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2006 Chevrolet Impala

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  • Am I the only one who’s confused here? For the last few weeks, I’ve noticed websites/blogs list diff sets of specs for the 3500 engine. Some have said 214 @ 4000, others: 220 @ 2800. Now GM is adding to the confusion. On the US site (finally shown!), it states 214 @ 4000 and 21/31 mpg. On the Canadian site (preview only), it’s 220 @ 2800. Which is it? Do we Canadians get to have the better package? Plus, what happened to the 3500 having the Malibu’s fuel economy of 22/32 mpg? And don’t tell me it’s another metric issue between us neighbors. :)

    When you click on the LTZ model on the GM site, it states 31 highway miles. On the specs section, it’s 27. I’m sick of these damn typos or are they just mind games.

    Another thing I’ve noticed go awry today was when I visited the Toyota site. It appears as though the specs for ’06 Camry and Avalon’s engines have been watered down a bit. If you have time, visit their site. Incidentally, they’ve jacked up the price for the Camry LE (and no changes for 2006), #@$%. It’s either that one or Impala LS for me. If I wait too long, GM may raise the price of the base Impala as it’ll likely do well. By then the newly-designed ’07 Camry will be out. hmm….

    PS. I thought the Impala would have electronic brake distribution (EBD), like on the Ford 500 and Camry; apparently not.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Especially as to the differences in Camry, this may help (I don't know if early publications for the Impala's new engine were affected by this):

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0508/19/A01-283759.htm
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    The chevrolet.com site is probably right. Official Canadian site is not up yet for some reason. It, like other numbers were probably estimates since it's not the same 3.5L engine as you would find in the Malibu/G6. Further, you can't expect to get the same mileage as a Malibu in an Impala, the Impala is a significantly bigger car.

    214hp and 21/31 sounds pretty accurate.
  • "5300 " 0-60 5.7 seconds
    these are Chevrolets numbers. I am sure when Motor trend or Carandriver test these, the numbers might vary a couple tenths one way or the other."

    Thats strange because Pontiacs official numbers on the 5300 Grand Prix GXP are 5.9 seconds. Same car as Impala. Edmunds best run on the 5300 GP GXP was a SLOW 6.7 seconds. Go figure. There had to be something wrong there.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Could be gearing to get to 5.9 but 6.7 is very slow.

    GXP is nice but I think the Impala is an easier car to live with day to day. I find the new GPs to be a little cramped in side.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,529
    "Could be gearing to get to 5.9 but 6.7 is very slow."

    Impala SS final drive ratio is shown as 2.93 : 1, same as the GXP.
    - Ray
    GXP driver . . .
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The GXP is sportier, and certainly feels a bit smaller inside, shoulder room and seats seamed narrower, including the back seat area....not sure of the interior specs.correct me if I am wrong but the GXP tires are wider at the front then the rear?....when I took out a 2006 SS it had only 000014 on it. I did a standing start to 60 mph (100 kph) Some wheel spin and some torque steer, not too bad. It didn't seem like it came close to Chevys #'s. Nice throaty exhaust. It certainly has more grunt then my 3800 (200hp) but being brand new might be part of it. If I remember correctly before the GXP went into service didn't they originally rate it at 290 hp, then when the Impala 5.3 was announced both engines were rated at 303 hp. I could be wrong on that.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    The new Impala has side-curtain airbags but apparently no seat-mounted side torso airbags? Why not?

    This is a standard and very basic safety device nowadays. Why does the car have OnStar and no side torso airbags? Because the OnStar pays a monthly fee and the airbags do not?

    If this company is serious about pulling themselves out of the financial hole in which they presently find themselves, they need to get serious about really taking care of their customers.

    If the new 2006 Hyundai Sonata can provide side torso and side curtain airbags (not to mention active head restraints), why not GM??
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Camry does not offer seat mounted or curtain SABs on any model except the high end XLE V6.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    GM has long had concerns about injuries to small passengers in the passenger seat resulting from side air bag deployment. See their discussion why they offer a side air bag on the driver side but not the passenger side on earlier Impalas.

    This problem has been resolved for other manufacturers by "occupant classification/location" systems which can tell where a passenger is sitting, if they weigh enough, etc., and hopefully GM will catch up.

    In the mean time, side curtain airbags are the most critical, although the Insurance Institute tests improved significantly when side torso airbags were added to the previously available side curtain airbags in the current generation Malibu.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Camry does not offer seat mounted or curtain SABs on any model except the high end XLE V6.

    Yes, and this is a mistake by Toyota as well but it in no way excuses GM for this omission in the new 2006 Impala. Should only those willing to pay more be entitled to optimally safe cars? If Hyundai does not think so, neither should other manufacturers.

    Incidentally, the brand new model Camry is coming out next spring and I would be very surprised if it did not have side torso air bags on all models.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    GM has long had concerns about injuries to small passengers in the passenger seat resulting from side air bag deployment. See their discussion why they offer a side air bag on the driver side but not the passenger side on earlier Impalas.

    This is little consolation if our car is T-boned on the passenger side while my wife or adult son is sitting there.

    This problem has been resolved for other manufacturers by "occupant classification/location" systems which can tell where a passenger is sitting, if they weigh enough, etc., and hopefully GM will catch up.

    GM is in precisely the mess it is because it was content to be a class follower and not a class leader. One would think they should have learned a lesson from this but apparently not.

    In the mean time, side curtain airbags are the most critical, although the Insurance Institute tests improved significantly when side torso airbags were added to the previously available side curtain airbags in the current generation Malibu.

    My point exactly. The car is substantially safer with side torso airbags.

    Furthermore, how much do they spend putting the revenue-generating OnStar in each car as opposed to side torso airbags? Will OnStar mitigate the injury effects of a T-bone collision as effectively as side torso airbags or simply call for the authorities to come clean up the increased injuries as a result of their absence?
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Post # 533. "This problem has been resolved for by other manufactures by occupant/classification location which can tell where a passenger is sitting, if they weigh enough etc. and hopefully GM will catch up".

    The 2006 Impala has this system. There is an illuminated signal that shows up on the dash panel in front of the passenger seat. If someone weighs less then 40 pounds, who is sitting in the front passenger seat, an X shows on the panel that the person is too light/small to be sitting in the front. When the weight on the seat is over 40 pounds an illuminated positive check mark shows up. An excellent feature.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Head curtains are the most important thing but I agree that seat SABs would be welcome.

    That said, Impala has had much better crash tests than Hyundai Sonata, Maybe the new Sonata will be better.
  • My GTO has NO side airbags at all, yet is scored just as well as the Mercedes SLK in crash testing. Go figure. The tests were done on the Monaro in Austrailia.
  • "Over the years I have owned 6 Impalas......1 almost from every generation. I have seen the transformation of this car from the getgo"

    My mother in law has the FIRST generation Impala ever made, the 1958. Only a 2 spd automatic with the most powerfull 348 CID V8. I think it only gets 10 to 12mpg highway, LOL! You are only in 2nd or top gear at 65mph. Handling is/was horrible on those
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The 2006 Impala will be the start of extras to come on future models. Chevy has to stay competitive on GM's top selling car.

    The suspension set up on the 1958 Impala was the same for all full size chevs right through to and including 1964. The handling is terrible. I think you turn the huge steering wheel about 8 revolutions to make a turn around a corner. Hard metal dashboards and no seatblets!! Those were the days. Probably many other posters on this forum had parents or grandparents who owned these generation of cars back then. WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY!
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    They had a 2005/4 standing beside a 2006 in front of my dealer yesterday. While the general shape is similar, it's amazing how much better the new Impala flows in terms of look. Very elegant and smooth.

    Anyone bought / leased one yet? I think "bigjay" was going to pick one up soon.
  • bigjaybigjay Posts: 26
    I have driven the SS Impala at low speeds in busy LA traffic and at speed on the 101 fwy. The car is quiet as a tomb! (except for sweet lilt of exhaust note coming from the rear of the car.)

    The Bose system is great...although I am not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination, it does sound good to me. I listen to a range of music, mostly rock and light jazz. When I test drove the SS I had a new Michael McDonald "Motown" CD in the deck. McDonald is famous for his keyboards (lots of treble and mid range) and backs his musics up with a lot of heavy bass. IT all sounded great to me!
  • bigjaybigjay Posts: 26
    I have driven the SS Impala at low speeds in busy LA traffic and at speed on the 101 fwy. The car is quiet as a tomb! (except for sweet lilt of exhaust note coming from the rear of the car.)

    The Bose system is great...although I am not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination, it does sound good to me. I listen to a range of music, mostly rock and light jazz. When I test drove the SS I had a new Michael McDonald "Motown" CD in the deck. McDonald is famous for his keyboards (lots of treble and mid range) and backs his music up with a lot of heavy bass. It all sounded great to me!
  • bigjaybigjay Posts: 26
    Yes... I will take delivery on Sept 1st. I have an escrow closing on the 31st and am having the funds wire transfered to my bank same day. So, my plan is to transact on 9/1.

    I will actually be buying two cars at the same time: An SS Impala and a new 'Burb. Actually a new '05 Burb...I'm taking advantage of the "firesale pricing" GM is offreing right now. Immediately after delivery (same day if possible) I'm getting a couple of DVD screens in the 'Burb. That means my wife will be driving the SS for a couple of days and I won't get to at all. Immediately upon delivery of the 'Burb, (within a couple of hours) I'm leaving town for the Labor Day weekend.

    In short, I probably won't get much "windshield time" with the Impala until I get back. I'll keep everybody in the loop about the car during the week after Labor day.
  • bigjaybigjay Posts: 26
    There you are! I knew I saw this post somewhere!! I posted this in another thread and wanted to add it here...

    On www.thecarconnection.com there is an article about the new Impala 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 like it so much, I plan to buy 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 seriously fast 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?
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I want to see a reliable comparo with the SS vs Charger vs GXP ect.

    Look forward to your comments on the SS.

    The Burb will be expensive to run with $2.50-$3 gas but I guess if you can get a good deal it offsets the cost of running it. I hope the next generation has DOD like the Impala. It will help mileage.
  • link69link69 Posts: 2
    I have a 2006 Impala SS and I'm loving it! It's fast and can be a handful off the line. I'm not to sure about that gas mileage thou. I've got tons of options, lots of power. I really wonder what the weight balance is seeing that the block and heads are aluminum.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,529
    “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.”

    The only published magazine acceleration report that I have seen for the GXP (functionally identical driveline, in this context) that included a 0 – 60 number was the Motor Trend – June 2005 issue: 6.0 sec. And the Quarter in 14.3 at 98.1 mph.

    The other GXP magazine test I have see is the Pontiac Enthusiast, where they reported a Quarter time of 14.2 – but no 0 to Any MPH times.

    Given the challenge of a good launch in such a powerful FWD vehicle, I expect that 6.0 or better is obtainable only with someone talented and experienced in such an esoteric \ specialized skill. I am personally much more interested in the acceleration rate(s) once moving. 10 – 50 mph, 50 – 70 mph (or more) to pass, etc. And (in over 3,000 miles) this drivetrain certainly provides me with the ability to entertain, as well as deal with traffic situations. My previous vehicle was reasonably well documented as a high 6-second 0 – 60, and my GXP does feel (well calibrated “butt dyno”) quicker . .

    One thing to consider is that the trans. and final drive gearing is such that Second gear is good for approx. 98 mph. Third and Fourth need a few revs to provide (um) impressive acceleration.

    I do expect that we will see a few instrumented SS tests within a couple of months.

    - Ray
    Happy with the feel . .
  • rysterryster Posts: 480
    The 2005 Camry SE (4cyl and 6cyl models) have the side airbag and front/rear head curtain airbag option available.
  • kodenamekodename Posts: 141
    Geez, the 2006 Impala looks like a Dodge Intrepid! Where's the styling that says Impala, or even Chevy for that matter. No round tail lamps, nothing. Then across the showroom floor Chevy wants to tout the "Heritage" HHT as a salute to its original Suburban? Come on , call it a PT Cruiser rip off. Heritage should be as important to the Impala as it is to the Corvette. When somebody writes Bob Lutz Bio , these years at GM will surely be a low point. Cobalt,G6,GTO, all the new Buicks,.....the disappointments just keep coming under Lutz. Bill C.
  • jem1jem1 Posts: 1
    Im taking delivery of my Impala SS Silver/Ebony... LOADED w/ all the fixins!
    Lease price is $412/mo for 36mo/12kmiles/zerodown... Anyone have a lease price to compare?
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Congrats.. what was the lease rate?
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