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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I think you would be much more impressed with the Michelin Harmonys.
  • ghostwolfghostwolf Posts: 91
    I am considering the Cooper GTZ for my next set of tires, mostly because they are made in the USA.

    The set I have now are BF Goodrich Touring T/A VR4. They are made by Michelin. At the time I bought them I had no idea (or really cared) that they are French owned.

    I'm not a xenophobe (and I know my Impala is put together in Canada.. at least its still North America, and not all Canadians hate us yet. I know its hard to buy *anything* made in the USA anymore) and I know the french could probably care less that I don't buy another set of their tires. But it makes me feel better to buy American (if not American then at least North American) than to support France in any way.

    I can tell you that b4z is right about those Michelin's (based on my experience with BF Goodrich). They are good tires.

    I have a few thousand miles to go on the tires I have but I am really looking into those Coopers trying to see how others like them.
  • drivinisfundrivinisfun Posts: 372
    You'll be surprised to find out thatthe Impala has a number of French made parts in it...hint, hint...look for the "VALEO" seal on some parts in the engine compartment....
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    I think Michelin tires are way overpriced. You can save easily $100 for a set of four if you go with other brands like Yokahamas, Bridgestones, Pirellis, and etc.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    I am VERY happy with my Dunlops...
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    The South Koreans love us and their brand is just as good as Michelin brands at about half the cost. Actually, they are better than some of Michelin's Goodrich offerings.

    BTW my Goodyear GA's are performing well. But I plan to replace them early since Goodyears do not wear well in my experience. Also using a winter tire so snow traction is not an issue.
  • I changed my headlight bulb to the xenon but didn't like them and changed back to the factory bulbs. They were too 'white' for me, however, my neighbor has them on his 2002 and swears by them.
    Is there any other bulb that will give more light
    w/o the 'stark white'?
    Is driving lights the answere??
  • Are the 2003 models plaqued with the engine cradle ticking issue?
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I was showing property Thursday with clients in the car and the airbag light flashed then stayed on.

    After showing the next house I turned the car on and it flashed for awhile then disappeared.

    This is a major safety item for me and I can't be driving this car with out a functioning airbag system.

    I also don't want to spend anymore money on this car since it is 6,000 miles out of warranty.

    The plastic intake manifold has me spooked as do the warped rotors that GM refused to fix several months ago.

    I still have the vibrating exhaust system that buzzes the whole car under acceleration.

    The Cadillac CTS is looking awfully good to me.

    Thinking I am pretty much over the Impala and it may be gone by October if I can sell a few more houses between now and then.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    When one WANTS to get rid of a car, reasons are easy to find. As Click and Clack say, either keep everything fixed or get rid of it.

    The air bag light is probably caused by the module connection under the seat needing a cleaning. Mine did that a couple of months ago. Dealer fixed it. Total cost to me: $0.00 Number of miles on odometer at the time: 100,000+ When the light is on, by the way, the airbags do NOT function. I was also told my habit of keeping things under the seat or allowing them to get there (newspapers, magazines, etc.) may have contributed to the problem.

    Manifold? I have 125,000 miles now with no problems on a 2000. Vibrating exhaust? Any good shop could fix that in less than an hour.

    Brakes? Never had a problem. I am on my third set of pads and second set of rotors, the latter of which were replaced after 100,000 miles. Type of driving I do? Largely the same as you, I am in a type of real estate as well and drive the car on business.

    Want to get rid of the car? Fine. But don't be dissing Impalas. The same maker also makes the CTS. Will you be using the CTS in your business? Will it be large enough for that?

    As for me, when the new Mazda6 hatches and wagons come out in the first quarter of next year, I will almost certainly be buying one. The niggling little cost cutting items that Lutz has done to the car since 2000 will be driving me away from GM. Yes, I drove a CTS. No, I won't be buying one. I have to have more rear seat headroom than the current Mazda6 sedan. Either the hatch or wagon should do that. A lot of real estate people round these parts drive wagons.

    And the Impala may well have 175,000 miles on it by then. I doubt I will have any mechanical problems before then, but if I do I will either fix them or get rid of the car. I can't live with a car that has problems. Not, at least, when I can afford to have them fixed. Back when I was in high school and college the stories were far different, as were the old worn out cars I drove! :)
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I simply don't have the time to deal with a car that is in the shop.
    I can drive the Camaro, but it is not suitable for clients and has no a/c.
    The other thing that bothers me about the car is
    the poor paint quality.
    I have multiple chips on the hood and front end.
    The roof has been etched by tree sap and bird droppings. etc. etc.
    The Impala is an excellent highway car and is very comfortable.
    I will keep it until the family vacations are over
    (we are all very tall).
    If I take clients in the CTS I will just have to pull the seat up until my knees touch the dashboard.
    My other choices are Avalanche(without body hardware) for 28K out the door and Marauder also at 28K out the door.
    The CTS will be about 32K with discount.
    But the '04s with the 255hp engine are a revelation.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    I test drove a Marauder. Be aware that rumors are rampant the car will soon be discontinued. Ford hasn't confirmed those rumors, but they ain't denied them either.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    It will be discontinued. I think 2004 will be the last year.
    Ford has not seen foot to put any money into the development to get more low end torque.
    The 5 speed auto from the Aviator would solve the low end torque issues but it has a completely differnet computer system, harnesses, etc.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I don't think the lack of power was the only issue with this car,its huge, its heavy, and it ain't cheap.. but even with a larger engine and more torque would not compete with current Altimas and Maximas with their 3.5 engine....only a few nostalgic Ford lovers showed true interest in the car....Same with the current retro T Bird...sales are way below expectations it will also probably be discontinued within a year or 2........ the 1994-1996 Impala SS cars were not big sellers.....I believe they sold only 56000 total in 3 years...and GM realized they could make more money making pickup trucks at that Arlington Texas plant....I am surprised that GM isn't using the the current Impala platform in NASCAR as all the other brands racing are converted 4 door models.....INTREPID, GRAND PRIX, AND TAURUS for 2003....The Impala is a hot seller and currently outsells the Monte Carlo 3 - 1...using the Impala body would inspire the sportyness of the Impala now that they offer the Impala SS again..Come on CHEVY lets race the Impala!!!!!
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    The lower production of the Impala SS was not a sign that it was not a hot seller.
    '94 production was limited by wheel manufacturer.
    '96 production went to December '96.
    The Imapla SS was a huge hit and dealers sold every one they could get their hands on.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I saw the spy pictures of this car in late 1992 when word was that John Moss was given permission to spruce up the aging Caprice..It made its debut in 1993 and I saw my first one at the at the Toronto Auto show....I was impressed with the the cool black grille black paint and sporty 17" wheels.When I looked inside I couldn't believe it was the same old Caprice with digital dash no tach, it had bucket seats with a console but was auto shift on the column..It had the SS emblems but it was obvious little money was spent on the interior of this car. I couldn't wait for the first one to arrive at one of our local Chevy Dealers...I was very fortunate to be able to take one out for a spin....for a large heavy sedan with a detuned Corvette engine it had lots of torque, probably a 1/2 second faster to 60 then my curent Impala LS..certainly a very stiff ride compared to my 2001 Impala LS.. I saw magazine road tests between 6.5 - 7.8 seconds to 60.. but again little attention was made to the interior which is very important to me..the car turned a lot of heads but most everyone that I talked to indicated that Chevy didn't go far enough (as they usually do) to make this car a stunner in all was obvious this would be a short production run....B4z you are right they sold everyone they produced...but GM decided that making money (which is why they are in business) was more important then making important upgrades to this car that it so desperately needed in this car competetive there is a very thin market for cars of that size and weight as is the same with the Marauder...the sporty, powerfull midsize sedans is where the action is today in 2003.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    That is why I am looking at the CTS.
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    This is one of the more objective reviews of the Imp IMO:
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    No posts on the Impala thread in 5 days?

    That has got to be a record.

    Check engine light now on the Impala.

    One more thing for me to check.
  • abmultiabmulti Posts: 1
    I believe my ISS is going bad.Am out of warranty (2000). Does any one know how difficult it is to change this out my self? I can get a new ISS for about $90 and was thinking of doing the grease kit as well for $30. The dealer's time is approx. 1hr. to do grease.Also, where can I get a write up for the procedure to change this. As to the problem of coolant going bad (acidity)and leaking the manifold,it is worth while to change coolant every 2yrs. or 25kmiles.The coolant question has me puzzled as,if the coolant is going acidic and causing leaks in the plastic manifold then i would think that EVERY 3.8 would have to eventually have the manifold replaced.No? Or is there some other possible factor with the intake plastic going bad.
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