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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala

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  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    T is rated for higher speeds, probably has a different rubber compound more resistant to high tempuratures. It is unfortunate you could not get the exact tire.
  • 00impala00impala Posts: 474
    1986 or 1987 Mercury "TOPAZ".. in Typical condition......ha Don
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    I don't think the dark car behind the Jag. is a Taurus/sable , it looks like a Volvo or a smaller BMW or Mercedes. thanks----------mattmcdill
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    TOPAZ!!!!! You win the cupie doll! (Maybe. I'll check it when I get home!)

    I'll check that dark guy too. We'll get to the bottom of this. Of course, If I wasn't using a the cheapest digital camera ever made, we'd ALL be able to tell.
  • I am going to vote Zepher....

    I just took my '01 LS to the dealer this morning. Slight pulsing. They R&R rotors and resurfaced them, no charge. Said GM will pay for it once, just like the seat replacement (for separating).

    I also asked my service rep about the fuel filter. Last two times I took my car in for Oil change, they recommended fuel filter replacement at $54.00. I went and bought one at Auto Zone for $8.50. Read in the manual that it said to disconnect the "-" battery cable (strange, 'cause the filter couldn't be further away from the battery), any way, asked my service rep about it and he said it should be replaced every 15,000 mi. Told me don't waist my time disconnecting the battery. He did say though, after I have it replaced to turn the key on (but do not start) for four or five seconds, then back off, then start the car. The initial "on" is to prime the filter.
    Brett.........
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    ZEPHYR!!!! Give that man a cigar! I agree with Bret now. But, wasn't the Ford version of the Zephyr the Fairmont? That might be why I was guessing Fairmont, originally.

    They say to disconnect the battery for everything, it seems. Maybe in this case, it has to do with the fuel pump. They usually have a procedure for relieving fuel system pressure, as well. I just rap a rag around it to keep from spraying, and always keep a jar handy to drop the old filter in, and to catch the drippings.

    You may not want to be smoking either. I think. Maybe.
  • 00impala00impala Posts: 474
    Spinnaker Blue Paint, I had a girlfriend who had a Tempo just like that, If you can see the name on the back of the car, I bet by the looks of the hubcaps that it is a Topaz GS, Don
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    We'll know tonight! I just hope that guy lives there, and wasn't just visiting. It looks familiar, so I think it should be around.
    Who wants to take a stab at the red pickup, and the dark car just to the right of my driveway? I'm 99.9% positive the white guy is a Mustang, IIRC.
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    That is a Light blue Topaz in the back ground , the Zephyr/Fairmont was more of a box shape car , and slightly longer than the Tempo/Topaz .

    The car I was talking about earlier was the dark on directly behind the Impala and Jag , its like Black or Dark Green , I still say its a Volvo , BMW or Mercedes . thanks------mattmcdill
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    This is fun. Nothing to do with Impalas per se, except that all the cars are parked in the vicinity of one, but still fun nevertheless.

    Nobody said how nice and shiny my LS was. :-(

    300 Quatloos to the human that can tell me what the license plate says.
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    That white car is for a fact a Mustang , the red truck is hard..... Most small trucks that age look just alike ..... But if I had to guess it would be a Chevy S-10 , an older one . thanks---------------mattmcdill
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    You may be right on that Chevy, IIRC. Isn't there a Toyota equivalent?
  • It is a North American, four-door family sedan....What is unique about it?
  • Fleets try not to choose junk for their cars. I'm still glad to have a car the police use. A 4-door family sedan is not where I head when I'm looking for uniqueness. In fact, popularity is great for me because it makes parts cheaper.

    For uniqueness, Ferrari isn't a bad choice... Neither is Lamborghini, though a tad bit pricey.

    37 US miles per US gallon. Wow. I wonder how they do it up there?
  • bh0001bh0001 Posts: 340
    I'm starting to realize just how much of a lead foot I am. Looking at the recent mileage numbers posted by some Impala owners makes me shake my head. My car's lifetime average (27139km, 16961miles) mileage is 27.28 mpg(Canadian), 22.72 mpg(US). Best tank - 27/32, worst tank 19/23.

    I know when I drive on Highway 401 for three hours with the cruise set at 100kph I get the high mileage numbers and the DIC is just about spot on. However, I enjoy the high torque of the 3.8 too much and the brakes are so great I hate to not abuse them ;-) All gas or all brake makes for a thirsty car. My driving style is the problem.
  • The mileage I posted was clocked under almost ideal conditions from Norfolk, VA to Watertown, NY at 70mph. It was a sunny August day, ~80F and generally the traffic flowed freely. I would imagine that 32mpg or so is the norm. That still is pretty impressive for a large car!
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    The Impala's design is distinctive among its look alike family sedan peers, but hardly *exclusive*. The Impala is basically GM's response to the Crown Victoria in the commercial Police/Taxi Cab markets and the Ford Taurus in the retail market. The Impala was designed from the ground up to be a police cruiser and a taxi cab. On the retail sales aspect, GM intended to bring back one of their best selling name plates and put it into a modern family car version with V6 power, FWD, current safety features, room and amenities at an affordable price point.

    GM made a big mistake by given away the commercial sedan market in its enterity to Ford back in 1996 and by not keeping and improving on the affordable RWD sedan.

    GM sold 208K Impalas last year, again hardly an exclusive piece of automotive engineering.

    If you want a unique family sedan, none of the current offerings, foreign or domestic, in the $20K to $25K or even $30K price points will give you that. I agree on the other hand that Bimmer 3 series are no longer exclusive cars due to their increase popularity. there was a time when Bimmers were not everyone's cup of tea due to their driving and handling dynamics and high admission prices. BMW has soften the 3 series to appeal to an increased market audience add that to pristine resale values and attractive leasing packages plus the *yuppie* factor and voila! you have 200 of them every where you happen to look.

    By the way I like Jaguars but they are not my favorite cars in the world. Samples built until just about the late 1990's are notknown for rock solid reliability. They are temperamental cars.
  • hggrayhggray Posts: 24
    I took delivery of my 2000 base sedan on August 10, 1999. Yesterday my odometer turned 8000 miles! (let's see now... 8000 miles divided by 30 months equals 267 miles per month. At that rate, given the car should be good for at least 100k, I should be planning to trade it off somewhere around August of 2030!)
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    267 miles per month??? Wow!

    I only live 4 miles away from work and yet manage to put 900 to 1000 miles per month on mine! Go figure....

    I guess you are the perfect candidate for leasing. Imagine, the bank will owe you money by the time you return the car to them!
  • hggrayhggray Posts: 24
    If you prorate what each mile driven has cost me, however, this is one expensive automobile to operate...!
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    I was just guessing that it was a Sable/Taurus, now that I look at it more I think Don is right and it is a Topaz, but the thing that attracted me to it most was the fashionable lack of hubcap on the rear wheel, kind of a Michael Jackson deal with the one glove, it fits the era of the car, No? That was fun, can someone post more pictures that we can identify? Oh and I think your license plate says "wobbleseat" or is that too many letters?
  • Did anyone see the new Impala commercials playing during the Olympics? I was working on the new page and my wife told me about them AFTER they were over. From what I gather, one has police chasing a car and the fleeing car hits a pothole and has a flat. The police pull over and change the tire for the suspects, then tell them they would have a 10 second head start. After getting back into their car, one remarks to the other something like "I wish they would get a better car." The other one featured the Maytag repair guys.
  • I didn't see the one about the cops, but I saw the one with the 2 Maytag repair men cruising in an LS.

    A few more will probably run since Chevy is a major sponsor.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Yeah I saw the Impala LS commercial with the "Maytag" guys while we were in Seattle. We got a kick out of it. I find the latest Impala commercial flicks to be very smart and well done, a rarity when it comes to GM advertaising campaigns in general.

    The Impala commercials shown here in Spanish speaking TV channels are pretty good too. I guess they are made by the same adv agency.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    I wonder if GM owns Maytag. I know that years ago, they owned Frigidaire.
    Those ads sound pretty clever. If we're going to be inundated with commercials, they might as well be entertaining.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    TOPAZ.

    It's especially attractive up close with the missing grill and bondoed rear quarter panel. That is class on wheels.

    As a side note, the red pickup is indeed an S10.

    I've been having trouble positively identifying the dark car on the right, but I don't remember a Volvo on my block. I think there's a good chance it was one of those boxy Japanese jobs from the late 80's. However, it could very well be a Volvo, as the other guesses were right on.
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    I was right about the red S-10 . throw some more at me ! thanks------------mattmcdill
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    As far as I know GM no longer owns Frigidaire. Those were pretty good appliances for thier time.

    Ford used to own Philco as well.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    AMC owned Kelvinator (as Nash/Kelvinator) ...

    Chrysler owned Airtemp.

    None of the appliance companies are still owned by the automakers.

    Not even Delco!

    Now, my question. Does anyone have any idea what 2003 brings for the Impala? What do we know about the next generation(s)? I sure would like a RWD and/or a V-8!

    john cline ii who knew that was a Topaz but felt like he was cheating (and yes, the Zephyr WAS the Mercury version of Fairmont).
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    And the Futura was the 2 door version of the Fairmont/Zephyr.

    The Tempo/Topaz replaced the Fairmont RWD siblings in 1983.

    I unfortunately had a 2.3L 4 cyl 1988 Tempo with a 3-speed slushbox. What a piece of junk.

    2003 could bring the Impala SS either equipped with the Supercharged 3800 V6 or the 5.7L V8 found in the 2000 Impala SS prototype.

    Don't expect RWD until after 2005 when the Impala/Montecarlo are due up for a full redesign.
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