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Old 10-09-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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Should i Mod my 2SS or sell it and buy a ZL1

Sorry if this was posted before, I couldn't find anything on this topic.
If I sell my 2010 2SS/RS the blue book on it is around $33,500. If the ZL1 is going to be approx $53,500 the net lost would be $20,000. I haven't done any serious mods on my car to date which is good if I am going to sell it. If I do a supercharger/exhaust/short shifter and any other interior/underhood/wheels mods you got to figure I will spend at least $10,000 plus. Anyone else in this position trying to decided what to do?
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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Sorry if this was posted before, I couldn't find anything on this topic.
If I sell my 2010 2SS/RS the blue book on it is around $33,500. If the ZL1 is going to be approx $53,500 the net lost would be $20,000. I haven't done any serious mods on my car to date which is good if I am going to sell it. If I do a supercharger/exhaust/short shifter and any other interior/underhood/wheels mods you got to figure I will spend at least $10,000 plus. Anyone else in this position trying to decided what to do?
Go with the ZL-1 if you are thinking about it. It will nag at you forever and eventually you will regret what could have. Its more than just a blown motor and the package to duplicate will likely run you more than $20K. Start with the ZL-1 platform and you have a warranty, you will have resale if needed and possibly more performance potential. We have already seen its killer n-ring performance, cant wait to see its straight line times. Dont discount the SS's performance ability but I imagine a lot of people debate this type of choice when deciding to trade A GT in for a GT500.

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Old 10-09-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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Unless you are close to a race track to use the ZL1 purposefully, mod the SS. The ZL1 is not a street car apparently.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:10 PM   #4
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I do live close to a track! I can't wait to see the video of the ZL1 at the track. I agree with you archtaan. I guess I am looking for someone who has the view point of why they would keep the SS over the ZL1 besides the money. Maybe I should have post this question in the general discussion section LOL
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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If you can swing a ZL1 then I would
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:23 PM   #6
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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Unless you are close to a race track to use the ZL1 purposefully, mod the SS. The ZL1 is not a street car apparently.
From what I understand, this will be a very streetable car. Regardless, I'll certainly treat it that way.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:36 PM   #8
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If you can swing the coin, get the ZL1. Remember though, you can build a faster ss, than a stock ZL1..

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:48 PM   #9
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Sorry if this was posted before, I couldn't find anything on this topic.
If I sell my 2010 2SS/RS the blue book on it is around $33,500. If the ZL1 is going to be approx $53,500 the net lost would be $20,000. I haven't done any serious mods on my car to date which is good if I am going to sell it. If I do a supercharger/exhaust/short shifter and any other interior/underhood/wheels mods you got to figure I will spend at least $10,000 plus. Anyone else in this position trying to decided what to do?
Even though I dont currently own a Camaro, I sort of know what you are going through because I had to deal with this myself (sort of). I could have owned a SS modded to the gills over a year ago but even the tuner talked a little sense into me . . . In the end it will still be an SS, NOT a ZL1 . . . so I opted to wait for the ZL1.

The big question is . . . do you love your car? If so, then keep it! Any of the respectable tuners that frequent this forum can build you a ZL1 like beast by starting with your SS. If you do it right it wont be cheap and you will be missing a few perks such as the new generation MR suspension and dual mode exhaust, but I am thinking you will be happy with your SS.
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:57 PM   #10
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What is ZL1???
ZL1 is GM's answer to those who want to mod/upgrade SS for more power, better handling, warranty and ton of R&D behind it.

Can you match what GM has done with ZL1??? By the time you're done, you have spent more money on SS than a new ZL1 under warranty.

SS should be left as is and for the bigger bite, I let t he pros (GM) do all the mods for me... Go ZL1!!!
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:05 PM   #11
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If you want to just go straight I'd mod it myself. If you want to actually go to the track I think the ZL1 is the way to go. From experience in another brand by the time you upgrade power alone the correct way your looking at 10-15k to do it really right. Then another 3-5k on brakes, 2-4k on wheels and tires, 2-4k on suspension, 2-3k on upgraded clutch/transmission, and I could keep going. Then you will need to pay someone that knows what they are doing to adjust your suspension or you'll be better off stock cause you can really screw that up. Then of coarse after you do all that the correct way you blow your engine and guess what. You warranty is void.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:19 PM   #12
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If I had a ZL1 i would mod it anyways so there goes the warranty. I would rather save some money and have a MUCH better performing car that I can take pride in because I built it myself. If you have money to burn and know you do not want to mod the car at all, go with the ZL1.

BTW, when was the last time you heard a car guy say "This car has more than enough power/handling, I'm not doing anything to it." LOL
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:21 PM   #13
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I'm modding and will make the move to the ZL1 after I move into a house. Might keep the SS or sale. Don't know yet. But the ZL1 for Road Course is pure drool.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:54 PM   #14
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Sell the SS and get the ZL1. You can always mod it when you are tired of a warranty.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:45 AM   #15
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I am considering the same thing. I am modded though a little already and my car should go for a little more based on looks alone. I still have my warranty so I will have no problem there.

If I do get a ZL1 I will probably wait til next summer. I will owe around 20K on my SS by then and probably can get at least 30k for it private sale. I say wait for it!
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:23 AM   #16
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I'm keeping my SS and sending it to Lingenfelter for the 650HP package. My SS is special to me.....we have bonded so to speak. It's the first car that I have owned that I have put so much of my own time and sweat into modding.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:29 AM   #17
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I'm keeping my SS and sending it to Lingenfelter for the 650HP package. My SS is special to me.....we have bonded so to speak. It's the first car that I have owned that I have put so much of my own time and sweat into modding.
I remember my first car - Piece of Junk - but I loved her. She got me to all the clubs!! And I still picked up chics.

On another note - in case you didnt know (or maybe you do but some others may not) - putting 650HP in your SS still won't equal to what the ZL1 can do. Just a quick FYI. But that 650 will make your car very fun
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:58 AM   #18
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I remember my first car - Piece of Junk - but I loved her. She got me to all the clubs!! And I still picked up chics.

On another note - in case you didnt know (or maybe you do but some others may not) - putting 650HP in your SS still won't equal to what the ZL1 can do. Just a quick FYI. But that 650 will make your car very fun
.....eeeeerruuuuummmmaaah....did u just say picked up CHICKS?!!! I hear what ur saying as for how fast or what the ZL-1 will do versus a 650HP modded 2SS.....however, I'm not trying to race no one and I don't do the track thing.....well not anymore...lol! I did all that back in my Ricer days. I'm holding out for the new Vette as my next American Muscle purchase.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:11 AM   #19
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.....eeeeerruuuuummmmaaah....did u just say picked up CHICKS?!!! I hear what ur saying as for how fast or what the ZL-1 will do versus a 650HP modded 2SS.....however, I'm not trying to race no one and I don't do the track thing.....well not anymore...lol! I did all that back in my Ricer days. I'm holding out for the new Vette as my next American Muscle purchase.
Hey sue me I'm pretty old - and what they really were I don't want to say in this thread.

As for me - I stopped the 1/4 mile years ago when I was introduced to Road Course and AutoX. Had a lot of fun in my C5 Vette(430 rwhp) at some Road Course and AutoX events. Since the zl1 beat the zo6 on the Nurburgring - Its the cheaper choice option for me.
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Hey sue me I'm pretty old - and what they really were I don't want to say in this thread.

As for me - I stopped the 1/4 mile years ago when I was introduced to Road Course and AutoX. Had a lot of fun in my C5 Vette(430 rwhp) at some Road Course and AutoX events. Since the zl1 beat the zo6 on the Nurburgring - Its the cheaper choice option for me.
Lol....nah actually I made the picked up CHICKS comment because I thought u WERE a chick. I was going by the profile pic...lmao!!!
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Lol....nah actually I made the picked up CHICKS comment because I thought u WERE a chick. I was going by the profile pic...lmao!!!
Yeah I still be able to get chics if I looked like my wife. She gets hit on my guys and girls.
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Yeah I still be able to get chics if I looked like my wife. She gets hit on my guys and girls.
that I do believe...lol!
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:47 AM   #23
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I'm keeping my SS and sending it to Lingenfelter for the 650HP package. My SS is special to me.....we have bonded so to speak. It's the first car that I have owned that I have put so much of my own time and sweat into modding.
This is along the lines of what i was going to say on this topic if you love your SS mod away if your uncertain and can afford it go for the ZL1 by the way Lingenfelter is the way to go thats where my ZL1 is going as soon as i get it for there 700+hp* package
*as estimated from cts-v lsa platform
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:44 AM   #24
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IMO you cant mod a SS enough to match a ZL1. theres more to it than a power number. it will actually get the power down. revolutionary in the US auto market.
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If I had a ZL1 i would mod it anyways so there goes the warranty. I would rather save some money and have a MUCH better performing car that I can take pride in because I built it myself. If you have money to burn and know you do not want to mod the car at all, go with the ZL1.

BTW, when was the last time you heard a car guy say "This car has more than enough power/handling, I'm not doing anything to it." LOL
How do you figure you can save money AND have a MUCH better performing car? I'd say that applies for the drag strip only. If you want a car that performs as well on a road course you will be spending almost as much if not more than the ZL1ís MSRP. If you want a car that performs on the strip, track, and street you canít beat ZL1ís value IMO - even if it ends up being $60k.

Drag Racer: Modify the SS.
Road Racer: ZL1. Even if you can bolt on parts for less, you canít match the engineering and tuning GM has put into the ZL1. Consider the ZL1s Downforce, MR Dampers, Steering, Brakes, etc....
Strip / Street / Track: ZL1. No contest. The ZL1 can literally transform from a cruiser to a race car with its 5 performance modes controlling steering, suspension, and traction control.

P.S. I'm a car guy and I'm not going to do anything to my ZL1.
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