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Old 10-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #26
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How would the same mods make a ZL1 a "real" street brawler? He has the engine work done to the SS already. The only thing you would really GAIN with the trade would be a better balanced suspension and the prestige of having a shiny ZL1 badge on it. To me...that's not worth $30,000 plus the insurance difference. I would just put a better suspension on that SS! Then, it would be BETTER than a ZL1.
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I think you misunderstood what I said. The OP could remove all of his go-fast goodies and mount them on a ZL1 and have a much more formidable brawler. There is much more to a ZL1 than the stock 580hp that attracts everyone to it. He has at or around $55K in his car now so if he sets it back up as a stocker, sells it, gets a ZL at the current discount pricing of $55K, then mods it with what he has already, he will be at or around his same cost expenditures with the added bonus of having a better car.

Would upgrading the suspension, interior and exterior (at a cost of $5K+) be that viable?

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:53 AM   #27
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I was thinking I could take off most of the mods, I have all the stock parts except headers, exhaust and clutch.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #28
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How would the same mods make a ZL1 a "real" street brawler? He has the engine work done to the SS already. The only thing you would really GAIN with the trade would be a better balanced suspension and the prestige of having a shiny ZL1 badge on it. To me...that's not worth $30,000 plus the insurance difference. I would just put a better suspension on that SS! Then, it would be BETTER than a ZL1.
30K difference.... not really. Especially if you are going to mod an SS for better balanced suspension. FYI My insurance went up 10 dollars a month. I asked how much it would have been going from my 2010 SS to a 2013 SS.... 8 bucks. So 2 dollar difference 2013SS to 2013 ZL1. This is with State Farm @ $0 Deductible Comp and $250 Collision.

I went through this as my 2010 just rolled off warranty so I was going to supercharge it. Mod costs were higher than the difference between the cars and I got a new car with a full warranty (including a track warranty.) In addition I got awesome suspension that you cannot add to an SS. (You can make an SS handle with a ZL1 but not at the comfort that you get with the magnetic ride suspension.) Beefier driveline that would be a ton to add, a HUD (my 2010 did not have), backup camera, new touchscreen radio, new interior, custom exterior, larger rims/tires, dual mode exhaust, far better feeling steering feedback that adjusts based on driving mode and a car that on resale is worth more than a modded 2010 SS would be on trade. The only downside is that my ZL1 in a straight line is not as fast as my SS would have been. But if I want to give up my warranty it is very easy and relatively cheap to fix that (under 1K to get well over 600+HP.... my exhaust and CAI was more than that).

For me it was a no brainer but you having an already modded car so the decision is harder.

BTW My car was clean so I got top $$$ for my trade BUT the mods added nothing to the value. (Neither did the low miles... drive your cars people. )
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:54 AM   #29
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I had the ZL1 since April and I love it! Everythime I drive it it makes me forget about all the worries - big smile on my face.
I drove the stock SS before and didn't like it. It's a huge difference between the 2.
I know yours is modded but I have turbocharged engines. You can not drive them as well as Supercharged as the power curve is not as linear. It's a bear before the turbos kick in and a bull after that.....The ZL1 is soo smooth and linear it's unbelievable. It has a lot of power adn warranty for everything. With the help of colder weather, i spun the wheels in 3rd gear today, on dry pavement in mode 2 (with traction control on). now that is a lot of fun.

The only debate in my mind is how much money you'll lose and if you can do it. The ZL1 will keep its value much better than a modded car though.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:58 AM   #30
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #31
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Im thinking of doing the same thing BLK_SS, i have a 2010 SS/RS modded to 625 rwhp but its just something about the zl 1 i cant get it out my head lol. Im just worried i wont get much for my car trading it in due to the mods.
I had a heavily modded 2012 ss. Took supercharger, headers etc off. Put it back stock, traded it for a ZL1. Sold the parts and modded my ZL1 to 705 rwp. I would do it over again In a second. The z handles all that power with ease. My ss was sketchy, with the extra horses. The ZL1 is a BEAST!!
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