: Rear Gear



chazglenn3
05-11-11, 05:15 PM
So, I saw another 2005 STS for sale today that has the N* engine, RWD, and a 3.42 rear gear. That car has to flat haul ass away from a standstill. Looking at the 2005 ordering guide, I don't even see the rear axles as options. I wonder what the deal is. My 2005 STS N* RWD has 3.23.

mckellyb
05-12-11, 10:06 AM
While still a noob to these cars, but a long-term gearhead, things like axle ratios are commonly determined by trim package, unless the manufacturer knows people will purchase the car for its haul-assibility. Used to be, back in the dark ages, you could order up pretty much any combo of engine/trans/diff. No more.

Let's see...I want a Dodge Coronet w/the four-speed, the Elephant motor, the 4.10 positrac rear, delete heater...what else can I delete which will make it lighter? Oh, I'll keep the spare and remove it, later. Some cars, I think, had the ability to have the sound-deadner insulation not put in when it was built.

I see you have a 1SF. That may have been the deciding factor, 'cause the 1SG which should be mine in a couple of days, has the 3.42. Look it it this way, though, you'll can better MPG than I can, though if I drive gently, it'd likely be close to a wash.... :cool:

chazglenn3
05-12-11, 03:07 PM
That is what I thought at first myself, but here is a couple examples of 1SG cars with the 3.23...

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so, I am still at a loss. Congrats on scoring a killer deal on a loaded rocket ship!

mckellyb
05-12-11, 04:41 PM
That is what I thought at first myself, but here is a couple examples of 1SG cars with the 3.23...

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1G6DC67A250215769

so, I am still at a loss. Congrats on scoring a killer deal on a loaded rocket ship!

Thanks for the congrats...don't have it yet, but I confirmed today they now have the title in-hand...though I think they've always had it, honestly. With what is likely "LEMON BUYBACK" on the title, I understand they don't want people to be scared off.

It's less-common, but I've seen cases where, with certain packages, you can choose what is, in theory, a less-desirable option. Whoa...buncha commas, but it works.

Anyway, in this case, the 1SG may come "naturally" with the 3.42, but you, or GM for that matter, can put the 3.23 in it. Usually, this is a custom-order type of thing, but weird stuff can happen on assembly lines.

My father, back in 1967, ordered a Dodge A-100 from Chrysler, a long-wheelbase passenger van, so windows all around, but with the 4.10 posi, the three-on-the-tree, and one-ton suspension. An odd combo, but it turned out to be a good one.

AllWheelEric
05-13-11, 10:46 PM
I think the 1SG gets 3.23 when it also has AWD.

chazglenn3
05-13-11, 10:57 PM
I have seen the 1SG with RWD and AWD with 3.23. I haven't seen AWD with 3.42.

EChas3
05-13-11, 11:06 PM
I once made the mistake of staing I had an AWD 3.42. It was not available.

The 3.23 is quite low enough for me.