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.
Just be aware it is a 15 yr old vehicle.