SSEI is out of the question. Reason being? I am a gearhead. If it can be modded........I will end up modding it. Fortunately for me, the aftermarket for the GXP isn't huge, and a K&N filter is about the extent that I'm aware of right now (give me time and I'll fab up some headers for kicks). Proof? See sig.
That, and the earlier styling doesn't appeal to us. It'* the GXP styling or nothing. Which leaves us open to the 05 SLE model, but she'* afraid of sluggishness and wants the heads up display. That, and the resale on those seems to be much better as there'* not many that are down near 15K.
We're EXTREMELY close to pulling the trigger on the one in Mass. I spoke with the internet guy from the dealership for about 30 minutes today, and the car sounds like it'* in great shape. The only things I'm being told that is wrong is there is some kind of scratch on the front right wheel, the brakes are fairly short on life, and the front tires are at 2/32 tread depth. I'm going to be getting close up pics of the scratched wheel, and am going to try to talk them into tires and a brake job considering the length we're going to travel to get the car.
but.....there may be a deal stopper. Apparently Massachusetts doesn't give Temp tags, and we will be registering the car in PA. It will be extremely difficult to find the time to go to Mass, pay for the car, drive to PA and get the temp tag, then drive back to Mass to pick it up. May be a good thing though as I personally am goign to have to make a big sacrifice to get the car, that being diverting my incoming funds for finishing up my stroker/supercharger setup for my 93 Trans Am to another loan to free up the monthly payment money for the GXP. Not something I want to do, but we really do need a good driver and family car, and it wouldn't be an indefinite stop to my T/A project, just a big slow down.