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Yep,

There `05 pic`s, the six speed is a dead
giveaway.

Thanks for the pic`s.

John :seeya
 

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Did you notice

Did you notice that one of the buttons was missing?

Kind of looks silly now.
 

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This is GM Not Toyota

Even though the SSr is truly 'special' it is still from GM and not from Toyota/Lexus... be grateful for what we got and don't sweat the odd missing button or switch!

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Traction Control Button

Again, hopefully GM will come up with a nicer looking designed cover plate or maybe a better finished piece there; since there will not be a need for the Traction Control Button...

(Hey... maybe they will put a quick ejection button there instead?) :lol
 

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I love the pictures. I even love the matching gauges. I hope it poerforms as good as the vets manual transmission.

Can't wait for it to het the floors. I need to test drive the 05 before I decide if I am going to trade mine or keep mine and get a second one.
 
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I heard that they were going to add an
SSR logo where the T.C button was.

Later,
John
 

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You'd have thought they would have come up with some other function that could have been put inplace of the TC button. Or maybe just rearranged them to be symmetric. What I see is another dust trap.
 

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SSR290 said:
:) :) :) :) :)

The missing button is where the traction control would be. On a manual transmission you do not get traction control.
Marc NY said:
Again, hopefully GM will come up with a nicer looking designed cover plate or maybe a better finished piece there; since there will not be a need for the Traction Control Button...
Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?

On my 04 GTO (LS1, Tremec T56 6 speed) I have traction control. Why wouldn't the same tranny in the SSR have it?

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Tar Heel is right on the logo where the TC button was. Got this info. from the cheersandgears forum:

CHEVROLET SSR: SIX LITERS OF V-8 CORVETTE POWER FOR THE ULTIMATE BOULEVARD CRUISER PICKUP
Ever since its debut for 2003, the Chevrolet SSR with its retractable hardtop has been turning heads as the ultimate boulevard cruiser pickup truck. For 2005, SSR gets to snap some necks with a potent new 6.0L LS2 V-8 engine and available six-speed manual transmission straight out of the legendary Corvette.

Flexing potent new muscle to match its stunning looks, SSR is powered by the newest version of Chevy’s legendary small-block V-8. Ratings are 390 horsepower (291 kw) at 5400 rpm, while torque is 405 lb.-ft (549 Nm) at 4400 rpm.

This massive power dose is harnessed through Corvette’s Hydra-Matic 4L65-E four-speed automatic transmission or an optional Tremec M10 six-speed manual gearbox.

Engineering advances in catalyst materials made possible catalytic converters that are more effective and less restrictive for the LS2’s exhaust. The new converters are mounted closer to the exhaust manifold for quicker “lightoff” and reduced cold-start emissions. SSR’s exhaust has been retuned to maintain its throaty sound.

In addition to its new powertrain, SSR has numerous other enhancements for 2005, all designed to make this outrageous retractable-top roadster the thrill ride of the year. Upgrades include:

A retuned steering system for a more precise on-center feel and reduced low-speed effort
A revised quasi-dual exhaust routing system with two pipes from the muffler with baffled tip inserts
A new “dead pedal” design
Self-supporting gas hood struts
An MP3-capable base stereo system (1SA only)
An embossed logo in place of the traction control button on manual transmission models
New engine cover
Aqua Blur replaces Ultra Violet in SSR’s exterior body palette.
Also new for 2005 are several new GM accessory packages that include: auxiliary gauge package (volts, delivered torque, exterior temperature); a body color package, which adds the exterior color to SSR’s auxiliary gauge package, engine cover insert and cargo area strips; a body color package with running boards; and a windbreak.

Striking looks, stunning innovation

While SSR’s dramatic exterior shape may recall the full-fendered forms of the late ’40s and early ’50s, this innovative roadster is anything but retro when it comes to incorporating leading-edge technology and creative design solutions.

One of SSR’s most distinguishing features is its cleverly engineered power-retractable hardtop, which provides an open-air driving experience without sacrificing cargo space. Incorporating a “top stack” design, SSR’s retractable hardtop is the first ever applied on a pickup. It is the only system of its kind where the roof panels move independently, stacking vertically behind the passenger compartment – a design that ensures quick operation with minimal stowage requirements.

A single button on the console transforms SSR from an enclosed hardtop to a convertible in less than 30 seconds, neatly tucking the roof panels rearward between the passenger compartment and cargo bed. This unique vertical storage design system enables SSR to maintain the utility and convenience of a pickup – even with the top down.

Distinctive interior

SSR’s interior design is based on Chevrolet's twin cockpit approach, with a horizontal cross-car bar and body-colored accents that pull exterior design cues inside. The satin chrome aluminum look used on elements of SSR’s exterior continues on the interior door trim and instrument panel bezels. The cleanly styled instrument panel contains gauges with bold graphics and a simple three-dial design for all climate controls.

Modern technology meets traditional methods

SSR’s flared front fenders and quarter panels are formed using a blend of modern technology and some traditional methods used to produce the original 1947-1953 Advanced Design Chevy lineup of pickup trucks, which formed the inspiration for this unique modern-day muscle truck. The stamping process, for example, uses a unique method called “inverted toggle draw,” which combines the original toggle draw process and the more recent stretch draw concept. The use of new Grade 5 deep-draw quality steel enables these shapes to be formed without splitting.

Underneath its sleek exterior, SSR incorporates a body-on-frame construction, which is an upper steel unibody mounted on a boxed frame. Fully hydroformed steel side rails provide the frame with strength and stiffness, relatively low weight and precision fits. Eight cross members – as opposed to only four or six in similar frame designs – boost structural strength while contributing to a smooth ride, more precise handling and reduced noise and vibration levels.

The upper unibody helps support SSR’s retractable roof system, while minimizing the loss of structural integrity typically associated with convertibles by augmenting the stiffness of the entire vehicle with special cross members.

A well-mannered ride, new steering system

For 2005, SSR’s steering system is significantly revised, including a retuned valve and t-bar assembly, and a new bearing and friction seal package. These upgrades provide a more precise on-center feel, smoother overall operation and reduced effort at lower speeds.

SSR’s stiff frame and specifically tuned suspension provide a boulevard-cruiser ride, yet is responsive enough to handle the added horsepower of the LS2 V-8 while also delivering the durability levels expected in a truck.

The front suspension uses upper and lower control arms for superior kinematics, damping and stability, and works with SSR’s rack-and-pinion steering to provide precise control. SSR’s rear five-link live axle suspension, which uses monotube shock absorbers with mountings outboard of the frame, also provides improved body and wheel control. Steel coil springs and a micro cellular urethane auxiliary spring enhance ride comfort and stability during fully loaded conditions.

The SSR equipped with an automatic transmission has standard electronic traction control, an 8.6-inch (21.8-cm) rear axle, a Torsen differential and massive P295/40R20 rear tires ensure that SSR delivers its power to the ground with exceptional traction and control. The Torsen differential, proven on performance cars, works seamlessly with the traction assist to maximize performance during strong acceleration or over varying road surfaces. The SSR with a manual transmission foregoes the traction control feature and utilizes a 9.5-inch (24.1-cm) rear axle with an Eaton limited slip differential.

Four-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS and dynamic rear proportioning provide SSR with outstanding stopping performance, and world-class levels of brake feel, wear resistance and low noise. The use of non-asbestos organic compound lining extends brake life to 40,000 miles, depending on vehicle use and payload.
 

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Embosed Logo

Nice article there cruzned :yesnod

So that is how they will cover the T.C. button, it should look nice there...


"An embossed logo in place of the traction control button on manual transmission models"
 

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Great info, cruzned! Boy, that sure is tempting to upgrade in '05, especially since I now live in a place where I can enjoy the six speed. Hm-m-m-m... I wonder what my #369 red '03 would bring? :D
 

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Thanx 4 the article. The really good news is "Self-supporting gas hood struts"...Yeah!!!! :cheers :grouphug


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This just in....The indention where the Traction Control button is no longer needed is just the right size for a dip of snuff. GM plans on keeping all the "Bubba's" happy too, and maybe pick up a few more sales. Before anyone get's offended, I am a Bubba.....so get over it. :D
 

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ntmmd8r said:
This just in....The indention where the Traction Control button is no longer needed is just the right size for a dip of snuff. GM plans on keeping all the "Bubba's" happy too, and maybe pick up a few more sales. Before anyone get's offended, I am a Bubba.....so get over it. :D

So, Bubba - come join the rest of us at Topcat on August 28th in the Dallas area. Check out Wildcat66's invitation to Southwest SSR owners. BTW - my lady friend's a Cajun (that's the polite term)
 
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Even though the SSr is truly 'special' it is still from GM and not from Toyota/Lexus... be grateful for what we got and don't sweat the odd missing button or switch!

:cool

Ya gotta be kidding...right?? Please sell your inferior American made auto and buy yourself another Japanese car! :flag
 

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Ya gotta be kidding...right?? Please sell your inferior American made auto and buy yourself another Japanese car! :flag

No, think you are the one who must be kidding as, if you are not , may I suggest you are the sort person, not meaning to be political, that has difficulty telling the difference between Iraq and Iran....

To be clear, the SSr is a really special ride. It is very well constructed by GM in America. :flag .... &, for the record, I am not at all interested in a substitute from anywhere despite the fact that some of the trim in the SSr is far from perfect...

Unfortunately, :boxing GM too often does not sweat the details in the same way Toyota does (for example, the cupholder on the passenger's side of our SSr's).... Note that the Camry and several other Toyota products are American made and, in reality, designed here too at their California styling center. There is a reason why Toyota is eating the Big 3's lunch and that is fit, finish, well thought out design and reliability.... don't take my word for it, ask Rick Wagoner....
 
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