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Looking to buy a Caprice or Impala and have a few options and questions (Pics Inc)

I am looking at buying either a BBB 94 Impala with 200,000 miles on it asking price 3,000 OBO or a White 96 Caprice LT1 with 81,000 miles on it with a few cosmetic issues (Right Side Doors and Left Side Rear Bumper) for 2,600 OBO. Which ever car I get will be my everyday driver. I am now leaning towards the Impala because it is closer and the more desirable model with the idea that I may have to rebuild the motor and do other work maybe sooner than later, what kind of mileage should I expect from an LT1? Under ideal conditions, also can you check out the damage on the 96 Caprice and let me know what would I be spending to fix it or will I just need a new doors and bumper, Any relevant insight from you guys would be awesome even if it has nothing to do with my question or concerns. Lastly is the V8, 4.3 L that bad because I have seen a few very clean Caprices that I may check out. Should I even entertain those?
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Looking to buy a Caprice or Impala and have a few options and questions (Pics Inc)

The Impala is the better value for several reasons. Hopefully it has been well maintained. The Caprice has a bit of damage (though certainly fixable) the 4.3 may give decent mileage,but not really desirable. The low miles are in it's favor for a daily driver. The Impala will always hold it's value better,though. Hope I've helped.

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am looking at buying either a BBB 94 Impala with 200,000 miles on it asking price 3,000 OBO, or a White 96 Caprice LT1 with 81,000 miles on it with a few cosmetic issues (Right Side Doors and Left Side Rear Bumper) for 2,600 OBO. will be my everyday driver. am now leaning towards the Impala because it is closer and the more desirable model with the idea that I may have to rebuild the motor and do other work maybe sooner than later
What kind of mileage should I expect from an LT1? Under ideal conditions, also can you check out the damage on the 96 Caprice and let me know what would I be spending to fix it, or will I just need new doors and a bumper?
Any relevant insight from you guys would be awesome even if it has nothing to do with my question or concerns.
Lastly is the 4.3L V8 that bad, because I have seen a few very clean Caprices that I may check out.
If you are into owning, caring for, and carefully driving collectible cars, get the ImpalaSS.
If you simply like bigger, safer, personal alternatives to mass transit, get the Caprice & don't bother fixing the very minor cosmetic issues; you should be able to pound those out, by the way.

If the engine has been well maintained, a 5.7L LT1 should last at least 250K miles. Someone here has over 400K miles on his LT1, and decided to rebuild it before it decided to surprise him.
Many have exceeded 250K, some 300K.
Enthusiastic use of the LT1 engine can take its toll on the 4L60E transmission.
If the engine didn't last 200K, the owner or the mechanic is lacking in some maintenance or diagnosis.

There is nothing wrong with the 4.3L L99 V8, unless you are an enthusiast. It is capable of better MpGs than the LT1, but in my opinion, it would be better to replace it with either an 4.3L L35 V6 (same power curves, just lighter) or step up to an LT1.
If you are an enthusiast, then the L99's one glaring fault, is that it would be an utter total and complete waste of money, time, and energy to try to add power to it, because the person who immediately replaces the 4.3L L99 V8 with a 5.7L LT1 V8 nearly always gets the best bang for the buck.

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Thanks guys I really appreciate the feed back, you guys adressed my concerns, I will bump this thread if I have any more questions or concerns and will update you guys when I make the purchase. Everyone feel free to add to the discussion. The more knowledge I gain before my purchase the better.
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Another point not mentioned is insurance.The Imp WILL cost more.Depending on where you are,possibly,dramatically more.But,given the baby LT in the caprice,I'd go for the Imp....BUT,if he's at 3 G for it,id put a few hundys in another pocket,and,try the lowball.But,that's just me.At that price though,I would damn sure look under the car for rot.

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Another point not mentioned is insurance.The Imp WILL cost more.Depending on where you are,possibly,dramatically more.But,given the baby LT in the caprice,I'd go for the Imp....BUT,if he's at 3 G for it,id put a few hundys in another pocket,and,try the lowball.But,that's just me.At that price though,I would damn sure look under the car for rot.
Insurance will be higher because its considered a sports car? Owner claims he stores it in the winter have not seen it yet, but will get under it when I go see it, yeah I will try to get it down to around 2500. So the Imp Lt1's and Caprice's Lt1's are different? How so?
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Looking to buy a Caprice or Impala and have a few options and questions (Pics Inc)

I have to disagree about insurance being high. Mine's listed as a four door Caprice,as are most others. Also discounts for anti-theft,ABS,and air-bags usually apply.

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Impala,or Caprice

I like the way you're thinking. This way one doesn't need to be conflicted about the choice.

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There is no difference in the LT1's across all the models. The tow pak cars with the big mechanical fan are rated at 250 hp instead of 260 hp...mostly because of the mechanical fan.

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