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Old 08-31-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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What do you guys think is a good limit on miles for buying a 01-02 F body? A friend of mine with a 2000 Z28 told me to keep it under around 50k miles and apparently after 90,000 you run the risk of getting "piston slap". I will have about 15,000 to spend
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:03 PM   #2
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Ls1 motor is a good, reliable motor. Depending on how it was taken care of i wouldnt be worried about it having more then 50k. I found my 02 with 46k on the clock. As for piston slap, lifter tick etc. Ive heard the ls1 is a noisy motor, mine sounds like a sewing machine alot of the time but it seems to be a common problem.
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THESE motors are very strong. they beg for abuse.


they'll run strong for well over 100k.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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mine has 150k+ dont let mileage scare you....i run faster than lower mileage cars or have...lol lsx engines were designed to reach 300k.....
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Ls1 motor is a good, reliable motor. Depending on how it was taken care of i wouldnt be worried about it having more then 50k. I found my 02 with 46k on the clock. As for piston slap, lifter tick etc. Ive heard the ls1 is a noisy motor, mine sounds like a sewing machine alot of the time but it seems to be a common problem.
One godamn fast sewing machine!!!
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mine has 150k+ dont let mileage scare you....i run faster than lower mileage cars or have...lol lsx engines were designed to reach 300k.....
they arent hondas.

It depends how hard to run it and how much power u are making
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what are some common problems as these cars start to age?
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they arent hondas.

It depends how hard to run it and how much power u are making
Thank god they aren't...honda engines are garbage. Run one HARD for any kind of high mileage and you'll see why. Drive it like an economy car and it will last a long time, but so will any engine. Drive a Honda like most people drive an F-body, and it will be in the junkyard fast.

Ever heard of an open deck block?? Yea, that means almost the entire circumference of the cylinder wall floats in the block, the cylinders are surrounded by coolant. All Honda blocks are like this, they are weak as hell, and need an insert called a "block guard" in any type of real aftermarket performance application.
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they arent hondas.

It depends how hard to run it and how much power u are making
Honda sucks.

Anyway The LS1 is a reliable engine. My 98 Trans Am has 142,000 on it and dynoed at 336hp. I don't worry about miles unless the car looks really abused. If it was taken care of you should have no wories.

Check out this Z28

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...0&cardist=1416
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wow 5 grand for an Ls1? i paid more for my winter truck
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ls1's are very strong, you need to find out how well it was taken care of more importanely than the milage really, unless its like over 150k, even then if i was babied it could see 200k+ no problem.
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i saw a post on here one time, a guy wanted to buy this camaro, it had like 330k on it, hwy mileage. stock motor, still running strong. it's all in how they are driven.
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I have two friends with 94 lts, i know not a ls1, but the lt1s are known to have more problems, one has 165k and the other 175k both never had anything done engine wise, 1 had a tranny mount after he blew it racing. I would say that camaros are rather reliable
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Mine has 121k on the clock. Had 107ish with Vengeance tune and put down 342hp-351tq. No oil burn between oil changes. From what I understand with no power adders, weakest link is oil pump on high mile cars. They put my cam in at 120k and said pump and chain was fine. Motors are unbelievable tough if taken care of. Oh btw, mine is not babied by no means.lol
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Got you all beat...196k, going fine and about to get a healthy shot of gas
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LS1 are tough engines!
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100,000 miles on my '98 and going strong. My bro's '98 Z28 has around 90,000 and runs better than mine, and my best friends '99 Z28 has 140,000 and has no problems at all. They're tough.
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GM is the bomb!
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im looking at a 1998 formula with 98k miles on it, it was stock most of its life until Lt headers and Y pipe + catback were added 2 years ago and then 300 miles ago when a cam and stall was added.....the car is a FL car and has "been taken care of well"......from the mileage you guys are talking about, this formula doesnt sound too bad
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^^^get it, mileage don't mean
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