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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    A discussion of the 2006 Impala, including the lack of AWD or a CVT, appears here:
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Exactly what everyone on every GM forum has been talking about for the past year! Just using the 2006 Impala as an example. Most believe the car is a decent refreshening but will become stale/outdated very quickly in this fast moving market place.
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    I have an extra coin holder you can have. You pay $5 for shipping cost. Send me an e-mail if you like.

    As of today, I still haven't been able to sell my 2000 Impala LS with 66K miles. I even paid for the car registration good till 02/06.

    In the meantime, my Tundra double cab is killing me on gas. Oh boy~
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "As of today, I still haven't been able to sell my 2000 Impala LS with 66K miles. I even paid for the car registration good till 02/06. "

    You can buy used '04's here in Southern California all day long for $12,000 w/less than 36,000 miles on them. GM uses these for rentals and then sells them through their dealer network. Consequently, the market for used ones is very soft. You simply need to lower the price until it sells. It doesn't matter what Kelly Blue Book says, or the NADA used car guide, or Edmunds. It's what your LOCAL MARKET WILL BEAR.....................
  • klrssklrss Posts: 25
    Hi Folks, I am thinking of getting a new Impala, but not sure if the SS or LS would be best to get. I lean towards the SS for the extra 40 Hp, but I do want the best Gas mileage I can get. I read that the SS takes Premium that right? Anyone here have a 2005 SS that runs on regular with no problems? Just wanted to get everyones opinon on the two different trims. I might go for the fully loaded LS if the only thing I am getting with the SS is the 40 hp, and some stitching on the seats.
    Thanks for any help!
  • klj2041klj2041 Posts: 10
    I cannot find an LS with cloth seating! Is leather standard in this trim level? Also, does anyone have advice about which is 'better'. I really think that I don't want the leather but really want the LS trim! Thanks!
  • tommy42tommy42 Posts: 70
    You can get cloth seats in meduim gray sport cloth or neutral sport cloth. this from GM Impala web sit where you can build your own or check dealers to see what they have in stock.
  • I've been looking at a 2001 Impala that was used as a fleet vehicle. It has a very detailed vehicle history report and the only thing that looks like a red flag for me is the transmission work that's been done. A year ago, when it had 52,545 miles on it (it has 66k on it now) had $897 worth of transmission work on it. Then 8k miles later it had $75 more in transmission work, then 1k miles after that (61528 total miles) it had a $654 tune up. After glancing over the vehicle report I see that over the years it's had an addition $400's worth of misc. work on it. My question to you is - do you think this is a good car? Is it going to be a smart idea to buy a car that's had a rebuilt transmission and some misc. repairs? Are transmission problems frequent in Impalas and once they're fixed, do they come back?

    I'm a 21 year old student and I have the option of buying this car for about $6 grand, but I won't be able to replace everything if it decides to fail again. I'd like some responces from people who've replaced impala transmissions and done work on their cars. Also, I can choose to buy an '03 impala with 62k on it for around $7, I don't have the maintenance history for it yet though. Any input from an experienced impala owner would be very much appreciated.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "A year ago, when it had 52,545 miles on it (it has 66k on it now) had $897 worth of transmission work on it."

    Unless I am missing something you can't rebuild a transmission for this price. I am thinking that there was something wrong with the transmission and only the parts that absolutely needed replacing were exchanged. This is typical for a fleet car where the people that maintain them know they will only have a life of two years under a typical fleet lease. My advice would be to look for another car.
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    Does anyone have paint problems with their Imps? My paint is disappearing in spots on the horizontal surfaces,e.g. roof, hood.. Dealer blames it on birds. I'm going after GM in small claims court but wondered if anyone else has paint problems with the Imps. The spots are small enough to touch up.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    There are trans repairs that can be done under $1k that are short of a rebuild. GM has some problems with the TCC (torque converter clutch) and valve body problems. The TCC problem doesn't allow the torque converter to lockup when in OD. This doesn't make the car inoperative, it just means if left alone, the trans will probably overheat, and also lose fuel economy. I'm not 100% these problems are found in the Impala but, they do effect FWD Cadillac's & Suburban's etc. It's hard to say if someone opted for the cheap way out or not. With as many used Impala's around you might be better off looking else where.

    BTW, my 2000 suburban required a trans rebuild at 46K which cost me $1800.
  • Hey guys! I'm a proud new Impala owner. I just turned sixteen and I got my old man's 2001 Chevy Impala LS. I love it, it has to be one of the coolest cars. There's an All-American Makes Only Street Group at our school I joined and I'm looking to add some street parts to the Impala. So far I'm having trouble finding stuff. Since I'm on a limited budget I'm going for exterior first, namely; LED's and aero kits. Anyone know of good sites? It's hard to find stuff for the newer Impala models. Anyone have any personal recommendations for LED's?

  • jarndt1jarndt1 Posts: 11
    I know as a young person with a limited budget you may be drawn towards "appearance" based modifications, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, real performance upgrades will always be more satisfying and earn you more respect over the long run. My suggestion... BE PATIENT! Don't waste your money on LED's and aero kits. Instead, get some good detailing supplies and make your car look its best in stock form. Meanwhile, save your $$$ and investigate the most cost effective performance upgrades available for your car. Look at brake system upgrades, exhaust components (particularly the U-bend ahead of the cat), tranny shift kits, throttle body mods, computer upgrades, cold air intakes, etc. There are plenty of good resources out there. It's true, big performance costs big money but there are lots of modest performance gains to be had for little $$$. Congratulations and good luck with your future projects!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi David, welcome!

    You should check out our new Speed Shop: Tuning & Modification board. I think it's just what you are looking for.

    Have fun!
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    I would pass on the car. Maybe the transmission is fine and will last 150k, but used Impalas off-lease are very common and there are tons of them without the transmission issues.

    You are NOT getting bad prices. I can get a '02-03 Impala w 45-60k miles from a couple of the leasing companies that I have contact with for $5.8-6.5k.

    Remember, you should be looking to get 150-200k miles on the vehicle and to put aside enough to pay cash for your next vehicle.
  • I have spent 1 week looking for the part number for the 2000 Impala LS key FOB and had no luck. Can anyone with this vehicle and Key FOB let me know the part number (top row of numbers on the back)? I appreciate the help. Thanks!!!
  • tom41tom41 Posts: 3
    i have a 2005 chev impala LS. the dealer told me that because of the design of the rocker panels on the LS that they do not make a molded mudguard for the LS, they will not fit. the mudguards are evidently made for a regular impala. does anyone know of a company who makes a molded mudguard that fits a 2005 impala LS, front and rear.
  • stan18stan18 Posts: 8
    The SS is supposed to have a better suspension in addition to the +40hp.

    The supercharged 3800 will run on regular, but you may get worse gas mileage (and you lose many of your 40 horses). At least that's what my Dad told me about his Buick Ultra with the same engine. He switched back to premium because it was cheaper for his driving (he lives in the hinterlands so most of his driving is steady highway, not city or stop and go).

    I'd recommend driving them both. I recently test drove an SS. Nice car. You should be able to get a reasonable deal since it appearst that most of the target market is waiting for '06 and the V8.
  • tommy42tommy42 Posts: 70
    I got the part # from G M Accessorie zone site. Front12496349 $28.00 Rear 12498346 $28.00.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    What does everyone think about GM putting the 5.3 as an option in the Impala.

    I question this decision because I have a 5.3 in my Suburban and I don't find it to be overly refined and more suited for truck duty. I know GM is adding DOD, but is the engine being reworked for car duty?

    I'm going to be curious to see how it handles, that will be quite a bit of weight over the front wheels.
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