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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • Just an FYI on the "good" AMP. Chuck Hutton is quoting $184.28 for those of you that don't want to waste the time aurguing with your dealer.
  • wyoimpwyoimp Posts: 87
    The Locking Stant Gas Cap doesn't have a tether. So when you replace the original gas cap you carefully pull out the plastic tether and save it for a spare.
    Cat Back Exhaust is the exhaust system from behind the catalytic converter to the exhaust tip (end). Due to emission laws you can only modify your exhaust system after the catalytic converter. There are exhaust systems that go from the engine (headers), hookup to catalytic convertors (have to keep the originals for 5 years) and on back to the tip(s).
    Flow Master is the name of an aftermarket company that manufactures low restriction, great sounding mufflers. They use internal baffles to cancel the sound vice fiberglass and other sound absorbing materials used in other mufflers.
  • Thanks for the Response!

    Are you sure it was the Service Indicator light? There are two on the Impalas, the "SERVICE VEHICLE SOON" light which is completely emissions related, and the CHECK ENGINE(LIGHT OR MESSAGE Depending on if the car is in the US or Canada) which stores "hard" codes, etc etc.

    The Airbag light should be checked out! If there is a short somewhere it has to be repaired! OF course with all intermittent problems, the Dealer will never find it, and you will continue experiencing it! LOL

  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Teo (and/or anyone else in Florida); we're driving down to Orlando over the next couple of days - what's the wildfire status currently? Just wondering if we should expect any delays/detours along the way. Oh yeah, I'll be driving my '00 Impala, so that makes it pertinent to this board. ;-)
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    I have had my series 50 flowmaster on for about 9 months now, don't know if it helps the horsepower or not but it sure sounds boss...I believe "boss" is a technical term btw.
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    Just to make sure, that Hutton has the actual "new" amp the 103 series amp and not the 104. It is my understanding that the new amp (103) is not available at this time to order, unless Kim has got the same source as my service manager does...
  • kenbuzzkenbuzz Posts: 99
    332697/3.8L/LS/04-01/KenBuzz/Lexington Park,MD/Sandrift
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    Go to radio fourm...
  • duraflexduraflex Posts: 358
    Yes, you can still use the tether on the GM locking gas cap - although it's a little tricky to get on.

    It's been a year and a half ago but it I remember it costing about $10-$15.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    I was only looking at the Stant cap because I went to the dealer and was told that a locking cap was not available. Goes to show that the information here is better than the dealer. Thanks Dura!
  • bh0001bh0001 Posts: 340
    Looks great Tom! I can look out my window here at work and see an almost identical sight! My navy blue 2001 LS with multiple coats of Zaino. It is by far the best shine out there.

    Getting my windows tinted next week. Once they're done I'll finally get some pictures posted.
  • duraflexduraflex Posts: 358
    If you posted a smaller picture - preferably not wider than 640 units - it would keep everybody's messages from running off the screen - especially those of us on laptops and 15 inch screens.

  • alanwagenalanwagen Posts: 28
    I found a locking gas cap at Auto Zone. It was $12.99.
    All cars should come standard with one.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Do you still have the E-mail address for Don Parkinson, Impala Brand Manager??
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    Was it the Stant one?
  • alanwagenalanwagen Posts: 28
    No it is not. Not sure of the brand but get this.
    It was made in Israel. That is a long way from
    Fort Worth TX. Seems to work fine.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Lets us know what percentage tint you go with.
  • p2001p2001 Posts: 7
    I have had a hood leading edge bra on my 2001 for six weeks. Took it off today to do a polish job on the hood and the rest of the car. Nearby Norway Red Maple had dropped a lot of pollen on the car which concentrated under the bra. I now have what seems to be permanent yellow spots in my Galaxy Silver paint. Tried 3M polishing and finishing compound as well as regular polish. I will not dig any deeper with these componds. Clear-coat may be violated. Those spots will not come out. I guess I have to live with them. Just a warning re bras.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Well, I have found the angle that shows the impala in the best light.
    As i am writing this i am in our beachhouse which is raised about 8 feet off the ground. I am looking down at the impala about 25 feet away, three quarter front view. I can see the bulging front fender then an almost coke bottle shape to a bulging fender over the back wheel. About perfect.
    Now if we can get them to do a little work on the rearend it will be as good as the front and side view.
    I have also noticed how short the hood is in comparison to the intrigue. Much easier to wash.
  • roderacerroderacer Posts: 311
    If any of you have ever parked on an incline such as up step driveways, do you notice the tranny shifting HARD out of P? If I didn't know any better, I'd think the transmission fell out!

    tomaso7 - Sweet looking ride! The Zaino is some good stuff!
  • bh0001bh0001 Posts: 340
    I ALWAYS use my parking brake (particularly on inclines). I keep my right foot on the brake, shift into Park, apply the parking brake, THEN remove my foot from the brake. When I get back in the car I put my right foot on the brake, shift out of park, release the parking brake, then remove my foot from the brake.

    I never have any problems with the transmission shifting hard out of park.
  • roderacerroderacer Posts: 311
    Thanks for the quick reply! That was info I can start using now! I'll try it!

    Guess that leads to another question/statement - My LS ALWAYS has play in the P "gear" when parking the car. I figure it will roll about an inch or two after releasing the brake.

    Is that from the tranny gearing or the brake system??

  • 284345/3.8L/LS/0301/Regulator75/Calgary,Alberta
  • mediumfrymediumfry Posts: 239
    A couple inches of play in the park gear is normal. However, the owner's manual strongly recommends using the park brake to keep the car from 'leaning' against the park gears on inclines. The 'hard shift out of park' literally grinds those park gears and will eventually round them off. I'm sure you've seen cars with worn out park gears whereby you can push them around a parking lot while in park and simply hear a 'click click click' as the park gear teeth are bypassed because they can't grip anymore. Ouch.

    Yes, bh0001's advice is exactly right and is the best way to treat your tranny.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    The other eve my wife and I were eating at a place across from a large Chevy dealer in Chandler AZ.

    I made the comment that we hardly see other Impalas. I thought that was odd since there are so many built every month.

    The next day on the way home across Ray road in Chandler i see a white 2001 LS with spoiler delete at the 101 and Ray. In another 300 feet a Silver LS passes us. We get to the next traffic light and a blue LS pulls up along side of us.

    My wife had never seen the blue color in person. She about put her face against the drivers window looking at the blue LS while sitting in the passenger seat!

    Another mile down the road a red Impala passes us going the oppisite direction on Ray road.

    So i will not comment on "not" seeing very many Impalas on the road any longer. ((-;

  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I am surprised by the lack of impala inventory at my local dealerships. I think they are missing out on a lot of sales, because they don't have what the buyer wants. Finding a blue spoiler delete impala is about impossible.
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    In the past 6 weeks or so, I have seen more red Impalas in Orange County, CA then any other color Impalas.

    Personally, I find the red Impalas disgusting looking (red with red taillights, yuck!). I don't mean to offend anyone on this board who owns a red Impala. It's just my opinion.
  • wyoimp: Thanks for the response concerning the exhaust.

    hunter39: I take it you’re happy with the 50-Series Flow Master? At idle is it much louder than stock. I don’t need to wake the neighbors, leaving at 5:30 am each morning. I take it that installation was just a matter of swapping mufflers?

    Concerning the AMP, I specifically gave her the 103 part number. She said she was ordering it directly from GM.
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    For information on the amp, another source has it cheaper than Hutton if you're interested.

    As for series 50 Flowmaster, you can't hear it at idle, the growl comes when you hit the throttle, the rev limiter will cut it out before it gets too loud, at idle it's the same as the stock muffler. You'll notice the most noise when entering traffic on a freeway, nice growl...
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