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7/29/09 4:06am - Original Message: 'Chevy SSR'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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Does anyone know much about these?  I thought they were supposed to have Corvette engines in them.

 

I have been going back and forth on getting a (new?  used?) vehicle as a replacement for my truck (which turned over 265K miles yesterday).

 

Today, it finally hit me!  I want a Corvette, I want a convertible, and I kind of want a small truck/SUV.  Isn't that the SSR?  The down side is, they don't make them anymore, so I can't get a new one (so I can't trade my truck in for Cash for Clunkers).  Seems like they don’t make any of the cars I’m interested in anymore – my other choice was a Dodge Magnum SRT8 (425 hp).  However, there are a number of SSR’s available (I found one here in town from a Chevy Dealer, certified pre-owned, so it has some warranty) for around $25k.

 

So what can anyone tell me about these?  Performance?  Reliability?  Collector status (not really that important - if I get one, it will be a daily driver).  Your personal opinion?  Are they fast?  Do you know if they can tow?  I've been thinking lately that if I were to go to the 2010 gathering and it's in the Northwest, I don't think I'd want to drive the car all that way, but maybe I could trailer it.  A convertible truck for the trip out might be a nice alternative!

 

So lay it on me - what do you know about these?



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7/29/09 9:43pm - Reply: 'Chevy SSR'
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
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"BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops

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I had the opportunity to drive a new one while at the 2004 C3X.  It is a heavy vehicle and the ride was ok.  With the automatic tranny is seemed to be a bit of a slug off the line though.  In a few of the reviews I've read on it the 2006 version seems to be the one to get.  The original 300HP V8 was replaced with a 400HP LS2 and a 6-spd manual tranny was available.  If you want to use it for a daily driver be prepared to ramp up your fuel budget as it is only rated in the mid-teens for mileage and uses premium.  And it only has a 2,500 LB towing capacity so towing your car for any distance would not be a good idea.

Didn't mean to throw a wet blanket on the thought 'cause I like 'em too.  I use my truck for too many things so the limitations the SSR has wouldn't be practical for me, right now anyway.

Click here to see the Consumers Guide review on the 2006 model.



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7/30/09 4:19am - Reply: 'Chevy SSR'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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Thanks Jim.  I was actually hoping for some "cons" since I really didn't know anything about the vehicle other than the looks and the hype.  Scary that the report lists "build quality" as con, but doesn't go into any detail.

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7/30/09 7:08am - Reply: 'Chevy SSR'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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I've worked on a few of them, and the owners had nothing but praise for the vehicle. I don't much care for them, meself, but I do think they look pretty kewl. The ones I've driven have been automatics, and for me, they were just dang hard to get comfortable when driving top-down...just too weird for me to be driving a "pick-up" with no top! I suppose ya could get used to it, tho.
The interiors are a bit "clunky", imo. I think the overall idea is good, but the execution just didn't make the grade...


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8/6/09 7:28pm - Reply: 'Chevy SSR'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

Vette(s):
Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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Well, I test drove one last weekend.  I really liked it, although I did find a few things out.
 
The Corvette Engine didn't go in until 2005 (2004 was just a truck engine)
There is no storage behind the seats (even with the top up)
The extra gauges on the console didn't come around until 2005
 
However, I did like it.  The power top was very nice.  I thought the fit was good and I liked driving it.  But there was one really BIG "but" about it.
 
A 2005  SSR will run me $25K at a minimum.  I could get a 2005 Corvette Convertible for not too much more.  While I might have better success driving the SSR in the winter months, I don't think it would be too much better.
 
The SSR just started with too high of a sticker, and since they didn't make many, the price just hasn't come down much.


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