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#21 jimmyfloyd

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 05:03 PM

If you are looking to mod a car, stick with a 3.8L variant, rather than the V8 FWD, as there just isn't as much for them. If you plan to leave them stock and be happy with a V8 noises, then just sell both and get what you want. 


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#22 KnightOwl

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 05:53 PM

I think that is kind of where I am. The LS4 cars are 303hp stock as a rock and thats plenty fun. I'm sure I'd still throw on some wheels and mufflers for kicks, but for the most part just maintain and drive. I'm not headed for the track or strip, and the GXP or SS have the benefit of being one of the top tier models. I know that doesnt really mean much on an older car but it usually means it gets all the goodies. The amount of time I've spent looking at exhaust and engine mods for the 3800, just because you know it has the potential and the parts are out there, is kinda crazy and pricey. I look at my black 01 GT and have to admit to myself the whole time I was trying to create a roomy, comfortable, and more practical Trans Am, which was fine then since it was my daily driver. I still want roomy and comfortable, and I cant afford a classic Trans Am, so one of the LS4 cars is kind of the best option. I never have been a big Chevy guy, but the Monte SS is a clean, slick design, and the GP GXP is the Mac Daddy GP out of the box to me. I'll winter-over on all this and make a move in the spring one way or the other.


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#23 bluegtp91

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 07:35 PM

Get something RWD.

 

Don't even waste time with LS4, anything.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:06 PM

Post pics of your '02 GP 


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:34 PM

Get something RWD.

 

Don't even waste time with LS4, anything.

 

I'm in this camp. You can try to soup up a FWD whatever but it's still FWD. RWD stock as a rock will always beat FWD in the fun department no matter what.

 

I hate to say this, but you may be better served by a 5.7 Charger than a GXP.


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#26 bluegtp91

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:47 PM

Hell, for GXP money you can snag an SS/WS6 nowadays


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#27 KnightOwl

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:29 AM

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I wont be getting a WS6 TA, too pricey for nice ones and I dont fit in them. Too uncomfortable, thats how I wound up with the first GP. I wont be buying a Camaro. Never liked them, still dont. (Dont get me wrong, they're cool cars, just never got in my blood)

 

The G8 is nice but their value is holding well and again, too pricey for a 2nd car budget that doesnt have sky high miles. I like the W-body cars for their roomy comfort and practical side. I recently sold the last in a long line of convertibles due to their singular purpose nature, i.e. very little back seat room and limited trunk space.

My grandaughter is 6 and growing fast and I'm not sawing her legs off for some useless back-seat-less coupe. I like the Charger okay, but after my experience with the 2005 Magnum I'm not so impressed with that platform. Its got one of the most complex and troublesome front suspensions I've ever seen. If I got a LS4 car, I'm not interested in modding the devil out of it. 300 ponies is plenty for fun and I love the V8 sound, both on the intake side (N/A) and out back. The wife isnt at all happy with the car merry-go-round of buying /selling, so I may just sell off both and let the dust settle.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:00 AM

How about a bad ass kit car? About the same price as a good used car and fun to modify.

 

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 04:17 AM

LOL! Why didnt I think of that! I'll bet that has amazing back seat and trunk space!


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:52 PM

If that's what you hated about the Charger/Magnum...prepare to hate more with the LS4.  It has it's plethora of issues, too.  Whether you race it or not.

 

I like the Charger okay, but after my experience with the 2005 Magnum I'm not so impressed with that platform. Its got one of the most complex and troublesome front suspensions I've ever seen. If I got a LS4 car, I'm not interested in modding the devil out of it. 300 ponies is plenty for fun and I love the V8 sound, both on the intake side (N/A) and out back. The wife isnt at all happy with the car merry-go-round of buying /selling, so I may just sell off both and let the dust settle.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:32 PM

Be very happy you didn't get the N*. Although I highly doubt you can make a 3800 sound any better than it does stock. I've heard a lot of em and they never sound "good". Just meh.

 

But if you do want to mod, GP is a safe bet. It's fairly inexpensive compared to other cars. A proper topswap will leave you with a smile, especially once that supercharger whines. I've had my GP for 10 years and I'll miss it once I've done parting it out.


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:08 AM

Odi, that dancing banana/Arrowhead emoji in your sig is stomp down great!

 

Lucky for me, I think I'm past the remorse stage, especially after some surprisingly encouraging words from my bride, telling me to make the car a showpiece if that's what I wanted. She pointed out I went through a lot of hoops to get it, and she is right. The other thing is simply coming to grips with the fact I was quite happy with both the 3800 cars I had in the past, so why not this one? I still may get brave enough to try a top swap one day, but in the meantime I'm just going to do a few mods, make it look nice, and drive it for the fun. On a more krazy karma note, after my wife told me to "make this car my own" I realized it was made the same year we got married...so maybe this one will grow old with me. On our 20th anniversary, I'd like to take honeymoon trip with this car...that would be cool.


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