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Old 06-13-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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IS it worth it? (trading up from a 2LS to a SS)

No this is not one of those v6 vs v8 threads but rather weighing a few options down the line for myself and rather wanted input from you guys (if you don't mind ; D)

I am the proud owner of a black 2013 2ls and love being in the car pretty much every minute. Drove it the night I bought it down I-5 then back up PCH and the 101 along the coast.

Today it was kind of nagging me in the back of the head thinking about buying an SS. Not buyers remorse but rather just contemplating things weighing the pro's and cons.

For example my dad just traded in his 2006 Pontiac GTO with over 500 hp and they gave him under 10 grand x..x Don't ask me why he did it he just did... Regardless I'm wondering a few things.

Would it be worth it to trade up to an SS in a few months? The only thing I don't like is the price tag. With the discount's rebates, etc with my 2LS I got out the door for 24k. Not bad all things considered with taxes etc.

So lets say I pay this down in say 6-8 months and I walk in with this car. Would it even be worth it to try and nab a used SS? Granted this is my first new car I ever purchased but I personally love everything about it.

But when I think about a Camaro I'm always drawn back to the old 67-69's with that sound and feel. Granted I love my 2LS and the gas mileage everything is perfect.

Just wondering if there were any other owners who traded up to an SS here? What did you think? How was the pain at the pump? etc. Just running it through my head.

What I may end up doing (since I don't want the 2014) is waiting maybe for an SS that's been sitting awhile on the lot. Like at the end of the year type deal. Maybe that could work?

Anyways any advice, opinions etc are appreciated
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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You will loose so much on trade.... keep it try and pay it off in 36mo, by then the 6th gen will be coming out, then get an SS, keep the LS as your daily driver
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:54 AM   #3
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You will loose so much on trade.... keep it try and pay it off in 36mo, by then the 6th gen will be coming out, then get an SS, keep the LS as your daily driver
Good idea here. Or test drive the SS and see if you'll like it. Let me tell you, it is a night and day difference between the two. Not saying anything against the V6, they are still great cars. But after having the SS, I just can't see myself with anything less...
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:02 AM   #4
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Well I took the car out. Turned off the radio just to listen to it and discovered what driving without Traction Control is like...

Won't say what I did but I got some rubber and was grinning the whole way back to the apartment after about an hour of cruising. I actually apologized to my Camaro thinking about trading it in...

I'll just grab a 67 SS in a few years as my "toy" and keep this as my DD.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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You'd probably get more selling the car privately rather than trading it in. If you're already contemplating a trade after just buying your car then that's not a good sign & being active on this site won't help things much either.

I always say if you really want an SS then just get it. You'll probably lose money but oh well, you only live once. As the saying goes "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done." I say just get what you want if that's going to make you happy.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:59 AM   #6
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I might be the only person on this site that loves the retro steelies. Sorry, that was off topic.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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Well I took the car out. Turned off the radio just to listen to it and discovered what driving without Traction Control is like...

Won't say what I did but I got some rubber and was grinning the whole way back to the apartment after about an hour of cruising. I actually apologized to my Camaro thinking about trading it in...

I'll just grab a 67 SS in a few years as my "toy" and keep this as my DD.
Good choice.. I have had the same debate but I have decided that what I really liked about the 1LE is the look and I could easily make my car (a 2LT) look the same by just adding the ZL1/1LE wheels and a hood wrap. I really don't need the extra HP, all that would do is probably buy me more speeding tickets and increase my gas bill. I'm more than happy with my V-6 and plan on keeping it for years to come.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:28 AM   #8
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I'll tell you what it is easy to do, spend someone else's money when they ask if the SS is worth it
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:31 AM   #9
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I might be the only person on this site that loves the retro steelies. Sorry, that was off topic.
You're not. I love them too, actually love everything about the LS and wanted to order one badly before I test drove an SS. Still wish MyLink was an option and not standard on the SS but I love driving the car I ordered. To the OP I say test drive an SS. That is what I did, I drove a 1LS and a 1SS back to back just to see. I honestly thought I would still pick the LS but I just loved driving the SS more. I am still surprised at myself that I had my mind set since 2008 on what I wanted and I ordered a car differently based on one test drive.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #10
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i posted the same thing once. someone said, "trade up, chalk it up as a lesson learned." once since i traded up i didnt regret it what so ever.

use these 2 sites, and remember to over estimate what you currently spend. then id get the real value of your car.
http://frugalliving.about.com/librar...calculator.htm

if its not much less that the original price or payoff amount then use this site:
http://frugalliving.about.com/librar...calculator.htm

if your budget isnt too scarce, (try to have at least 200 disposable income after budgeting food, nights out on the town, gas, insurance, phone/internet bill, etc.) then go for it.

then if you have at least a $1000 saved already and you have positive income after your over-budgeting, then drive a ss. in used ones they may have drive on low octane gas. if they let you drive a new then that's better to make a decision. I did all of the above and i love my SS, plus i know my everything about what has been done with my car.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:33 AM   #11
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Go for it. Sell your first born if you have to. You won't regret it one bit.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #12
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The better way to go would be to sell private party, then find the car you want, used, and start from scratch so you don't get killed on the trade. Last year, I bought my 2010 (#137) used with less than 13k miles on it. 2SS/RS with 475rwhp for 30k. There are some awesome buys out there on used Camaros. You just have to be patient, and don't buy used from a dealership if you can avoid it.
Another option, if you want the warranty, and want to buy new, is sell private party and wait for the 14's to come out so you can get a brand new 13 with all the rebates and deals that will come with the dealers trying to off-load the old models.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:23 AM   #13
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Being a LS owner this is something I think about also, but I wanted to buy new and an SS just wasnt in the budget...my plan is to give the LS to my 9 year old daughter when she turns 16 and then get an SS. I think it will be cool to have that car bond with her.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #14
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I might be the only person on this site that loves the retro steelies. Sorry, that was off topic.
Kinda feel the same way but I wish that they had done steel rims around the wheel and not this silver plastic UGH!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #15
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I say go for it, if you can afford it. Due to costs I pre-ordered a 2LT/RS with just about every option and while the car was great, I did miss the feel of a V8. About a 18 months after I got the car, my local dealer had a 2010 2SS/RS with just over 3,000 miles on it. I traded the V6 in and haven't looked backed.

The 2SS/RS was very similar in options, though I did lose the sunroof and went to an automatic. For me it was the right thing to trade in the V6.

I can't really comment on pain at the pump since I work from home and my 2SS/RS has just over 20,000 miles on it and I've owned it for over two years now.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:13 AM   #16
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Just do it, everyone who does trade up doesnt regret it. Its such a big jump, and youll love it.

Its so much more rewarding/fun to mod, to drive, to go to car shows with, etc.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #17
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That's like asking are "D" size tits better than "A" size

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:38 AM   #18
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:19 AM   #19
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IMO stick with the 2LS, you haven't even had it a year, unless you have that kind of money to blow on cars.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #20
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Eye of the beholder. No one but you knows if its worth it to you. You'll eat some, more than you are comfortable with, on your trade. You see plenty of people on here happy with the v6, then again several have traded with in months or a year of buying. For me personally, I would have been ok with an SS if that's what I could have afforded. But if I couldn't have gotten a v8 at least, I'd have waited until I had more money, but that's just me.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:39 AM   #21
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Depends where you are in life. Pay at least 50% off and then decide. To me the SS is for those that have > 10 years work exp and have gotten the basics (house down payment, college bills, engagement ring, etc) out of the way. The V-6 performs like a supercar compared to the '80s cars around when I was getting my first car.
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Depends where you are in life. Pay at least 50% off and then decide. To me the SS is for those that have > 10 years work exp and have gotten the basics (house down payment, college bills, engagement ring, etc) out of the way. The V-6 performs like a supercar compared to the '80s cars around when I was getting my first car.
^this. When I graduated college and finally got a full time job I was able to look for a new car. the car I was driving I have had since high school. I didn't want to spend that much $ on a SS so i have a LS and I love it! plus, with the money you're saving you can mod it up and make it your own
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #23
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I waited 4 years to get my ss. I had the v6, made over payments to make what I owe really less. Dealer gave me a great deal on my 2010 ls and I picked up a 2011 1ss. So yeah the OP are right, you have to wait at least 36 months
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:38 PM   #24
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I agree with a lot of what was said.

Consider this.

1) If you want a '67 camaro and keep the LS, find out how much they're going for. Test drive one. Those '67 camaros may look nice but dreams feel different once you drive them. Its also slower than your LS unless you mod it.
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...0/viewall.html

2) Test drive the SS first!! You may be surprised it isn't as fun as you may think. If you trade it in, find out the payoff and KBB value. If you owe more, then you should probably just save it and put in higher payments per month. Else, sell it on your own and use the left-over for a downpayment on the SS. Take into account insurance and more for gas. And when you get the SS, its yours. Money comes and goes.

3) Mod the LS! If you're into keeping cars for a while, throw on a 7k S/C or Turbo. Not the best option but you'll be faster that a stock ss.
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