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2 Dr LS Convertible Standard Cab SB
Avg. Price: $26,314

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4.45 stars

Based on 7 reviews

This Car Is All About Looks And Acceleration. It Is A Specialty Car, Not For Everyone by sulray
 — Acceleration=0-60 in 5.8 sec with 400hp. Braking & handling are very good. Build quality was not too good - several problems with doors, rattles, wind noise (probably due to retractable hardtop). P... Read More
Old Man Truck by Cameron
 — This is a very nice truck (handles great/roomy interior) but it's definitely not for first time drivers. It can be a little hard to see around and has a couple more blind spots than a normal car or tr... Read More
Buy It You Will Love Your Ssr by Redshaw2005
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2005 Chevrolet SSR Overview

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2005 Chevrolet SSR

The SSR retro pickup truck makes nostalgic hot rodders sigh. The lack of sales probably has the same effect on Chevrolet executives. The Super Sport Roadster harkens back to the 50s bubble-fendered pickup trucks in form and to 60s muscle cars in name and performance.

This model year, Chevrolet added more "nostalgia" by swapping engines with a Corvette sourced, slightly detuned, 390-hp, LS2 6-liter V8. The Corvette Tremec six-speed manual becomes an option with a new four-speed automatic as standard issue. This blasts the 4,760-pound pickup to a 5.3 second 0-60 time.
The SSR's underpinnings are SUV (TrailBlazer/Envoy) based. To add more "sport," Bilstein sport shocks and heavy-duty sway bars were ordered up. For 2005, a new steering system corrects the numbness of the initial offering. Along with modern traction control, the SSR does better than its 60s muscle car counterparts once the corners appear.

As for the "R" in SSR, the retractable hardtop sure attracts attention. Push the embossed SSR button, the roof lifts up, splits in two, and settles down into a nook behind the cab with the tonneau cover closing over it. However, the SSR reinforces that drop-top nostalgia with excessive top up wind noise and good old body shake and cowl shudder.

Under those blue skies lays an interior that reviewers unanimously criticized for lack of storage space. The leather bucket seats provide support with good legroom, but the windshield top ended up directly in the face of a 5'11" test driver.

With overall mileage from 12 to 18-mpg, lack of cockpit storage space, and a rather high price tag for a two-seat pickup truck, how practical is the SSR? One reviewer pointed out that as fun road trip roadster with a hardtop, the SSR with its 23.7 cubic-feet of carpeted bed space capped by a hard tonneau cover offered more space than any two seater out there. Another suggested adding a little more and getting a Corvette!


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Just Recently Purchased 2005 Ssr. Amber Light In Climate Selector Lights Ev...

Just recently purchased 2005 SSR. Heater/AC/defrost selector show amber lit even though not selected. Voltmeter needle swings max min at startup and reads 15+volts. Behind dash pass side sounds at ti...

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2005 Ssr Dies After 15 Min. Of Running ?

after it dies wait 1 hr and will restart codes set are p0443 p0689 p1682 p2101 p1516 replaced ing switch and throttle body + 2 relays no change the battery had been replaced

16 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

How Do You Change The Wiper Blades On A 2005 Ssr?

I just bought a 2005 SSR that needs new wiper blades. They needed to be ordered from Chevy via the VIN# becuase the windshield washer actually attaches to the wiper blade and the wiper blades are not...

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How Do You Change The Air Filter On A 2005 Ssr?

What is the step by step disassembly procedure to repalce the air filter?

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My 2205 Ssr Will Not Start...computer??

I went to put my ssr in park and it wouldnt go, It was stuck. It then would not start. I am looking at buying the computer for it but not sure.

331 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 years ago)