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Here's a question I've been pondering over. When I heard about the 6.0 motor in the 05's I decided to wait on buying until they came out. As you all know pricing has changed over the last couple months.
I've come across a dealer that will sell a new 2004 nicely equipped for around $11,000 under MSRP. This price takes care of the first year depreciation hit. Do I go with that one or is the 05 worth the difference in price? I can get the 05 at close to invoice. I plan on keeping the car for a long time.
 

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Only you can decide!

You will hear many thoughts on this...

1.) Does the 04 have the right color and the right equipment on it for you.
2.) Do you really need or want that the extra HP?
3.) If you buy the 05 would it be worth the extra money difference that the huge 04 savings would be?

5.) Keep in mind that there will be some mid-05 changes/ upgrades

PS I would take the 04 and save the first year depreciation and wait for an 06.
 

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Agreed

ding,

I agree with Marc...only you can decide. A lot depends on your priorities and the value of a dollar to you. We all had to make some choices here and we didn't all come to the same conclusion. I really wanted the first year model of the SSR (partly because I remember wishing my 69 Camaro was a couple years older). Yes, I was disappointed that the 03 didn't come with a stick, but I just couldn't wait. I started tracking prices at introduction and determined as soon as I could get one for under MSRP, I'd be in like Flynn. I've enjoyed my truck for 8 months now and can truly say I have no regrets about buying when I did. It cost me more than it could have if I'd waited, but less than those that are driving the first SSRs off the assembly line.

Some on this board can afford two SSRs or an SSR and Vette and several other toys. The 11 Gs wouldn't make much difference to them. Others made the decision to buy based upon 0% financing and might have to count their pennys a bit more.

For some, winning a race with their buddy is most important and I have to believe the 05 with 6.0 and 6-speed is more for them than the 300HP 03 or 04. However, some of them like modifying to get the speedster that'll leave a Mustang in the dust. If you're one of those, buying an 04 and spending several thousand to boost performance, while having a one-of-a-kind, might trip your trigger.

So ding, there you have it. You've found a good deal on an earlier version and you have a chance to get more "oomph" than some of us with the later version. Just sit down and figure out what's most important to you and go for it. I doubt you'll regret buying an SSR either way you go. A good dilemma to have, huh?
 

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Thanks for the imput. You guys brought up most of the points going through my mind. I'm slanting more toward the 05. Been talking to a few friends and they brought up some pros and cons too. The extra HP is always nice to have. I'm past the street racing stage in life but its nice to know its there if you need it.
I kind of like Marc's idea of getting the 04 and then trading up to the 06. Problem with that is I don't think other half would be too agreeable to second one. Got her blessing on the first.
One of the local dealers is coming around on a decent price for the 05. I'll just have to hound him a little more. Although the price on the 04 is very tempting I think I will probably be more happy with the 05 in the long run. I know I wouldn't regret the 04 but the "should I have" factor would always be haunting me about the 05.
In case anyone is interested the dealer I got price from has 4 2004 SSR's with stickers of $46,490.00. Two red, one silver and one purple. He will let any or all go at $35,000.00. Large dealer up in Marc's neck of the woods.
 

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Anyone with info on 06?

$35,000!!!! My Gooood..., Marc's idea of 04 then 06 may be the best idea yet. I wanted to buy an another SSR for my parents. may be this is the chance to buy one.
 

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I broke down and ordered the 04. :thumbs Couldn't resist the price. I'll be flying up to Buffalo next week to pick it up and drive it back to Hurricane central. If anyone wants name of salesman and phone let me know.
 

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Great Deal!

dingbat said:
I broke down and ordered the 04. :thumbs Couldn't resist the price. I'll be flying up to Buffalo next week to pick it up and drive it back to Hurricane central. If anyone wants name of salesman and phone let me know.
Glad Mike just got such a fantastic deal... he had PM'd me earlier today for some extra thoughts on my area's dealer(s). I do hope that he gets that SSR... again, what a great DEAL! There are several dealers with SSRs here willing to deal as Mike just found out.

If anyone needs help or more info in Western, NY (Buffalo area) talk to Mike or PM me.

Again, GOOD Luck to Mike!


PS Let me know when you get into Buffalo, would enjoy meeting up with you. :flag
 

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The one I am getting is red. Dealer has another red one , a silver one and a purple one to sell at same price.
I'll let you know when I finalize my plans, Marc. Would be nice to meet.
 

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Hi dingbat:
You may have seen, I'm looking for an SSR to bring to Guam. Could you give me the contact information for your dealer. Maybe I can talk him into shipping one for me.

dbdguam
 

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I'm back! I've been holding off on posting until I made sure my deal went through and I got back with my SSR. Everything went great. The price was as quoted, no BS at the dealership, they even gave me a full tank of gas.
The trip home was great, got almost 22MPG and lots of stares and questions.
Now I can start feeling like one of the family. It's nice to have the car in front of you when someone is talking of something on the car.

Finding a great price on a NEW 2004 SSR loaded .......... $35,000
Using GM Card dollars for the purchase ........................ -$1000.00
One way Flight to NY ...................................................... $85.00
Gas and tolls for the ride home ...................................... $98.00
Road trip from NY to FL through the fall foliage
colored mountains................................................. PRICELESS!!!!
 
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hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm i would think that waiting for an 05 would be better. when i see some of the problems that the 03 and 04's are having, i am thinking GM knows about them and has tried to fix them. also due to the weight of the ssr the transmission in the 03 and 04 might not hold up for the long haul. i would think 300 horses would be ok but 390 would be even better. also i saw an 05 with crome wheels mmmmmmmaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn it look real slick. the dealer said mine would be in in about 2 weeks, i ordered a blue one
 

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The problems with the 04 are plenty If you got the cash get the 05 . Try lifting the hood of the 04 and then the 05 if that hood ever comes down on someone it's going to do serious damage. driveshaft prob. scrached windows it make noise at 1500 RPM no way I would ever buy another o4. tell them Marc.


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I have to agree guys in saying get the 05 vs an 04/03 due to the number of problems with the 03 I had. Nobody should have to go through what I went through with my 03.

I looked at an 05 today. The sales guys all gathered in a crowd as I drove up in my 04.5 Nissan 350Z Roadster. I can just imagine what they were saying, but I really didn't care since I was there to only LOOK at the 05. (Dang, that guy that really expects his 03 SSR to be driveable is here???) :cuss

I looked from front to back and side to side. I could not find much difference (if any) on the outside of the SSR that would make an 05 stand out from an 03/04 SSR (color choices excluded). The one big difference was when I lifted the engine hood. That was a GREAT improvement. No struggling with the hood to lift it and no flimsy prop rod to hold it up. A great improvement on the SSR!

The 1SB engine cover was a bit bigger on the 05 due to the LS2 6.0L engine. The engine cover still flops around and rattles like crazy. No real change there.

The EPA gas mileage ratings on the 05 were still listed at 15 City / 19 Highway. I could never find that information out on the chevy website. That's great if the bigger engine still gets the same mileage.

I would suggest anyone test driving an 05 to check the HVAC blower motor to see if on setting "2" whether or not the darn "knock-knock-knock" noise has been fixed. It would also occur on setting "1" as you rev the engine as well. There was a TSB for this problem but it only stated a fix was being worked on for future release (03/04 problem). That one drove me nuts with my 03.

Anyone that has actually test driven an 05, how smooth was the engine idle of the LS2 6.0L? The 5.3L engine in my (former) 03, bounced around so much that it felt like an out of balance washing machine at times (but that was "normal").

If there are truly plans to revise the door side panels in mid year, I might wait until mid 05 model year before buying one. (If I were in the market again). Plus waiting a bit might cause the Chevy dealerships to wake up and realize that an 05 is not as "special" as they think it is (you know how dealerships think anything new-and-improved demands MSRP or over).

It cost me a crap load of money to trade-in my 03 SSR on my 04.5 Nissan 350Z Roadster. If I had waited one more month it appears others are buying 04 SSRs for what I was able to get in trade for my 03 SSR. The prices are falling rapidly for 03/04 SSRs. I don't know if my 03 SSR was truly unique in all of its problems, I have to believe that otherwise the other SSR owners are in for a crap load of issues. I really hope that is not the case. I love the SSR concept, style and feel, just not the particular 03 SSR that I owned. I must say, that my 04.5 350Z Roadster has been a dream compared to my 03 SSR. I've had a couple minor squeak/rattle issues with my 350Z Roadster, but the real difference was that the Nissan service department actually listened and FIXED the issues. OMG, if the Chevy service department or GM specialists were anything close to that level when they worked on my former 03 SSR, I'd probably still have it today.

The best suggestion I can give to any potential SSR owner is to arrange for a long test drive. That will allow the engine / tranny to fully warm up. The fully warmed up tranny is when my 03's 1st-to-2nd gear shift problem would show up. Play with all of the guages and features of the truck before you buy. (That's true for any new car test drive).

I hope to one day to return as a SSR owner, but that's probably not going to happen for another year or two. :mad Good luck everyone.
 
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