Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Calgary, Alberta
I had a 2007 SS with the 2.4L and no supercharger. In reality...it's not a fast car. Like it'll beat sunfires and stock civics. It might hang with some stock V6 cars, but it's definitely not anything to shake a stick at. For me, to really pass people on the highway (especially in the mountains since i live close to the rockies) I'd have to drop from 5th to 3rd. If it's just a car to get around then yeah, it's a pretty solid car with some decent power.
It's pretty good on gas. It used only a little bit less than the SS/TC I have now. The engine is pretty durable but obviously try and check for any kind of leak. Punch the thr***le and take note of any smoke coming out the back (black = running rich, lots of white = burning coolant, blueish = burning oil). Check that all the gears are everything are running smooth. The tranny on this car isn't really beefy, but it's adequate for what the car puts out. The clutch is a little spongy but it should feel solid when it's totally engaged.
Go over some bumps and listen for suspension squeaks or any kind of weird behavior. Visually check the shocks for any kind of leakage (at 4 years old it's not too uncommon, but it gives you an idea of what you may need to replace in the near future). Also, when you drive and press the brakes, check for steering wheel wobble or pedal pulsation. I know mine really liked to develop warped rotors.
Other than that I can't think of anything. All of the stuff I mentioned is pretty much just the usual procedure. The only issue I really had with that car is the brake rotors warping every year or so and a squeaky shock. I never had any drivetrain issues. I believe there is a recall to get the power steering pump replaced so you should take advantage of that if you get it.