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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Where to start...

    Ok.. I will give you the HHR to some degree but... The Solstice is SOLD OUT for this year. Fiero baggage, ya right? GTO looks like a Grand Am? I guess if you are looking at the Pontiac grill only it does? Don't see any resemblance of the Intrepid in the Impala unless I blur my vision in which case all cars look like it. As for the Malibu, it has sold strong and growing numbers since it's release competing well with Camry?

    Have you even sat in a 2006 Impala? Sounds to me like you are just doing a dump on GM.
  • I should have kept my 96 SS
  • dghfdghf Posts: 1
    WHAT is going on here?! The Impala, the Impala SS - WHATEVER version/model - is HIDEOUS. It looks like a 2000 Accord with the front and the rear of a Cobalt. If you dont think to - then photoshop it. And the Malibu? Come on. I wouldnt drive one for free. And I'm unemployed at the moment. Whoever is on this site defending Chevy - the most awful looking cars around - They work for CHEVY.

    PS: I just looked at an Impala 2005 - IT HAD BENCH SEATS. What is this 1978?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,025
    Whoever is on this site defending Chevy - the most awful looking cars around - They work for CHEVY.

    Um... I think that's a ridiculous blanket statement. The reason there are so many different vehicles produced by a variety of manufacturers is that people have different wants & needs in a vehicle. Just because it's not your cup o' tea doesn't mean it won't suit someone else to a T. If bench seats don't blow your hair back, don't buy an Impala.


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  • Love my 06' Impala SS! Just took delivery of one. Too few miles to rate it...less than 200, but this car handles extremely well and the SS is a head-turner. Yeah...I will defend GM Chevy, and better yet, I will buy them too, one every other year to be exact. Hondas don't do it for me and have owned them too. It's back-to-basics with this V-8 that SS was intended to have.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I have seen 2 SS Impalas on the road and they do turn my head for sure. LS/LTs probably won't have quite the same effect.

    No the Impala is not the most exciting car on the road but it's meant to be a bread and butter sedan, that's what the masses want (hence the success of Accord, Malibu, Camry and Altima). Pontiac Grand Prix is the excitement model if you want more pizazz.

    Congrats "ssroadside" on the new Impala.
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  • I just test drove the 2006 impala LTZ. Bench seats are optional, and for those who are completely ignorant, the primary reason they make front bench seats is for taxi cabs to be able to seat more. You can get the bucket seats with floor shifter.

    Anyways. Ive never been crazy for american cars. At all. But this new impala is such an improvement over previous generations, in terms of quality. I dont even know where to start, but just go see for yourself. There are still things I do not like about this car, of course, and I am still considering the Nissan Altima 3.5 SE, although that one is getting outdated as well. Its getting to be almost a hard decision between the two. Whooda thunk I'd ever be this close to buying a Chevy.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,316
    I prefer bench seats. I checked the LTZ pricing and found the bench seats are an option with the leather package. Does not sound like they're meant for a taxi. That's good news to me. When I car shop again, it'll be for bench seats.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Bench seats are also good for large families or for the ability to carry more people in a car when needed. I personally do not like them, but they give the Impala a market not served by many cars anymore.

    How did you find the power / acceleration of the 3.9L in the LTZ? Did the car have the wood trim or the satin alloy finish inside?
  • I have sold Impala's since they came back out in 2000. The Impala is one of the few vehicles you can buy with a bench seat. Most of the people who buy them are older people who are used to the gear shifter on the column not on the floor. A lot of people who have arthritis in the hands have a problem pushing in the brake/shift interlock button on a floor mounted shifter. Yes you can seat 6 people but it would be tight.

    altis_jds is right. The new Impala is nothing like the previous model. You have to see it and drive it to believe it. I had a customer come in last week in his Durango who was a DIE HARD Mopar fan.They had just come from the Dodge Dealer His wife made him come in and he wanted to see what Chevy had to compete with the new Charger (very skeptical and snide) Test drove the SS . Long story short came back with eyes like a kid in a candy store. Ordered a SS will be here in 3 weeks. :)
  • "Whoever is on this site defending Chevy - the most awful looking cars around - They work for CHEVY."

    Wow man. I mean i have problem with the Impala too but i don't think you would be playing the same tune had it been a toyota or honda.

    The impala exterrior will defenantly grow on people. I saw one for far it was not an SS. It looks kinda meaty in person. More so than the avalon.

    I believe this is how it works:

    the cobalt is the corola figher (beater)
    the malibu is the camry fighter
    the Impala is the Avalon fighter

    The impala and the avalon are TOTALLY different cars but they are in the same class and in many trim levels the same price. Impala does cost less, since the avalon is from 26-33K.

    The avaon does come close to the imlas HP, but tthe interrior is just too much better than the impala and chevy may loose out on that one. would it really cost that much to put some on that wood-looking trim on the door panels, meybe where the window swiches are? And what about a NAV system? I am not even talking about HID/XENON lights.

    Ford is closer to the avalon in many respoects with the Five Hundred, and will soon be in the league with hp too. They could also have done a bit better with the interrior but its better than the Impala. they also added a Nav system for 2006. Thats a good move.

    I think overall GM has a very good car on its hands. Let see if in subsequent model years GM can improve feature content and interrior materials some more.
  • One thing that always surprises me on reviews is the lack of attention to the rear sear.

    I tested several different trim level Impalas. Both bench and bucket were great.

    What stands out in my mind is that Chevy made the 2006 model larger on the outside and took 1 inch of legroom away in the rear. With the front seats all the way back, I found it difficult to get out of the back seat.

    For a family sedan, the Impala does not provide enough room in the back seat for adults.

    I would be surprised if very many of you who drove the car, actually got in and out of the back seat more than once.

    Did anyone else find the rear seat cramped?

    If you call the Impala a mid size Chevy, what would you call a full size Chevy?
  • What would I call a full sized Chevy?

    Well I had a 00 Impala LS.

    I call my full sized Chevy a Ford Five Hundred! :)
  • Yes the 500 has a large backseat, I did think it was very firm. But at least my feet fit in the back footwell. However, the 500's front footwell does feel small to me. You just can't please me.

    On the plus side, the 500 like the Impala, I can read the radio in bright light. The Accord LX, Camry LE and Sonata GLS radio displays are completely useless in bright light. I really don't under stand the cheap LCD displays on cars.
  • Is going to loose whatever police business it had if there is no room in the rear seat. That is so stupid! Alot of their business came from fleet/police sales. And now chrysler (read German auto company) is introducing v6 and hemi v8 cargers for polics duty!?

    I talked to a few cops, they hated the "new" 2000 - 2005 impalas. One of the reasons is they said it was small. If this new one really has less rear leg room, and that very important for cops, they might as well start buying German cars.

    I don't think ford is too interested to sell police versions of its Five hundred but thats just me :D

    Still like the car, this is just not very encouraging. I thought automakers were trying to find out how to maximise interrior room while minimising exterrior bulk. Go figure.
  • I've been in the backseat of a Ford Crown Vic police car(the largest cop car made) and there wasn't much room in it either (though I don't believe my comfort was of paramount concern).
    As far as the Ford 500, while it's designed with "stadium" seating, I believe it has less room in the front, by a very small amount then the Taurus.
    Looked at a new SS today....pretty sweeet though wheels looked cheap.
    All about the mileage now in my old age though. Anybody drove one with the new 3.5? I see it has 11 more hp then my '00 Impala 3.8. My '00 gets 30 mpg in TOWN! Yes, really.

    still can't get over that '99 vintage Monte Carlo front end though like the rest of the car.....even with it's Malibu rearend
  • I dunno if ya spec it out with the rear spoiler and in the right color I think it'll have the same effect. Saw an SS sitting beside an LT today and IMHO the LT actually looked better. The LT's wheel looked more upscale and I liked the chrome on the back.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Ya, I like the LT alloys better than the LTZ. Unfortunately you can't get 17" wheels on the LT though, I love big wheels.

    You are right though, a loaded up LT would be pretty close to looking like an LTZ.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    06 Impala vs 500

    Impala/500 (source and

    Shoulder 58.6 / 57.6
    Hip 57.2 / 53.7
    Leg 37.6 / 41.3

    Impala is about 3.7 inches short on leg room but has more shoulder and hip room. Of course even a base Impala has more power than the 500 and way better mileage so its a bit of give and take.

  • But GM's AWD on the Impala is woefully lacking...
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,316
    >But GM's AWD on the Impala is woefully lacking...

    What does that mean?

    My AWD on my many cars since 1981 has been great.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,316
    >But GM's AWD on the Impala is woefully lacking...

    What does that mean?

    My AWD on my many cars since 1981 has been great.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    AWD is a waste of gas and money for most people. Unless you live way north or in rural areas with lots of snow, I don't see much point in it. Of course companies like Subaru will have you believe that you need it in Arizona. It's a nice to have for sure though.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,316
    AWD sounds nice but for most people in Ohio region if they can't get out with front wheel drive, they're not going to want to try to get through with AWD. If the snow is bad enough where they are occasionally, they probably have a larger, most capable vehicle that doesn't get good mileage but does great for snow weather driving.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Living in the Toronto area now and having lived in rural Ontario with many snowy days I can tell you I have never been stuck or had much trouble getting around in the winter in a regular FWD sedan. Maybe we are better prepared (and have more plows) for snow than some places in the U.S., but I would never bother with an AWD unless I lived in a very bad rural snow belt area. Even then, I'm not sure.

    ABS and traction control on the other hand..
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,316
    Pick a good tread that has bite to it, save the extra money and repair on the AWD, drive intelligently, don't try to be a 4WD pickup truck with mud tires and go through anything, you'll be okay.

    Friend was buying a Pacifica. He lives down a steep grade--even the salt trucks skid down the hill when salting and then work their way back up (it's a dead end street). I convinced him the mileage loss, extra parts, additional cost of car wasn't worth the return. If it's too bad, they stay home till the salt trucks have cleared the grade.

    Impala doesn't need AWD just because "everybody else is doing it," --sounds like my teenager.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    I much prefer a bench...With the column shirt,you do get an at least visual impression that you aren't as cramped.

    but accorping to Chevy's website,the Malibu has more rear seat leg room...To me,this is the crucial dimension...more meaningful than hip/shoulder room with only one or two in back...

    I think I'm more interested in the malibu...
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Good winter tires go a long way during the snowy and icey months no doubt. Very few people buy / use them though. Living in the city, I stick with all seasons. Never had a problem even in a storm. That said, insurance companies are starting to discount if you use winter rubber.
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