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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:06 am 
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You will have to get used to the thought that driving cars like this isn't a cheap hobby once you're outside of the USA/Canada ... shipping and taxes s@ck big time, as does the time it takes to get a hold of stuff ... and if you do manage to order something in Europe, you will wish you hadn't ... one pretty extreme example ... I asked a local Opel dealer about piston rings for my LS1 ... sure, they could get them (after all, they service Corvettes) ... it would only run me 89€ ... PER PISTON! That's more expensive than a whole set in the US ... and it would take 3-4 weeks to get them ... (oh, and when I got my previous F-Body, 98 Camaro from the same place, they told me that spare parts would only take 1-2 days to get, as they would get them from somewhere in Europe ...)

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:36 am 
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Garry wrote:
You will have to get used to the thought that driving cars like this isn't a cheap hobby once you're outside of the USA/Canada ... shipping and taxes s@ck big time, as does the time it takes to get a hold of stuff ... and if you do manage to order something in Europe, you will wish you hadn't ... one pretty extreme example ... I asked a local Opel dealer about piston rings for my LS1 ... sure, they could get them (after all, they service Corvettes) ... it would only run me 89€ ... PER PISTON! That's more expensive than a whole set in the US ... and it would take 3-4 weeks to get them ... (oh, and when I got my previous F-Body, 98 Camaro from the same place, they told me that spare parts would only take 1-2 days to get, as they would get them from somewhere in Europe ...)


89€ its more expesive than the whole car.In US you can buy a car like that for prices betwen 100$ and 30,000$ for an '89 aniversary Pace car 3,8 V6.I hope you bought piston rings and your problem its over :)

I would like to buy a 3rd gen Firebird for parts from Europe but I can find one in bad condition.Also I don't know if I can send a car to Europe if its only for parts.I saw on the US car sites ,some cars for parts that are actually better than mine,but its not normal to pay 200$ for the car and 15000$ for the transportation.

Cheers,Adrian.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:11 am 
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Do you intend to buy the manual on-line, or should I look for one?

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:12 pm 
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Adrian,

I'll bring a manual back for you. Just keep looking for a parts car in Europe, you'll find one eventually.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:42 am 
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Best place to search is the UK. I find it so much cheaper to buy parts there than from the Germans who seems to overprice their stuff. Either that or the Brits are underpricing, I don't know.

You can buy a driveable 3rd gen in the UK for around €1000-1500 if you look in the right places. It won't be pretty but it'll drive. It's a long and expensive drive to Romania though. All depends how desperate you are I suppose.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:03 pm 
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I have the manual now, PM sent.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:22 pm 
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BTW - this guy never responded. I have a brand new Haynes manual if anyone needs it.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd gen Firebird
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:52 pm 
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every haynes manual that i had sucked. just get a factory service manual. much more in depth info from the people who made the car.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1988-Pon ... Literature


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