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Old 04-19-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: DFW area
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Thought some folks might be interested in this article. Hopefully GM can score a homerun with their current models.

First Drive: 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS - MSN Autos
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Ive driven one. Was mildly impressed at best. I prefer the Neon SRT-4 over the SS, its much more purpose-driven, unlike the watered down SS. Just my .02.
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, FL & Floral Park, NY
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I haven't had the opportunity to drive or sit in the SS model of the Cobalt but I have to agree with Steve-O with SS being watered down. For starters, having sat in and driven a regular Cobalt as a rental car for a day, even with it being practically brand new for a rental car, I feel the Cobalt is put together with spit and bubble gum. The car is cheaply made regardless of the model. IMO, GM has also cheapened the SS badge by remembering to add it to almost every line-up but forgetting the all important meaning and tradition of an SS car. Today, it means a few minor physical details, maybe a different suspension, a sporty grill, some interesting tailights or mock spoiler, and some depressingly average looking wheels and tires. Tweak the engine a bit, or if memory serves, maybe they just add a turbo charged engine and hopefully the car will sell well. (EDIT: Actually I just checked the Chevy website...I am mistaken. The regular Cobalt has a 2.2L 148 HP engine and the SS has a 2.0L turbo charged 260HP engine. It has more balls than I thought)

I think the SS cobalt is ok but I would not consider it. I currently have a Subaru WRX and while this car is by no means perfect, it is put together well and I have very few complaints. If I was looking to get an American pocket rocket, I agree with Steve-O again. The SRT-4 Neon gets my attention rather than the Cobalt SS if I am looking at this type of car. Just my two cents as well.

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Old 04-19-2008, 04:38 PM
 
Location: California
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Those things are just freaking.. sweet.
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