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Hi all. I'm a possible cobalt ss owner and figured this would be a good place to find out more about the car. I"ve read reviews and they all seem 50/50. Some really love the car, but others say its cheaply made and things break on it that shouldnt. Have you guys had any major trouble with your cars besides the usual maintenance and upkeep?

Any help or tips would be great. Thanks

P.s. This is the car Im looking and almost pulling the trigger on. I dont know if its just me or what but I absolutly hate the black decals it has on it.

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Yeah, really not digging the black striping. It's a good car though, the 2.4 is a hearty motor, especially that year since it had beefier internals and could take boost much better than later years 2.4 and any 2.2. If you're looking to modify your car, this is a great base to start with. Aftermarket parts are cheap, plentiful and very effective. Don't worry about the automatic, it can take well over double the stock torque without issue.
 

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Yeah, those black stripes are awful. They should come off pretty easy, though.

There's a large following behind these cars for a reason - honestly, they're not remotely as bad as some people would have you believe. The Cobalt SS/TC held the record for fastest FWD production car around Nuerburgring for years (until the French released something that is very nearly a race car, that is "production", which beat it).
 

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The SS/TC is one of the most underrated cars of our time. It'll run toe to toe with things costing double, even triple.

Base models are as reliable as the sunrise, and when they do go wrong, it's laughably cheap and simple to fix.
 

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I think im going to pull the pin on it tomorrow. Good price and low milage. And its better then the pos neon that im driving now.

Yea I was talking to the car dealership guy and he was trying to convince me to avoid removing the stripes due to it stripping the clear coat off. What would be the best and easiest way to remove them?
 

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Depends on how they were installed, but a heat gun or hair dryer aimed at it should do the trick.
 

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Not really sure. What would you recommend?

My first order of business is to remove the black stripes and fix one or two things that need to be fixed; one interior door handle paint is coming off and the plastic interior frame is falling off. I also want to get a better radio/sound system (maybe).

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Honestly considering taking it into a body or custom shop and have someone remove the black for me. I dont know if I trust myself doing it myself ha
 

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Simple bolt-ons are always a good place to start. A CAI and a catback will open up some sound and give you a little more zing, maybe a ZZP midlength header and DP to complete it. Car should handle pretty well on FE3s, but can be made into a proper slot car with the FE5 shocks/struts (SS/TC stuff) and lowering springs of your choice.

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An LSJ TB (w/adapter & harness) and a tune (either Trifecta or HPT) to max your bolt-ons. Should be good for right around 200hp, give or take.
 
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