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Is there any common problems on the 98 z28?

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    Is there any common problems on the 98 z28?

    I am looking to buy an LS1 f body and I see a lot of 98 z28s for sale. This is the first year of the LS1 in the F body and I was wondering are there any common problems or issues with the 98 models? Does anyone own a 98? Any major problems?

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    I think the only big difference is the ECM computer. If you use a hand held programmer, it only works on the 98 models. Now the HP Tuners, LS1 Edit, EFI Live, ect... will work on all models including the 98. ( mine is all modded out now )
    I've had no problems unique to the 98's... Good Luck !!!

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    Theres not much of a huge diffrence between the 98s from the 99-02s, theres a few things but i havent heard of any specific problems to just the 98s

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    Not specific to 98 years but all LS1' have VERY WEAK rear ends & if you get one with a Monsoon stereo the speakers are also very weak and of course they all have weak power window motors . Everything else about our cars is pretty much up to snuff I think .

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    they are suspect to speeding tickets and reakless ops...lol

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    I've never heard of any problem specific to any year model, 98-02.

    Only real differences you're going to find is that a 98 (and 99-00) won't have as good of an intake or clutch as an 01 or 02.

    As for common problems. First off, pretty much everybody who's owned an LS1 f-body for more than 8 minutes has replaced a power window motor. And secondly, if you plan on doing any racing at all...upgrade that rear end. Stock power and sticky tires will snap it in a heartbeat.

    Other than that...these are well built cars. Not much goes wrong with one if it's been taken care of. Even well past the 100k mile mark.

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    98's got perimeter bolt valve covers, thinner cylinder liners than 99-up and a couple of other things like a metal gas tank. When and if you go to mod it, you will find that aftermarket parts will be harder to find and sometimes more expensive. If you can, get a 99-up F-Body

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    Here is a list of mostly all of the differences.

    LS1 picnic 2008!!! 08.02.08

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    the only problem i have heard of with these cars is the power window motors are weak on them and the iac getting gunky sumtimes causing a funny idle?

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    I never had any problems with my 98-SS since I owned it new. 10-Years old and still have both my factory window motors with no problems also.

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    You'll need to make sure the oil pressure is good. Thats the only serious thing I have ever heard of. They dont flow very well in the 98's and alot of poeple get them ported or switch to a ls6 or aftermarket pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bills98ta View Post
    I think the only big difference is the ECM computer. If you use a hand held programmer, it only works on the 98 models. Now the HP Tuners, LS1 Edit, EFI Live, ect... will work on all models including the 98. ( mine is all modded out now )
    I've had no problems unique to the 98's... Good Luck !!!
    I dont know about that i can only find hp tuners to work on my 98 z28 no hand helds

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    Quote Originally Posted by jray0305usa View Post
    they are suspect to speeding tickets and reakless ops...lol
    So true lol. Wish I knew that before i got my 68 in a 55 the other week! Of all the times Ive hauled ass in this car they catch me when Im out for a cruise on a sunny beautiful day not even racinG!!!! Though If Id known that I still would have bought her anyway!!!
    Last edited by Justin93; 08-11-2008 at 03:39 PM.

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    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showpo...80&postcount=2

    that will show alot of differences

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 Stang Killer View Post
    I dont know about that i can only find hp tuners to work on my 98 z28 no hand helds
    I used the hyportech before I went with HP Tuners. It was only for 98 F-Bodys though...

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    oh ok yeah some guys said they have used them but everytime ive searched all it brings up is hp tuners but oh well id rather do that anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 Stang Killer View Post
    oh ok yeah some guys said they have used them but everytime ive searched all it brings up is hp tuners but oh well id rather do that anyway
    Cost just a little more ! LOL !!! But yes, I agree, it's worth it !

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