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Old January 8th, 2020
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1996 Oldsmobile 98

Hi everyone, new to the forum but I was wondering a few things about the 96 olds 98. I've found one for sale that's a base 96 Regency with a few options but the digital dash and memory seats. I was wondering how difficult it would be to put these in and if it's all plug and play for the parts. My main concern is the digital cluster having two plug ports in the back, one being blue and the other being orange, where the analog cluster has only the blue connector. I've hunted in the c and h body factory shop books for reference to this orange cable connector and nothing, I didn't know if this was already in the wiring harness or if I'd have to find it elsewhere.
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Old January 9th, 2020
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It is not plug and play. I will tell you why. I have owned a 1994, 1995, and a 1995. The first Ninety Eight was a 1994 Special Edition. It was basically a Eighty Eight LS with a Ninety Eight body. The second one that was destroyed by a bad mechanic, a transmission shop and hurricane was a Series II with the digital cluster and memory seats. I miss it. I bought one recently to replace the one I lost. It was Series II Supercharged. It has the memory seats, but it had an analog ( not digital) cluster. The wiring is different. The climate control is different. The wiring harness that controls the climate control is different and the one that controls the cluster is different. I was about to pull the wiring cluster out of the Series II I had to use in the the Supercharged one. I had to let the Supercharged one go due to rust and rusted out gas lines and and just bought it in December. I am on a search for a good used 1995-1996 Series II myself right now.

I learned that if you want the digital gauges, you will need to buy a Series II Ninety Eight 1995-1996 model. This how you can tell it is a Series II :
1. Digital cluster
2. The climate control has a information center with four buttons attached to on the left it to the climate control knob.
3. The driver's door has two button seat memory above the seat switch.

The Series I Ninety Eight from 1995-1996 do not have any of these things. Series I only has a analog speedometer and wiring. It has the standard climate control too.

It is not plug and play. I learned all of this plus an ASC certified tech came to my house and explained this to me as we went through the car. I hope this helps.

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