i agree with the conflicting data, it's probably the worst. and most people are wrong with the info. assuming it started at the beginning of series 3 production. as with the trans cooler bit you mentioned, my VS is a September 1996 series 2,so its an early series 2 but the transcooler had push on barbs, but its a mix bag out there. could be in this case that a dealership would fit towbars inhouse and not from factory so they use what they have around, noticed vs/vt's have about 4/5 different types of transcoolers fitted dam...would of been handy to know, the VM prefixed block i used i stripped down, and done away with the spider cradle setup and fitted tie bar lifters instead.