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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Teo - are you aware that GM is producing a new Caprice for middle east delivery? I was perusing dealers and went to " and clicked chevrolet - turns out to be somewhere in an arab nation. They have a Caprice LS, LTZ and SS available - all new production - never seen them anywhere. Looks like VERY long wheelbase. Also - take a look at their Cadillac tab - shows the night vision set up - a CAMEL on the horizon! Worse hazard than the moose around my area!

  • Mine came today. #169 of 350. They are really nice. Matt, you can't have mine! Unless I will them to you that is.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Who knows...they might be worth something 10 or 20 years from now....only 350 made!
    Tpken: Yes I have seen the "Middle East" only gorgeous! I believe the car has a 5.7L Generation III engine, RWD, ABS, Traction control, the works. GM says that this car was developed for the harsh driving conditions on that part of the world. This car is a spin-off of the Australian Holden Caprice which is a sweet full size sedan. Unfortunately the geniouses at GM North America don't think the American public deserves to have these beauties, so unless you move to the Middle East or Australia, you can't have one. Also, the faster and lighter "Commodore" (A.k.a. Cadillac Catera)is sold in Australia with the same 5.7L Engine, 6-speed manual and RWD. A similar spinoff is sold in South Africa under the Chevy Lumina SS moniker.

    Hopefully the all new 2005 RWD "Mid-lux" platform Impala, will share some of the goodness its international siblings currently have.
  • 00impala00impala Posts: 474
    Today I recieved my Set of Pins w/ AWESOME Box! #80 of 350....Very Nice Addition to my Collection of 2K Impala Stuff, So far I have a Perss Kit,a Differenty Press Kit, a Service Video, A Salesman Ring Bindered Full Line 2000 Chevrolet Booklet,A dealer only Advertising Materials CD-ROM and 2 of the 1/43rd police Cars, 1 of the Deluxe Matchbox police cars, a few of the Basic M-Box Police Cars and a New BLACK M-Box Impala only found in the 5 pack "SPACE PATROL" or something, and my Favorite item, a HUGE Framed Dealership Poster of the 3/4 view of a BLACK LS! AWESOME! My LS Really MOVES with the addition of the K&N Filter in addition to the Dual Exhaust! It is P-E-P-P-Y to say the least! Awesome Throttle response! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Don
  • platourplatour Posts: 252
    I've cooled down and here I am to try a post again. I cut the splashguards to fit the 2001 and here is a pic (not the best) showing the salt and slush they pick up. I also installed (in a heated garage) the Impala emblems on my base model doors. I am pleased with the outcome and even more so if this post goes through.....
  • How did you all get these pins? Is Chevrolet playing favorites? LOB Can anyone take a photo of these pins or at least describe what each pin looks like? Is Chevrolet offering these anywhere for sale to the public?

    I hope everyone had a great holiday. I know I enjoyed my 4 day weekend. It's always good to get a break. I got to drive my Impala AS on Christmas day. I sure enjoy the way it rides. I drove my friend in it for the first time since I bought it and he was very impressed. I even let him drive it. He commented on the how nice the ride is. Did anyone else have a hard time getting use to how slow you seemed to be traveling when driving the Impala at 55 mph when you first started driving your new Impala? It seemed like the car was traveling at 35 mph or lower.

    May all have a fantastic day and congrats to those of you who got those nice pins! I collect Hot Wheel and Match box cars, too and sports stars starting lineup figures.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    There are six pins provided on the set:

    1) Standard Impala Logo (Miniature version of the logo installed on the current car's C-Pillars)
    2) 1959 Impala logo (Checkered flag and armor flag similar to Corvette's)
    3) 1965 Impala Logo
    4) 1972 Impala Logo (Just the "Impala" name and a red bowtie)
    5) 1996 Impala SS Logo
    6) 2000 Impala logo with small blue bowtie (Miniature replica of trunklid logo)

    The wooden box display case is absolutely gorgeous (I am no expert on wood types so if anyone cares to describe it in detail..go ahead) it has a big chrome standard Impala logo attached to the exterior lid of the box and at the bottom it has the following wood carved inscription:

    "Chevrolet Impala Limited Edition...Commemorative Pin Set....No. 083 of 350".

    It also comes with a multiple pane (Folding) cardboard style "Map to the Great American Sedan.....Impala" and it is a guide to the cars that have beared the Impala name since the 1950's to the present.

    Really neat "Perk" and in all honesty I wasn't expecting it.

    Oh, It also comes with a copy of the 2001 Impala brochure and a Letter from Kurt M. Ritter, Chevrolet Division General Manager.

    I haven't seen the Pin set sold anywhere. I just looked at the Chevy site and no seems to be truly unique!

    If your Picture and/or quote were used in the 2001 brochure, you will get one of the Impala pin sets.


    I wanna wish everyone a very happy New Year 2001!
  • Platour's link to the photo of his car in the snow makes me really wish we had some. I'd really love to try this car out in some "adverse" driving conditions...

    But I bet the hubby $100 that it would NOT snow enough to have it cover the ground from now until March... So, if it doesn't snow I get some Moola! if it DOES snow at least I get the chance to try the car out in the slush and mush...
  • here is a sneek peek. see the link on my site for pinset. I also made the background on the site the front of the box

  • someone is selling the extra pin/ tie tack on ebay. they say it was only given out during a black tie unvailing of the new impala. go bid if you want it.
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    Thats the same Tie pin our car salesman gave me , i went to go see him about some impala stuff , and he had that in his desk , he won it from GM after taking a salesmen test on the 2000 impala , actually it was a set of two , but he saw how much i liked the car , and if i promised not to wear it , he would give it to me , its displayed with the rest of my impala stuff. thanks----------------mattmcdill
  • I wanted to buy a small, inexpensive SUV - and wound up with a sedan. I live on a dirt road in Michigan, and when the snow flies, it can take a while until the road is plowed. So... I thought an SUV with 4WD or AWD, ABS, and a good road clearance was important. A limited slip differential sounded nice, too. HOWEVER, I also care about NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), a LOT. I don't like a stiff suspension that gives me a "thump" when I go over every bump, and I don't like a lot of road, engine, and wind noise that beats on my ears all the time and makes me turn my sound system way up, and even then degrades the quality of what I hear. I bought a digital sound level meter from Radio Shack (about $65) to measure how noisy each vehicle I tested was. My results (all at 65 mph on smooth highways): 2001 Chevy Blazer with V6, 91 dB, stiff suspension; 2001 Ford Explorer with V6, 93-94 dB, stiff; 2001 Mazda Tribute with V6, 88 dB, stiff; 2001 Subaru Forrester with 4 cyl, 91 dB, soft; 2001 Subaru Outback with 4 cyl, 91 dB, soft; 2001 Toyota RAV4 with 4 cyl, 91 dB, soft. For comparison, I tested a few other vehicles. A 1999 Chevy Tahoe with V8, 89-90 db, stiff; 1999 Buick Park Avenue with V8, 86 dB, soft; my deafening 1990 riding lawn mower, 102 dB, stiff! I have to wear earplugs when I use my lawn mower or it seems to damage my hearing. A guy I know who works for Ford claims that they have to make ear plugs available to factory workers when the noise level exceeds 85 dB. Our annoyingly loud kitchen orange juice maker generates 86 dB from 2 feet away (where my head is when operating it).
    I was not happy with any of these vehicle sound levels. I read some stuff on the internet ( that gave me the impression that the Honda CRV was kind of noisy, so I didn't test it. I considered testing a Hyundai Santa Fe, but the dealer was a long way from where I live, and I worried about getting it there for service. I was also put off by the fact that the Santa Fe is quite new, and the most wonderful warranty in the world is still a pain if a lot of things need to be fixed. So... I gave up on getting an SUV in the low $20,000 range, and reverted to sedans. I tested a 2001 Chevy Impala with V6, 85 dB, soft; 2001 Chevy Malibu with V6, 87 dB, soft; a 2001 Honda Accord, 4 cyl, 91 dB, soft; and a 2001 Toyota Camry LE, 4 cyl, 86 dB, soft. I nearly bought the Camry, but the seats were not comfortable for me or for my wife. We didn't realize it until we sat in them for awhile. Also, I had a weird experience in the Camry. At some highway speed (somewhere between 60 and 70 mph) the seat back went into some kind of mechanical oscillation. I noticed the same thing at about half that speed. It wasn't dangerous, but was distracting. Two others that we tested did not have this problem. I was going to get the Malibu, but the Chevy dealer gave me such good terms for the Impala that I decided to take it. It really felt nice to drive.
    Other notes: the road clearance on the RAV4 is only 6.7 inches. This is better than a sedan, but less that the 7.5 inches and up that is normal for SUVs. The Honda Accord that I test drove seemed to have a problem with the transmission – it tended to hesitate sometimes. There are a lot of other vehicles that I could have tested and a lot of other things that matter on a vehicle. But after reading a fair amount of stuff on the internet and in Consumer Reports, it seemed like no one was covering the stuff that especially mattered to me, so I decided to share this stuff with you all. Comfort matters a lot to me. Maybe Consumers Reports and some of the others should start systematically reporting noise levels in vehicles at some standard speed, and "bump response". Quantitative measurements of bump response would be helpful, not just "soft" and "stiff". A measure of vibration (say, of an idling engine) would also be good. Help people choose what they want. Some like it fairly stiff to "feel" the road. Maybe some like a fairly noisy engine so they can hear what it's doing. Each to his or her own.
    Technical notes: I used the "C weighting" range on the sound level meter (the default when you turn the meter on). This covers the whole bandwidth from 20 Hz to 10,000 Hz. The "A weighting" range only measures sounds from 500 Hz to 10,000 Hz. Switching to the "A" range dropped the sound levels about 10 to 20 dB, depending on the vehicle, indicating that most of the sound noise was below 500 Hz. Human hearing works down to about 20 Hz. Below that, you don't hear with your ears, you feel vibrations with your body. The meter operating in the "C" range does not discriminate low frequency sounds from high frequency sounds. Some of the 4 cylinder engines operate at higher RPM, and this makes the sound level seem more noticeable since your ears are more sensitive there. All vehicles idled at much lower sound levels than those shown, typically at 72-78 dB. I care more about what the sound level is at highway speeds, since that's where it's worse, and that's where I spend more time. Stiff vs soft suspensions were judged subjectively by how it felt when I went over small bumps in the road on the highway. Mostly I was in the vehicle by myself. For the Mazda and Subaru vehicles, my two grown sons and a sales guy were in the vehicle too. This can make the suspension feel softer (with a lot of weight in the vehicle). Note that the decibel (dB) scale is not linear, but logarithmic. This means that a couple of dB difference is very noticeable.
  • Has anyone had trouble with cold feet while driving their LS? My daughters feet can't get warm when she drives her LS. Dealer checked it out and said that the discharge air temp was 127 oF at the left (drivers side) foot discharge vent. It was 163 oF at the upper center vent.Outside air temp was about +10 oF Dealer. Also the front windshield would not defrost well when we had a lot of snow/ice accumulate on the outside by the wiper blades. The dealer said no trouble found. Has anyone else who lives in the Chicago/Madison, WI area have this problem??Is your 2000 Impala always warm and toasty at your feet?
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    well they say they may have it fixed so here goes. I am surprised though that no other postings show for today - is everyone asleep?

    You guys with the pics in the brochure and the pin sets are certainly fortunate. Those will probably be displayed in prominent places and become the focal point of many a conversation - lucky guys and ladies. I'm envious!

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    And on first try!!! Maybe it really is fixed.

  • Thanks for describing and showing me what those impala pins look like. Those of you who got them are truly blessed. I would love to get a set of them because I am a true Chevrolet fan. I would be willing to have a quote and/or my picture placed in the 2002 Impala brochure for a chance to get a gift like those impala pins. Each one of your impala pins represent the great history of the Chevrolet Impala. Those pins are extremely nice. Have a great day!
  • Is there anyway possible you could take a zoomed in photo of each pin? I am curious to see what some of them look like. If you can, I would be very grateful. Thanks again!
  • platourplatour Posts: 252
    I put the Impala door emblems on yesterday and today I noticed one is somewhat bent in the middle: it is bent around the "p"; slopes too much down at the front and back from the "p". How do I get it off without damaging the paint? I have ordered a new one so do not have to salvage the new now old.
  • Sorry folks, but with this new message board, it's a pain (almost impossible) to search from within a single conference.

    I'm looking for information concerning the dual catback exhaust that some have installed. What are the specfics?

    1. Part numbers?
    2. Does it improve performance?
    3. Does it add a nice sound, not too loud?
    4. Does it effect the warrant?
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