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This is a discussion on Newbie here within the V6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Getting the youngest daughter a 96 Firebird 3.8 auto. So I'll be asking questions and being a newbie for awhile ...

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    Newbie here

    Getting the youngest daughter a 96 Firebird 3.8 auto. So I'll be asking questions and being a newbie for awhile in here.....be patient with me

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    My daughter just got hers also . She shopped for a while to find what she wanted and one I would actually purchase,( V6 only for a newbie ). But she was only shopping 98 and up because of the looks of it. I would say spoiled youngsters , but she knew what she wanted also. She got a '99.

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    This one is mint...I mean from front to back...eat off the engine...all maintenance records down to each gas fill up....yeah newbie gets a V6...but this thing pulls really strong...I was suprised....my Dad just ask what kind of car was I going to buy...that was his total participation in the process.....my daughters "expect" it....I want this kind of car Dad and a gas card....get going and find it

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    Haha my parents bought me a 94 3.4L camaro as my first car. I think it was a great choice. Now I'm moving on to the LS1 for graduation! Woo

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    [QUOTE=Sarge]...but this thing pulls really strong...I was suprised....[QUOTE]

    Throw in some gears, converter, intake/exhaust mods and a bottle in your spare tire well and you'll be REALLY surprized on how strong it pulls. With mods like that you're looking in the 12 second range.


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    Well it started already - she got her first Kill tonight. She said she was all smiles after laying the smackdown on a fellow f-bodier . 99 firebird vs 96 Camaro . She said he was pissed after losing ..... about 2 lengths on 2 different 1/4 mile runs . Because he was doing all the talking and wanted to run in the first place. Her car came with a K&N and we opened the airbox up a bit but that was only mods so far. But we will do more .... never had one that we didn't fiddle with yet .

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    What gears does your daughter have in her car?

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    Just done a lay down and watch the driveshaft as I was curious myself. It appears to be about 3 1/4 ( whatever exact # they used that year ?????? ) ..... 3.23 ?

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    Well, if it's a M5 then you have 3.23's. If it's an auto, you could have either 3.42 with a LSD or 3.08's open, depending on if you had the performance package. Sounds like it's probably a 5 speed though. Nice kill.

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    I'm guessing 3.08 now as it isn't a gearbox , its a dogamatic . My old eyes must have been a bit off on the revs, but it was no where near 3 1/2 turns. Thanks for the numbers .

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    Welcome to the world of V-6's. Hope I can help on anything!

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    The auto's in these cars are actually pretty good, they don't give too much up in terms of drivetrain loss. I've raced 2 other 3.8 M5's with similar mods/lack there of (at the time I was pretty much stock), and I beat them both. Get some gears and a higher stall converter and you'll eat up any M5 you come across.

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