In reply to a message from Charles Cote’ sent Sun 4 Mar 2012:
After years of struggle, I got my LT1 doing what it is supposed to.
I am very pleased with it.
But, I agree, the LS series engoines are even better.
Either is miles away from a sick V12.
If bucks are really an issue, a careful survey of the V12’s ills
and costs to fix are in order. When right, it is a fine engine.
High maintenance, though. Very intolerant of low maintenance.
I would not mind fussiong with one for the ‘‘fun’’ of it.
Gotta fuss with mine today or tommorrow. Battery discharge issue.
At worst, a gone diode in the alternator, at best just a closed
circuit as in boot, interior light,etc. Or just cuz it was idle for
The original message included these comments:
May I jump in here? IMHO, the LT1 is the best from ‘‘bang for the buck’’ perspective, they’re practically being given away now that LS engines are plentiful and getting cheaper every day. I recently saw a LS1/tranny combo go for $1800 plus shipping on eBay! BUT, the LS is better, more modern, more powerful, more efficient, etc. Either way, you won’t be sorry…go with the LT1 if you’re on a tight budget, LS otherwise.
Is the LT1 a better choice than the LS* engines? Been
wondering this myself.
Carl Hutchins 1983 Jaguar XJ6 with LT1 and 1994 Jeep Grand
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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