Very well said Dale!
Curt, your mentioning Chevrolet dealers as being greedy (4 months ago) brings to mind my purchase of a new Harley back in 2002. I was on a list for purchase and when it came in, the dealer had added the cost of 2 tone paint to the bike even though it was not a 2 tone plus $1500.00 for additional accessories whether I wanted them or not. It was a take it or leave it with plenty of people in line if I passed on the purchase. Now you go into a Harley dealership, they want to be your friend and make you a good deal on the Harley of your choice. Now they're withering on the vine from what I've heard.Just another dose of BS and Ignorance concerning the SSR . . .
My theory as to why the SSR did not sell as some desired . . . GREED. Primarily, DEALER GREED.
Shortly after the SSR hit the streets and became available to the general public, I began searching for the perfect SSR. My search took me all over Southern Arizona as well as the Phoenix Metropolitan area plus even over to Southern New Mexico. Overall, I casually searched for more than a year and every Chevrolet Dealer I contacted was zapping the price up by at least $5k over Sticker Price. Some even as high as $10k over Sticker.
Remember, a Window Sticker Price has more than ample profits built in.
I grew up in a General Motors family and have driven General Motors Vehicles all my life and was shocked at the GREED and ARROGANCE plus a great deal of STUPIDITY with the majority of the sales personnel.
Bottom line . . . we have the GREEDY Chevrolet Dealers to thank.
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Perfect example of a double or even triple dose of KARMA, Dave . . .Curt, your mentioning Chevrolet dealers as being greedy (4 months ago) brings to mind my purchase of a new Harley back in 2002. I was on a list for purchase and when it came in, the dealer had added the cost of 2 tone paint to the bike even though it was not a 2 tone plus $1500.00 for additional accessories whether I wanted them or not. It was a take it or leave it with plenty of people in line if I passed on the purchase. Now you go into a Harley dealership, they want to be your friend and make you a good deal on the Harley of your choice. Now they're withering on the vine from what I've heard.
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P.S. Nice picture of an Aqua Blur
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It is certainly they didn't "go all out" on the '03 and '04 and have an LS2 OE and 6 speed as an option. I think that would be a difference. But it will always be a specialty vehicle, so the four years was probably good.I detailed a lot of my opinions in Post 19' - trying not to be too redundant here
I believe it was snomuncher that mentioned he had never heard of the possibility of being built on a Corvette frame - I have never read that either.
This writer seems to be just another that is trying to draw attention to himself. I have no idea why the frame would make a difference - is the metal in the Corvette frame lighter?
Also, if you follow my Deceased Thread you will note how strong the SSR is in roll overs and major accidents. The SSR is a very safe vehicle IMO
I was a single guy when I first saw the 2003 displayed. I had 2 Corvettes and a 73 TR6 as well as my 02 Grand Cherokee LTD - just could not justify the purchase of the SSR, another 2 seater, but I loved it.
Another contributing factor was the $85000 tag in Canada.
The price - Americans were fortunate
The weight - the only plastic on an SSR exterior is the rear bumper and front fascia. The way they produced our front fenders was amazing IMO. Of course it is a lot heavier than the fiber glass Vette but I love the metal (even though I have owned 8 Vettes)
The power - GM had the ability to put the 6.0 in at the time but chose to put in the 327 (5.3L)
I am not sure what the target market was at the outset but I think the 5.3L took the 30's gang out of the market and the SSR became the 50 - 80 yr old guy fun truck.
BTW, I have never driven or ridden in a 5.3 but I am sure they are great -have not heard many 03\04 owners complain
What would I rather have today - a dressed up 2004 SSR vs 2004 5.3L Vette?
I am going with the SSR.
You never see articles about the less than special Vettes
Also, I regret the SSR failed for whatever GM misses, but I can go several months without seeing another SSR other than car shows.
I like that - other people can appreciate how special Kate is to me