I am interested in buying an SSR. Is one year or engine more desirable to own?
From edmunds...."For its first two years, the SSR came with a 5.3-liter, 300-horsepower V8 that struggled to get the 4,700-pound SSR moving with any authority. The 6.0-liter unit installed in 2005 made 390 hp and was a better match to move the heavy Chevy. Interior assembly quality improved somewhat during the 2005 model year, which also was the first year the six-speed manual transmission became available." Go with a 2005 or 2006 based on this information!
the first answer is for sure right. I bought a 2005 ssr about 6 months ago and had driven a 2006 before I bought the 2005 and they are the same as far as power goes and the way they handled went. the 2005's should be a little cheaper price wise so that's why I bought the 2005. take your time and look around some and you should be able to find either a 2005 or 2006 that hasn't got to many miles on it (less than 20,000 or 30,000) at a pretty good price. I found one that had a little over 20,000 miles on it for $24,000 and thought that sounded pretty reasonable to me so that's what I got. forgot to tell you after I bought the 2005 I drove a 2004 that has 300 horsepower and the extra 100 horsepower or so made a big difference. good luck I love driving a ssr and believe me a lot of people will stop and tell you they love the thing you're driving but then ask you what the hell is it.
the 2005 and 2006 have the LS2 aluminum corvette motor. a 6 speed manual Tremec trans, aluminum driveshaft and heavy duty rea end is a rare option, Aqua Blur is the best color.
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