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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • hvanhvan Posts: 56
    There's currently a recall on 2000 Impala for fuel regulator pressure. Recall #03054. I had mine replaced yesterday.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    If you are cruising at 75 - 85 mph and cars are gaining on you quickly while you are driving that speed how fast are they going 100 - 120 mph.I take it you are on the QEW. I like the spoiler the car looks to plain without it and I don't have the problem of rear vision as you seem to have, raise your driver seat and look over the spoiler. Most sporty 4 door sedans today have a spoiler or hood loovers something that adds a little pizzaz to your ride. You could have ordered the LS with the spoiler delete and save a couple hundred $$....A few more (standard deletes) on the 2005 Impala more word Impala on the front exterior doors, no more ashtray its a cup holder now, the rear cargo net is an option, no more windshield band tint.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    and all those deletions are one reason no more johnclineii as an owner. I have a Ford Five Hundred on order....
  • I know what you mean; - the Impala has clean classic lines that may border on "boring" and the spoiler does lend a little pizzaz. I think that I'll try it with the spoiler off for a while and if I want to I can put it back on. The nuts and bolts are easy enough to getoff but there is some super-duper goop gluing the spoiler to the trunk lid. I'm trying different techniques to get it off without hurting the paint. As well I'm putting on the mud flaps after I paint them; - winter crap onthe roads can make a mess. Next project is to paint the centre section of the rear lights to look like the Sport model.
      My hasty driving is brought about in a weekend mad-dash to the cottage near Algonquin; - insane I know ... but those white Impalas with black grills/wheels sometimes drive even faster than I do. I can often put on 500 miles in a w/e, so I keep the Pal well set up .... it's been really great over the first year and 25,000kms.
      May be time to consider the GTA TB .... hmmm
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Not many OPP police Impalas left. The Ontario Provincial Police had a fleet of over 700 Impalas and 1100 crown vics up until a year ago, and have now gone back to mostly crown vics. They had a lot of negative issues with the Impalas as highway cruisers.
  • It's off and I ran it up to the cottage over the Thanksgiving w/e. To fill the holes I primed and painted some panel push pins and then used silcone goop to fasten them from the inside. I like the looks; - the monochrome LS [gold] with black windows is quite phat-kool. I use full synthetic and have cleaned out the air box along with the K&N. At the pumps I use Sunoco 89 with methanol. My wife drove some of the trip and a couple of times she used WOT to get going. SHe turned to me and said; - "what ever you did to this, I want done to my Malibu!". The Pal isn't any hotrod, but at above 2400 rpms, it really flies. Lots of fun .... :)
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I looked at a 500 while at a dealership on Saturday.
    It is a good looking car. Looks less like a Passat than I thought it would since the greehouses are almost identical.
    It is a BIG car, more roomy than the Impala probably.
    it appears to be a little more expensive or upscale than the Impala from the exterior.
    I was a little disappointed in the look or possibley the fit of the leather seats.
    Maybe it was the graining. It looked a little downmarket.
    But other than that I think it will do well.
    It just needs a more powerful engine as an option.

    The freestyle should do well also.
    Didn't like the leather on that one either.
    other than the leather it was a nice vehicle.
    The one I saw as 33K, made me feel good about the 34K I paid for my SRX.
    I am sure the freestyle cold be bought in the 29s thoug.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    As can be seen in the Ford Five Hundred forum, tomorrow my 00 Impala LS with 173,000 miles of faithful service goes 150 miles from home for its last trip with me...and I leave in a Ford Five Hundred AWD SEL. To all those here, thanks. This has been and is a great group.

    If ya wants to talk to me, ya shall see me over at the Ford Five Hundred Forum. As for seats, I got the cloth, just as I had in the Impala.

    Best wishes to you all; I hope you get the great and wonderful service out of your cars that I did out of mine!
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Looks like I'm about 100,000 miles behind you!!! Enjoy your new 500 - hope your positive experience with a "first year" Impala didn't have anything to do with your willingness to jump into an umproven Ford product. Admittedly I haven't driven a Ford lately (to resurrect one of their old ad slogans), but from my experience of marrying into an '84 Escort, I'm not inclined to look at much of anything with a blue oval on it unless it's a truck!!
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I received my recall notice in the mail last week about the fuel system/potential fire me to thinking though; when we had the problems with early Impalas and their intake manifolds warping a few years ago, there were many of us here who experienced the problem prior to/during the recall. Now the car is being recalled for a fuel system problem, but I can't remember ANYONE posting here about having this problem.

    Just seems odd to me that the manifold problem was a topic of daily conversation among us at the time, but there's been very little said about this latest recall.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Probably, because the problem with fuel line happens seldom, but risk of death/injury is high. On the other hand, a warping intake manifold is just a mechanical problem.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Hi all,

    I am a newbie, and I am needing a new car-- mine is dying. I kept it a lot longer because I love the bench type seating, with deep seat pans on my '86 Chevy Celebrity.

    I tried the Camry. Hyundai Sonata and Accord, but the seats were too short for me. I got severe back spasms after not being able to get comfy during the Camry test drive! I and spent about a week researching cars on Edmunds, and decided on a Malibu. But I looked at a Malibu, and the bucket seats are too short! I have long legs and this would cause my back pain to flare up. And this is putting the back of the seat slightly farther back to make the seat pan longer, and then trying all kinds of back pillows.

    I took a peek at the Impala, which didn't seem to have as deep a seat pan as I currently love. But it was longer than the Malibu.

    Has this been an issue for any of you, and how do you feel about the Impala seats? I want to stay in the low $20's for a car, so I really can't go up into the luxury cars. I tried posting this problem on the "help me choose" board, but didn't get any feedback.

    One poster from December posted about short seats on this website, but didn't say which car he purchased.

    Would love your feedback! I am extremely sad that the Malibu didn't work out. The Impala looks like a beautiful car. Larger than I would like, but really beautiful! I thought I'd get feedback before trying again.

    Also, does anyone have any info about a online back support group that I might post to?

  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Welcome to the Impala forum. The only way you will know if the Impala meets your requirements is to take one for a long drive. I have a 2001 LS and I am 5 11" I find the seat cushion too short, a common complaint Motor Trend, Car and Driver and a few other Magazine articles have mentioned during the past few years about the Impala. that the seat cushions are too short and the back seat cushion too low and short..other then that the car has been excellent.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I'm also 5'11", and have a 2000 base Impala with bench seat (but w/3.8l engine). Other than the pretty non-effectual lumbar support, I've been very pleased with the comfort of this car - I can drive this car all day while on vacation, and get out and not be fatigued at all; not the same story with my wife's new Accord.

    I would definitely suggest renting one and taking a weekend drive to somewhere several hundred miles away, just to get a real-world feel for the car. Actually, I don't know if Chevy is still offering the "24-hour test drive" deal or not, but that's a good way to get a feel for the vehicle at no cost to you (other than maybe fuel). I think they limit you to like 150 miles, but if you were to get in the car and drive it for a couple of hours and return it, you'd have a pretty good idea of how well the car will work for you.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Thanks, guys, for your feedback!!! I called marketing about the Chevy test drive program, and it has ended. :(
    But they said to talk to a dealer.
    The thing is, I had hoped to find the right car on my own, without a dealer's help. Then I felt I'd do a fax approach to getting the best deal on the car. Get competitive bids.
    If a dealer is helping me figure out the car I want, I feel like a sitting duck.
    I think I will check out the Impala on a test drive, but the model I'd probably want is the LS with antilock brakes. Just a few thousand more than I want to spend, and I feel hesitant about buying and negotiating for a used car. Any more thoughts? THANKS!!!
  • you can try the rental agencies. they dont do the haggling and most have some type of extended warranty if youre interested. you can also look at the service records and any repair history if any. i know that some people feel that the rentals are "abused" but even private cars can be run thru the ringer. i bought an 02 LS for 13k w/27k mi 1 year ago and it has been problem free. i now have 33k mi on it. although i havent put on alot of miles, its still is a great ride.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Do some homework. If there are two or three chevy dealers within an hour of your location check them all out and speak to different sales people. A great time to make a deal on a remaining brand new 2004 Impala LS. I am sure you will be able to take one for a drive to determine if this is the car for you. Don't go by yourself, take a friend. Sales people can be intimidating. Check out the window sticker prices of the cars you like, with incentives that they are offering and the car being a model year old now you should have a great opportunity to dicker a deal that might make you happy. You might find one dealer with a lot of 2004 Impala inventory and willing to make a better deal then another dealer. Don't be afraid to make a low offer. You can move up from there if you have to, or go to the next dealer. If you are going to finance check out your bank rate compared to GM financing rate you could save yourself some money there just in interest costs...One more thing, if you buy an Impala don't let them talk you into buying extended warranties or undercoatings can buy an extended warranty from GM anytime up to the 36 months or 36,000 miles, and the car comes with 6 year or 100,000 miles rust perforation warranty already. But they will try to squeeze those extra $$s from you! BEWARE!!
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Thanks! I didn't know I had 3 years to buy the extended warranty! And thanks for the other warranty info. I have heard that if the dealer applies some rust protectant to some cars, it actually VOIDS the warranty because it's not done properly!

    One thing I am noticing about the Chevy dealerships in my immediate area--they don't have the "Monroney" window sticker on the window! That sticker is a Federal law, and it's the only way you know what options are on the car and sticker price. It comes from the factory. Instead, they have a hang tag from the rear view mirror telling the MSRP, the discount they will give you, the rebate available (which they said was $2,000 when I went on Wednesday), and the total, which they call their "best price." I don't feel comfortable buying from these guys, and I hope other Chevy dealers aren't removing the stickers. I did see a sticker that was peeling off the '05 Impala car I was checking out on Wednesday(it's hot out in this part of the country), but I don't know what to do about their not following Federal Law.

    Any thoughts?
  • Advice, please...
    My new 04 Imp. Sed. came with a "dealer installed" sticker on the windshield stating that the First Oil Change is Due aft. 3,000 miles.
    I checked the car manual and found NO reference to this first oil change aft. 3,000 miles; ....only that the "onboard diagnostic" system will tell me when the oil change is needed.

    Do any of you have experience with this kind of "dealer Hook"? ....or is the 3,000 mile oil change indeed recommended by the factory???

    Thanks for your feedback
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    You can rely on the oil monitor. The dealer has installed what s/he hopes is a profit maker in your car, a device to get you to bring it back earlier and more often for service....
  • Thanks John, I suspected that, just wanted to hear it from someone else.
  • Thank you for providing the link to this excellent resource. I would consider it valuable to any car owner, especially when considering a used vehicle purchase.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Its a good practice to reset the oil monitor yourself. Don't ever rely on the service or sales personell at the dealership to have set this when the car was new or after any oil change, it might not ever go off...It might be a good idea to speak to the Chevrolet service manager regarding your first oil change. I have heard that an early oil change (first few thousand miles of operation) is recommended because of the seating of the rings that causes more filings in the oil then normal in the first few thousand miles of operation. It might be worth checking out. But use your oil monitor and set it yourself.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    If you are looking at a 2005 Impala, and they don't have the MSP sticker in the window. go to click chevrolet brand...then click on the will list the Manufactures price of all the Impalas with the options packages listed...that might help for a 2005...If buying a 2004 tell the salesman you are interested in a certain 2004 that they have and you want to see the original 2004 window factory price with the options listed...if he cant or wont do that. then walk away...he's hiding something. Tell he has has lost a potential customer. You don't owe him anything. Find another dealer...Let me know how you make out...
  • I bought my 2001 LS because of the comfortable seats. I now have 109K on it and find it is not worth more than $6K. I have had all the warping, rattling, radio, check engine light, and all the other problems of Impala owners. I will not buy another one as it is now falling apart. Water pump, cooling fans, oil pan gasket leaking, and weird noises from the power steering and front end. If you are only going to drive it 20K a year or less, it is a good car. It is not built to stand up over 100K. I am going to trade it in on a RAV-4 Toyota.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Hmmm. I had 173,000 miles on mine when I traded it last Wednesday. It had no warping, rattling, radio, check engine or other problems. The ONLY unscheduled repairs it had the entire time I owned it (I bought it new) were a headlight switch and an airbag sensor. It left me with its original fuel pump, water pump, timing chain, transmission, motor, etc.

    It was a VERY good car. And oh, by the way, I drove it far in excess of 20.000 miles a year.

    I know of MANY Impalas with in excess of 100k and none of them have had substantial repairs. I do know of engine cradle issues (which I somehow avoided).

    I just hope the Five Hundred I just bought is even half as good mechanically!

    Sorry you didn't have the same experience.
  • I have a 2000 Impala LS 3.8L and I've noticed there is some hesitation when starting and when accelerating. Took it to autozone and they told me it was a cylinder 1 misfire. The last time this happend about three months ago it was cylinder 4 and I had to have the #4 fuel injector replaced. Any other suggestions before I have the #1 injector replaced?
  • hvanhvan Posts: 56
    I too have a 2000 LS Impala 3.8. Have your dealer run the PCM. It needs a new software upgrade. Once the software is upgraded, it should eliminate the engine hestitation.

    Good luck!
  • hvanhvan Posts: 56
    By the way, there's currently a recall on 2000 Impala for fuel regulator pressure. Recall #03054.

    If you are out of warranty, have the dealer do the recall first (free). This should do the trick. If your engine hestitation still persist, take the car back in for the PCM software upgrade. Or, maybe you can have the recall done AND have the software upgraded simultaneosly (for free).
  • Thanks. I am out of warranty. When did this recall occur? Would you happen to know off hand a ballpark figure for the PCM software upgrade?
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