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It's got some custom add-ons, and quite a lot of the 36,36 warranty left.
Yup. I know just where you could find one. Yup.
All the dealers so far will provide the carfax report on their vehicles.
Someone here mentioned poor weld points on the engine mounts of the 2000 Impala - anyone else hear of that?
Anyway this buggy is wheels to get to work without feeling drained from the ride.
You'd think they would have cleaned the vehicle up and got it ready for a sale. Instead a salesman was using it as his ride. I thought these people were in the business of selling cars!
Good luck on your quest. There are probably quite a few 2000 models coming off lease, and a TON of 2000 and 2001 ex-fleet Impalas out there now. Hertz has a ship load for sale.
Thanks rkelc - thanks for the warranty info. Have you heard any ratings by Consumer reports on the reliability of Warranybynet?
This car, so far, beasts the hell out of my old Grand Am, Lumina, and is a better ride then my '01 Accord.
i have the 2001 impala ls
hope to talk some
anyone who has bellsouth for a internet provider
i feel for you
bellsouth really is starting to get on my nerves
fully loaded with the exception of no sunroof, power passager seat,nor heated seats
so far i've 40k on the car and love it. it's
not given any trouble of any sort
i'm going to start adding some stuff to it so far i've just made minor changes
the taillight kit from crazygraphix
and a stereo upgrade using all ma equipment
first i want say i do not claim to have an impala ss if anyone ask i tell them that i did all the work
ss emblems on front doors and trunk (and i took the time to put them on right i even had to get a new impala emblems so that they would match the emblems are red and the impalas are black)
carbon fiber bowtie witch match the hubcaps
wind splitters below front bumper
chrome valve stem covers
cat back dual exhaust
rear taillight blackout from crazygraphix
supercharged engine cover (i'm wishing for what goes under it)
autovent shades for windows
stubbie cellular ant from cellularone (it beats the whip)
and then the stereo:
ma-6.5 for the front doors
ma-6x9 for the rear deck
ma-486 amp for the mids and highs
ma-12xe subs (2)
and a ma-5011dx to run them
the only engine mod are:
k&n air filter
and the long oil filter fram #ph3980pro1
and i use castrol 10w30 for oil
i have no oil consumption problems
it really does run good and i have not had any problems with the car
Can someone tell me the most common problems with this year?
So far, from what I've read, there are 3-4 main problems:
ISS - needs replacement
Short in Headlight switch causing dash light problems and ultimately headlight failure.
Something about an upper plenum coolant leak and a
I am a woman who knows nothing about cars.
I always drove Fords - minivans for my kids
This is the first used car I've ever bought.
What should I expect from the list above, and any other problems I might encounter. Frankly, I'm pretty nervous about this purchase after reading the various Impala boards - especially about the 2000.
It has 33,000 miles.
Thank you for your help.
You are doing a great job by being here reading all the posts. I can see how you might be worried about your impala after reading the forum because we all talk about every little issue.. I just want to say that I've got over 43,000 on my 2001 and so far have only spent 200.00 out of warranty for a leaky gasket.
I'm not sure if you are within your 3 years or not, but regardless, it wouldn't cost very much (some dealers might not even charge anything) to just have a good inspection done on the ISS and your cooling system.
I'm not saying that the headlight thing will not happen, but I don't think its a very common issue.
In any case, if you have your ISS and Cooling system inspected (for leaks) and everything is ok, then at least you know where you stand from day one. That and change your oil every 3 months, and I think you'll find that your Impala will last a long long time.
Take care and I hope you enjoy your ride
Any positive or negative info would be appreciated. Thanks.
My name is Neil and I am 47 years old with two daughter's (9 and 12) and have just purchased a 2003 Impala LS in Berry Red with all option's except XM radio, Sport Package and Sunroof. My other car is a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited. Hope to meet some of you in the various forums here.
Is there anything specific I should ask when I get this car serviced? Should I take it to the dealer where I bought it for service or does it really matter?
Your suggestions are appreciated!
You said you didn't like the Goodyear tires. What kind of tires are you thinking about putting on your LS?
You do not need to take your car to the dealer to have it serviced. If you take it to a quick-lube place, such as Jiffy Lube or Expressway, they will do all the maintenance required on the car. They will also tell you what else needs to be done that they can not or will not do, such as brake repair for example. I have a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited that I have only taken to Expressway since I have bought it, and they have serviced it to perfection. I will be be taking my Impala to the dealer, only because they threw in 3 years of free oil changes with the deal I got on the car. They basically did that because it is the same dealer that I bought my Buick at and it's kind of a loyalty reward.
I did not say I disliked the Goodyear Tires, that was spark1e's comment (Post #130 Above). I will be picking up my car tomorrow, and I will let you know about the tires once I put some mileage on the car. If I do decide to replace them, I would most probably go with Micheleins. I have them on my LeSabre and I am very satisfied with the ride. Feel free to ask anything else, I will try to help you out.
Tires - FWIW, my original Goodyears lasted about 45k miles, and they still had enough tread to be considered legal/safe.
I'll probably get Michelins, or maybe Continental Contacts.
Anyways, here is some info:
2003 Impala LS / Galaxy Silver Metallic
7 Miles when I left the lot
Cloth interior....neve got used to leather
Factory CD Stereo
So far, so good.
Several of my friends who are mechanics have recommended that I do the first oil change at 1000 miles. I'm kind of curious how the automatic oil change light comes on with respect to mileage.
Any recommendations are appreciated.
I've got 53k miles on my 2000 Impala. I too changed my initial oil earlier than required (somewhere around 500 miles as I recall). Just bought my wife a new Accord, and they don't suggest changing oil initially until 5k miles, and actually discourage you from changing it earlier. Some argue there is "break in" oil put into the engine initially; others say change it early, because there'll be more metallic bits floating around in it due to initial break in.
Anyway, my experience with the oil change indicator light is that you'll run 5-6k miles before it suggest changing oil. Obviously yours may vary depending upon where you live and how you drive. I switched to synthetic (Mobil-1) at @ 3k miles, so I don't worry about running 5-6k miles on the same oil. Not sure I'd want to run standard "dino" oil that long, although I've been told today's oils are more than up to that task.
Info is in your manual as to how to reset the oil monitor. If you don't change your oil yourself, at least learn how to reset the monitor, and do it each time you get your oil changed. Rare for the Jiffy Lube guys to know/remember to do something like that.
Need some honesty here from you guys! Should I take the plunge, or look at other options? The concern here is the repair record and potential problems. Would it be better to look at a new 2004? Won't have the options the 2003 has and I can't seem to find any significant improvements on the new model.
Also, what is the website for recalls on GM vehicles?
After about 2 weeks of ownership,we are very pleased with the car,eapecially since the weather here has been dreadful.The day we picked it up(Jan.5th) it started snowing,and it's been bitterly cold and snowy ever since,and the Impala has been perfect.I don't know what mileage were getting,but the gas guage has only dropped to the 1/2 tank mark,even tho it's been used only for stop and go driving in very cold weather for 2 weeks,roughly 250 km,so far.
As for the typical problems that have been mentioned on this forum,they seem to have been more prevalent on '00 models(the first year thing) and if you're considering an '03 or new,I wouldn't worry too much.We also keep our cars for a long time,and we are pretty confident that this one will age gracefully.
Since you posted your message late last year,you may have already made your descision,but FWIW,I'd say go for the '03 and save big bucks over new,even with the 4 yr ext warranty,and all taxes in,the total was under $18k allowing 3k for our trade in,which we were very glad to be rid of!
Good luck with whatever you decide to buy!
Ooops! almost forgot the site that lists recalls,you asked for.
My mileage averages pretty consistently around 10.5 litres per 100km.
I'm always amazed at how quickly the car warms up on really cold days. One day last week the DIC was reading minus 22 outside and the heater was blowing hot within 4 blocks of my office after sitting outside all day. Fabulous!
Other than the two issues, I really like this car. Can anyone relate to what I'm saying. If I can't do something to get a little more comfortable, I'm going to take a bath on a trade.