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2009 Chevy Impala RWD

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  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Ok now Kirstie...We're curious here, again.... Where do you fit into all this Hosting stuff...??? Now you really have me confused.. :confuse:

    Frank ;)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,913
    If you look at the top of this discussion, you'll see my name listed as host (power-crazed, of course). I host discussions about future vehicles, the Smart Shopper board, and I'm the "roving" host (meaning my power-craze is unfettered - I can "host" anywhere that needs attention). Make sense?

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  • yeah , and Kirstie will kick your butt right out of here...I was there ..it was back in "01.....tables were flying, chairs broken, windows were shattered, blood all over this Forum...terrible times , they were......don't mess with Kirstie!!....Kirstie will put you in Hearstie!! :sick:
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Good to meet you Kirstie..thanks for your info..!!

    Hey Bryan, You are a hoot, man......!!!
    I don't plan on shedding any blood here.

    Frank ;)
  • fordenvyfordenvy Posts: 72
    ... for the 2010 Impala. Ford will be coming out with their own RWD V-8's around the same time. I like the Interceptor concept better than the Implala concept, but when it comes to the production model it will change. OR should I go get a Chrysler (which I perceive to be garbage) now?
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Well, personally, I find your comments to be very interesting here...
    Ok now, so you like the FORD Interceptor concept better than the Impala, and you also perceive a Chrysler to be garbage.....Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, pretty much says it all...!!!
    Gee, and with a name like FORDENVY, I think you pretty well have your mind made up here... Don't 'ya think.??
    Sorry, I'm afraid I wouldn't be much help here..!!

    Frank
  • I guess he likes "Fix Or Repair Daily" cars.......I thought this was a Chevy Impala site....I think his post should be moved over to the Ford Forums... :shades:
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey Bryan...I just looked up his recent Forums Activy and his last 10 posts were all on the FORD side...Oh, shute..there's that 4 letter word again. Maybe, he just got bored, or something..!!??

    Frank ;)
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Thanks Bryan ...Yep, it's running very well, and everything is just great so far..!! :blush: You obvious have a winner there with yours...well done!
    At this point, I have No popping, ticking, moans, groans, scratching, hissing, no chips, no TPMS message, etc. etc. etc. Things are so good right now, it's almost scarey... Especially, the FOB thing..!!

    Have a great day.!
    Frank ;)
  • I look everyday for paint chips....hopefully Martin and myself will continue with no paint problems.....onstar is still red/green but works good....more snow here for tonite.....take care.....bryan
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,913
    Let's try to stick to the 09 Impala, please? Aspersions about other members' motives aren't welcome, and you can just ignore posts you don't like.

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  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Sounds like classic Detroit whining about gov't interference instead of stepping up to the challenge. Besides, a 30% increase in fuel economy from 20 mpg isn't 30 mpg (as Lutz states), it would be 26 mpg. While I'm not saying it would be easy, the 5.7L Camaros and Corvettes were getting that 10 yrs ago. I know GM and all of Detroit is hurting but being bold is what is going to put them back in America's driveways. It's time to encourage Americans to buy the big sedan in place of the SUV. A 28 mpg Impala will make it much easier to reach a higher CAFE than a 20 mpg Tahoe or Suburban.
  • ^^^ I agree with that! I personally think the Impala is more comfortable to ride in than my wife's Durango, and it gets almost twice the gas mileage. Remember, 28 mpg is realistic for the Impala and 20 mpg is a far stretch for an SUV. Our Durango has never seen 20 mpg. Best it ever got was 18 on an all highway trip. :D
  • As far as the next Impala is concerned, I don't like the idea of any backwards steps in fuel mileage (like they did with the 2006 Impala compared to the 2005). I think 32 mpg highway (3.4 Impala 2004 model) is really good for a car its size and would sacrifice a little power for the fuel mileage. :shades:
  • fordenvyfordenvy Posts: 72
    that GM has a great possibility of cancelling all RWD projects coming up, except for the G6 and the Camaro of 2009. But as for the Impala and the Buik RWD they may be slashed. Reasons they have down is the new gov't standards that are going to come out and the CAFE increase. We all know that FWD's get better fuel economy than RWD, by about 1-3mpg, and if all your models contribute that decline you'll never be able to meet CAFE.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    question in Crown Vic topic, as someone mentioned the RWD 2009 Impala, and now I find that it has its own topic...

    Will the 2009 Impala be of a decent size, say, nearer a Crown vic with a little room???...the current Impala looks to be about the size of a Taurus, and would not be a family sedan in my book...

    I can't believe it...a GM car has actually piqued my interest...:):):):):)
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I don't think any specs have been released yet, but I have heard A) the upcoming new 2008 Malibu grows in size from the current version to practically the same size as the current Impala (which could imply the upcoming RWD Impala might be larger), and B) last I heard the RWD Impala might have been delayed a year (but I don't remember if that was a reveal in 2009 as a 2010 model, or reveal in 2010 as a 2011).

    Your best best will be to look at a Pontiac G8 when it comes out; my understanding is the Impala will be on the same platform (and probably similar in size).
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Current Impala - 110.5" wheelbase.
    2008 Malibu - 112.3" wheelbase.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    2008 Malibu - 191.8" length
    Current Impala - 200.4" length

    2008 Malibu - 70.3" width
    Current Impala - 72.9" width

    Legroom/headroom are almost the same for both cars, but look at shoulder room:
    2008 Malibu - 55.9" front/53.9" rear
    Current Impala - 58.7" front/58.6" rear

    The longer wheelbase in the new Malibu helps in the legroom dept., but it won't match the current Impala overall in terms of interior space/comfort...but it'll be right in the middle of Camry/Accord territory.

    So to answer the earlier question regarding the upcoming RWD Impala, I'd bet the new one won't be substantially larger than the current FWD version (at least not growing to Crown Vic dimensions of 212" length/77.3" width/114.6" wheelbase).

    Current Dodge Charger is 200.1" long, 120.0" wheelbase, 74.5" width; roughly the same size as the Impala except for wheelbase, which I'm sure will be different in the RWD Impala. Hopefully the new Impala will have comparable rear legroom to the Charger/Magnum/300, which combined with a front bench would definitely make it feel like a bigger car.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    GM indicated June 1/07 that the Zeta program is now on again and the RWD Impala will start production in mid 2010 as a 2011 model. Information also says the 2009/10 Impala will be called the Impala Classic before being put out to pasture. This will probably replace the current LS/LT/LTZ designations.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Would that probably mean a public reveal at the Detroit auto show @ Jaunary 2010?
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I was hoping this car would come out sooner. Detroit Auto Show January 2010 is still 2 1/2 years away. A lot of new products will be on the road before then.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Agreed! Five years for a redesigned model on a very old (albeit updated) chassis is not where GM needs to be in a time where they should be showing they are a world leader in the industry. I guess, on the bright side, it should help the resale values for the Impalas that are out there.

    I'll be looking at the Pontiac G8 when it hits the show rooms and the new Camaro. If I decide a new car is in my future, I may just go for one of those. My GM card will be maxed out at $2000 by then and I doubt they'll allow any more than that toward one of them anyway. :)
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    By the time the RWD Impala comes out, my oldest daughter will be a senior in high school - if I wait until then, I actually won't have as much need for a 4-door car, since she'll be leaving home (hopefully :) ) within a year.

    I just put new brake rotors & pads on my 2000 Impala; my plan is to keep driving it for at least another year or two...but I don't think I can stretch it much beyond that. I might make it as far as 2010, but to wait another year after that for the Impala seems doubtful. I really hoped it'd be revealed in 2009 and available in 2010; so if I liked it I could wait, and if not I could go ahead and get a Malibu or something similar. I guess I can look at the G8 and Camaro and get an idea for costs and fuel economy, and make my decision based on that.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Right now Chevy is riding a tide of high sales on its Impala. GMs top selling car. 35,600 sold in May. When a car is selling well like this car, updating improvements have to keep coming to keep the sales high. Another couple years of the same old will soon show up in lost sales.

    Chevy has put too much emphasis on the new Malibu coming this fall thats very close in dimensions to the top selling Impala. If Chevy can continue to make big improvements every year or two with the Corvette it should trickle down to the other car lines. There are too many alternatives today to keep making the same car for 5 or 6 years without improvements more often.

    Many people trade every 3-5 years. For those that bought a 2006 Impala and likes the car, I am sure at trade in time they don't want to buy another Impala thats exactly like they traded. I would want /improvements/freshening otherwise the competitions offerings might be more appealing. Thats just common business sense.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I agree; stretching the earlier Impala from 2000-2005 seemed long to me, so with the new one running 2006-2010 or 2011 is comparable I guess. But one thing they did correctly on the 2000-2005 version was they introduced the car with just the base and LS trim levels, and then rolled out the SS a few years later, so there was always something coming down the pike that kept the car freshened.

    I felt like when the '06 came out in LS/LT/SS right out of the gate that probably meant it would be a short-lived run, with something new on the horizon (which probably would have been the Malibu and the RWD Impala). I don't know what Chevy can do with this car say in 2009 to prop it up for another year or two, especially with the new Malibu on the ground at that point. I'm really not a fan of slapping the "classic" label on a tired model and keeping it around after it has worn out its welcome.

    Since I probably won't be able to wait for the RWD Impala to hit the streets before I do something, I'll probably end up choosing between a new Malibu or an Impala "Classic", which unless the Impala is heavily discounted, won't be much of a struggle to decide.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The Impala name has probably more heritage then any other american car. With current sales zooming and now to say they are winding down with this current platform doesn't make sense. The new Malibu will never have the status the Impala name has. It took 8 model years to build up the confidence of the American public to be the #4 top selling vehicle in America (Mays sales figures)

    The new RWD, larger, more expensive Impala coming in three years will have to start over again to prove its capabilities to the buying public.

    The Impala FWD should soldier on and with upgrades and the new RWD car called the Caprice etc. Just my opinions.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Or the FWD Impala could be redesigned and christened the Bel-Air; it may be too retro sounding to actually sell, but I'd put that at a notch above the Malibu, but beneath the Impala.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Endless possibilities........lets just hope chevy gets it right!
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