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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • wyoimpwyoimp Posts: 87
    Good Luck in converting FWD to RWD. I always figured a rolled 'Vette would be the better drivetrain and suspension.
    How does the cradle work in the scheme of suspension and fabbibg a set of drivetrain mounts?
  • I'm sorry, I though this was the XLR board, i think my PC screwed me up a bit, Sorry.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Heh, it happens - np here!
  • Hey, doea anyone (including HOST) think anyone will compare the Impala to the Avalon? Its pretty clear these two are in different maket segments right?

    I mean, i loaded avalon is like 35-38K, the Impala should not breach 30.

    And if it does... IF IT EVEN KISSES THE 30K MARK, GM will throw up incentives and lose valuable magins and customers. Well, at least not over like 32... I just don't think this interrior is worth 30K. Its nice but not 30K nice.

    I think if they spruced up the interrior it could touch 30K, but as it is its just not gonna happen. THey should spend like $200 to deck out the interrior a bit, and just raise the price by $200 and thats it.

    I just think GM will shoot themselves in the foot like this.

    When the Hell are the govt, and/or private orgs gonna step in and Help GM fight off the UAW??? These pension ans healthcare costs mean American is gonna loose the largest carmaker in the world!


    Oh, and BTW, they put a Nav system in the Traiblazer, does anyone know why they did not do it here? Its a brand new car, what gives?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Opinions on GMs sales and marketing directions, and when/whether/should the government step in, that type of conversation belongs on our News & Views board, not here in a dedicated sedan discussion.

    And if anyone wants to compare the Avalon to the Impala, that needs to be done on our Sedans Comparisons board, not here.

    Lets try to stick to the Impala here in this discussion dedicated to that vehicle.

  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    Next Impala interior looks like a nice improvement
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    GM announced on Friday that the Zeta program has been scrapped!...that would have provided a new mid sized rear wheel drive chevrolet and a future rear wheel drive Impala around 2009/10.....GM indicates that they will use their North American technology to develope new rear wheel drive vehicles coming in the future, and that will probably include an Impala sized car in 3 to 4 years....
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    A lot of fake wood. The current fad?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    And am I the only one who HATES that charcoal with the pebble?

    Makes me glad I got a Five Hundred. Honest. And the interior of the Ford is probably the thing I like least about it.

    AWD for Impala? Ever?

    For all these reasons, I traded away my 173k miles example. Well, I didn't know about the new interior, but if I had, that would have been another reason!
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    JohnClineii ever since you have bought your Fivehundred you have done nothing but knock the Impala. We all know you had a 2000 Impala and we all know Since October 12 2004 you have told us 11 times now you put 173,000 miles on your car...11 TIMES!....maybe you will be the only one who doesn't like the charcoal with the pebble! You mention in previous posts here you made your decision not to buy a new Impala on trivial things such as the Impala deleted the coin holder! and the PNRDL on the shifter! WOW! those are important reasons not to buy a car! You don't think Ford deletes standard items over the years? NAH! ....The Five Hundred even according to Ford is a boreing car! thats why they just announced they are rushing to refreshen the car next year.....Most enthusiasts continually point out the car comes with only one engine no choices and is continually being knocked for being underpowered!......the Impala will have 3 engine choices including a V8 for the performance drivers....This new Impala will be offered in LS, LT, LTZ and SS trim you have that many trim levels in the fivehundred? might not have AWD and the coin holder, but with all your negativity about the new Impala coming its time you stayed on the fivehundred forum...and keep telling them every 1,000 miles you click off!
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Settle down. My reasons are my reasons. Ford and GM both monitor these forums. I liked my Impala a lot, and would still buy one, if it weren't for certain features missing *I* find important. My choices, perhaps not yours or anyone else's.

    I have NOT knocked the Impala, rather I continue to post here to counteract some of the other impressions others have given about weak rotors, etc. I know what my experiences were, and they were far better than those who post here of engine cradle issues, manifold issues, brake issues, etc. 99 percent of my posts have been to point out what a wonderful mechanical beast my Impala was, and, all the more remarkable, it was a first year of production model.

    And, with all due respect, I will post relevant things where I find appropriate, subject to the watchful eyes of our wonderful hosts, and without regard to your sentiments of what is or is not appropriate. For instance, neither the Ford nor the Impala, both first year models, had ANY warranty work during the warranty term of the Impala or the first 14,000 miles on the Ford (which is all I have so far in the five months I have owned it).

    AWD WOULD make the Impala much more marketable to a larger audience. As would RWD. Too bad GM apparently has just cancelled the program that would have made that possible....
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    After slipping and sliding in GM rear wheel drivers I would never go back. Winter driving is fun again with FWD and winter tires, thank you.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    John: re #12982 I apologize for my burst of anger. You have contributed a lot to this forum.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    Hey, man, it's okay. Your contributions here far outweigh anything you might have felt that day! I understand your strong feelings about the Impala. In fact, I share them.

    Enjoy your car. I'm taking mine on about a 3000 mile journey this weekend! :)
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    After one month of trying to sell my 2000 Impala LS with 65k miles, I still haven't gotten ONE call!

    Today, I just bought a white 2005 Tundra Double Cab with TRD package. I preferred a Titan, but I got a really great deal on the Tundra. The dealer wanted $3500 for my Impala. What a joke! No thanks!
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    We've had our 01 LS for 4 years now. It's been nearly flawless. With two babies - wow, it's been the best family car. And the Edmunds review of the Impala continues to be baseless and clueless. I've driven the Accord - very unsupportive seats. Also, the trunk space would not have cut it. But a lot of car reviewers think a squishy rubbermaid dash is so desirable and more important than an adequate seat and usable room. I think the interior is fine too. It's at least equal to a lot of other import stuff that apparently is ok with the same bunch of reviewers (because it's probably what they bought).
  • middleageguymiddleageguy Chicago areaPosts: 42
    Don't give up on selling your Impala. Purchased a 2000 LS from a dealer last year for a replacement car. Carmax in Chicago suburbs was selling an Impala sedan (not a LS) with a 3800 V-6 for $9,000 which I used as leverage at the dealer.

    Also, I own a 2004 Toyota Highlander and my 17 year old son and I prefer driving the Impala.
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    The problem is the large fleet companies are selling '03 Impala LS with 50-60k for $6-7k to the employees of their clients. That is a lot of car for the money ... and about $2k less than what you'd pay at Carmax.
  • loubanasloubanas Posts: 3
    I have just purchased a 2005 Chevy Impala LS. It does not have a coin holder in the center console storage. Do you know how to get one?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    An automotive salvage yard or the parts department of a dealership...IF the fingers to hold it are still in the console.....
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    A discussion of the 2006 Impala, including the lack of AWD or a CVT, appears here:
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Exactly what everyone on every GM forum has been talking about for the past year! Just using the 2006 Impala as an example. Most believe the car is a decent refreshening but will become stale/outdated very quickly in this fast moving market place.
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    I have an extra coin holder you can have. You pay $5 for shipping cost. Send me an e-mail if you like.

    As of today, I still haven't been able to sell my 2000 Impala LS with 66K miles. I even paid for the car registration good till 02/06.

    In the meantime, my Tundra double cab is killing me on gas. Oh boy~
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "As of today, I still haven't been able to sell my 2000 Impala LS with 66K miles. I even paid for the car registration good till 02/06. "

    You can buy used '04's here in Southern California all day long for $12,000 w/less than 36,000 miles on them. GM uses these for rentals and then sells them through their dealer network. Consequently, the market for used ones is very soft. You simply need to lower the price until it sells. It doesn't matter what Kelly Blue Book says, or the NADA used car guide, or Edmunds. It's what your LOCAL MARKET WILL BEAR.....................
  • klrssklrss Posts: 25
    Hi Folks, I am thinking of getting a new Impala, but not sure if the SS or LS would be best to get. I lean towards the SS for the extra 40 Hp, but I do want the best Gas mileage I can get. I read that the SS takes Premium that right? Anyone here have a 2005 SS that runs on regular with no problems? Just wanted to get everyones opinon on the two different trims. I might go for the fully loaded LS if the only thing I am getting with the SS is the 40 hp, and some stitching on the seats.
    Thanks for any help!
  • klj2041klj2041 Posts: 10
    I cannot find an LS with cloth seating! Is leather standard in this trim level? Also, does anyone have advice about which is 'better'. I really think that I don't want the leather but really want the LS trim! Thanks!
  • tommy42tommy42 Posts: 70
    You can get cloth seats in meduim gray sport cloth or neutral sport cloth. this from GM Impala web sit where you can build your own or check dealers to see what they have in stock.
  • I've been looking at a 2001 Impala that was used as a fleet vehicle. It has a very detailed vehicle history report and the only thing that looks like a red flag for me is the transmission work that's been done. A year ago, when it had 52,545 miles on it (it has 66k on it now) had $897 worth of transmission work on it. Then 8k miles later it had $75 more in transmission work, then 1k miles after that (61528 total miles) it had a $654 tune up. After glancing over the vehicle report I see that over the years it's had an addition $400's worth of misc. work on it. My question to you is - do you think this is a good car? Is it going to be a smart idea to buy a car that's had a rebuilt transmission and some misc. repairs? Are transmission problems frequent in Impalas and once they're fixed, do they come back?

    I'm a 21 year old student and I have the option of buying this car for about $6 grand, but I won't be able to replace everything if it decides to fail again. I'd like some responces from people who've replaced impala transmissions and done work on their cars. Also, I can choose to buy an '03 impala with 62k on it for around $7, I don't have the maintenance history for it yet though. Any input from an experienced impala owner would be very much appreciated.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    "A year ago, when it had 52,545 miles on it (it has 66k on it now) had $897 worth of transmission work on it."

    Unless I am missing something you can't rebuild a transmission for this price. I am thinking that there was something wrong with the transmission and only the parts that absolutely needed replacing were exchanged. This is typical for a fleet car where the people that maintain them know they will only have a life of two years under a typical fleet lease. My advice would be to look for another car.
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    Does anyone have paint problems with their Imps? My paint is disappearing in spots on the horizontal surfaces,e.g. roof, hood.. Dealer blames it on birds. I'm going after GM in small claims court but wondered if anyone else has paint problems with the Imps. The spots are small enough to touch up.
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