This is all realative to what you pay for the 1997. I am currently doing a 1991 to 1997 conversion. I got the 1997 for $50. It had been in an accident. A bad one. But other than one side molding, and the whole drivers side behind the door is pushed in a foot, everything else is mint. I figure it will all work, just some effort. Now if you were to spend hundreds of dollars I would say save you pennies and buy a 1996/97 but if you can find a killer deal, scoop it, swap it and make he look all purdy like.