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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • cookie01cookie01 Posts: 369
    Frank, I looked around here at work and I can't find it. Bet it's at home somewhere written down. I actually keep a folder of "CAR ONLY" stuff in the Impala (it's in the rear seat pocket which seems to not be standard in the 2001 models... geez) I will look there. I'll let you know as soon as I give up.

    New for me.... a trip planned to Lake Tahoe for early October. The drive is about 650 miles one way. This would be the FIRST long trip in the Impala and the first on interesting roads. Can't Wait!!! Gas her up and go...
  • woo_bywoo_by Posts: 28
    what inlet/outlet diameter fits on the Impala?

    did you get a new intake as well?
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    I believe it was a 2 and 1/4 inch if I'm not mistaken. The flowmaster I got was a 2and 1/2 but they can fix that no problem. No I didn't get a new intake. It's possible that the extrordinarily long resonator on this car will cut down on the sound of this series 50. It probably would be louder if not for that.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Was at Richard Chevrolet, Cheshire, CT yesterday.

    A big Chevy-only dealership, where I bought my 98 Malibu. GM recently considered it to be the best in US in service satisfaction.

    Walked around the lot while waiting for my wife to pick me up. Saw only five new Impala: two LS, dark-red and green, and three base, one of them torch-red. The LS are loaded - sunroof, comfort package, etc.

    Probably, high demand and low supply, plus dealers do not want to stock many 2001 cars when the next year model will appear in August-September.

    I do not like the bright red color with big cars, but the Impala was not so bad. Saw a bright-red MB last week - this was really awful. Did not pay much attention to the red base Impala on the dealer lot, though. Do not know how it looks from the back.

    On the other hand, I like the dark-red color. The Impala LS in green looks even better from front and side, but not from the rear. The big rear-light panel does not fit well with green. The dark-blue, probably, is the best currently, when the "Auburn Mist" and light blue are not available any more.

    Of course, all of this is just my tastes...

  • wyoimpwyoimp Posts: 87
    Do you have a single or duals? If they're duals how was it done? Was there an option to replace the resonator with a staight piece of pipe?
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Lake Tahoe sounds like a beautiful place to enjoy a nice peaceful vacation....

    We might be heading there sometime next year.
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    I am fast approaching to 1,200 miles. Would it be too soon to schedule its first oil change??
  • hogboyhogboy Posts: 84
    Teo, no thats not too early. My dealer recommended I bring our LS in between 1k & 1.5k for 1st change. You want to get any particles out of there from initial break-in. Then I would stick to the 3k rule after that assuming you stay with dino oil. When I get a new bike or truck I always have the oil & filter changed in that range. Better overkill.
  • roderacerroderacer Posts: 311
    I'd say it is never too early. I am at about 2300 miles and plan on calling the dealer today to schedule the first change. I suppose it depends on the Service Dept. If they are usually extremely busy, the earlier-the better.

    I don't plan on waiting for the oil life monitor to tell me it is time. Every 3k, religiously is how I will handle the oil. If it goes in a couple hundred miles early, so be it.

  • roderacerroderacer Posts: 311
    just called the service dept. at my dealer to schedule that oil change...

    Get this. First come, first serve walk-in's ONLY M-F, 8am-11am and 1pm-4pm.

    Interesting, but I can see this posing a problem.

  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    I appreciate all responses. My dealer is open from 8AM to 2PM on Saturdays, plus they have the 'Under 29 minute' oil change pledge.

    I don't want to wait to make the first change of oil beyond 1,500 or 2,000 miles. Right after that I'll stick to the every 3K miles schedule.

    Nathan, any objections as to make the first oil change at 1,200 miles???
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    It's a single exhaust, I replaced the tip though while they burned off the muffler, figured why not, plus it looks nicer. I supposed you could delete the resonator all together, however I don't knw what it would do to the sound. The welder who put mine on, says it's the biggest resonator he'd ever seen.
  • 00impala00impala Posts: 474
    $1.36 for Regular unleaded today! 2 Weeks ago it was $1.86....Glad to see it coming down, But for how long? Oh yea this is in Cincinnati, OH Don
  • wyoimpwyoimp Posts: 87
    Thanks hunter 39 for the info. I think the resonator is the reason thers's a hump in the interior.
    Oil Change - I did mine at 600 miles, changed the filter also. I'm getting the dealer 3 Month oil change ( Mostly short distance driving) this coming week. The oil is still a nice golden color.
  • alanwagenalanwagen Posts: 28
    3k on oil changes may be a waste of oil and money.
    With better oils and better engines, things have changed.
    Click and Clack (Car Talk) recommend 5k on oil changes. On 2001 Buicks the oil change interval is 10k. I concur on this as at 3k my oil has not hardly changed color. Works for me and I have got 117k on a Lumina and it uses no oil.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Mine is changed every 3000 miles almost religiously. Not all oils are equal.
    Especially when dealing with engines that are designed to run hot.
    My camaro literally kills cheap oils in about 2500 miles.
    My IROC is designed so that the second cooling fan does not come on until 230 degrees or until the A/C is turned on. Thats a lot of temp for an oil to deal with.
    With a cheap oil i can actually see the oil pressure drop at 2500 miles.
    I stay away from quaker state and the pennsylvania crudes.
    I have had okay luck with castrol, but valvoline beats them all. It holds oil pressure the longest and does not breakdown. Highly recommended.
    My impala will get its oil changed every 3000 regardless of what the manual says.
    Cheap insurance.
  • Hello 00impala. Your gas prices have dropped big time. Where I live in NJ the gas prices have only come down by 2 cents... average price for 87 grade here is $1.72. I hope the prices dive like your area did. It would be a blessing. SUV sales have gone sour due to the gas prices.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    I just drove Maine - Pa - Niagara Falls (whoops wrong turn!) - Maine for 1400 miles in my 00 Bonneville. The Niagara piece was a spur of the moment decision to spend some more time behind the wheel since I enjoy driving so much.

    The gas prices here in NH & Maine are around $1.59 for 87 octane. I saw $1.49 in Scranton Pa and $1.59 in Buffalo NY.

  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Cookie - sounds terrific! I'd love to see that someday. Hmmm - maybe another detour from PA to ME on my next biz trip? lol

  • mediumfrymediumfry Posts: 239
    Yowza, sounds like most of you folks aren't into the Torch Red. I actually was shopping for a white Impala when I started, but ended up purchasing Torch Red, well, because I liked it the most. Actually I figured if I bought any other color I'd always see the red ones and wish I'd gotten them instead.

    Not to take anything away from the other colors. Actually most of the colors are strikingly pretty and IMO white is probably the worst as far as "wow, that's pretty" effect.

    I take no offense to others' comments about the red, but I think it's gorgeous. The taillight section doesn't match perfectly, but it certainly doesn't make me say "yuk". I just hope the red doesn't sun-fade and deteriorate like the reds of the 70's and 80's. I'll just keep it polished and garaged and hope for the best.

    As I always say, "I'm glad everyone isn't just like me...if they were I'd have a heck of a time getting along with anyone else".
  • 00impala00impala Posts: 474
    I hope they continue to fall, Here in the Mid-West they are usually high, Not as high as Chicago, But up there, Yesterday when I posted the $1.36 price for 87 octane I was suprised, I drove past the station Last night and it dropped another penny to $1.35! Don
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe before? I got married in Yosemite national Park, and honeymooned there for a few days before heading up to Tahoe, it was like going from heavenly spot to heavenly spot, even with the casinos in Tahoe! Hope you enjoy the trip, I did mine in a 1985 Caprice... not nearly as nice as my Impala
  • tomaso7tomaso7 Posts: 91
    Hopefully, here are some pix of my Impala LS after using Zaino Polish products. The size should be smaller so you don't have to move the page to see them. Enjoy

  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    Heh, I did my first change at 500 miles and do it every 3000 miles. There is a How-To article on breaking in a car. Different sources say different things. I tend to be conservative, hence the change at 500 miles.

    The owner's manual states that the Oil Life System will tell you to change the oil between 3K and 10K miles. It also goes on to say the system will not detect dust in the oil and to change your oil every 3K miles if you drive in dusty areas. What, exactly, is their definition of a dusty area? I change it at 3K, easy to remember and the dealer can't say you were not following the maintance. schedule. Remember to keep all recepts to verify your maintance.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    Hey mediumfry, I think the torch red or dark red is the best match for that large red reflector on the rear. I considered that when I was choosing colors. Since one of the cars I was trading in was red, and I had already went thru the white, blue, black,green and tan, I wanted something different. I got the bronzemist. But the red is always a good color when you resell or trade.

  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    The Phoenix Metro area of Arizona (and I suspect the rest of the state too for that matter)is considered a "dusty area". It is afterall a desert and it does get very dusty especially during the monsoon season, nothing like the monsoons I used to see in the Phillipines mind you, besides which these monsoons have more dust and dirt than water. Anyway, might be what they consider dusty...
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    17 new problem reports, all from the same owner. Actually, there were more, but I grouped some to save space.

    A new How-To article on installing a locking gas cap. Sounds silly (remove old cap, install new one) but if you want to retain the lanyard, you may want some hints. Thank you, Dura, for the insight.

    Also, with everyone talking about gas prices, I found a site that can provide you the prices from stations in your area. Stations in the US and Canada are listed. Its on the Links page.

  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    I would also add in rural areas and farms with no paved roads. That could be almost anywhere. Areas in Ewa Beach in Hawaii, Nevada, California, Texas...
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    Outstanding! That Navy Blue color is one of my favorites - and I particularly like the tail light lense against that color.

    You certainly do show up every other car in the lot - bet the neighbors are jealous!

  • mediumfrymediumfry Posts: 239
    Why do folks that post photos of their cars always blank out the license plates? Is it that much of a security issue? Many people reveal their names, email addresses and/or home towns thereby giving away who they are anyway. Is it just an etiquette thing? Just wondering. I'm thinking of posting photos of mine, and actually think my special "Michigan Jalopy" plate is part of the car's good looks.

    BTW, wow, really nice looking car, tomaso7. Shine a mile deep. I actually use a polish called NuFinish, which is a main-line polish sold at most stores (in the orange bottle). The company I work for makes the effective ingredients in that product (silicones) and I've had great luck. Recently my brother, who also uses NuFinish, had his car vandalized with spray paint. A couple weeks later, he decided to try to get it off and found that a cloth and water was all it took. Also, I had once asked my local body shop guy what I could do to make it easier on him when he went to repaint my '86 Grand Am. He said the best thing I could do is NOT use that NuFinish because it makes it so difficult to get the clear/paint off! Not a bad testimonial.

    Nothing against Zaino and Maguiars and others though. Excellent products.
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