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Chevy Impala 2004 Redesign



  • Actually, if you read the UK JD Power long term rankings for Ecotec equipped Vectras and Astras, its reliability is only mid-pack. I'd trust those rankings, seeing as the Ecotec's been out there for a few years before it was introduced here.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    Too bad the '04 Impala SS won't be getting the new S/C 3800 Series III engine that the '04 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP will be getting. Apparently they don't want to share this new engine (260 ponies) with Chevy. Bad business decision! They also wouldn't share their S/C 3800 Series II with Chevy, until now
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    "They sell factory/dealer installed superchargers on all Ecotecs, reggie.... Esp the Sunfire."

    Point me to a link that details this please.......I know superchargers will be available on the Vibe soon but that is a different motor.

    Maybe a Cavalier or Sunfire is not a bad idea if you blower it up cheaply.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    jpstax: Yeah, it's weird.. They say they don't wanna "step on Pontiac's toes" but I don't know the true reason. There's no way I'd buy an Impala SS with the GTP getting the Series III, I'd get the GTP. hmmmm

    reggie: Just do a search for the link... it's online...
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    doesn't look factory supported like the one on the Vibe. Supercharger would be preferred over turbo in an aftermarket install I would guess.

    If its not factory warranted, I wouldn't want it.

    OK sorry about the disruption. Back to IM PA LA.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    No, the dealer installed/bought forced induction for the Ecotecs are Superchargers, not Turbos... I believe they make a little over 200HP
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    yes, but are they dealer installed with full factory warranty? The Vibe supercharger is on the pontiac site and I see no such info on anything related to ecotec.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    Yes, I believe the do have the warranty with them, certainly when dealer installed. I'll see if I can dig up some info later on..
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    maybe i could stomach the looks of an Ion for 11 grand if I could put a factory warranted supercharger on it and get 180 horsepower.

    I saw a white Impala LS with tan leather today. I think the Impala is decent looking, if conservative. Might be the best color combination for that car. Wish they'd make a yellow Impala with white leather and black dash.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    Well, reg... now we know you have no taste... lol ; )
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    One thing is for sure. Large car in yellow?

    Prepare to be hailed! (People will think you are a big yellow taxi!)

    White leather? I would hate to have to keep that clean! At least it wouldn't get hot in the summer!

    I'd be happier with the Impala if it came with a black interior! Gray or parchment. Blue in the less expensive models (unless they have dropped that too now). It is a bit monotonous.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    that one on the gp-owners forum with the body coloured mouldings looks pretty sharp.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    well, the Mazda6 looks so nice in yellow why wouldn't the Impala?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    It might very well. Still, with its size, people WILL think it is a taxi. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on how much of an extrovert you are and whether you have a good sense of humor.

    Perhaps this is a good test for that: Would you drive a used hearse as your daily driver? If you would, a yellow Impala might well be your thing. If not, examine your reasons why.

    Chevy could definitely attract a larger clientele for the Impala with some more daring colours. There was once a dashing plum, but they sold very few of them before they just flat out dropped it. Go figure.
  • jbk5jbk5 Posts: 26
    The Mazda 6 looks good in any color. That is one sharp looking car.

    A yellow Impala might be ok depending where you live. Drive one around downtown Chicago and I guarantee you will be hailed. Repeatedly... There are a lot of Impala taxis there both yellow and orange. I even saw one with a spoiler!
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    The Monte looks good in yellow so I figure the Imp may as well. The bigger wheels on the Imp non-taxi version should be all one needs to see to know its not a taxi.
  • I dunno.. the Monte is a hideous car in all colors. To an enthusiast, the wheels might differentiate, but to an average citizen yellow means taxi.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    Not really a Monte style fan in this incarnation, but it looks pretty good in black.... but it's not one of the best looking cars out there...
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    If anyone is interested in racing their '04 Impala SS, here are the rules spelled out by the Buick GSCA. I'm sure their rules will be changed to include the new '04 SS Impalas and SS Monte Carlos:
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