Go Back   LS1TECH > WELCOME TO LS1TECH > New LS1 Owners - Newbie Tech
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search

New LS1 Owners - Newbie Tech
Basic Technical Questions & Advice
Sponsored by
Improved Racing

98 Camaro LS1 common problems/bugs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-13-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
Launching!
 
Z 2 8's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 267
Default 98 Camaro LS1 common problems/bugs

I'm thinking about getting this 98 Z28 with 76,000 miles on it. (M6) I was just curous what are some of the common problems that year had and what i should look for. For instance, what is a good way to tell if the clutch is slipping? I know what it feels like, but how could i test it? Also, do they have any recalls on anything?

I know the 99 mustang cobra's had a recall on 99's and were significantly slower. Do the 98 LS1 Z28's have a problem like this?

Also, is a 98 a bad choice? What are some things i couldn't do with the 98 compared to lets say an 02? Are 98's slower? I know the 01+ Z28/SS's have the LS6 intake which i should get, but anything im missing? I want to make sure im getting a good car and im not going to regret getting an 01 instead or something...This car is priced at 7500. Red and basic everything. Hard top, no power anything...Should be a little quicker not having any of the window motors and being a non t-top.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.
Z 2 8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
TECH Fanatic
 
Zymosis's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 7
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 1,314
Default

I guess I'll address each 'paragraph'.

- An easy clutch test is to be on an incline, in 5th or 6th gear, and try to accelerate. If the rpms rise 'fast' then the clutch is slipping.

- 98's are not bad cars, and are not 'significantly' slower than any other year. You have to realize that they did start using an ls6 intake in the later years (But an LS1 is an LS1)

- 98 is not a bad choice. They are slightly harder to tune than newer cars, however I would not allow this to hinder my purchase of a 98 (especially if its a good deal/low miles)
__________________

2004 Cadillac CTS-V | 1999 Camaro Z28
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/faaaq/toys2.jpg
Zymosis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 04:28 PM   #3
Contrarian™
 
'Trust''s Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 24
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eternity
Posts: 7,990
Default

Yup nothing wrong with 98's. Fasted stock LS1 was a stripper 98 Z28.
__________________
LP560-4 Gallardo UGR 2R / ADV05TS' / OEM SL Wing / 6 Speed
F10 M5 Space Grey / Downpipes / Tune / Lowered / Grilles
CTS-V Sedan Slammed / 20" M147's / V2V Lip / Daily
'Trust' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 04:33 PM   #4
TECH Senior Member
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 5,402
Default

...the water temperature gauge actually works too.
2001NBMZ28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 04:34 PM   #5
TECH Apprentice
 
VENGEANCE's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 361
Default

I owned a 98 for awhile, had no problems beating cars of other years. Their heads are a bit different, as well as the intake, so thats where youre going to run into the problem with them making "lower power". 98's are also the only year to have perimeter bolts on the valve covers, as well as metal gas tanks.

Theres also other random things like 2000 and up cars came with better rod bolts and such, but i had nothing but luck with my 98. Took a 150 shot like a champ on top of a cam with 95k miles on the motor.

Just make sure there arent any knocks or anything before you buy it, and i wouldnt buy form someone who you might think may have ragged it out.

As far as the power problems, its nothing a heads/intake swap cant fix, if you were planning on going that route anyway.

also like it was mentioned before......the 98 computers have fewer "cells" to work with when tuning them, so its basically like you cant go into as much "detail". But this is rarely a problem that anyone notices.....

98 cars are also less prone to piston slap.
__________________

2000 Camaro:
Kurt Urban Built 408/ PT98/Six Gears/ BS3/ MADMAN/ The Works/ Car assembled and Tuned by R.P.M.
www.DRIVNindustries.com / www.Myspace.com/DRIVNindustries
"Roll racing is a dick measuring contest, and I'm packing a 14-inch black punisher."
Member #2 of the LS1tech Forced Induction Heretics Club
VENGEANCE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 04:43 PM   #6
TECH Fanatic
 
98hardtopZ's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 7
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: brandon, ms
Posts: 1,243
Send a message via AIM to 98hardtopZ
Default

the damn trunk/hatch is a pita tho...doesnt have a spring and is stubborn on coming open sometimes...
__________________

2003 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 ECSB
--------------------------------------------------
1999 Hardtop Z28 Camaro M6

Don't worry about the mods, its faster than yours
Heman Woman Haters Club Member #16
Quote:
Originally Posted by camaroextra
I can not be beat. I can actually go back in time and post.
98hardtopZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 04:53 PM   #7
LS1Tech Administrator
 
RPM WS6's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 3
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Lincolnwood, IL Member: #317
Posts: 20,542
Default

Everyone here is correct.

Pretty good overall summary of the '98s.

For even more details on the differences between model years, read this:

http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showpo...80&postcount=2
__________________
1998 Camaro Z28 | 1971 Nova SS-350



Previous LSx Vehicles:
2002 Camaro Z28 | 2000 Trans Am WS6 | 1999 Camaro Z28
RPM WS6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 07:57 PM   #8
Launching!
 
Z 2 8's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 267
Default

If you put a healthy stock 98 Z28 on the dyno and a healthy stock 02 Z28 on the dyno, what kind of difference would you see?

Also, since the heads are different, wouldn't the car make less power?

I don't plan on doing any more mods than bolt ons.
Z 2 8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 08:24 PM   #9
11 Second Club
 
shaZZam's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 12
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 103
Default

Stock for stock, I think my 98 ran harder than my 01. I sold it to my 17 year old nephew with 120K on the clock. It now has 160k on it and he still hasn't broken it.
__________________
2008 C6 Coupe 1LT M6 Airaid CAI, Borla ATAK catback
shaZZam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 10:10 PM   #10
12 Second Club
 
S8ER95Z's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 3
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Quad Cities
Posts: 1,483
Default

Since the 01+ has a better intake and different cam I think power would be SLIGHTLY higher on the 01 but the main difference would be where it makes power since the 01+ cars build torque at lower rpms.
__________________
2001 Z28 M6 (LS6 Cam, BBK LTs, MTI Lid/FRA)
S8ER95Z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 10:51 PM   #11
TECH Senior Member
 
Tainted's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 9
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 8,440
Default

the 98's had the biggest cam and injectors
__________________
Tainted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2006, 10:51 PM
LS1Tech
Pontiac Firebird




Paid Advertisement
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking at buying a 4th gen - what to look for Pontiac Ed New LS1 Owners - Newbie Tech 3 01-23-2013 01:08 AM
Found piece of rocker lever on teardown 72 Z-28 Generation III Internal Engine 3 09-08-2012 01:46 PM
pros and cons of 98 ls1 vs 99-02 andy-lswon Generation III Internal Engine 21 03-06-2012 04:39 PM
F-body and LS1 Common Problems brotherhef General Maintenance & Repairs 69 02-16-2011 08:59 AM
How many have had the steering column lock? Cali Guy n TX Corvette Performance 8 05-08-2003 07:24 PM


Tags
1998, 2000, 98, camareo, camaro, chevy, common, gauge, issues, ls1, problems, slower, temp, temperature, transmission, working, z28


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



Join Ls1Tech

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 AC1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Service - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - JOBS
Emails & Contact Details