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For our shop car we are replacing the motor in a 98 Camaro 3.8. The issue is conflicting reports on which year Camaro/Firebirds are compatiable. Some say 96-98 other say 99-02. Before I spend too much on a motor and have it shipping can anyone help clarify. I have spent some time searching the web but am only finding info on the LS motors.

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If we are dealing with used engines we depend upon our local salvage yard to give us that information.  Call LKQ and get a price and see if they can tell you what years will work.

Www.car-part.com uses the same software design as most junkyards and links to them all. It gives the option and year ranges in look up options on some vehicles!

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If we are dealing with used engines we depend upon our local salvage yard to give us that information. Call LKQ and get a price and see if they can tell you what years will work.

 

Thats where the conflicting info is coming from multiple salvage yards.

 

car-parts.com says 96-98

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I would be very careful about doing a used engine in a vehicle that old.  We as a rule won't do an engine or transmission unless we can get one from LKQ with a 12/12 warranty (less than 100K for LKQ to do that).   We did a transmission in an older pickup truck a couple of years ago without it only because it was about  3.5 hours.  However, by the time we installed the 4 used transmission we had had enough.  Finally had to do a rebuild.

Agreed. I've been through the mill with used parts. Just went through three motors to find a good one, finally installed the good one that looks to be a fresh rebuild and it's got a slight knock. (Most all 4.7l chryslers knocked at some point).

 

 

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It's our shop car not a customers. If we charged labor it would be better to scrap the car. It's a clean car that has records and is very good condition. We are just using it as and errand runner to save my patents classic Mercedes from the miles. Unfortunately we cannot rebuild due to a cracked block.

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