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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • batistabatista Posts: 159
    John I know you got lucky with your Impala. But it also may be that you do a lot of highway driving. My car is driven only in the city which means more turns and to get to work I park on a multi-level parking lot which means lots of right and left turning.
    This may dry out the ISS or put more wear on it.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    You are probably right. I did and do about 90 percent of my driving on the highway.

    And I was among the very few (from appearances here, anyway) who did not have ISS trouble. Especially on a 00.

    By the way, for those interested, the Five Hundred (mine) is now out of warranty, as of earlier this week...
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I had the ISS lubed on my Intrigue once at around 2 1/2 years. It's been fine for 3+ years now though I figure I may have to get it done once more in my time with it.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Congrats on the new 2006 SS. Sharp car, I like the 2006's more and more now that I see them on the road. Saw a shiny white LTZ yesterday at the train station, beauty.

    Nice of you to let the dealer keep showing your car. I'm not sure I would be so kind.

  • Has anyone had a chance to drive one of the new 9C1 2006 Impalas yet? I'm very curious to see how they compare up against the 3.8 in the current model (especially since I'm getting ready to order one for my work car!). Heard the jury is still out on putting the LS4 in the 9C1 for 2007... We've got one guy so far over on NewImpala.Com that has received a '06, but he got the base model 3.5 and it's really not a comparison. He posted some really nice exterior & interior pics though, was neat looking at those.... Our webhost has a SS on order so we'll get full info on it when he takes delivery in a few weeks.
  • bigjaybigjay Posts: 26
    It's not a problem... I'm getting the car for invoice while other dealers are charging full sticker plus mark up. I am buying a 'Burb at the same time and they are taking $11 grand off the invoice on that one too. In the meantime, they're holding both cars for me until my RE Escrow closes. After all that kindness, It's the least I can do for them!
  • bigjaybigjay Posts: 26
    There was a thread on here (somewhere) that talked about the zero to sixty times on the new Impala SS. I wish I could find it again to add these findings...

    On there is an article about the new SS and they claim it is hitting zero to 60 times in 5.7 seconds!?!?! Consider the following quote:

    "For V-8 fans (and who isn't?) best news is the delightful new Impala SS, which returns legendary small-block Chevy power to the once-legendary Impala nameplate for the first time since last decade's huge, blimp-like rear-drive Impalas. This all-aluminum 5.3-liter sweetheart pumps out a healthy 303 hp and 323 lb-ft, launches the 3712-lb SS to 60 mph in 5.7 sec. and -- partly thanks to GM's Displacement on Demand (DOD) cylinder deactivation technology - delivers a very decent 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway EPA economy."

    Ummm... I dunno about that. I am a big fan of this new car. I've driven it and in fact, I plan to but one next week. But 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds? The car scoots along pretty well, but it just didn't feel "that" fast! Felt more like upper 6 seconds.

    Sub six second 0 to 60 times are the natural habitat of some truly fast production cars, ie: MB E500, BMW 545, even the Hemi powered Chrysler 300C. The SS certainly gets up and goes, but it just didn't "feel" like those other cars.

    I wonder where they got those numbers?
  • jcooleyjcooley Posts: 46
    The Edmunds TMV for an 2006 Impala in my area is pretty much half way between the invoice and MSRP. If some dealers are charging a MSRP premium and some charge invoice it looks like the TMV may just be an average of the final price depending if you are good haggler or not. Good luck on you new vehicles.
  • Your ISS story is similar to mine. My 01 Impala needed the lube after two years. Now it needs it every 18 months. It's expensive and annoying. I was going to the dealership for the service, and am now looking for a less expensive alternative. In my opinion, the lube is a band-aid fix to a defect and I am annoyed to have to pay Chevy every 18 months to correct it. I have never had another car that ever needed regular steering column lubrication. Any other lower cost alternatives to the lubing procedure?
  • batistabatista Posts: 159
    I just had my ISS lubed and it cost me $125 CDN and the service advisor told me that I will need my steering rack replaced in the next year or two. I don't know if I will keep this car if I have to pay $1000+ to fix it. I can handle the $125 every 1-2 years but not a steering rack every 5 years. Apparently the steering rack will start to leak fluid or it already has a very minor leak. He wasn't very clear in his explanation. Maybe you can get away with lubing it a couple of times before the rack needs to be replaced.
    GM was replacing steering racks before they had this lube fix. I don't know if the service advisor is just trying to get some business for the dealership.
    After the lubing the car handles and feels much better. I don't feel the effects of bumps on the road and the car is much quieter.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    I had the ISS lubed on my 2000 Impala early on, and as I remember the fix involved drilling a hole into the assembly, threading the hole, and putting what I assumed to be a standard grease fitting on so they could shoot lube into the ISS. I haven't actually looked around for this grease fitting (don't know if it'd be under the dash or under the hood for that matter), and I don't know what type of grease it would use...but if the fitting is easy to get to and it doesn't require some special type of lubricant (or connection), you could probably go to your neighborhood auto parts shop and buy a grease gun and the lube for a few bucks. It might be worth asking the service advisor to show you exactly what they did to fix the ISS and see if they can point out the grease fitting and ask specifically about what they used to lube it, then check into doing it yourself. Just a thought; there could be other reasons NOT to do this yourself - but if the warranty is gone it might be worth trying.
  • road46road46 Posts: 18
    First and only real problem so far with my 04 Impala was rotor pulsation. Took it into dealer under warranty and they replaced both rear rotors and one rear drivers side hub at no charge. The hub was not mating to the rotor correctly and this contributed to the pulsation. This car now stops as smooth as silk. Rotors were de laminating, I imagine some of that was from our severe winters we have in upstate new york state, also the car was built in Oct 03 and I purchased new in jan 2004. This could have contributed to some rust on rotors. No other problems to report, all in all this is a great car. I am getting 30-33 mpg on highway trips w 3.4 engine and I feel alot safer going down the road knowing this car has a 5 star frontal crash rating. Saw a 2006 Impala 2 weeks ago on I-95 in Maine and liked the new exterior styling.
  • The License plate bulb on my 2002 Impala needs
    to be replaced and I would like to do it myself.
    My owner's manual does not give directions for
    doing this, it simply tells me to go to a

    Isn't this something that I should be able to do
    myself? I've seached on-line and have been
    unable to find directions. Can anyone tell me
    how to do it or direct me to somewhere I can find
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Hi, I just did a very lengthy review of auto transports. It's at bh628, "Car Transport Companies" #42, 5 Sep 2005 12:17 pm

    Maybe it will help someone on this list.
  • I replaced the license plate bulbs on my 2000 Impala about a year ago; I don't remember too many specifics, but basically if you crawl under the car you might have to unscrew a screw or two, but it isn't very difficult at all. As I recall I first pulled out the bad bulb and then went and bought the new bulb, which came in a package of two...the process was simple enough that I just went ahead and replaced both bulbs, figuring if I just replaced the one the other would have burned out within a few weeks, and I'd only have to do it again. If it were daylight at the moment I'd go crawl under mine and look, but I think when you get under there and look, it should be pretty obvious how to go about removing the old bulb and putting in the new one.
  • I have an 03 Impala with 38k. A clicking noise can be heard when making turns at 10-20 mph, or when turning the steering wheel slightly when stationary. The dealer has looked at this 2-3 times while under warranty, and could not find a problem....saying that all Impala's make a slight clicking sound.
    Steering is fine, no wander, no steering wheel problems. Just the clicking noise that is starting to occur more often. Did not occur when car was new. Did not have this problem with my 01 Impala.
    Any help?
  • If the sound is more of a high pitched, "ticking" or "creaking" type sound (sort of like the sounds an engine makes when it's cooling down, but tied to steering inputs), it is probably related to the aluminium engine cradle. There were complaints about this early on in the 2000 Impalas, and it seems like a few folks either had cracks in welds, or had shims or other repairs done to rectify things. As I recall mine made those noises early on, but at the time I was parking in a deck which amplified the sounds. I never had any weld or other problems, and am approaching 85k miles with no cradle-related issues.

    I wonder though...I haven't followed much on the new 2006 Impala (since I won't be in the market for another 2-3 years), but does this new model also use an aluminum engine cradle? Might be telling to see if Chevy kept with that strategy or not.
  • I just received a letter from the recall dept of GM informing me that there are problems with the catalytic converters in the Impala's with both engines 3.4 and 3.8 2000 to 2005. The letter mentions that the car could loose power due to the catalytic converter failing, and that Chevy will fix the problem if anyone experiences this issue for 10 yrs or 120,000 miles whichever comes first free from the original date of purchase.
    Well this exact problem happened to me a month ago where I lost all power trying to accelerate from a stop. Chevy replaced the converter under my extended warranty, and now my 01 LS has full power. There were no issues leading up to this problem. It just happened unexpectantly by complete surprise. A bit scary when you are flooring the accelerator and the car goes no where.
    Letting everyone know so all are aware if this happens to you.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I have a 2001 LS also and got the same letter just last week (I live in Ontario Canada)...I have been having the same symtoms as you. I plan on taking the car in in the next week or so.
  • toby07toby07 Posts: 6
    we have a 2003 impala with 26000 on it we have gotten the same noise went to the dealer he said that there is a bullinton on it the grease fitting between the 2 shafts on the steering rods they loose the grease so they fixed it they had the same problems with all gm cars and truck
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