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#1 gsx95

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 04:12 PM

I am strongly considering getting myself one of these cars, since I have lusted after them since I was a teenager. I there any reason I wouldn't want an '86 in good shape (it's local)? I am in no rush, so if there were significant differences in later years that make them better, I could wait until the right one comes up...Thanks for any insight you guys may have!





#2 TexasQuest

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 04:33 PM

The electronics tend to be better in the later years 88-89. Alot of people preffer the 86 since it was a MAP sensor instead of MAF.
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:24 PM

We all know the 86 is the best year lol

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:32 PM

if it not rusty  Get it
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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:36 PM

Had 87 88 89. Loved them all.

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Proud New 89 slightly Rusted Fiji Owner !!!

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:13 PM

View PostAmonje123, on 07 August 2017 - 05:24 PM, said:

We all know the 86 is the best year lol

^^^ This ^^^

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:40 PM

88-89
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Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:11 PM

Lots of people prefer the interior design of the 88/89 and there were some other minor upgrades to the cars in general in those years that make them slightly more desirable.  Overall, the later year fatty's (widebody) tend to get more attention than the earlier flatties (narrowbody), although I personally like them both and would drive either.  

Crazy Larry makes a great point.  Realistically, there's not many of these left across the country in decent shape, so if it doesn't have rust on it you should probably buy it regardless of year.  Just in case you're totally new to these things, look at the door jamb sills and the passenger and driver frame rails.  Notorious locations for rust.  Rear wheel wells tend be culprits as well.  I've heard stories (thought not seen personally) of cars with completely rotted firewalls due to sitting outside for years and having water run down wiper cowls.  Good luck and keep us posted!
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Posted 07 August 2017 - 10:32 PM

Thanks...gonna try to go look at it then. It will be a few days, but I'll let you know how it goes!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:54 AM

yep i have an 86 TSi wide body made Nov. 85, I have read here somewhere that 86's tend to have better leather seats and TURBO door handles ;) i then proceeded to swap an 89 ecu and harness and all associated parts into mine and could not be happier!
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:06 AM

It's been speculated that the earlier models had better metal thicknesses as well. Which is why they have less rust issues, and the header panels don't dent as easily. But that has just been opinions witj no real factual information to prove it.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:45 AM

Mine is a widebody built in March of 1986.  I'm a fan of the door mounted seatbelts as opposed to the 87-89 slow motion (if any motion) guillotine belts.  Whatever year you get, they will all have peculiar quirks and you will modify/restore/deal with accordingly.  You're doing right by checking the car out first.  Don't let surface rust scare you, but Swiss cheese metal is never good unless you own a body shop and get paid by the hour to fix it.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:15 PM

View PostBC_99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:06 AM, said:

...and the header panels don't dent as easily.

All I know is every header panel I've come across dents like a tomato can.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:12 PM

I like my 89 auto down window switch.

B-71 87 TSI ~ RIP
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Proud New 89 slightly Rusted Fiji Owner !!!

The Ark was built by amateurs , the Titanic was built by Professionals.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:04 PM

View PostNikoFab, on 08 August 2017 - 05:15 PM, said:



All I know is every header panel I've come across dents like a tomato can.

I know right? I've heard it a few times. And then when I was in Vegas a few years back, it was something that Scotty and I got to talking about. He swears that the earlier models had better, thicker metal. But, like I said... I've never seen any actual documentation or proof of the claim.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 04:12 AM

100% crapshoot
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