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This is a discussion on sell the SS for a CTS-V within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I've been heavily debating selling my 2000 SS for a CTS-V. I love my SS, dont get me wrong, but ...

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    sell the SS for a CTS-V

    I've been heavily debating selling my 2000 SS for a CTS-V.

    I love my SS, dont get me wrong, but A, I feel like I'm growing out of it, I often feel childish when I'm talking about my car, and B, my wife and I are intending on having kids soon, the back seat and trunk would be nice.

    I'm also trying to be taken more seriously both socially and professionally, and I feel that driving a Cadillac would help put me there.

    I don't have any serious issues with the SS, I'm just tired of the squeeks and rattles, the cracked dash, the lack of A/C, and the shitty ground clearance, I scrape my bumper EVERY time I pull in and out of my driveway, and the parking lot at work.

    I've found some 2004 and 2005 CTS-V's between 15 and 20K, which I could do if I can get 7-9 for my car. I also have the set of LS6 heads I'm building up and porting that I could put into it instead of my SS.

    Just wanting some input

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    Keep SS and still get CTS = Win.

    Any reason not to?

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    Money, and space, lol....I have a short, single stack driveway, 2 cars suck enough, cant imagine 3.

    I'd also have to sell the SS to have enough money to buy the CTS. I still owe 3k on the SS and currently have $0 in savings. after this coming spring my finances will be in a much better position.

    And dear God I don't want to know what our insurance would go to.
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    My opinion, Dustin, is save your money, fix the car and then once you have enough, mod the engine. If you really don't need the two extra doors, then keep the SS. You pretty much have the same engine anyway, plus yours is lighter. My .02.

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    ^^ Agree- keep your SS and wait a while you dont have the kids yet and unless your job needs you to drive clients around ie: real estate etc etc . I wouldnt stress the social or professional thing ? and @ 25 your not really daddies caddie age yet lol....also insurance on the CTS will probably be more so?

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    It's not a cts-v but I was in a similar situation. I saved up and got a 06 charger daytona and kept my TA. So my opinion is to save and keep the ss and buy a V if you can.
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    Last time I checked you can get a car seat into a 00' Camaro. Keep the SS, why go further into debt ?
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    I agree with all of the above posters, keep the SS and save your money.

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    I'm also tossing this idea around, if you can find a good deal then I'de go for it. CTS-V, G8 GT or GXP, or an unmolested 04'-06' GTO are the top three I would swap the TA out for. A C5 or C6 would be great but I can not fit the family in a vette I'm content to just look and admire.

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    Those are exactly my top 3....I just love how the CTS is still just a caddy on the outside. Few would expect it to have 400+ hp

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    I would definitely keep the SS.

    I used to have a '79 Trans Am that I got rid of because it needed more time and money than I had, to put it right. I regretted it the second I watched it being driven away and I think you would too.

    Give it a few more years and our cars will become collectable, even more so if you keep it in good condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC View Post
    I agree with all of the above posters, keep the SS and save your money.

    It is not the material things in life that give you status, it is what is GOD given, what is in your heart and mind.

    SteveC
    well said Steve, I got my TA at 42 and iam having the time of my life with it! You still owe on the ss and nothing in savings and from experience babies aren't cheap. Pay off and save up then think about it, in 20yrs you'll want it back! A car won't make you better I have been around plenty of Aholes that drove expensive cars!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcas47 View Post
    I'm also tossing this idea around, if you can find a good deal then I'de go for it. CTS-V, G8 GT or GXP, or an unmolested 04'-06' GTO are the top three I would swap the TA out for. A C5 or C6 would be great but I can not fit the family in a vette I'm content to just look and admire.
    You think a car seat will fit any better in a GTO ?

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    prob not...thats why im wanting to venture into the 4 door world

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    Keep the SS or get a G8...we talked about this on Facebook.

    The rear end problems and the unsolvable wheel-hop is enough to make me not want a CTS-V1.

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    yeah I made the thread before we talked.

    Looked at some G8 GTs, I would def drive one, theyd just have to come down in price about another 5k.

    23K for 360hp
    17k for 400hp.

    I'm also a bit concerned buying a "new" car from a company that doesn't exist anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    yeah I made the thread before we talked.
    I didn't compare dates, I just came across this thread, sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    Looked at some G8 GTs, I would def drive one, theyd just have to come down in price about another 5k.

    23K for 360hp
    17k for 400hp.
    That 400hp means nothing if you can't put it to the ground. Or you could get the CTS-V and upgrade the rear to a 8.8 or 9"...kits exist for it. Wheel hop though...

    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    I'm also a bit concerned buying a "new" car from a company that doesn't exist anymore
    It's GM, they have parts for the car, especially since the new Chevy vehicle (forgot the name) is the exact same car. The only difference is the body panels.

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    The G8 is supposed to continue on as the new Caprice and will be initially for the LEOs to use. G8 is definitely a cool family car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    yeah I made the thread before we talked.

    Looked at some G8 GTs, I would def drive one, theyd just have to come down in price about another 5k.

    23K for 360hp
    17k for 400hp.

    I'm also a bit concerned buying a "new" car from a company that doesn't exist anymore
    Also the G8 is tuned for regular gas, if you had it tuned for premium you could pick up some hp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    It's GM, they have parts for the car, especially since the new Chevy vehicle (forgot the name) is the exact same car. The only difference is the body panels.
    I don't know if that is entirely correct. A friend of mine has a G8 they bought new, and alot of stuff they've needed for the car was a 2 week wait to order from overseas. Only thing really GM in it is the engine and trans, which generally isn't problematic. It's all the other Holden based stuff on the car that he has problems with. It's been his gripe on the car since day 1.

    That alone would stop me from buying a G8, even though I do like the cars appearance and it would make a great family driver.

    Spikito, I've always liked the CTS-V's, and if I knew I could replace my wifes camaro straight up I'd do it, and I'm sure my wife wouldn't complain. However I'm not interested in forking out more money to do it
    CTS-V or the Trailblazer SS are really the only new GM cars I'd consider owning, otherwise it's going to be a Dodge Challenger or a new Coyote 5.0 mustang. Since you are looking for something with extra doors the last 2 are out for you
    Frankly if you want extra doors and room for family the Trailblazer SS is a winner over all those choices in my opinion. Went on a cruise over the weekend and a club member drove his, I was ready to trade him on the spot

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