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2008 Chevrolet Impala

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  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    Thanks for the photos and the comments. Have you had a chance to drive it? How does the FE3 suspension compare? Does it tighten things up a bit?

    Thanks again,
    Clark
  • jeff49783jeff49783 Posts: 1
    I am the operator of a brand new 2008 Impala LS (fleet owned car). I have experience with many makes of foreign and domestic autos, most recently Ford, Honda, and Mercedes.

    I have had this vehicle for a few days and 1100 miles, an would like to offer the following impressions:

    1) Fuel mileage - I'm observing the mid to upper twenties (computer provided figures, not mine), and the engine is arguably still not broken in. I expect this will rise. My observations include a spirited drive from Northern Ohio to Northern Michigan, and a dose of E85 thrown in.

    2) Fit and Finish - The General did a good job on this one. Everything is tight, consistent, and has a quality feel. There are no squeaks or rattles yet, though I fully expect a few new-car bugs.

    3) Design - Visibility is average. Control access and entry/egress are good. the trunk swallowed ALL of my professional equipment and there is still room left.

    4) Ride/Handling - Competent, if not above average. It is not a sports car, and it feels better on our lousy roads.

    5) Value - This vehicle is a teriffic value for the money. I look forward to a productive relationship and I will report back.

    Jeff
  • norbnancynorbnancy Posts: 118
    Reporting in. Purchased new 7-30-07. all options except sun roof. Great car in all respects. Never returned for any work. I do my own maintainance. Gas mileage since new 25.88 mpg using regular unleaded over 13400 miles. The driving is a mix of hyway at 65 - 70 mph. and some short runs of 5- 8 miles. Ths short runs kills the mileage. I had a 2000 Impala LT with the 3800 engine which gave me 28.4 mpg over 41000 miles. I suspect the performance gearing results in less MPG. In any event, I am well satisfied. The mileage beats my 1972 Monte Carlo 350 CID, 3- speed stick which gives me 17.2 MPG. Enjoy the ride.
  • One of the main reasons I traded my 2003 Impala for a 2008 was the ability to utilize E85. My in-city mileage was 22.4 with regular gas but only 16.6 with E85. Thats more than a 30% drop in mileage. I am finding that my mileage cost is 18 cents per mile on E85 and 16 cents per mile on gas (for in city driving). E85 is now $3.19 in Atlanta. Only when the price of E85 is 30% less than gas will we break even. Since I have to fill up more often on E85 and it costs me more per mile I am going back to regular gas. I will wait until E85 is MORE than 30% LESS than gas.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Thanks for the info on E85. I am curious if you are driving stop and go or is there more gridlock/idling. Is there any performance increase with E85? I haven't read as to whether the engines are tuned to take advantage of the higher octane. Regardless, the costs outweigh the benefit. I consider myself a "green" person but have not jumped on board with E85. If you look a little deeper, your expenses are higher still once you figure in farm subsidies and tax credits for the producers of ethanol. :cry:

    Happy motoring with regular unleaded. :)
  • rwesselsrwessels Posts: 2
    axinut,

    I have a similar problem with my compass. I live in the middle of zone 3 and 4 and so i calibrated for zone 4. I recently drove 100 miles south so i am definitely in zone 4 at this point and my compass worked perfectly.

    I am haven't tried to set it to zone 3 yet, but will report back... do you think that you are in a weird calibration zone?
  • rwesselsrwessels Posts: 2
    I hear this sound in the engine compartment from time to time. The dealer has put over 160 miles on it and 'cannot replicate' it. So I made a recording and they still say that they cannot do anything about it till it happens.

    The sound can be downloaded clicking here (and is annoyingly loud).

    Has anyone else noticed a high pitched whine happening occasionally with a pitch that varies with RPM?
  • axinutaxinut Posts: 11
    No, I don't think so, I was able to set mine by following the instructions in the owner's manual, it worked like a charm. If you can find an empty parking lot or cul de sac it will make the job much easier. Five or six circles should do the job.
  • sylviaesylviae Posts: 31
    Please tell me---which size tires/wheels would be the best on a 2008 Chev Impala for the best ride or driving and handling. I was supposed to have 17 inch wheels on it but they put factory 16 inch instead---I am not happy with the dealership not honoring my request in buying this new auto---is there any difference in the ride with the 17 inch wheels and will it give me a better ride???? Please give me some advice. I also requested a 6 CD Changer and got one called an aftermarket---a Pioneer in the trunk and it has to be tuned to an FM signal. Is this the best I can do?????
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    My '06 Impala developed this exact noise when it only had 7500 miles on it. It is most likely the power steering.

    My car had blown a high pressure line in the power steering system, which caused the fluid to start leaking out. There was a TSB for this, so the dealer performed the recommended procedure and it has been fine since (my car is just about to hit 30,000 miles). It is amazing that this may still be an issue in the '08's.

    Check your power steering fluid and make sure it is at the correct level.
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    As far as the CD Changer is concerned, Chevy offers a CD Changer that is integrated into the head-unit as an option. There is no reason the dealer could not order this part and install it in place of your current head-unit. If it was the dealer that installed the Pioneer in the trunk, they took the cheap way out.

    With regards to the wheels, the 16" wheels/tires will give you a floatier, softer ride. The 17" wheels/tires will reduce some of the float that you get with the 16" and will still be very comfortable. If you like a softer, floatier ride stick with the 16". If you want less float and a more controlled feeling ride then you may want to try for the 17". Keep in mind when it comes time for new tires, 17" tires tend to cost a little more than 16".

    Which trim Impala did you get? It sounds as though the dealership may have given you a trim line that did not incorporate some of the things you wanted. For example, for 2008 Chevy made the 17-inch wheels standard on the 2LT model only. LS and 1LT models come with 16-inch wheels. LTZ and SS both got 18" wheels standard in 2008. 17" wheels are available for the LS and 1LT as dealer installed accessories. The factory head-unit that includes the CD changer is optional only on 2LT, LTZ, and SS models.

    So in order get you the 17" wheels and the CD changer, the dealer should have steered you towards a 2LT. The 17" wheels would have been standard and the CD changer in the head unit would have been optional.

    It sounds like you were sold either an LS or a 1LT. That being the case, the dealer should have been able to honor your request for 17" wheels by ordering and installing the 17" GM accessory wheels and tires for the Impala through the parts department. This, however, would have easily added another $1500 to the price of the car. They could have also ordered the upgraded head-unit with the CD changer in it. Again, this would have been $500 or so. So the options you were looking to do would have added at least $2000 to the price of the LS or 1LT. At that point, you would have been better off going with the 2LT. The 2LT would have given you the 3.9L V6, standard 17" wheels, standard ABS/traction control, and the ability to add the factory CD changer for an additional $300.00.

    Not sure what recourse you have at this point. GM Accessories is your best bet for 17" wheels. Your other option is to check eBay and look for some OEM take-offs. Many times you can find complete factory tire/wheel sets there for less than $1K (for example: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/17-CHEVY-IMPALA-MONTE-CARLO-OEM-WHEELS-RIMS-193B8- _W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ66483QQihZ025QQitemZ380048034721QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZW- DVW).

    The CD changer you have did give you a solution although it is not the most convenient or best solution from a sound quality standpoint. If they used the option where the sound is patched directly into the FM antenna then that is better than if it is using a basic FM transmitter.
  • sylviaesylviae Posts: 31
    Thank you so much for your expplanations and suggestions---I am facing the issue that I was screwed on this car---the sales manager said three times that he would put 17 inch on it but did not and then said that he did not agree to tht at all---of course, since this was my second time to lease from this dealership I felt that I could put my trust in them as I had before. They just got out as cheaply as possible and because this car was the ONLY Impala they had and it was the color I wanted then I felt that with the few adjustments that it would be ok. It is supposed to be an LT 1 but it only says LT---neither a 1 or 2---it has some packages that the LT2 has---leather seats heated) and all controls on the wheel and I felt they would do me right but have found differently-----this will be my last GM car as the GM division would not even assist me in dealing with this dealership----so as far as I am concerned----GM does NOT care for the customer---just the sale----. I am stuck for the next three years. Thank you for your reply.
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    Yes, it sounds like you have the 1LT with the Luxury Edition package. That is a great package for the price. Chevy does not put a "1" or "2" designation on the car itself. It will simply state LT on the car.

    Unfortunately, most dealerships are franchised so GM has little power to intervene on the sales side. They will, however, have a little more pull with dealers when it comes to service issues. It is not that they do not care, they simply have no control over the dealer and their sales practices.

    It is not just GM dealers that make empty promises. I had an experience with a Nissan dealer a few years ago where they told me in writing they would sell me an Altima for a certain price and then changed their mind when I got there the next day. I sat there for 3 hours while they "ran the numbers" again despite what they agreed to the previous afternoon. I ran away from that place and never looked back.

    The Impala represents great value for the money. There is very little else on the market that offers the features and comfort for a similar price. The 3.5L V6 is a great engine, and will easily get 28-30mpg on the highway. The car is easy to drive, very comfortable, and very reliable. Put the initial sales experience behind you and enjoy your new car for the next three years...it will go by faster than you think :)
  • thatismthatism Posts: 3
    The Impala brochure mentions the "2-Way Advanced Remote Start" as being a dealer installed option with "late availability". I've contacted GM and here is their reply.

    "The two-way remote start system, or the Advanced Remote Start System (ARSS), is a new technology that has a convenient display screen that shows the vehicle’s current status (locked or remote-start engaged, for instance) and critical vehicle data, including tire air pressure, fuel level, odometer and theft alarm status. This key fob offers greater operating range than the factory keyless entry system, and can control a second ARSS.

    This dealer-installed option is available on some Chevrolet models, like the Avalanche and the Silverado, but unfortunately is not yet available for 2008 Chevrolet Impala. There are no bulletins as to when this would be available or if it would be available for the 2008 or the 2009 Impala. Furthermore, a check with two (2) authorized Chevrolet dealerships also produced negative replies. "


    Does anyone have any knowledge of this toy? The extended range for the remote start would be nice.

    By the way, the ticking noise in the dash has gone away. I've done 15,000 miles since October 07 and have been very satisfied with the Impala.
  • sylviaesylviae Posts: 31
    This is not in reply to the Remote Start although my 2008 Impala is supposed to have that but I haven't tried to activate it. I may be in for a surprise!! But---what IS the ticking noise in the dash----I, too, am experiencing it but they could not get it to do anything when I took it into the service dept---but it does it sometimes at a certain temp or on a certain road. What exactly is it and can it be fixed---the service man told me it is tricky to mess with taking the dash out and I may have more problems and noises than before???? What gives with this answer???
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    This is not in reply to the Remote Start although my 2008 Impala is supposed to have that but I haven't tried to activate it. I may be in for a surprise!! But---what IS the ticking noise in the dash----I, too, am experiencing it but they could not get it to do anything when I took it into the service dept---but it does it sometimes at a certain temp or on a certain road. What exactly is it and can it be fixed---the service man told me it is tricky to mess with taking the dash out and I may have more problems and noises than before???? What gives with this answer???

    The ticking in the dash has been an issue since the 2006 redesign. My 2006 makes the noise as well. There was a "fix" issued for the 2006 model year and I can only guess that the fix for later years is similar. There is a dash piece that rests against the base of the windshield. It is the piece that goes over the defroster vents and the auto-headlight sensor. It is attached underneath with clips. As the temperature changes (either A/C blowing, heat blowing, sitting in the heat and then turning on the A/C, sitting in the cold and then turning on the heat, etc.) that piece is prone to flexing and making noise until it gets closer to the ambient temp in the car. Frankly, I am shocked that the problem may still be present in 2008 cars. I looked at a 2008 Impala recently, and that dash piece was much better installed than my '06. In my '06 if I simply press down on that piece it sounds brittle and as if it could crack easily. On the '08 I sat in, the piece seemed just as solid as the rest of the dash when I pressed down on it.

    The fix on '06 models was to remove that piece, place "anti-itch" tape over the clips, and then reinstall. In order to do that, the dealer needs to remove the entire upper dash. I elected to NOT have the fix done and have learned to live with the noise for the past couple years and 30,000 miles. There are days where it bothers me, and other days where I just don't care about it. However, past experience with cars and rattles/noises has shown me that dealers tend to make matters worse when working on such things. What the service man told you is true, and his answer was a nice way of telling you that they could investigate the problem but could end up creating problems in the process. His response is not an uncommon one when it comes to rattles and other noises in the dash.

    If this isn't the source of your problem, I also had a ticking in the dash coming from the glovebox door. I fixed that myself by opening the door and spraying the latch mechanism with white lithium grease. Seems to have helped considerably.

    At the end of the day, it comes down to how offensive the noise is to you and if you want to take the risk in having the dealer tear it apart to fix it. If the noise is a distraction to you when driving, or literally driving you crazy (some noises will after time), it may be worth it to have the dealer give it a shot. However understand that when you get it back there may be new noises, or even sime minor scratches on some of the dash pieces if the dealer didn't take care when repairing and re-assembling.
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    "The Impala brochure mentions the "2-Way Advanced Remote Start" as being a dealer installed option with "late availability". I've contacted GM and here is their reply.

    "The two-way remote start system, or the Advanced Remote Start System (ARSS), is a new technology that has a convenient display screen that shows the vehicle’s current status (locked or remote-start engaged, for instance) and critical vehicle data, including tire air pressure, fuel level, odometer and theft alarm status. This key fob offers greater operating range than the factory keyless entry system, and can control a second ARSS.

    This dealer-installed option is available on some Chevrolet models, like the Avalanche and the Silverado, but unfortunately is not yet available for 2008 Chevrolet Impala. There are no bulletins as to when this would be available or if it would be available for the 2008 or the 2009 Impala. Furthermore, a check with two (2) authorized Chevrolet dealerships also produced negative replies. "

    Does anyone have any knowledge of this toy? The extended range for the remote start would be nice."


    I have seen this system demonstrated on a Silverado. It is nothing more than a fancy keyfob with an extended range remote keyless entry system. In the test I watched, the demonstrator was able to start the Silverado at a range of 1/4 mile (1280 feet), The fob itself has an LCD screen and a small stubby antenna on it and visually displays the information listed in your post. It is like having a Driver Information Center on your fob.

    Honestly, I am not quite sure the purpose of such a toy. The benefit of having things like fuel level and tire pressures on the fob escapes me. I can see theft system status, and maybe odometer reading, but the other data seems superfluous. The demonstration I saw made the point that it is a toy more for bragging rights and for people that love new gadgets.

    The added range is nice but does anyone really need to be able to start their car from 1/4 mile away? I find the 200-300 ft range I have now to be just fine for starting the car from in the house on very hot/very cold mornings, or for starting the car in a parking lot as I approach it.

    There are even some zones in this area now where drivers are not permitted to idle their cars...they call them "idle-free zones". Anyone caught leaving their car idling while unattended can be fined...and the signs in the "idle-free zones" encourage motorists to report all instances. Whenever I see these signs, I have to remember not to remote start.

    If you like toys, and it ever gets offered on the Impala, go for it. If I recall, total cost to have installed on the Silverado (parts and labor) was between $300 and $400.
  • Can you fold down part of the back seat or only all of the back seat? The Chevy video shows that you can flip up part or all of the seat and then shows folding down the whole back to have the back seat completely flat.

    I want to know if you can fold down only one of the backs so that someone can still sit in the back seat but have more room for storage with one of the seats folded down?

    Thanks.
  • rysterryster Posts: 471
    It is a 60/40 folding seat. You can fold down one side (allowing a person to sit back there), or you can fold down both sides.

    You can also flip up just one seat bottom, or you can flip up both seat bottoms.
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