, I want you all to know I'd definitely go for a Bonnie, if i could just find one in my price range in the immediate vicinity =) Just expanding my shopping choices...
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I only want a 2-door model 4-door one just looks too homely, in my silly opinion... =)
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i dont think the 3.1 is gonna feel nearly as powerful after comin from your Series 1...i mean from my understanding its a good engine. buts its not as powerful as your 3.8

the 3.1 in a 96 has 160hp 185 ft lbs of torque
the 3.8 in your Bonneville has 170hp 225 ft lbs of torque.

i think youd feel that torque loss bigtime. but the 3.1s are pretty solid engines.
you could always find a 97 or higher GP and get the 3.8 series 2....but if your worried about the upper intake then dont. but while the intakes arent blowing up the series 2s are strong runners
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But isn't the GP a lighter car? I would think it is, but maybe not light enough to even out that difference... Dunno...
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And actually, I might end up with a 94 Gp if I do get one due to price considerations. I don't know...
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id say your right about the GP being lighter....and i think the 3.1 will still put a smile on your face when you mash it, just maybe not a 3.8 smile....but hey i suppose getting a car of some sort takes precedence over performance anyway...you could also get a Civic!!

Civic smile :(
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I did a little checking, I believe the GP is about 150-200 pounds lighter than the bonnie. So, what'* that amount to? Does it take up the difference?
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Yea! There'* a 94 GP 2-door in the Auto Trader for 1700! It'* only got 120000 on it, too... Worth a look, for sure book on that @ Good condition is 1825, @ Excellent its 2180. DEFINITELY worth a look
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sounds like a good deal to me...hope it works out for ya.
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Well, they have their problems, but that'* why you get a thorough inspection by a mechanic beforehand Plus, my dad is, I'm SURE, one of the best heavy machinery mechanics in the world, and a great all-around mechanical person in general. So I should be relatively well-protected against harm if I do decide I like it For 1700, however, one has to worry about the reasons for setting a starting price on a car like this THAT low. Hmmm...
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