: I saw a Chevy SSR Yesterday



"G$"
05-23-08, 09:07 PM
I couldn't stop staring at it. It had the top down. It was black. The side view mirrors portruded out from the sides of the car in a very perplexing way. It was in my rearview mirror and speeding up very fast and then slowing down for the next light. I pulled into the left lane and allowed it to pass me on the right. It made a right turn and just like that it was gone from my life forever. :gnome:

caddycruiser
05-23-08, 09:59 PM
Yes, I finally saw one again a few weeks back, and it sure stood out...even dirty:cool2:

They were trucky and heavy, but it was a very, very cool design and much in the same way the Prowler was...but with meaty bones and a LS-gen GM V8 underhood. Fun, and good to show off.

"G$"
05-23-08, 10:11 PM
Yes, I finally saw one again a few weeks back, and it sure stood out...even dirty:cool2:

They were trucky and heavy, but it was a very, very cool design and much in the same way the Prowler was...but with meaty bones and a LS-gen GM V8 underhood. Fun, and good to show off.


390 hp...

Destroyer
05-23-08, 11:04 PM
I see them daily. Never thought to post about it. Weird.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-24-08, 01:43 AM
^ Me too. They aren't rare around here. I where there are 3 of them off the top of my head. I think they are ugly as hell though.

Rolex
05-24-08, 02:41 AM
I have never cared for them either. The design was cool at first but never really looked good rolling down the road.

Destroyer
05-24-08, 08:26 AM
Actually I think they are pretty cool looking, even going down the road. Cant believe GM actually built it though. Its a pretty useless vechicle. It has truck like attributes without the actual truck like ability/utility and towing power. It has a sports car drivetrain but doesn't move out like a sports car with the same drivetrain. I'd rather have a Vette OR a Silverado. I like the Prowler too, another scratch your head and wonder WTF vechicle but still cool nonetheless.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-24-08, 10:18 AM
I've got a good story involving a customer of mine, a purple SSR, some methamfedamines and a casino.

blue07cts
05-24-08, 11:45 AM
I've got a good story involving a customer of mine, a purple SSR, some methamfedamines and a casino.


i don't remember posting THAT story... OOO wait you said a customer...nvrmnd :jawa::ride::nanaparty::jawdrop:

AMGoff
05-24-08, 03:41 PM
The Prowler was no where near as much of a "WTF" vehicle as the SSR was... The Prowler was meant to be a two seater, retro, concept on wheels... and that it was. The only thing the Prowler lacked was power... not to say that it didn't have adequate power from the aluminum 3.5L V6... because it did make an adequate 250hp/250lb-ft, but it needed "wow" power to go along with the "wow" styling - I've always thought the Prowler was a gorgeous piece of rolling art.

Can't say the same about the SSR... which BTW, I see at least one around these parts at least once a week.

"G$"
05-24-08, 04:18 PM
I see them daily. Never thought to post about it. Weird.

i was up in northern maine on a sales call heading out to Mount desert Island and I haven't seen one in 3 years. I was impressed. & don't care if isn't a useful vehicle, just that it is cool looking.

(& by the way, the wording in my 1st post was a joke in case you didn't get it)

simply put, I was pretty impressed at the power, how it looked, & the uniqueness. definitely a head turner.

Playdrv4me
05-24-08, 04:27 PM
The Prowler was no where near as much of a "WTF" vehicle as the SSR was... The Prowler was meant to be a two seater, retro, concept on wheels... and that it was. The only thing the Prowler lacked was power... not to say that it didn't have adequate power from the aluminum 3.5L V6... because it did make an adequate 250hp/250lb-ft, but it needed "wow" power to go along with the "wow" styling - I've always thought the Prowler was a gorgeous piece of rolling art.

Can't say the same about the SSR... which BTW, I see at least one around these parts at least once a week.

The power issue was a SMALL problem to circumvent for anyone who had the funds to afford a Prowler anyway. MOST of the Prowlers out there have either been hopped up on the factory engine, or had that tossed out altogether in favor of some crazy V8. A little known fact is that outside of the 60s and 70s era Chrysler muscle, the Prowler retains (and in many cases far exceeds) it's original value better than probably any other modern Chrysler product ever made.

Also, as far as the SSR is concerned... the only thing GM supplied for that oddity was the chassis (GMT360) and the drivetrain. The rest was entirely crafted by ASC, and yup, they are a dime a dozen in these parts!

Destroyer
05-25-08, 12:41 AM
The Prowler was no where near as much of a "WTF" vehicle as the SSR was... The Prowler was meant to be a two seater, retro, concept on wheels... and that it was. The only thing the Prowler lacked was power... not to say that it didn't have adequate power from the aluminum 3.5L V6... because it did make an adequate 250hp/250lb-ft, but it needed "wow" power to go along with the "wow" styling - I've always thought the Prowler was a gorgeous piece of rolling art.

Can't say the same about the SSR... which BTW, I see at least one around these parts at least once a week.
I agree, the Prowler looks more like a one off Coddington creation rather than a store bought vechicle but the SSR is also a two seater, retro, concept on wheels but with some more balls under the hood, especially when the 5.3 was replaced. Believe it or not, I see both the Prowler and the SSR at least a couple of times a day driving around in these neck of the woods. I have to admit that despite the fact that I dont desire to own either, I do enjoy seeing them. Very cool cars.

AMGoff
05-25-08, 12:52 AM
I agree, the Prowler looks more like a one off Coddington creation rather than a store bought vechicle but the SSR is also a two seater, retro, concept on wheels but with some more balls under the hood, especially when the 5.3 was replaced. Believe it or not, I see both the Prowler and the SSR at least a couple of times a day driving around in these neck of the woods. I have to admit that despite the fact that I dont desire to own either, I do enjoy seeing them. Very cool cars.

Oh, I certainly agree... but I think they 'effed the SSR with the whole "truck" thing... I dunno, it just gave it too much of an identity crisis (mechanically and stylistically). Had they'd just gone for a straight, old-school "hot-rod" I think the SSR would have faired much better... The only area that the SSR trumps the Prowler in is the engine.

Either way... I think they should have definitely kept the Prowler going. Just another example of how Diamler royally botched-up Chrysler. An updated Prowler riding on an LX platform with a Hemi under the hood would have been, well... sweet!

But the same goes for around these parts... I see an SSR at least once a week and I never go more than a month between Prowler sightings.

Playdrv4me
05-25-08, 01:45 AM
Oh, I certainly agree... but I think they 'effed the SSR with the whole "truck" thing... I dunno, it just gave it too much of an identity crisis (mechanically and stylistically). Had they'd just gone for a straight, old-school "hot-rod" I think the SSR would have faired much better... The only area that the SSR trumps the Prowler in is the engine.

Either way... I think they should have definitely kept the Prowler going. Just another example of how Diamler royally botched-up Chrysler. An updated Prowler riding on an LX platform with a Hemi under the hood would have been, well... sweet!

But the same goes for around these parts... I see an SSR at least once a week and I never go more than a month between Prowler sightings.

I'm in the same general neighborhood as Destroyer (and ClarkZ71, and Brett) and I haven't seen a prowler in MONTHS. Which as far as I'm concerned is a good thing, makes each sighting that much better.

Jesda
05-25-08, 03:13 AM
I like the idea of a convertible with tons of storage space.

Destroyer
05-25-08, 10:30 AM
I'm in the same general neighborhood as Destroyer (and ClarkZ71, and Brett) and I haven't seen a prowler in MONTHS. Which as far as I'm concerned is a good thing, makes each sighting that much better.
Well the ones I see may be the same ones. I think there's a few locals around here that own them. I see a gold one, yellow one and a purple one. Dont know if its the same ones I keep seeing, but probably.

tenmark
05-26-08, 07:56 AM
I like em ok. I've driven them enough times over the years at GMs Autoshow in Motion. Handling and performance is A OK. Can't go wrong with 390 horsepower. 50s pick up truck design hallmarks are nice... Interior wasn't too crowded.

Nice truck overall. Perfect if you're "big" into the whole retro styling thing, want a sports car and a truck (can't afford both), or just outright like it. Fun truck. When the get closet to the $10K mark, I'll likely pick one up for a while.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-26-08, 01:33 PM
Between a novelty high powered truck such as the SSR and a high performance mainstream pickup, such as a 454SS or Lightning, I'd much rather have the Lightning or 454SS because it's still as usable as a normal truck, and more mainstream, easier to work on & buy parts for and less of a high-profile "look at me" car.

Chicano-Mexicano
05-26-08, 03:41 PM
Between a novelty high powered truck such as the SSR and a high performance mainstream pickup, such as a 454SS or Lightning, I'd much rather have the Lightning or 454SS because it's still as usable as a normal truck, and more mainstream, easier to work on & buy parts for and less of a high-profile "look at me" car.

What about the GMC Syclone from the early 90's it was a actual workable truck (about as big as an S10) but with an intercooled 4.3 V6 with a turbocharger strapped onto it. I don't really like pickups, in fact I fell their a waste of money unless your in constant need of hauling crap but I have test driven an all black 91 for kicks and that is one fast mother.

LS1Mike
05-26-08, 09:11 PM
What about the GMC Syclone from the early 90's it was a actual workable truck (about as big as an S10) but with an intercooled 4.3 V6 with a turbocharger strapped onto it. I don't really like pickups, in fact I fell their a waste of money unless your in constant need of hauling crap but I have test driven an all black 91 for kicks and that is one fast mother.

It is an S-10, just a rebadged GMC Sonoma.
They can tick off mid 13 second 1/4 spurts.

AMGoff
05-26-08, 10:14 PM
Ahh... the Syclone. Personally, I always wanted the Typhoon (the S10/15 Blazer/Jimmy counterpart).

I still keep an eye out for 'em every now and then... I'd love to have one, even to this day.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-26-08, 10:59 PM
I forgot about those, they're much faster than any of their full sized muscle truck counterparts.

I still like the big block Chev super sports the most though.

LS1Mike
05-26-08, 11:30 PM
Ahh... the Syclone. Personally, I always wanted the Typhoon (the S10/15 Blazer/Jimmy counterpart).

I still keep an eye out for 'em every now and then... I'd love to have one, even to this day.

Man, both are getting harder and harder to find clean, and if you find one be prepared to pay a premium even if it is ragged out. I would love to find one, I am just a cheap bastard and can't justify shelling out the cash for one.

Playdrv4me
05-27-08, 02:56 AM
Before the 5.9 Grand Cherokee, the Typhoon was the only game in town when it came to an all out performance SUV that at it's time, could take on most CARS on the road.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-27-08, 11:08 AM
There is a purple SSR at work rite now. Should I go out back and take a pic of it?

AMGoff
05-27-08, 02:50 PM
Man, both are getting harder and harder to find clean, and if you find one be prepared to pay a premium even if it is ragged out. I would love to find one, I am just a cheap bastard and can't justify shelling out the cash for one.

Tell me about it... just taking a quick peek on AutoTrader, there are only 6 Typhoons within 500 miles of me... ranging between $8800 and $15000! The Syclones are even worse... again only 6 within the same radius and they're ranging between $9-18K!

But man oh man! It's been a while since I've really looked at them... I forgot how much I really (I mean... REALLY!) like them! I love the bulging lower body cladding they used on them... It was such an odd combination of looking ahead of their time, yet still looking like an old boxy S10... fantastic!

I also wouldn't be opposed to finding a Sonoma GT... but those are ever rarer... despite being 2WD and lacking quite as much "punch" (still a health 190HP though...).


Before the 5.9 Grand Cherokee, the Typhoon was the only game in town when it came to an all out performance SUV that at it's time, could take on most CARS on the road.

While the '98 5.9 Limited may have been the fastest production SUV of their time... they still paled in comparison to the Typhoon in terms of performance. Granted, the GC blows the Typhoon out of the water in terms of amenities and as an overall package... But they "only" produced what? Like 245HP? And those horses had to motivate a much heavier package... IIRC, they'd only hit 60 in barely 7 seconds or so. Compared to the Typhoon which would hit it in 5.3 (and the Syclone was in the mid-4 seconds I believe)... with those types of numbers, they still trounce most cars today. Needless to say... no domestic manufacturer made an SUV that could take the Typhoon until Jeep came out with the SRT8 GC.

Anyway, just as an aside... does anyone remember the Car and Driver article where they stacked the Syclone against the Corvette and the Ferrari? Enzo was probably rolling over in his grave when GM came out with a $28K pickup truck that could take on one of his beloved supercars!

Playdrv4me
05-27-08, 03:25 PM
if you want a "new" one bad enough, here is your chance (albeit in the worst possible color)... 5000 miles...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1992-GMC-TYPHOON-only-4972-miles-Excellent-Condition_W0QQitemZ300227561245QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20 TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item3002275612 45&

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-27-08, 03:38 PM
GM did a lot of wacky things in the late '80s and early '90s. The S/T-10 dashboards are some of the worst!

Florian
05-27-08, 03:57 PM
SSR=butt ugly....no thanks. Syclone = most impressive. My buddy has one with a huge Garrett hair dryer on it, man it just smokes the rubber every time...all 4 wheels.


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The Tony Show
05-27-08, 04:39 PM
If I had unlimited funds, I'd buy a late model SSR and Maggie it just for the sleeper factor.

Florian
05-27-08, 05:51 PM
If I had unlimited funds, I'd buy a late model SSR and Maggie it just for the sleeper factor.

you cant make an SSR a sleeper...its the elephant in the room....:thepan: (kinda like TBJS)


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Tommy Deville
05-28-08, 02:35 AM
I see them on a somewhat regular occurance, usually when the weather is warmer, I love those trucks, I hope I can get my hands on one someday.