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Hey guys, looking to purchase a caprice. There happens to be a '92 Caprice for sale, that's relatively cheap. What were the engine options in these? How can I tell what engine is in it? What would be the engine to have? How easy is PCM tuning? Any downside to this year as in suspension, steering, transmission, or engine maintanace?

Anything else I should know?
 
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I'll start things off:

-What were the engine options in these?

Only the 305 for civillian cars, 350 optional in police package (9C1 option).

-How can I tell what engine is in it?

Check the sticker in the trunk (called a SPID label). Look for the code L03 (305) or L05 (350).

-What would be the engine to have?

Depends what you are looking for. 305s are fine, reliable transportaion. 350s make a bit more power, but will only come in cop cars. As a result, you usually get a car that has had some hard miles, and definitely won't be as plush as many non-9C1 cars.

-How easy is PCM tuning?

There is not a tuneable PCM in the 93 and earlier cars - it is an ECM that has replaceable chips. To tune radical changes, you will have to get a chip burned. To sum up, not easily tuned.

-Any downside to this year as in suspension, steering, transmission, or engine maintanace?

No. The upsides are that engine tune-up parts are cheaper than LT1s and L99s, the tranny will likely last forever (L05s and L03s don't make enough power to really test the 4L60). Good news is that just about every suspension and steering upgrade that goes on an SS bolts right on that old 92, as well :cool:

Bottom line: buy it for a good reliable cruiser. If you want a hot rod, look for a 94-96 LT1.

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That is very good information, thanks! Now do you know how the LO5's compare to the LT1's? I really want the power for a 94-96, but don't want to pay the price for one. Can a LO3 make good power, or will it take too much time/money?
 
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Originally posted by eks:
That is very good information, thanks! Now do you know how the LO5's compare to the LT1's? I really want the power for a 94-96, but don't want to pay the price for one. Can a LO3 make good power, or will it take too much time/money?
If you want a LT1/L99 alike power, your better with one; else the L05 is a good starting point to mod on and get to near lT1 level.

A 305 can be made to go fast too, but really not worth it, the same mods you do on them would works on a later L05, and you got 45 cubic inches more.

Another solution is to have both kind of Caprices
 
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I was lucky enough to find a 91 with the l05 engine. It does feel powerful especially from a stop. One thing it does do is make you say "i wonder how good the lt1 feels, especially if it's stronger then this engine" lol. I remember when I was 14 driving in the lt1-scared the hell out of me. Also parts are cheaper for 91-93, and obd1 treats you good. I'd say the l05 is a pretty good starter engine, and when you're able to upgrade budget wise and comfort wise, definately go with the 94-96 with lt1.
 
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My first 9C1 was a '91 with the L05. It was a great car. Parts are cheap and the L05 and 700R4 are a bulletproof combo. L05's are good engines, but their powerband is pretty narrow. That's the first thing I noticed when I got the '95; it responds well regardless of RPM's, where the L05 definately has its 'sweet spot'. Just change the oil every 3k and tranny fluid every 30k (also a good idea to use 'D' instead of 'OD' below 40mph) and she'll run forever!
 
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Does the LO5 have as many aftermarket bolt-ons as the LT1? Are there any "Cheap mods" for the LO5?

Just asking a lot of questions to really help me decide on what year caprice I want.
 
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i got a free 92 9c1 taxi,350 so the vin # shows 360k on it and it feels more soild than my 91 with 160k on it and it runs like a top.lots of new partson it.my 91 lo5 i brought back in 92.never had tranie/motor problems, infact just changed the vlv cvr gskts last summer.replacement parts over time has been 1 wtrpmp,1 alt. 1 starter 1 fuel pump always started,never failed me.thats why ill never buy a new car, easy to work on parts are cheap. my 91 doesnt owe me a thing,sure a 92 is the same thing
 
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Okay im back yall first question do you folks not know how to use the search function this is a question that has been answered in numerouse posts already

sorry fer the gruffness
 
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