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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Don't buy the warranty. Extended warranties are not really warranties and are underwritten by insurance companies. You know they never loose so you can guess the odds are low you will need them. $4000 is way way high also, skip it and put the $4k in a good oil stock.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I guess you've paid about $10 grand on it, give or take. If you're unsure about its reliability, you're probably better off by shopping for a car you think is more reliable or newer for $14 grand.

    Mind you, I bought a close to bumper-to-bumper 2-year warranty "extension" with a deductible of $100 from GM on my then new '02 Bonneville for about $500. Regardless of whether you're purchasing that "warranty" or not, you're being ripped off at $4 grand for 3 years.

  • Has anyone tried out both of them on the '06 Impala? Which one is more comfortable? It looks like the bench seat has one of those armrests like the '94 LeSabre. After a while it won't stay up and flops down on the seat. How about storage in both?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,319
    I didn't have trouble with 93 LeSabre armrest staying up nor the one in the 98 LeSabre. Odd that you got one that wouldn't cooperate. I did break the cupholder off the 93 IIRC.

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

  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    A 90 day trial of XM radio was bundled with our '06 Impala. According to the dealer, and the documentation included with the car, if we wanted to continue the service, we needed to contact XM to keep the account active. BULL PUCKEY! Today, we got a bill from XM for $600. They "assumed" we would want to continue their service for 5 years, and wanted to be paid up front. I listened to XM for a couple of hours, and in my opinion, its not worth more than a couple of bucks per month. Needless to say, I called XM, and told them how high they could shove their service. Then, I called Chevy, and filed a complaint with them against their bundled XM service using deceptive business practices. If a person gets one of these bills, and just pitches it, it could do serious damage to their credit rating, under the latest rules.
  • drat19drat19 Posts: 28
    Re post 960:

    Yes, it is unfortunate that they "assume" you want to continue your XM subscription beyond the trial period (and if you think about it, it's a great marketing tactic, because in most cases XM far exceeds terrestrial radio in programming quality/content, IMHO, and YMMV of course).

    Having said that, while it is presumptuous to just bill you, as opposed to "offering" you the option to continue, it really is just a simple phone call to have XM discontinue your service/subscription. They just have to pull up your radio ID, which pulls up your account, and cancel harm, no foul to your credit rating.

    "Should" this be how it works (i.e., should you have to be the one who has to make the call)? I agree with And it would be nice if this reality were disclosed to you somehow. But even so, in my opinion it's a small price to pay to have the option of XM Radio even included with your new car.
  • Of course it's a ripoff. I wouldn't pay $2/month to listen to music/weather or some blowheart radio talk rap. GM should be reprimanded via the court system for its conduct.
  • blckthreeblckthree Posts: 153
    I had the same attitude toward XM-radio when I first got it. I was never going to pay for radio, it is free or I can listen to CDs. After the free 3 month trial, I was hooked. I NEVER listen to anything but XM-radio. A great value for the money and outstanding reception everywhere I have driven. That was back in 2003.

    On my '06 Grand Prix, XM was activated when I picked up the vehicle. About 30 days before the end of the 3 month trial, I received a statement telling me my options as far as continuing, cancelling, etc. I never got a bill from them. It is good to get the early notification, if you let your subscription run out, they can charge an activation fee.

    To each his own, but I think there is a story being blown way out of proportion here. I don't have the statement sent to me, but I seem to remember if no action was taken, the service would be discontinued at 3 months.

    Mike :)
  • I got a new Impala just over 2 months ago with the XM radio. Last week I received a notice in the mail outlining my options at the end of the 3 months - not a bill. I have had XM radio for a while and intend to add the new car to my present subscription (I think they have a program to add a second radio for about $6.95/mo). I am hooked on XM and intend to keep it around in my house and car. Maybe you should re-read the notice from XM.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I'm sure XM will reverse any bill and disconnect the service if you don't want to continue. It's just not that big a deal.

    Personally I am only in my car 20 minutes a day so it's not worth it for me but for people who have long commutes or live in remote areas I can totally see it being awesome.
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 539
    I had a new Impala as a rental car the other day. I have thought they were nice looking since they came out, but never been up close with one. I was very impressed with this car. The back seat was very roomy for me at 6'3". The "superior blue metallic" color was very attractive. The interior and dash materials were very nice and seemed well put together. It was an LT - because it had alloy wheels (which are very nice), and because rental fleets usually go for the small engine option, I am guessing it was an LT2. I didn't even know about the folding rear seat until I checked out the Chevy website recently. That is very handy. And the trunk is HUGE! I didn't get to drive it, but my boss who was driving commented on how it had decent power. I bet the 3.9 is very lively.

    I would really consider buying one of these for my next car. I would probably go for the LT3, because I really like the fact that you can get leather with a front bench seat rather than buckets. The buckets have adjustable lumbar support, and the console gives extra storage space, but in most cars with bucket seats and a center console, my long legs don't fit so well, and my right knee is always bumping up against the center console. Also with a bench you can fit one extra passenger on rare occasions. I would like to sit in one with front buckets and see for myself how roomy it is. Maybe there is enough leg room after all, in which case I would really like an LTZ with the more sporty styling.

    Overall, I was highly impressed with the Impala. This car is definitely as nice as any import I have been in recently. A couple of months ago, we had a new Pontiac G6 as a rental car, and I was also very impressed with that one. Good looks, nice interior, powerful engine. I would say GM is definitely back in the game with their latest new vehicles.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I have bought about 50/50 the last five years - mixing imports and domestic - although I haven't driven any of them long enough to know about long term reliability, domestics and imports have been roughly comparable in terms of initial "take-back" warranty issues (and in no case has any glitch been serious). So I have no particular bias for or against any maker, although I am trying to direct my new car money to GM and Ford in the near future since they are ailing (for nostalgic reasons).

    I personally like the Impala much more than the Accord or Camry. It's a little bigger, and has a very fuel efficient (by all reports) V-6 engine family. What I like better than Accord and Camry are:

    1. Onstar, which is standard, since I go to out of the way areas to hike, and worry what would happen if I had a breakdown or accideent;

    2. The pseudo-"bench" seat, which is pretty nifty in an emergency (squeeze in one more person, hopefully a small person);

    3. The LARGE trunk (only the Five Hundred beats it);

    4. The flip up rear seat cushion (underseat storage, or put backpacks in there and keep them off the upholstery);

    5. XM radio availability;

    6. Standard side curtain airbags (not a competitive advantage, since they are available on Honda and Camry too, but certainly a "must" for any new car I'd like to get);

    7. Did I mention it's bigger, standard with a V6, and cheaper than a comparable Camry or Accord?

    The competitors, for me, are the Five Hundred (positives are the "opera" seating for the back seat, and "rollover sensing" side air bag deployment; negatives are the anemic 3.0 liter motor); and the Dodge Charger (positives are the "balanced handling" of rear wheel drive, standard stability control and ABS, and available side air bags; the main negative is the lower gas mileage on the admittedly stronger, higher tech, and costlier to build V6 DOHC engine).

    I'd like to see GM make ABS standard on ALL Impalas (didn't they do that in past years) and make stability control an option, at least. Also, the side curtain airbags should be supplemented by side TORSO air bags, like on the Malibu....
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    Dodge Charger (positives are the "balanced handling" of rear wheel drive, standard stability control and ABS, and available side air bags; the main negative is the lower gas mileage on the admittedly stronger, higher tech, and costlier to build V6 DOHC engine).

    Chrysler's V6 looks good only on paper when coupled with its automatic transmissions. It seems that they are quite inefficient. But as the Charger shares components with Mercedes cars, I wonder if it uses a better automatic...
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    Chrysler's V6 looks good only on paper when coupled with its automatic transmissions. It seems that they are quite inefficient. But as the Charger shares components with Mercedes cars, I wonder if it uses a better automatic...

    I think they are using the 5 speed Automatic from Mercedes. This is older M-B design while new M-B vehicles now are using 6 or 7 speed Auto. In addition, Chrysler is also using M-B other RWD hardwares. That is why they can offer relative inexpensive RWD vehicles without investing billions in tooling.

  • drat19drat19 Posts: 28
    I've owned my Superior Blue '06 Impala LTZ since late Sept. '05, and I continue to be impressed, by all but one of the features you mentioned. I also stand 6'3" and I find driving to be very comfortable.

    My only complaint is that the rear seat legroom and foot room are just terrible compared to import competition...especially the foot room. For some silly reason they designed the bottoms of the backs of the front seats (i.e., your rear seat footroom) with these bolsters or some sort of extra material, and if you're anything bigger than below-average sized, it's next to impossible to easily get your feet in and out from the rear.

    This has not diminished my enjoyment of my LTZ as I seldom carry rear-seat passengers, but you definitely need to re-visit that rear seat, and if this is an issue for you it's an important consideration.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I have sat in the back seat of a new Impala on 2 occasions and both times found the rear seat room perfectly acceptable. It's not huge but from a pure numbers standpoint the rear seat is very similar in size to the competition.
  • I bought a 2000 LS in 2003. It had 26,000 miles on it. The only problem I had with it was a faulty solenoid in the transmission. That cost me about $700. Overall I have been very satisfied with it and am planning on buying a 2006 LTZ. My wife is on her second Camry. Hasn't rally had any problems with them either but in my opinion the Camry is not near as nice a car as the Impala. :)
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Post #971 isn't referring to the seat room in the back of the Impala he is talking about the foot room. The 00-05 Impalas have more rear foot room then the 2006 models do. In the rear at the bottom of the front seats near the floor are two pieces of cloth material that cover the seat tracks for the front seats. They go right down to the floor and cover an area where your feet should be able to go under the front seat at the sides but are blocked by this material. I posted back in August when I took out a 2006 SS and LTZ. Sitting in the back it is awkward when trying to enter/exit your feet from the rear seat foot area because of these obtrusions in the footwell at the bottom of the back of the front seats. My 2001 LS does not have these obtrusions.

    With the dashboard being 7" narrower on the new Impala then the previous models I thought foot/leg room would increase, but has actually got a little smaller and with these footwell obstacles that weren't there before, makes it more difficult to enter/exit with your legs/feet. The Impala a much larger car, is over a foot longer then the Camry/Accord but rear foot/leg room is almost the same. The Camry/Accord do not have these obtrusions in the rear footwell area. Check it out.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    At the Michigan Police testing back in September for this model year police vehicles the Impala failed the braking test requirements on its first attempts. The Impala came last behind the Dodge Charger,& and heavier Ford CV. GM was allowed to make emergency adjustments and the Impala was re-tested a few weeks later, and just got under the required 60-0 mph of 150 feet. The police Impala uses the same sized brakes as the civilian Impala. The 00-05 Impalas have better braking statistics then the 2006 Impalas even with the latest adjustments Chevy made recently. More then likely the 2007 Impalas will have upgraded pads/rotors to shorten stopping distances.
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    The major drawbacks of the 06 seem to be the braking efficiency, lack of rear footwells and small mirrors leaving blindspots. Hope GM gets these items fixed for the 07.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I will take a closer look at this when I see the car at the auto show. I do not recall any obtrusions but I was only in the back seat for a few seconds.

    The 07 should have a lot of upgrades I would think. The Impala is a really impressive car in my eyes. Upgraded brakes, a 5 or 6 speed transmission and some other tweaks would make it even better.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    A lot of upgrades were made to this new Impala. They are sure spending a lot of $ on advertising to get the word out.

    I am a little disappointed in the smaller exterior mirrors. I remember when the 00 model came out Chevy made it a point to indicate how large the mirrors were. Making them smaller for 2006 doesn't make sense. Its as if they cut the bottom third off of them. I read that they designed the new mirrors to cut down on wind resistance/noise.

    Vanman1 when you get into the back seat of the Impala you will notice you cannot slide your feet a couple inches under the front seat at the widest point (as most people would do) as the previous model. When you get out your feet will hit these two pieces of cloth that go right to the floor on each end of the front seat. Its not a big deal but poorly designed.

    More then likely the 2007 Impalas will offer 1 or 2 new exterior colours and adjust some of the option packages. I would like to see more side supported sport front seats in the SS, as they have in the Monte Carlo. A gauge package would sport it up a bit, as they had in the 04/05 Impala SS models. There is more talk that the future Impala will be rear wheel drive on the Zeta platform. 2009/ will be interesting.
  • I had XM radio on a 2006 Toyota Solara that I only kept for a few months (compared to the Solara my 2001 Malibu rode like a Cadillac). I thought that I was going to recieve "talk free" music on the "60's" music channel but instead there was sort of a radio disc jockey announcing the songs. Frankly I'd rather hear straight music. I'm contemplating XM in the Impala I'm going to order. Did I just hit the wrong channel? Are there channels with nothing but popular music and no narration? Karl
  • drat19drat19 Posts: 28
    All the music channels (but not the talk channels) are indeed commercial-free. However, on several of the channels they do have live DJs at various times/days, and you'll also hear promos for other XM programming from time to time (which are not "commercials" per se, since it's XM advertising XM).

    Still, IMHO and YMMV, I think it's still FAR superior to any terrestrial radio programming available. And the fact that you now hear ads on terrestrial radio about pay vs. free tells you all you need to know about how terrestrial radio now considers sat radio a real, viable threat.
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    I read the subject review but couldn't believe what I saw. Edmund's says their test car was only able to do a 6.4 second 0-60 run. I'm wondering if this is a misprint. If not, I'm not gonna buy a new Impala SS if Chevy's lying about their 5.7 second 0-60 claim. Here's the Edmund's review: - - ynpartner=edmunds& - - adtestarticle.html&articleId=107952&tid=edmunds.e.roadtest.content...Chevrolet*
  • worrworr Posts: 45
    The car didn't get that time. The driver did.
  • You can't guarantee that the 07 won't have some stuff taken away or put on option lists. The '02 Cadillac Deville base model was better equipped than my '03 base model.
  • jpstax1jpstax1 Posts: 197
    Point taken. However, in many past Full Test reports with other vehicles, Edmunds' drivers have gotten very close to, or slightly exceeded, other car manufacturer's 0-60 time claims. In this case, Edmunds' test car (driver) was 0.7 seconds slower, which, as you know, is a fairly significant time difference in a performance car. However, in this case, I'll give Chevy the benefit of the doubt. Has anyone seen any independent Impala SS test results that would back up Chevy's 5.7, 0-60 claim?
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Your right. The previous Impala models were no acception. Options were dropped and added. I do believe now that the 2007 Camry is out and looks like a winner, Chevy will be hard pressed to match options, quality, and performance to stay competitive. A few of the glitches on the 2006s will be tidied up for 2007. Camrys V6 will offer 268 hp. Don't be surprised if the horsepower isn't bumped up on the Impala 3.9 for 2007. Chevy is spending a lot of $ letting the public know that Chevrolet is the best selling brand in America.(first time since 1987) Chevy has to keep the rythm going.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,935
    “Has anyone seen any independent Impala SS test results that would back up Chevy's 5.7, 0-60 claim?”

    Car and Driver reported 5.7 for the GP GXP - identical drivetrain AFAIK – Oct 2005 issue: - =4

    And I think MT tested the SS for their Car of the Year - with very similar results.

    - Ray
    2016 BMW 340i
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