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Based on 7 reviews
2005 Chevrolet SSR Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 7 reviews
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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Chevrolet SSR Questions
05 Ssr 6.0 With 6speed Transmission. Spider Gears Are Out In Rear End. Does...
Have a 05 ssr with the spider gears out. Haven't been able to find rear end for this ssr, has 6.0 with the 6 speed and 373 gears in it. 317- 557- 0599
2005 Ssr When I Try And Open The Driver Side Door The Window Releases And W...
When Should Chevy Ssr Fan Come On?
Fan comes on when air con is selected, but does not come on with air con off. Temp gets to 215/220 degrees , but no higher still no fan operation? Temp has never risen any higher. Why dosen't fan op...
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...