This truck is beautiful and in great condition. Drives like a charm and has a lot of get up and go. I love my SSR. Buying experience was outstanding. My sales person, manager and financial person were great and honest. Honesty is hard to come by. They were fantastic and I would recommend all my friends to go there.
I thought the truck was Bad when it first came out. The GM designers did their work on this one to create a unique ride. I almost bought a red 05 last year, but backed out. I started to look real hard for a clean one. I found one in my own backyard at Chase Chevrolet located in Stockton, Ca. I have driven the big engine and found that the small engine is just fine. I have owned many Chevy muscle cars in my day. Still i'm my geerage to this day are a stock 71 RS/Z28 350 LT-1 4 spd. A 67 Chevy II Nova with a 427/turbo 400 with 456 cogs. The black SSR i just bought is in pristine condition. I did not buy it for a hot rod, I bought it because it is a classy ride. The Heartbeat rides on
I purchased my 2004 ssr in 2010 with only 1,600 miles.. with only adding 8k miles, i had to replace the windsheild wiper motor, gas tank, and coolant fans. A total of $7,000.. This will be my LAST american Vechical !!
2dr Regular Cab Convertible LS Rwd SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Options on test vehicle
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
300 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
335 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Sound and fury (both audible and visual) accompany the SSR wherever it goes. But actual acceleration times don't back up the truck's image. In reality, the fact that a 4,700-pound truck, with super-tall rear tires and a four-speed automatic, can still break into the 15s is a testament to the ability of Chevy's 5.3-liter V8. Traction is not an issue because of those 10-inch wide rear tires, even with traction control deactivated. The tranmission shifts crisply at redline (5,500 rpm), and the exhaust note is as captivating as the Slingshot Yellow paint. We did notice a drop in acceleration times after the first run, and this drop accompanied a noticeable rise in the temperature gauge. While the vehicle never overheated, its temperature gauge's behavior suggests that sitting still, or idling a low speed on a hot day, is not the SSR's favorite passtime.
While ABS noise and vibration during maximum braking was acceptable, the sinking response of the pedal was not. This is not unique to the SSR, as the TrailBlazer and Silverado also display this quality to varying degrees. It's not that the vehicle doesn't come to a stop in a relatively short distance, it's that the sinking pedal makes you briefly wonder if it will stop at all. The SSR also pulled slightly to the right during the second and third stops while displaying slight, but acceptable, front-end dive. As already mentioned, the actual stopping distances were impressive for such a heavy vehicle.
The steering is slow and heavy, but it's also accurate (rack-and-pinion) and confident. The SSR stays extremely flat and well behaved in the slalom, despite its solid rear axle and truck platform. The back end will come around when powering out of the final cones, but in a very predictable and controllable manner (unlike the TrailBlazer/Envoy/Rainier). The same wide transmission gearing and tall tires that slow it down when accelerating allowed the vehicle to stay in second gear during slalom testing (though throttle response was still lethargic). Not a nimble vehicl, but more purely capable than you might think in terms of handling. Karl Brauer