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Isn't that what Saturns and Metros are for?
Obviously GM Canada thinks customers won't notice. Interesting enough, the same disparity exists on Corvettes, etc. All Canadian buyers need to do their homework if they don't want to needlessly enrich General Motors.
If any US dealers want to deliver a Yellow SSR to Canada, I have cash.
GM bought the Corvette back because the paint was five different colors, and I bought a new Lightning for $500 over invoice in Cleveland, Ohio when dealers here in the Houston area were selling them for $5K over sticker.
Chrysler dealers here in Houston were selling their sporty little cars for 20K over sticker - $61k for a two seater! It sat in their showroom for almost a year (as it should have).
There's always a place that will sell you the vehicle for sticker price or less but as long as saps continue to pay over that just to have one it will continue to happen. STOP BUYING FROM THE GOUGERS and they'll have to lower the price. If that dealer is so proud of the SSR, let him keep it on his lot!
It doesn't take a genius to know that this is another overpriced underpowered gadget with a little styling, and in my opinion is a very bad deal. My Lightning weighs about the same but is over 400 hp with a few mods, and could still go on a diet to reach true performance speeds. 300 hp with the same weight as the Lightning is NOT going to be close to any of the so-called performance cars. You may beat grandma in her Probe, but a Firebird, Corvette, Lightning, Camaro, Dodge truck (the new high hp one), and every old five-point-oh in town will blow you away. If you're thinking performance you better reconsider. Buy the SSR and if styling isn't enough for you then you're going to be a very disappointed person! Maybe racing the kids in their rice burning Hondas with your SSR will keep you occupied so that you don't remind yourself you could have had a Corvette for a few thousand more!***
I hope I see lottsa these SSR's on the freeways to play with in my Lightning!
*** The Vette is a real World class machine whereas the SSR is just another "thing" with 4 wheels!
GM took some metal and fashioned it into what I think is a pleasing shape. They did so to entice me, and others, into trading the metal for our fancy colored pieces of paper. It's strictly a commodity transaction.
US $42K MSRP converts to Canadian $55K MSRP in any real world commodity exchange.
Anyone who buys a new or used vehicle in Canada, without checking the equivalent value in the US and converting it to Canadian dollars, is going to get trimmed.
Dealers need to recognize that this is the information age, and operate accordingly.
This morning I received a call from a GM Canada public relations representative in response to my query about the MSRP price disparity. She advised that GM Canada and GM USA have different marketing departments and each operate their own way. She had no information on why the disparity exists, but said that to enforce it, GM cancels all warranty on any vehicle imported into Canada from the US. She went on to quote the party line that dealers are independents, and can sell for prices of their choosing. She admitted, though, that GM Canada sets the MSRP.
This would make an interesting consumer awareness story, especially for Canadians. I hope someone picks it up.
Perhaps SSR may follow the path of the Prowler. I hope this happens. It will be better for me. I plan to buy another SSR. May be a red one this time!
There was a recent article in USA Today about how GM is pinning all of the hopes on specialty coupes and retro cars. With the PT and Beetle fading fast, and the T-Bird a flop, aren't they a little late to the game?
Instead of counting on the throwback charm of the SSR, HHR, and Nomad how about putting out a sedan that doesn't just shoot for the middle of the pack like the new Malibu does? Who told GM that America is pining for a car with huge chrome bars wrapped across the front and back? GM will protect their turf with class leading mass market cars, not flawed specialty cars with limited shelf lifes. I honestly want to like domestic cars, but GM just doesn't get it.
For few criticisms: The body line between the sheets of metal is little disappointing. They are not flush and even( or plumb) like the foreign cars. The seam where the hard top locks into the top of front windshield squicks and was very noisy, but little silicone spray did the job and now no problem. Automatic side window release when I open the door doesn't work sometimes and I would have to force the door open. Rear cargo cover doesn't lock easily so I have to push down hard and slam it. Like wise cargo hatch has to be slammed hard to completely close it (watch your fingers!!!) Middle console cover isn't lined up properly and doesn't close easily. Wished there were more storage slots/spaces.
I've been trying to get some after market products but I haven't found any yet. I am trying to find some place to fabricate me a satin finish rear spoiler(as a handle for opening the cover) on top of the cargo cover, find a bra for the front end to prevent further damages(chipping paint)--paint job doesn,t seem to hold like the foreign cars, and replace the front grill. I am satisfied with the speed and HP but I want more. Someone told me, by Redoing the exhaust to true dual exhaust I can get more HP. May be a computer chip too. I've added some Prolong engine treatment and it seems to have made the engine run noticeablely smoother. If you can afford to have one, just get it. You'll never be sorry.
I saw the new 2004 silver SSR. --- in my view, retro style and modern color doesn't mix.
p.s. Just don't neglect your wife and kids.
There is no place for your plates. Come register it in California
Michigan doesn't require a front plate, so maybe the domestics don't worry about designing for it. The Mazda RX-8 has this same problem - put a front plate in front of that big grill and it looks like the car has a big buck tooth.
For the bucks, there are too many better options. In fact, I liked the VUE Redline V6 AWD better than this, and the VUE felt a lot quicker.
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I read all these comments about the VALUE for the $$$$ when considering the SSR. I hope they stay that way. They don't deserve to OWN a SSR. We the SSR owners, I believe, are true value conscious people who KNOWS AND ACTS when its the real thing and likes to be flashy and a bit of a show off. $55K gives me lots of choices but I haven't regretted yet. Newer SSR models, I heard, will offer Z06 engine and 6 speed with 390 hp. WOW. I may want to buy another SSR.
Any ways. My progress report after 6 months:::
Enjoyment wise DIDO everything I wrote previously. Now for performance and drawbacks:
I recently drove to Las Vegas through the back roads coasting at 90 - 95 mph with ease. But, at 100, traction control light comes on and made me slightly uncomfortable and disappointing. At 120 mph, lots of squicks and vibrations. ( I recently test drove BMW 6 series at 135 mph on the highway and was smooth and effortless) I realize that they are totally different cars and one is 40K more than the other. When bucks are plenty I'll add the Magna Charger and the flowmasters....for extra ~100+ hp. Again,I had to spray silicone around the seam of the roof to keep the squicks away. I had a slight accident (shame on me) so I have to take it to the body shop - I hit a black speaker box lying in the middle of the road late at night - I am going to change the headlight bulbs to bright white ones to increase the night visibility and limit my driving at night.
I have recently added my SSR in to my business website and made it an official car of my business. Need I say more.
To all my fellow SSRers, varooom>>>>>kikikikik>>>>>>>&- amp;- gt;>> ~_~ enjoy!
Additional dealer markup: $35,000
Price before rebates: $75,000
I'm wondering if someone is going to buy it lol.
I too drove a new 6 series convert. Probably the finest car I've driven. It goes and it handles. The guy that designed that exhaust system better have gotten a bonus and a promotion. It is truly poetry in motion. Beautiful, fantastic sound. WOW! Before I shelled out 50 grand for an SSR, I would buy a used 6.
Be patient. At 50 big ones, you may just find lots of them on the lot. Remember the Lincoln Blackwood? They really had to discount them and didn't sell many. I really think that if those that bought at the close out price hang onto them, they will have a collector item down the road.
Unless there is a burn down chip ---the SSR is not even close.
Yes --you cannot adjust the seat without opening the door!
Looks like major buying incentives on the horizon again.
I read the SSR has one of the highest sales to inventory ratios of any manufactured vehicle.
Wouldn't you rather have a new Z06 !!!
What do you think?