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1996 Grand Prix starter swap to 97+ PMGR?


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Can the starter on a 1996 3.1L Grand Prix be swapped to one of the newer style PMGR starters, say off a 1997 Lumina 3.1L?

Seems I have an old school starter on mine with the giant windings (and weight to match)-- but I notice 1997+ W-bodies (maybe others) have a much smaller PMGR starter...  Rockauto seems to verify this.  Are these interchangeable?  AFAIK the engine hadn't changed any from a 1996 GP to a 1997 Lumina 3.1L for example.

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Yes they can. As long as its a 60* v6, they should fit. I installed a starter from a mid 2000s Equinox (listed fitment; was used) on my '92 Lumina Z34 I used to own. Bolted right up and of course took up half the space of the old DD unit.

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I put the newer PMGR starter on my '92 3.4L.

Totally interchangeable so far as I know.   Of course, you have to get the correct PMGR starter--not one for a 5.7L V8, for example.

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