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Chevrolet Impala Wheels and Tires

To the SS owners that have driven with the stock wheels/tires so far this winter...any updates or new opinions on driving with these in the snow?? Thanks.


  • I haven't driven in any snow since I live in the cold winter rain capital of the world (Sussex Co. Delaware), but the SS tires seem to work great in the rain. I've also put 93 octane gas in the car for the last two fill-ups and I've noticed about a 2-3 mpg increase.... :-)

    The mileage still isn't great, but the car is definitely fun!

  • worrworr Posts: 45

    What do you get for milage?

    Can you get over 23 on the highway?
  • Yes, when I was running regular gas I averaged about 24 mpg on a couple 45 miles runs to Dover. I haven't tried the highway yet with the 93 octane.... However, I've been averaging about 2 - 3 mpg better around town with the 93 over the 87... If I fill the car up with 93 vs. 87, I'll spend an additional $3.40... However, if I average an additional 2.5 mpg I can travel an additional 43 miles on a tank of gas. Therefore, it does seem worth it to me to fill the car up with 93.
    Just my $.02

  • I'm wavering between the 2LT and the 3LT. I'll be driving the car mostly in town but wonder what the difference is in ride and handling with the 17" tires vs the 16" ones. Has anyone driven both of them and can you give me an opinion? Thanks - Karl
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    I drove both cars prior to selecting my 3LT. As a matter of fact, I drove the SS, as well (too much torque steer). There was a slight difference with each reduction in sidewall. All of these tires have the same outside diameter, so the larger the wheel, the shorter the sidewall. The shorter sidewalls will produce a slight increase in road shock when driving over rough surfaces. I liked the handling characteristics of the 3LT best. The 3LT was also more powerful and fun to drive than the 2LT. The wheels and dual exhaust give the car a little more sporty appearance, as well. There are a few things that need improvement on future models, but overall, it's nice transportation.
  • Thanks for the insight. Did you feel that the general ride was about the same on both cars? I assume that the 3LT has a handling suspension.
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    Generally speaking, the ride was about the same. I don't believe there is any difference in the suspension between the 2LT and 3LT. I'd say the slight difference is attributable to the tires only. The SS has a different suspension, including tubular sway bars, and of course, those huge 18" wheels.
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    I had the standard 18" machined aluminum rims. I guess certain people like the look or maybe they were more interested in the tires.

    I got lucky because the thieves were good at what they did, there was absolutely no damage to the car. The towing company had a hard time finding donuts that would fit on my car to get it on the flatbed due to the larger than usual brake calipers.

    What sucks is that they say that the tires and rims might not be in until Monday.

    I'm concerned that locking lug nuts won't be enough. I'd feel better having an alarm with a motion/tilt sensor but I guess I'm out of luck since it's a lease. :mad:
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Well, in most situations, anything that will inconvenience the thief is enough for them to move on to an easier target. Hopefully, that will be the case for you. There may be other options other than a full up alarm but I'm just guessing. I really hate thieves. Crime is up again these days so I don't expect any relief. Good luck defending your car. :( :confuse:
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    In addition to adding wheel locks I'm looking to upgrading my security system. Does anyone know if it's possible to add components to the existing security system such as a motion/tilt sensor? One shop told me that all they could do was add another alarm system but in doing so I would need to carry two fob's (1 for alarm 1 for remote start). Another shop told me that it might be possible to upgrade while keeping the factory alarm and remote start.

    In case anyone is curious about the replacement cost of the tires/rims for an 06 SS, the insurance claim came to $4,185 not including labor. :surprise:
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    There are two complete sets of 2006 Impala SS 18" wheels and tires for sale on ebay. Ones set is $1,600 the other is $1,100. Maybe one of those sets is yours. During the past 6 months there has always been at least a set or two available on ebay. They aren't brand new but the price is a long way from $4,185. No wonder insurance is so high.
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    Yeah that's crazy, even for dealer prices. I called the shop that was selling a set on eBay and they claim that they are from someone who bought aftermarket rims. I don't know why they don't start etching rims with VIN numbers, not saying it would solve the problem of stolen rims but it might help.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I heard the same thing you did regarding add-on systems. As a matter of fact, I added a remote start to my '02 Monte Carlo and ended up carrying both FOBs. The reason was because the Viper FOB would either disable the alarm entirely or set it off when I used it to unlock my doors. Of course I was told that I would be able to use the Viper FOB for everything but the shop I used didn't know as much about GM's security systems as they thought. If you go that route, be sure to get some kind of money back guarantee.

    FYI, when I bought the Viper system for myself, I also had it installed in my three sisters' cars. Mine never did work quite right. The one installed in an '02 Grand Prix was "mostly" right but other problems emerged that we are pretty sure involved the Viper system but couldn't prove it. The one installed on a '00 Buick Regal seemed to work great but not long after, her dash lights began lighting up randomly. Again, can't prove it was the Viper and GMs do have a track record of bad BCMs (which I suspect is the problem) but we don't know if the Viper caused it or if it was coincidence. Last, the one installed on a '99 Olds Aurora seems to work fine with no problems. In my opinion, the Viper system isn't compatable with GM's latest security systems. I would definitely think twice before messing with any of them. I spent a lot of money trying to give my sisters' a convenience but it was a waste for the most part. :sick:
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I'm curious if the air pressure calibration could be used to identify rims from certain vehicles. I'm guessing they are digitally coded. It seems plausible since you wouldn't want the car next to you to pass it's tire pressure info to your car's computer. But, from what I've seen from law enforcement, it wouldn't be worth THEIR trouble. :(
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    Why they didn't include some type of tilt or motion sensor is beyond me. I guess for now I'm just going to go with two McGard locking lugs per wheel.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    My guess would be the car alarm fad was just that. I know most people ignore car alarms because they're always going off for reasons other than criminal activity. My funniest car alarm memory was my nephew pressing his FOB and getting the little for his POS Renault Alliance. The alarm was surely worth more than the car. :D
  • Has anyone else had a problem with the tires on the LTZ? I had one replaced and then replaced that replacement early on. Last week they rotated the tires and problems showed up on the sensors. When I took it in there is a problem with road force again on a tire and it is to be replaced. Can I really trust these tires long term?

    I had just thought that the early problems had all been fixed---to the point that I hesitated to let them change anything.....including tire position.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I'm assuming you have Good Years on your car. I've had problems with nearly every set I've ever owned (all on new cars). The current set on my SS are doing well so far but I'm not convinced on Good Years quality just yet. I would also assume your problems are being fixed under warranty. I would make sure you're documenting everything so that if/when they claim you're out of coverage, you'll have grounds to get a better replacement. You may also want to check to see if there's any type of lemon law clause for tires.
  • I do have Good Years. I had never had problems with tires before, but this is becoming very frustrating. The car in general caused great grief to begin with----I was beginning to think it was worth keeping, but if rotating tires creates a problem I don't want to even think what might be down the road.
  • I'm about 1 month into my 2006 laser blue metallic SS, and I freakin' love this car. Anyway, the purpose of my post is to see if anyone out there has put custom wheels on their 2006 Impala, and if so what sizes w/what size tires? I've searched this forum and haven't been able to see anything about custom wheel applications for this car, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • I have thought about the same thing but i think if i was going to do it i would get the rims from GM or have them recomend some that fit and have them put them on due to all the sensors and computers
  • Yeah I was worried too, so I called the service department where I bought the car, and they told me that the TPMS sensor was simply "strapped" to the inside of the wheel and that most "reputable" aftermarket wheel/tire places would know how to install them on new wheels. And here's the good part, he said that getting custom wheels wouldn't have any affect on my warranty.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I agree, I have seen their wheel accessory display and it is pretty substantial. I would be that they would have custom wheel that fit on this car.
  • middleageguymiddleageguy Chicago areaPosts: 42
    I was considering putting BFG Traction T/As on my 2000 Impala replacing worn Goodyear Eagles. The T/As appear to be well rated. Has anyone had any experience with these tires?
  • I have these tires on my car right now and they have been very good. Before these tires I had Continentals and Yokohamas and was not as satisfied.
  • middleageguymiddleageguy Chicago areaPosts: 42
    I decided to order two new tires for Impala LS. Two of Goodyear GT-HRs had good tread left. I did like the feel and look of the tires. I ordered two GT-HRs and I having been waiting over a week. The tire company said Goodyear is on strike, thus fewer tires are being delivered.

    Would purchasing two non-matching tires make any sense?
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    My brother-in-law just purchased a used 2006 Impala 3LT, and is having problems with one of the tire pressure monitors working intermittently. Any ideas as to whether this is something he can easily take care of himself, or something he should take in while the car is still under the factory warranty?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    It's a fairly common problem. I would suggest taking it in for service under warranty. Search this forum for more information on this problem.
  • I have a 2006 Impala LT with stock 225/60-16 tires/wheels.
    I will be changing to the SS tires/wheels (235/50-18)shortly.
    Question ....Will the tire sensors from the stock wheels be ok for use/fit and dash message centre reading..??
    Please help...
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