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Old 12-16-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Question Which to choose

Her son again.Everybody knows how crackerjack 97 SC2 (who knows on eng 107k on body) has cost her money, but as much work that was put in i should get my moneys worth. The 96 SL1 i started with was perfect at 62k on the engine 110k on the body that was after repairs.

both hve replace engines
DOHC v. SOHC
Auto v. Man
power options v. base model

Which would be better for a student who will be driving soon.

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Old 12-16-2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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auto/sohc/base model.

the reason why i say this is because when i was first started driving i took cars as a big hotwheel toy had to push everthing in the car and play with everything while i was driving. I look at it like this for a 1st time driver the less you have to distract you the better off you are.

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Old 12-17-2008, 04:45 PM   #3
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isnt ant option for me the dohc is auto the sohc is stan and cant swap the pcm

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Old 12-17-2008, 05:02 PM   #4
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Ok. Alex, you really need to get your own login :P

My oldest son is thinking of getting an newer car and trading in the SL1 manual he bought off of me last summer. I, personally would like to have the SL back and trade in the SC2 I have now instead. Oldest son doesn't care which one he trades in. But since Alex has done the majority of the work on both cars, I am allowing him to decide which one he would rather keep.

Pros/cons:

96 Sl1, basic everything. Body has about 150k on it, engine has about 90, original clutch/tranny. Basic maint/fluid changes. Brakes, rotors, added cruise, new struts, tensioner, minor stuff.

97 sc2, auto. no power windows, no power locks, just power mirror. in addition to reg. main stuff, brakes, rotors, struts, 3 tensioners, new master cylinder, reman a/c compressor, new exp valve, new drier, new evap core, new heater core, new alternator, new sensors on tb, upgraded to leather, newer carpet. one window has power right now, have to order sliders to fix.

So now everyone knows, and Alex, get your own id. Mom

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Old 12-17-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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The manual will take much more abuse and still keep functioning. The more power goodies the more problems.

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Old 12-17-2008, 11:21 PM   #6
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Perhaps the deciding question is -- and be honest, both of you -- which of you is the better manual tranny driver?

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Old 12-18-2008, 09:03 AM   #7
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I haven't taught him yet. Older son bought the car off me and took it before Alex was old enough to drive it. I prefer the clutch over an auto, but that's me. I figure teach 2 kids on it, then replace the clutch, lol.

I still have the a/c to swap for the 4th time, windshield to replace, and a couple other projects, so about another $500 to put into it.

The SL hasn't had the p/s pump, master cylinder, none of that stuff replaced as of yet.

Of course, this is all dependent on older son being able to get credit for a newer car, so it might all be mute. who knows yet.

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