Posts Tagged ‘Reviews

15
Sep
08

The Chevrolet SSR, because forgetting the past is just plain rude

The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a door to the past. Its styling cues come straight from the Chevrolet Advanced Design series. The small round circular headlights, the strip grille, and large wheel wells all distinguish itself from any other truck. You could never confuse the SSR with another truck in the world.

Out of the 24,150 units produced, 24,112 were sold to the public for a hefty $42,000, and owners find it worth every penny. To quote some SSR owners:

Some vehicles are born as instant classics. This is one of them.

In the past 10 years not a one automotive maker has made me turn my head, stop dead in my tracks and say “I’ve got to have one of those”!! I am the proud owner of an SSR with 24,112 of them made I own a piece of Amercian Automotive History.

The SSR is a piece of American automotive history, a one of a kind, an homage to it’s great grand daddy, to a simpler time past, and never to be repeated.

The 03-04 model years came with a 5.3l 300hp V8, while the 05-06 model year came with the base Corvette’s 6.0l 390hp V8. At 4760 pounds, that’s not so great. However, that’s not a problem because RSI tuning have made two performance packages for it. The minor package offers to up the SSR to 500hp, and the second package offers a sweet 600hp. That doesn’t even include the supercharger they also sell. If performance is one of your main reasons to not buy an SSR, your problem is solved.

It offers seating for two, and a standard retractable hardtop. Miles per gallon is 19 highway and 15 city, which shouldn’t be a problem if the $40k price tag wasn’t.

Many find the SSR ugly, but they never realized what this truck is. This truck is rare, easily identifiable, and unique. It’s the modernized retro Chevy truck. It’s what the 1947-55 truck would be if it was made now. If you asked me a month ago what I thought of this truck, I’d laugh. If you asked me now, after I’ve done some research and listened to some Chevrolet SSR owners, I’d have a story to tell you.

01
Sep
08

1978 Toyota Cressida

It’s old, it’s starting to rust, but it still hasn’t lost it’s touch. This Japanese Sedan carries a 110hp 2.6L inline six, the same engine in the first Supra. A Wikipedia editor claims it was known as a “four-door Supra“. Did I mention it’s RWD?

It isn’t just sporty, it’s classy. Before Toyota founded Lexus, it made it’s own luxury vehicles. The Cressida was Toyota’s inspiration for Lexus. Aside from the Century, the Cressida was top notch. In a way, it’s a 1970’s Lexus IS-F. It all comes at a price, even it’s own ad claims it to be “the expensive Toyota”. Not the best marketing if you ask me.

It looks nice too. The grille passionately displays the retro Toyota logo. Surrounding the grille are large, circular headlights that look ripped straight from an early 70’s Trans-Am.

The side displays a silver doohickey on the C-pillar which really tidies things up (Comment if you can tell me what it’s called, I’d really like to know!) . The American trim has it’s mirrors beside the A pillar instead of right behind the front wheel, as in the Japanese trim.

The rear displays blocky taillights. The bumper shows the most signs of rust on the car.

Now, it’s the interior that really displays the car’s age. The Dashboard is falling apart due to sun damage. The light on the ceiling is cloudy, the seats are falling apart, and even the blankets we put over the deck behind the back seats looks molded to the car. However, the seats are comfy, the radio works, all the gauges work fine, the air conditioning works better than the one in my parents Plymouth Voyager or Chrysler Grand Voyager, and what can go wrong with three horn buttons? The inside carries lots of memories.

Now, there’s got to be a downside to such a great car, and that’s this: My parents own four cars and they’re running out of room. All of them are starting to break. Sometime we’ll need a new car, which means we’ll get rid of an old car. Out of the four, this one is the oldest, and it may be the one to go. I want it, but that would make them have to hold it all through my college years, which they’re not a fan of. But this is my third favorite car, trailing behind a Porsche 911 (930) Turbo and a 1973 Pontiac Trans-Am. I’ll find out a way to get it.