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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hello fanatics, I on the edge of buying a '04 with 24000 and have been reading everything I can find on it and bumped into the issues that the SSR has. If you bought an SSR similar to the one I'm looking at would you hesitate to drive it coast to coast? It's in excellent condition and under the vehicle looks like it's never been driven in the rain.

I have always admired the SSR but know nothing about them but only what I have read recently.

I hear things about the ignition switch, battery, cooling fan etc which is concerning to me.
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Hello fanatics, I on the edge of buying a '04 with 24000 and have been reading everything I can find on it and bumped into the issues that the SSR has. If you bought an SSR similar to the one I'm looking at would you hesitate to drive it coast to coast? It's in excellent condition and under the vehicle looks like it's never been driven in the rain.

I have always admired the SSR but know nothing about them but only what I have read recently.

I hear things about the ignition switch, battery, cooling fan etc which is concerning to me.
It hard to give you good advice based on that basic information.
If you are buying it from a Fanatic then there is a chance many of the issues have been addressed.
The first thing you need to determine is what the tires are. If it has the original goodyears on it, they may look OK but being 15 years old are not safe to drive on the highway. That should be the first thing to replace before a road trip.
If the cooling fan is operating properly (Two Speeds) then I would not be concerned for the trip home. The ignition switch is a random issue. I replaced mine on my 04 at 62000 mi but it had not failed, Just Preventative. the drivetrain in the SSR is off the shelf Chevy an is nearly bulletproof when properly cared for so I wouldn't worry about that.
Check all the fluids, make sure all the important stuff works, brakes, lights, horn, belts, hoses, wipers etc. and head out.
Load up this forum on your smart phone and post if you have a problem. There are Fanatics to help in every state.
You can address the upgrade when you get home.
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I would buy the SSR and do all of the due diligence that Greg talks about, then I would get in the truck and not be afraid to drive to all the states in the union, and all the provinces in Canada, and you still won't wear it out if you carry out proper maintainence just like you would on any other car. We have members that have over 200,000 miles on their SSR's and they're still not burning a drop of oil, and are running just fine!! I talked to a fellow in Golden Shores Arizona that has an '05 for sale on Craigslist with 300,000 miles on it, and told me it runs and drives just fine! my 2 cents.
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I would do a good walk around and check the normal stuff, fluids and such. If the tires are fresh I would do it. The only other thing I would say you might find a need to replace would be the wiper blades. Especially if it has not been driven in the rain, they tend to dry out and not work so well when you do hit rain. I picked my 05 up from California and had to replace the wiper blades. Other than that I had a trouble free trip and my truck had 175,000 miles on it and ran great the entire trip
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Hello fanatics, I on the edge of buying a '04 with 24000 and have been reading everything I can find on it and bumped into the issues that the SSR has. If you bought an SSR similar to the one I'm looking at would you hesitate to drive it coast to coast? It's in excellent condition and under the vehicle looks like it's never been driven in the rain.

I have always admired the SSR but know nothing about them but only what I have read recently.

I hear things about the ignition switch, battery, cooling fan etc which is concerning to me.
"Howdy" Tape Wouldn't hesitate one minute going from Berry, Vermont to Escondido, California ... IF ... it was just me. Now if wifey wants to go that's a different story. These SSR's are mechanical monster's just LIKE all vehicles made since the year of 2000. I'm buying an 04 tomorrow with 115,000 miles on it ... yes 115,000 !!! Since Jan is handicapped and now is struggling with cancer ... which means we'll be staying within a days distance of the house. Hey, don't get scared off ... SSReplay just drove his 15 year old " R" 5,000 miles on a trip and so did SWT RYD !!! If you keep lookin' for excuses you'll find them. Go for it ... buy that 04 and join in the FUN !!!

with the SSRfanatics, you'll never regret it !!! Had an 05 Redline Red for 10 years, sold it, now buying the 04 Slingshot Yellow. OH, again !!! tennesseecozydog
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Beyond what all the others have said, I would just make sure I had a few phone numbers of members here and a means to get on the internet when you stop. I have 261k+ on one of mine and though I have had issues on some of my trips I have neer been stranded thanks to the family here. In your reading just make not of the phone numbers you come across and where their profile says they are located. If they cannot help they can usually find someone who can. Unless I missed it somewhere in the posts above, you might give us an idea of where you are heading and you might even find some who will meet you along the way.


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I can say that BlueStreak is right have a few phone numbers, make some friends here on the forum and go get your SSR. I picked mine up in Kentucky and drove her to So Cal.
Had lunch with a couple different Fanatics on the way home, stopped at Simple Engineering on the way and Mike installed a new fan.

So once again, maybe bring a spare ignition, fan belt, Radiator hose, check tires & your fluid levels and go.
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It's a 15 year old low mileage Chevy. (That's a good thing)

If all the general maintenance stuff checks out and everything works, chances are you'll be fine.

I'd do it in a heart beat.
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Get a AAA card, it’s magic! Nothing will break that can’t be fixed. Just make sure the top goes down and back up if you hit rain. I’ve been coast to coast twice in my R.The issues are the speed limit and small cash strapped municipalities that have a piece of the interstate.... it’s easy to forget how fast you are going 😎 A really great trip that is exciting.
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Bought My 04 with 21K on it, did check the Tires, had the front end aligned. A week after purchase, Wife and I traveled from Houston to Southern Utah and toured the National Parks. I didn't hesitate hitting the road, because like previously mentioned, there is nothing that can't be fixed, just may take time. The trip was something We had been wanting too do and having the ability too have the top down and enjoy the scenery made it more enjoyable..Yeah, the PermaGrin crept in on that trip. We drove in Snow, Rain, and beautiful weather...Wouldn't have missed it for anything. The New ( to Me ) R, ran like a well taken care of machine..No problems ...Go for Your trip..You won't be disappointed.
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One other thing, if you have the time take more time to enjoy the trip. Take lots of pictures and enjoy the adventure of the trip and the joy of the new toy.
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In addition to making sure that the tires are not "outdated", I'd also make sure the battery is new (or at least recent) and I'd buy an updated ignition switch and the shift linkage replacement kit that has been offered on this website.
If any of the above items fail your are "dead-in-the-water" and will require a tow truck to get you to a repair facility and they may not have these parts readily available.

I have 37,000 (or so) on my '04 and never had an issue with it but I did install the shift linkage replacement kit and the "spare" ignition switch is in my console just in case.
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One other thing I thought about yesterday while on a little trip. One nice addition is the seat belt cover pad. These are nice to have on the door bar and rest your arm on while driving. I have these on my 04 and ordered an extra set for my 05. I took them with me and put them on for the drive home. The arm bar is just a comfortable place to rest your arm while driving and the padding makes it even nicer. Mike has them at Simple Engineering
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1. On long road trips we set on a chair cushion to get us up above the seat boosters. You can also purchase gel cushions on Amazon too. Makes long road trips a lot more comfortable!
2. If you have a breakdown, I would have it towed to a GM service garage. They can usually get most internal parts such as a fuel pump like I needed last week on a long road trip.

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Sounds like you have found a vehicle that has been well cared for. By the time you reach ‘home’ you should have a good start on that ‘permagrin’ that everyone talks about. Welcome aboard from the ‘Sooner’ state of Oklahoma. You are about to find out what a great group of folks you are going to be associated with as a Fanatic. We hope you can join us for the international rally in Branson, MO this October. This will be one event you won’t want to miss.
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Thanks guys for all the info and great suggestions.


if anyone has a link for a ignition switch & shift linkage replacement kit I would really appreciate it.
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Thanks guys for all the info and great suggestions.


if anyone has a link for a ignition switch & shift linkage replacement kit I would really appreciate it.
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For the trip I would grab one of the Dorman shift linkage kits. They can get you home to replace it with the more permanent fix. The good one you have to pull the arm off and grind the head off the old one. If the shifter would break on the road you could pop the Dorman one in with a pair of pliers and be back on the road again in next to no time. The Dorman is available at the parts store so easy to grab one for just in case.
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Coast to coast...Sure

I have an 04 with 28,000 miles on it. Just drove it 1100 miles, from Tucson to Temecula and back without any thought. I'd have no problem driving it across the country.
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