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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • cookie01cookie01 Posts: 369
    Frank, I looked around here at work and I can't find it. Bet it's at home somewhere written down. I actually keep a folder of "CAR ONLY" stuff in the Impala (it's in the rear seat pocket which seems to not be standard in the 2001 models... geez) I will look there. I'll let you know as soon as I give up.

    New for me.... a trip planned to Lake Tahoe for early October. The drive is about 650 miles one way. This would be the FIRST long trip in the Impala and the first on interesting roads. Can't Wait!!! Gas her up and go...
  • woo_bywoo_by Posts: 28
    what inlet/outlet diameter fits on the Impala?

    did you get a new intake as well?
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    I believe it was a 2 and 1/4 inch if I'm not mistaken. The flowmaster I got was a 2and 1/2 but they can fix that no problem. No I didn't get a new intake. It's possible that the extrordinarily long resonator on this car will cut down on the sound of this series 50. It probably would be louder if not for that.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Was at Richard Chevrolet, Cheshire, CT yesterday.

    A big Chevy-only dealership, where I bought my 98 Malibu. GM recently considered it to be the best in US in service satisfaction.

    Walked around the lot while waiting for my wife to pick me up. Saw only five new Impala: two LS, dark-red and green, and three base, one of them torch-red. The LS are loaded - sunroof, comfort package, etc.

    Probably, high demand and low supply, plus dealers do not want to stock many 2001 cars when the next year model will appear in August-September.

    I do not like the bright red color with big cars, but the Impala was not so bad. Saw a bright-red MB last week - this was really awful. Did not pay much attention to the red base Impala on the dealer lot, though. Do not know how it looks from the back.

    On the other hand, I like the dark-red color. The Impala LS in green looks even better from front and side, but not from the rear. The big rear-light panel does not fit well with green. The dark-blue, probably, is the best currently, when the "Auburn Mist" and light blue are not available any more.

    Of course, all of this is just my tastes...

  • wyoimpwyoimp Posts: 87
    Do you have a single or duals? If they're duals how was it done? Was there an option to replace the resonator with a staight piece of pipe?
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Lake Tahoe sounds like a beautiful place to enjoy a nice peaceful vacation....

    We might be heading there sometime next year.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    I am fast approaching to 1,200 miles. Would it be too soon to schedule its first oil change??
  • hogboyhogboy Posts: 84
    Teo, no thats not too early. My dealer recommended I bring our LS in between 1k & 1.5k for 1st change. You want to get any particles out of there from initial break-in. Then I would stick to the 3k rule after that assuming you stay with dino oil. When I get a new bike or truck I always have the oil & filter changed in that range. Better overkill.
  • roderacerroderacer Posts: 311
    I'd say it is never too early. I am at about 2300 miles and plan on calling the dealer today to schedule the first change. I suppose it depends on the Service Dept. If they are usually extremely busy, the earlier-the better.

    I don't plan on waiting for the oil life monitor to tell me it is time. Every 3k, religiously is how I will handle the oil. If it goes in a couple hundred miles early, so be it.

  • roderacerroderacer Posts: 311
    just called the service dept. at my dealer to schedule that oil change...

    Get this. First come, first serve walk-in's ONLY M-F, 8am-11am and 1pm-4pm.

    Interesting, but I can see this posing a problem.

  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    I appreciate all responses. My dealer is open from 8AM to 2PM on Saturdays, plus they have the 'Under 29 minute' oil change pledge.

    I don't want to wait to make the first change of oil beyond 1,500 or 2,000 miles. Right after that I'll stick to the every 3K miles schedule.

    Nathan, any objections as to make the first oil change at 1,200 miles???
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    It's a single exhaust, I replaced the tip though while they burned off the muffler, figured why not, plus it looks nicer. I supposed you could delete the resonator all together, however I don't knw what it would do to the sound. The welder who put mine on, says it's the biggest resonator he'd ever seen.
  • 00impala00impala Posts: 474
    $1.36 for Regular unleaded today! 2 Weeks ago it was $1.86....Glad to see it coming down, But for how long? Oh yea this is in Cincinnati, OH Don
  • wyoimpwyoimp Posts: 87
    Thanks hunter 39 for the info. I think the resonator is the reason thers's a hump in the interior.
    Oil Change - I did mine at 600 miles, changed the filter also. I'm getting the dealer 3 Month oil change ( Mostly short distance driving) this coming week. The oil is still a nice golden color.
  • alanwagenalanwagen Posts: 28
    3k on oil changes may be a waste of oil and money.
    With better oils and better engines, things have changed.
    Click and Clack (Car Talk) recommend 5k on oil changes. On 2001 Buicks the oil change interval is 10k. I concur on this as at 3k my oil has not hardly changed color. Works for me and I have got 117k on a Lumina and it uses no oil.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Mine is changed every 3000 miles almost religiously. Not all oils are equal.
    Especially when dealing with engines that are designed to run hot.
    My camaro literally kills cheap oils in about 2500 miles.
    My IROC is designed so that the second cooling fan does not come on until 230 degrees or until the A/C is turned on. Thats a lot of temp for an oil to deal with.
    With a cheap oil i can actually see the oil pressure drop at 2500 miles.
    I stay away from quaker state and the pennsylvania crudes.
    I have had okay luck with castrol, but valvoline beats them all. It holds oil pressure the longest and does not breakdown. Highly recommended.
    My impala will get its oil changed every 3000 regardless of what the manual says.
    Cheap insurance.
  • Hello 00impala. Your gas prices have dropped big time. Where I live in NJ the gas prices have only come down by 2 cents... average price for 87 grade here is $1.72. I hope the prices dive like your area did. It would be a blessing. SUV sales have gone sour due to the gas prices.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I just drove Maine - Pa - Niagara Falls (whoops wrong turn!) - Maine for 1400 miles in my 00 Bonneville. The Niagara piece was a spur of the moment decision to spend some more time behind the wheel since I enjoy driving so much.

    The gas prices here in NH & Maine are around $1.59 for 87 octane. I saw $1.49 in Scranton Pa and $1.59 in Buffalo NY.

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Cookie - sounds terrific! I'd love to see that someday. Hmmm - maybe another detour from PA to ME on my next biz trip? lol

  • mediumfrymediumfry Posts: 239
    Yowza, sounds like most of you folks aren't into the Torch Red. I actually was shopping for a white Impala when I started, but ended up purchasing Torch Red, well, because I liked it the most. Actually I figured if I bought any other color I'd always see the red ones and wish I'd gotten them instead.

    Not to take anything away from the other colors. Actually most of the colors are strikingly pretty and IMO white is probably the worst as far as "wow, that's pretty" effect.

    I take no offense to others' comments about the red, but I think it's gorgeous. The taillight section doesn't match perfectly, but it certainly doesn't make me say "yuk". I just hope the red doesn't sun-fade and deteriorate like the reds of the 70's and 80's. I'll just keep it polished and garaged and hope for the best.

    As I always say, "I'm glad everyone isn't just like me...if they were I'd have a heck of a time getting along with anyone else".
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