16 year old son and me picked up SS and drive it home 960 miles in 1 day!!!
Bought my “new to me” 2017 HW 6MT from Terryville Chevrolet outside Hartford Connecticut. (Same dealer as The Doug DeMuro’s reviewed SS). Left Chicago at 6 am (after waking up at 3:30). Flew to Hartford and Lyfted to the dealership. Arrived at 11 and took possession of her.
Left shortly after 11:30 and Waze said 13 1/2 hours back home!!!!! 2 fill ups (3 total tanks) later and 23 mpg average we made it back home at 1 am. Loooooong day but so totally worth it. She is actually a VERY GOOD long distance driver. No problem getting comfortable for 4 hour plus stints.
Letting a 16 year old help you drive 960 miles is a great father/son experience. Thankfully he knew how to drive a manual. (Ever since he was able to walk, I’ve told him that everyone needs to learn to drive manual). We also have a manual 2014 Camaro which he learned on. I told him the night before we left that I bought an SS and asked if he wanted to come. Before I could finish he was grinning ear to ear. The first time we fired it up in sport mode and heard the crackle, we both just giggled and had that OMG look on our faces. It was everything I had dreamed it would be.
I took the first stint for a few hours as he was begging to drive. So we switched and when he hit that start button, I could see I just made him the happiest kid alive. I wish it was a fairytale start but. Nope. Lurch lurch. Stall!!!! The clutch is very springy and surprised him. But he restarted and off we went. Although riding the clutch a little to long to compensate for his first attempt. But as the miles added up, he got the hang of it. I had to force him out of the driver seat after dinner. Otherwise the kid would have driven the rest of the way home without any rest.
He loves that car. Whenever he can he begs to drive it instead of the Camaro. Obviously the V6 is not the same as a LS3. I’ve let him take it to school once and now I’m positive he had the coolest car in the parking lot. I want to believe he drove it like a grandma would, but I guarantee I lost a little thickness on the tires.
Long story short, If you got a teenage son, take him with you on a long distance road trip. You’ll both remember it for the rest of your lives!!!!!
2017 HW 6MT No, No Enthusiast Package