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New '98 2.8 owner, are the '99 2.8s different? (archive)

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Posted by John Wehrli on September 24, 1998 at 21:57:58:

I just bought a '98 2.8, 1 month ago today. It had 9 miles on it when I took it home. I had asked for an M, but they could not find the color I wanted. Then I asked for a 2.8 and found one in Utah (i'm in Ca)with the options I wanted. I asked if it was worth waiting for the '99s to come out and the dealer told me they would not be diff. Now I heard that they are, new engine design and 193bhp vs 189 for mine. Are there other differences? Should I have waited?
I do love my car though; Boston Green/beige, premium package, sports seats, heated seats, 17" wheel package, chrome trim, on-board computer (overrated). The only option absent that I wanted was extended leather. Brings up another question, is there a place I can have this option added? Overall, I take the very long route to work and love my car. My commute is only 4 miles, but I live next to the Santa Cruz mountains in the SF bay area so have driven into the mountains before work and adding 30-50 wonderful miles to my commute.

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