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JawnyRico
09-24-2004, 08:35 PM
Wanted everyones opinion, I have a 98 grand am gt. It is an automatic. I want to get it switched over to standard. I heard its expensive and not a good idea and that most people have problems afterwards. Is this true? Anyone know about how much it might cost? And would you switch it over if it were your car. Thanks.

crazypontiac03
09-24-2004, 09:46 PM
Since your car is a 98 it really isnt worth it. I dont know the spec's of how much manual woud cost or any of that but i think it would be a waste. But it is your car so do as u please.

JawnyRico
09-25-2004, 06:49 AM
Anyone Else?

Roush GT
09-25-2004, 07:09 AM
what engine is in it? 3.1 or 2.4?

AznGA
09-25-2004, 03:46 PM
I think 98 GT came with 3100 standard.

H.O. Driver
09-25-2004, 04:25 PM
I think 98 GT came with 3100 standard.
Quite a few of them came with 2.4s at 5spds

JawnyRico
09-25-2004, 04:28 PM
2.4l

95-GT
09-25-2004, 11:28 PM
All you should need is the transissionsetup and computer.

AznGA
09-26-2004, 12:15 AM
Quite a few of them came with 2.4s at 5spds
Ya, you were able to get a GT with 2.4L engine mated to manual tranny, but a long time ago, someone on this board said V6 was standard for 98 model year....

tenspeed
09-26-2004, 04:26 AM
You're going to need a donor car to get the tranny, brackets, pedals and computer. Spend a little more and get one in decent shape and drive that.

It's a lot of work to swap the trannys and you can get a decent driver for $2-$3 K.

To answer your question: I would not swap trannys. The car's too old and it's easier/cheaper to buy another car with a 5 speed.

JawnyRico
09-27-2004, 07:01 AM
Cool.. thanks everyone for their input....

AznGA
09-27-2004, 01:55 PM
Hey JawnyRico, so does your car have 3100 or 2.4L?

MagusXIII
09-27-2004, 02:34 PM
Jawny, save yourself a lot of trouble. Sell your 2.4L auto and buy a 2.4L manual. If you can find one in good condition, I can all but GUARANTEE you that you will A, have less hassles and B, will end up paying LESS in the long run.


Don

AznGA
09-27-2004, 04:35 PM
OK I see you have a 2.4L. If you are trying to go performance, why don't you get a J body car with same engine and manual? They are more common, with lighter weight.

JawnyRico
09-28-2004, 05:05 PM
I love the style of this car. It runs great. Still has great pick up. Good power. Not a ding on it. I am gettin my grounds this coming spring and wanted to switch it over to manual. And yes it is a 2.4L. Gt.. It is still quick. I was just wanting to keep the car around since it still runs like a beast and looks damn good and is paid off. Thats the only reason. Or I would have gotten a new car. My only draw back about getting another 98 grand am 3100 manual is that I heard they have real bad head gasket problems. Plus I don't know if I would be able to find one that is as nice as my car. No rust, scratches, dings, nothing. I would make love to it, if it were a woman.............................. Ok maybe not. I'm not that screwed up. Just trying to make the point that it looks nice.

abusedgt97
09-30-2004, 09:01 PM
3100 - head gaskets problems?

I have three:
96 skylark 185,000 no problems all original
97 grand am gt 181,000 no problems all orignal
96 century 82,000 miles all original no problems, spare car