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From what I read on various threads here it looks like GM is reducing the output of SSR's being manafactured. I'm trying to think of how this will affect SSR owners, like myself, who intend to keep my car for a long, long time. My rambling thoughts are as follows: 1. Less aftermarket items produced as it isn't financially feasible to design, tool-up, and mfg. products for a very limited market. I know that is what happened to the new Ford Thunderbirds. 2. GM Service Dept. personnel will get very little actual "hands on" OJT working on SSR's as fewer are sold at dealerships. Along with this, will dealers send any of their mechanics to GM schools for SSR training if they're not selling many SSR's at their particular dealership? My small, local Chevy dealer has had one SSR on the showroom since March of 2004. It is a Silver 2004 and the only one this dealer has ever had and he says due to his not being able to sell this one he does not intend to ever order any more. 3. What about parts availability for SSR's. Both mechanical and body parts. In 5, 6. or 7 yrs. will GM be able to supply parts for the complicated roof system or fenders or hoods if you should ever wreck your baby? The SSR has so many unique parts that aren't used in other GM vehicles.

These are just a few of the possibilities that may occurr. What else am I missing and am I correct in those I've listed? I guess the biggest possible positive is that the value of the SSR may increase if they do stop future production. Just thinking out loud this morning about what the future may hold for us SSR owners.
 

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Sales Levels

I think you have pretty much hit the nail on the head..
Even if the sales levels doubled for the next five years the total number of SSRs out there would be small in comparison to most other production vehicles. I think what is likely to happen is that the SSR following will remain a loyal bunch and as time goes on there will be one or two aftermarket suppliers for most if not all of our parts.
 

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resale value

Look at the Plymouth Prowler. They made a total of around 14,000. I don't think they are going up in value but the prices are stable right now
 

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Upside

I agree the news is going to have negative impact for the short term, but If you have bought for a long term investment and plan to stay relativley stock, there is a big upside long term. Mine is not a daily driver, so I guess I'm a litttle biased, I've already goten my moneys worth for whatever the net cost is with the fun it is and love everybody seems to have for this baby.
 

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What big said...

Red,

I think your assessment is accurate, but the "what your missing" might be related to big's comment...at least for me. Most of the negatives you list have to do with maintenance and repairs. Like big, mine is not a daily driver, but when I do take it out on weekends I get lots of looks. If there were dozens of SSRs in my town, I'd just be one in the crowd. Right now I stop the crowd. Since I have had no repair issues, I guess I don't expect to have many in years to come, so lower production seems better to me.

Just my opinion, and I may also be biased.
 

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Well mine is a daily driver even in this Indy snow. I am also just one in the crowd as they are a lot of SSR's in this small town, I don't know if that helps or not
 
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