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post #1 of 26 Old 05-15-2014, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Worth trading up for a SS?

Guys I have had my IOM 2 LS since 2012 and have really enjoyed driving this car. I have put a few mods into it....K&N cold air intake, Borla axel back exhaust, aftermarket wheels, window tint, Black outs, striping and what not. I am looking at doing some other mods in the future in particular adding in the ground effects package, 20' tires with the SS/RS wheels.

My question is if all of the mods are worth my time or should I just go buy a SS which would give me more HP, 20 inch wheels and other things? Is the extra horse power in the SS really worth me trading my V6?

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-15-2014, 05:16 PM
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My personal opinion: yes it's worth trading up to an SS.

Factual information: it really depends on what you want in the long run. Do you want your car to be the fastest car around? You can make a V6 faster than most V8 cars, however, you can do the same thing to a V8 and it will be way faster than the V6.

In the long run, an SS resale value is alot higher than a VA resale value. I've never owned a V6 sports car, and have always thought a sports car should be a V8.

At the end of the day, it's all about what you want out of your car.
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I don't know what the dollar trade is, so its hard to make a true judgment, but I will say stop modding your current car until you make up your mind, as you would be throwing money you won't get back. Once you make up your mind, go all in either way.

I will say I absolutely love my V8 and you will not be disappointed.

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First thing to do is shop around and find what cars are available, Year and mileage, what options they have, and how much they will run you. You probably are not upside down in your loan anymore. But yes, the performance of the SS vs the V6 is night and day. Even with your mods the SS will just feel like a bullet.

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the SS is a big step up in performance, and it is true the SS will have a better resale value, we know that from the 4th gen, in fact you may not lose much money in the long run getting an SS if you consider the depreciation difference between the v6 & v8..

but I personally think that the SS is too much car for my needs, you have to consider the downside to the SS, lousy gas mileage, expensive insurance, can't drive in snow, higher car payment, high cost of replacing tires,, you will definitely wear them out faster in the SS... and at the end of the day do you really need that much power? And are you going to get annoyed by 18mpg and high insurance cost? Also you have to be careful driving the SS, it's a dangerously fast & powerful car.

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Go drive one first.. then make your decision

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I have a 2011 2LT/RS and personally would not trade up for a 2SS. I plan on doing some mods to my car down the road such as the ground effect package and more - however I have enjoyed it enough as it is already. I would much rather save $$ on gas and insurance with the V6 I currently have than spend it on a V8. There seems to be many V8's around down here in South Florida and I prefer to be different. I have owned several V8 Camaros and a Corvette before. However, the V6 we have now has a pretty impressive punch in it when you step on the throttle IMO.

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Really do have to go for a drive and you will feel what's right for you. I just bought a 2013-2SS V8 and love it. I didn't want to have the regret down the road....I am over 40 years old however, so insurance was no difference in cost for me and as for Gas....if only a DD in the city sure the V8 is worse but on the highway not much difference. I look at it as a marginal price to pay for a different sounding car, wanted true muscle. I am in Canada and it's quite the opposite that Florida by the sounds of it. Here 75% of the Camaros are the V6 and much much less are the V8, so they tend to be more sought after and I suspect will not depreciate as fast. IMO.
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post #9 of 26 Old 05-17-2014, 08:07 AM
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just remember the dip sh%t dealer put 87 in it so it wont have the power it will when you put 91 or higher in it. Mine didnt wake up until i put 93 in it did a fuse pull and a few 100 miles on it. The SS is more then worth it.

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Originally Posted by JCunningham View Post
just remember the dip sh%t dealer put 87 in it so it wont have the power it will when you put 91 or higher in it. Mine didnt wake up until i put 93 in it did a fuse pull and a few 100 miles on it. The SS is more then worth it.
Very true,Personally I would not buy a muscle car with out a v8.Unless it was a twin turbo v6 ,they push out about 450 hp at the wheels.Drive both and let the cars tell you which one you want.

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