Saturn Sky: driving a very fun car

October 9, 2006 David Zatz 0

The Saturn Sky was one of the most exciting new vehicles of its time, not because of its blazing speed (it’s not all that fast), its excellent cornering and road feel, or its technology; but because it provides some of the looks of the first-generation Dodge Viper in a cute, […]

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Avoiding dealer scams and unnecessary maintenance

July 8, 2006 David Zatz 1

Updated September 2018. Dealers have many ways of making money, and selling cars is just one of them. Today, with manufacturers making warranty work a “loss leader” and Internet sales squeezing price premiums, ripping off existing customers probably seems more attractive to even well-intentioned dealerships. Let’s start with the humble […]

Chevrolet SSR car review / test drive

October 9, 2005 David Zatz 0

Review Notes: 2005 Chevrolet SSR Automatic Unusual features Well-designed convertible hardtop; unusually well-done retro styling Above Average: Fun factor, instant acceleration from any speed Needs Work In: Daft cruise control, minor squeaks and rattles EPA gas mileage 17 city, 23 highway (automatic; manual is 16/26) but expect less   One of […]

SSRs – The Chevrolet SSR enthusiast site

November 25, 2003 David Zatz 0

The 2003-2006 Chevrolet SSR was fun to drive, but never recovered from the first price shock or relatively unexciting performance of the original engine. Some dealers could not even sell one SSR, though at first it looked as though people would have to wait for years to get one. They […]

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The Chevy SSR engine, transmission, and TORSEN differential

September 9, 2003 David Zatz 0

The second engine: a 6.0 liter with 390 horsepower (LS2) The new LS2 engine features a deep-skirt aluminum block with cast aluminum heads, delivering 390 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration from any speed. A six-speed manual Tremec transmission is now available, showing that GM means business. […]

Creation and development of the Chevy SSR

September 9, 2003 David Zatz 0

According to GM, the Chevy SSR traces its lineage to the vision of Wayne Cherry, Vice President of GM Design. The original idea was to explore how a heritage design theme might manifest itself in a truck, as opposed to cars where heritage designs abound. Working with GM Design’s Corporate […]

The Chevy SSR’s hydroformed frame

September 9, 2002 David Zatz 0

The production version of the Chevrolet SSR uses a frame with fully hydroformed steel side rails. The hydroformed frame features great strength and stiffness, relatively low weight and precise quality. Ted Robertson, chief engineer for the Chevrolet SSR said: “A traditional stamped frame with this amount of strength and rigidity […]

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 road test

September 9, 2002 David Zatz 0

The Corvette’s latest incarnation, the Z06, is an exciting, brutally fast, and even fairly docile vehicle, thanks to a combination of old-fashioned cubes and new-fangled technology. With second-generation active handling and traction control, getting the Z06 up to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds is a snap. With […]