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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-27-2004, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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from this week's autoextremist.com :

GM, Chevrolet. It's "Lesson Week" for GM, apparently. Fresh off the slow-selling GTO story, there's trouble with the leading show horse of Chevrolet's "American Revolution." Though targeted for a lower volume than the Pontiac GTO, the Chevrolet SSR hot-rod retro truck is not selling very well at all. Plagued by production delays early on, the SSR suffers from a different problem than the GTO. Oh, it certainly looks and sounds the part, alright, but when you stand on the gas - it doesn't deliver. It's overweight and underpowered, and for an alleged icon-in-training, that's a less-than-ideal combination. In short, the SSR is the automotive equivalent of "All Hat, No Cattle." There's a big dose of extra horsepower on the way for the SSR in '05, but in the meantime dealers are staring out the window at them wondering what the hell happened. Hopefully, GM learned another lesson with the SSR - and that is that there's a big difference between a drop-dead gorgeous concept and a production execution that actually delivers on what's promised. Showing an SSR doing 180s in a fancy, big-buck TV commercial is one thing, but when the reality of the driving experience doesn't match the hype - all you're left with is yet another blown opportunity. And no car company can afford too many of those in this day and age.
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The biggest problem with the SSR is not the styling or the power, it's the pricetag hands down.



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no, id say its the styling... its downright ugly. id rather drive an Element
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I think the styling on it looks horrible and the truck is extremely underpowered ...........For the price tag.
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its all 3...why pay $40,000+ for a truck that is supposed to be a hot rod, but does 0-60 in the mid 7s, and is downright ugly...but on that note, i am listening to my local country station trying to win a key that could start one...i could really use $40K
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Lightnings and SRT10s are better options if you don't care for retro styling. Even Chevy's own SS is a better choice.

Can GM ever come up with a good looking car?
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its all 3...why pay $40,000+ for a truck that is supposed to be a hot rod, but does 0-60 in the mid 7s, and is downright ugly...but on that note, i am listening to my local country station trying to win a key that could start one...i could really use $40K
Just like the Prowler.
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Just like the Prowler.
But the Prowler sold. (Why did I know that this was going to come back at Chrysler)

This is what my buddy said about the SSR from a Survey that got sent to him:

"What kind of car do you drive? TRUCK ASSHOLE!...1990 Dodge Dakota Sport Factory Convertible...1 of 1,309 made in 1990...1 of 3,889 produced ever...thats right...FUCK OFF SSR...FUCK OFF YOU PIECE OF SHIT...YOU GO TO HELL...YOU GO TO HELL AND YOU DIE!"
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The SSR is overpriced, ugly, slow, and, well, hard to justify when you can get yourself in a Z06 for simliar money. The Prowler was at least cool looking.
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What's with all the flops lately coming out of Detroit? The Lincoln Blackwood, Mercury Marauder, Ford Thunderbird, Chevy SSR, Pontiac GTO. I think Plymouth would still be around if they had given the brand it's own car (not just the Prowler). The PT Cruiser would have been a good candidate.
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What's with all the flops lately coming out of Detroit? The Lincoln Blackwood, Mercury Marauder, Ford Thunderbird, Chevy SSR, Pontiac GTO. I think Plymouth would still be around if they had given the brand it's own car (not just the Prowler). The PT Cruiser would have been a good candidate.

Look who it's from. Ford and GM. The Blackwood was just a jazzed up F-150 and didn't have the performance to back it up. The Marauder is just a hopped up Crown Vic, the T-Bird was inteneded to be a low volume car, the SSR speaks for itself, and the GTO....if Pontiac actually made the car theirself then it would have been better.
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bingo...Ford and GM can't execute...they think they know what people want, but havent got a clue...the SSR is pathetic...but the Prowler only sold 11,000 units in like 5 years...kept it a low volume, highly sought after...but they never claimed it to be a hot rod, just the styling
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What's with all the flops lately coming out of Detroit? The Lincoln Blackwood, Mercury Marauder, Ford Thunderbird, Chevy SSR, Pontiac GTO. I think Plymouth would still be around if they had given the brand it's own car (not just the Prowler). The PT Cruiser would have been a good candidate.
Like the Marauder though. It's slow for it's image, but I love the looks. Don't know why, I mean it's a Grand Marquis after all, but it just looks really good for some reason.
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In Canada the SSR is priced in the $60-$70 thousand range which is way to expensive for that thing. I would rather grab an SRT-10 which looks a lot better is way faster and in the same price range.

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Like the Marauder though. It's slow for it's image, but I love the looks. Don't know why, I mean it's a Grand Marquis after all, but it just looks really good for some reason.
Maybe because it's sister car is the Crown Victoria, and you have a thing for cop cars?
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