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PostSubject: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:54 pm

Hi all - new member here from west Chicago suburbs. Just purchased a 96 Caprice wagon, DCM color, LT1 motor, car only has 52K miles on it and is in incredible condition. Got a great deal on it. Purchased it off a very nice small dealership outside Milwaukee. Excited to learn more.

I am on the Impala SS Forum as well now.

- Dan
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:14 pm

Welcome aboard Dan and a nice find.

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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:26 pm

nice. Welcome.
The impala forum is pretty much dead now, but has lots of good searchable information.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:57 am

Welcome to the forum. You have what many feel is the best color. Happy modding. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:24 pm

Hah... the twin of my car...right down to the mileage!

Well, there were just over 600 made and we know where two of them are. Welcome to the forum!
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:20 am

Welcome on forum! Nice car!!
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:50 pm

thanks all. looking forward to enjoying this car for many years to come.

i've already discovered the lack of positraction after doing a one-legged burnout. mechanic i bought it from said no tow package on it. curious as to what options it has.

here's my service code sticker:

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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:02 pm

Dang, I think this is the one I wanted to buy in Minneapolis a while back.  It disappeared and then reappeared on the Milwaukee craigslist a week before I came home from work.  She's a blue twin to my white one.  Nice score man!  You're gas mileage will be pretty good on the highway with those 2:56 gears! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:40 pm

Nice clean ride!
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:09 pm

Non-tow gives you the all-electric cooling and tall axle gear. (42 MPH per 1000 RPM) Certainly a personal preference on if that is a plus or not.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:18 pm

Rev Bob wrote:
Non-tow gives you the all-electric cooling and tall axle gear. (42 MPH per 1000 RPM) Certainly a personal preference on if that is a plus or not.

In 12 years I still haven't met or read about anyone who prefers 2.56 gears. They suck, plain and simple, especially on the stock tune.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:17 pm

""Certainly a personal preference on if that is a plus or not.""

The long gear reduces NVH in general and provides added drivetrain longevity. Each owner decides what is important in their ride.

Maybe we will meet at the next wagon gathering.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:13 pm

To each their own. Someone could prefer 2.56 gears. I was just saying I had never met anyone before for whom that was the case. I could see tolerating them if I had to commute long distances daily on a perfectly flat surface. like North Dakota flat.

I would strongly disagree that drivetrain longevity is increased with 2.56 gears. It would be my educated guess that the 2.56 cars are far more prone to 3-4 clutch failure due to their constant 3/4 hunting.

I rarely have the occasion to drive over 100km (65-ish mph). 90km/h is pretty much my max speed in day-to-day driving. With 2.56, you essentially need to keep it in "D" in order to prevent constant shifting between 3 and 4. With the 3.73, my RPM is basically 100 rpm higher than with the 2.56 since I can actually efficiently use 4th gear. With a tow pack car (2.92), I could use OD and RPM would be even lower.

I've crossed the continent 6 times with B-bodies using 2.56, 3.42 and 2.92 gears. What you gain in the prairies with the 2.56 you more than lose in the mountains. Best overall mpg was with the 2.92. 3.42 and 2.56 were a wash.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:24 pm

""constant 3/4 hunting.""

Haven't experienced that.

""To each their own.""

We agree.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:13 pm

Glad to see you like them. If you haven't done so yet, get a PCM tune. You should be able to optimize the shift pattern and gain a few mpg.
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:55 pm

I know the lt1 in the orange wagon is stressed much less with the 3:73's than the 2:56's,. the tune we have in it right now is for commuting,. its locked up in overdraive at 45mph iirc,.and it'll accelerate with out unlocking the converter,.
It;s been my experience thay people who have 2;56's and swear by them,. usually haven't driven anything else,. kinda like TBI owners defending their motors,. till they own an lt1,. Laughing

with the converter unlocked more than its locked,. the 2:56's will certainly warm up a transmission,.
unless you pull it back to 3 for even the slightest hill,.it,s abysmal in a 3/4 cross wind on the prairies,.
Some folks understand the hydraulic slide,...gm only put the 2:56's in so they could meet their cafe requirements back then,.

Glad we are all agreeing to disagree ,..
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PostSubject: Re: New member 96 DCM Caprice Wagon   Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:40 pm

2.56:1 gears come into thier own at about 130MPH.  Sounds good to me!!

Welcome to the forum, where opinions run rampant!
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