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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey All.. Here's Some questions for 'Ya ...

    Has anyone heard or read lately if the new '08 - '09(?)
    SS Impala will have a 6 speed standard (stick) as an available option besides the automatic..?? Or, what do ya think the GM guys might do here...? :surprise:
    How about with your current ride... Do you just leave it in drive for most/all occaisions and let the automatic shift itself, or, do you like to take control of it by shifting your automatic manually up to say.. red-line. You know, what I mean... When you are at the lights and you look over and you see one of those Chrysler products :P or something...!!
    What's popular out there...??

    Many thanks
    Frank ;)
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    I use premium at whatever gas station I stop at and it can vary from 91 - 93 octane. I usually leave it in drive and in impromptu stoplight races, I just accelerate for the first one - two seconds (as if an egg was underneath the accelerator)and then let it go. Seems to tame the traction control from making the SS pull side to side. I contemplated a leftover 2006 Lacrosse but after driving the SS, no going back.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I have run 87 and 93 in my SS. The manual states either is acceptable (premium recommended) and I have proven that true (no knock or ping with 87). But, the performance difference is definitely there. I didn't notice it going down to 87 so I continued to run it for a few months to build a fuel mileage baseline. I switched back to premium after my last long trip and WHOA!, what a difference. Most notably, wheel spin was there with 87 but with 93, I can roast 'em.
    As for fuel mileage, I have noticed no real difference. What small amount there might be is probably lose through more enthusiastic driving.
    Regarding tranny use, I leave mine in drive although now that it's broken in and the weather is getting warmer, I may start playing around a bit. I do love that deceleration "cackle" that a V-8 produces. I will definitely report back on that.

    Until next time...
  • You know theres still a few 06's available on the lots here in Jersey.?... and theres someone in Penn selling a completely loaded Black one with 800 miles on it for $22,800....
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi there garsarno...( is this italian, or..??)

    Well, more frequently then I probably care to admit, my love for performance cars and the memories of them continually takes me back to fun days on the street & strip. Loved taking it to REDLINE ! 'Ya, aways driving safely of course...!!!
    Even these days (sometimes), for an example, Say from a stop Light, I still find an appeciable difference in my machine when I put my automatic down into 1, brake torque it slightly holding it at about 1200-1500 rpm ,then punching it . Yep..Get off the line as quickly as you can without toooo much wheel spin and it's away you go shifing your tranny manually at about 5,700-6000 rpm's in 1 and 2 and then letting it wind all the way out in 3( if you have a clear stretch... forget OD.
    You know that saying... " Try it...YOU"LL LIKE IT..." !!!

    Let us know if you do..
    Frank ;)
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    Frank - I have put your recommends into my memory banks for use this week! Italian wife / Polish heritage.

    I was thinking about a leftover 2006 but the warranty difference is there versus 2007 Impala SS (36,000 miles versus 100,000 miles).
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi garsarno..

    Great..... 'Ya give it a try!!

    Well...this is a Canadian Italian here !!!...

    You know, there are a lot of variables here and the decision is probably a very personal financial one, maybe more than a practical model year one....!! Obviously, You will get a much, much better deal on the '06 (left over) over the new '07, but, the warrantee coverage won't be as good you as noted. But maybe, just maybe, most of those annoying bugs that we are all experiencing are not present in a recently made '07. This would be a big factor in my decision if i had to make it...!! Personally, i would probably go for the '07. Hey, I'm sure that all your friends here will give you their input as well to help you make a good decision.
    Keep us posted won't you....
    Frank ;)
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    In about 3 months production of the 2008 Impalas will start. The 2008 Impalas should have all the bugs worked out.
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Has anyone notice the rubber/plastic stripping on the door cracking? Stripping on the passenger door is cracking almost all the way across the top and one other door shows some beginning. It is not soft rubber like the older cars but a harder material almost like plastic. I noticed it when I was checking to see if all the doors had red on the stripping from the paint coming off the car body.
  • Ok, well, so far...Gas key-fob paint chips yet (1 itsy-bitsy thing on front bumper, that would be a stone) squeaks, back window sounds like it could use a little lube, but no biggie sounds perfect to me, son-in law says it's a piece of's hardly ever in 4 cyl mode...highest speed so far ...103 mph on rte 80...use premium gas at all times...wifes says her new Accord is better than my Impala...she may be right......3 year old grand-daughter says grandpas car is silly.....Onstar light goes green-red-green -red-green works fine, I won't let mechanics touch it (they will break it)....and thats it for later............bryan
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Glad you're having no problems. I have LT not SS. Worst gas mileage I've gotten so far was 22 in mixed driving. Can't complain about that.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    On the question of 2006 versus 2007...GM increased the warranty on 2007s to 5 years/100,000 miles...but they also increased the powertrain warranty on GM Cerfitied USED cars to the same level for 2002-2006 models. If they'd provide that warranty on a 2002 (based on the original date the vehicle was put into service), shouldn't there be some way to get that same coverage on a NEW 2006?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    shouldn't there be some way to get that same coverage on a NEW 2006?

    Sure...for a price. ;)
  • Well, if you can get real good deal on an ('06 Brand new leftover) save 3-4-5 grand, and an extended warranty costs $1200-1500 your ahead of the game. I think right now you could get a real good deal on a leftover, no miles, save some big bucks, spend 1200 on an extended warranty, your in good shape. Unless your a total 'newness" freak....remember a car 1-2 years old with no miles on it , is still a new car! material...the dealers want to move those puppies off the lot...and remember to always buy at the end of the cops with their ticket quotas, salesmen will do anything at the end of the month!
  • batistabatista Posts: 159
    With my experience even with an extended warranty GM dealerships won't fix something until it completely breaks.
    You explain the problem and they do a diagnostic fault check and can't find the problem.
    If you pay out of pocket they will gladly fix the problem but with warranty work they basically say "get lost".
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The 5 year warranty on the 2007 chevrolets is a powertrain warranty only. The basic coverage warranty is still 3 years/36,000 miles on all other components.

    When GM put this new 5 year powertrain warranty into affect several months ago they also increased the retail prices of their vehicles. You get what you pay for.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    When GM put this new 5 year powertrain warranty into affect several months ago they also increased the retail prices of their vehicles. You get what you pay for. such thing as a free lunch. Everything gets paid for SOMEWHERE down the line. ;)
  • axle52axle52 Posts: 36
    Hi Frank

    Had the car in Friday morning with the TPMS light on. They supposedly fixed the problem. The left rear tire was not registering the PSI. All they did was relearn the tire pressure. I picked the car up before work that Friday and the light was out. After getting out of work Friday nite and driving for maybe 10 minutes the light came on again. This time it was the right front tire not registering. I took it back in on Monday and they replaced a sensor. This was after I had the Fix done for the remotes a month earlier. I told them that some Impala owners had the receiver replaced but they said they would only replace the receiver if none of the tires were registering PSI. IS this true or just another excuse. It is now Wednesday and so far no TPMS light on. Hope all it was is a sensor this time. Time will tell.
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi there axle...

    Well, you asked for My personal opinion here....Yep, you can bet your sweet bippy on this one.... It's just another excuse and it's so typical...!!! :cry:
    But let me refer you back to my post to you (# 2734)just to refresh your memory on what they will do, and what you will go through with them.... :sick:
    'Ya, we'll pray that your TPMS message will stay off.
    Time will tell...Let us know how you are doing..!!

    Frank ;)
  • topcop1topcop1 Posts: 28
    Quotas? What Quotas?
  • wesleygwesleyg Posts: 164
    you took the words right out of my mouth!
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Don't you just love it. In looking over the paperwork from my last visit to service, they couldn't duplicate the rattle in the front of my car (until I showed them that the hood was so loose it was bouncing up and down when I hit bumps); :mad: they couldn't duplicate the problem with my clock gaining time and it was normal because it matched their car and cell phone clocks (yet they told me they reset it to the proper time); :mad: could not duplicate my car thinking it was dark enough for headlights in the bright sun so it dims my dash lights so much I almost can't read the clock so says they are working properly... There's more, but I won't bore you with it but believe me, they'll hear it again next time I go in. Glad I can vent. Thanks for listening, ya'll (showing my southern roots ;) ).
  • Not sure what forum this goes to, but....I read the posts here and at other forums and something just amazes me....maybe I'm an old fart here, but when I was a young kid/man we use to take our old cars and "hot rod" them..."soup them up".."chop and channel"..."lower and rake" them...etc..but, darn those cars were 8,10, 12 years old!!..I see here in the chevy forums and over there in the Honda forums that....(now, were talking brand new cars)guys rip there door panels the radios out, wanna add a super-charger to an already 300+ horsepower engine..I mean were talking high tech equipment here today...radios that do everything in the car, short of making you a cup of coffee!!!..And then , these owners will say, what do I do?...I mean you take $25-35K car rip it apart and then say.."now what"?...I guess I'm just getting old, but to take a brand new car, rip and tear it apart?...and not know what your doing? I can see taking Manufacturers accessories, adding them, but to tear a car apart, especially the electronics as sensitive as they are?....Question....I may be tone deaf, not sure....but are they radios in all these cars today that bad where you have to tear the door panels off to change the speakers?..I use to get ticked off because I had to change the tubes in the old tube-type radios we had back then!!...anyway, it just amazes me how anyone can take a new car, and start tearing it apart!!!....go ahead , jump all over me.....I'm just an old man..... :sick:
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Hey old man, I'm with you. Never hot rodded a car but you're right. The thing used to be to get old almost junk cars and bring them back to life by souping them up. I sure wouldn't have the money to take a chance on ruining my brand new car if I knew what I was doing. I have to admit that my radio doesn't have much volume. I have to turn it up to 25 or so just to hear it well over the wind and tire noise, but I'm not about to tear out dash and doors to change it or let anyone else do it.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I hear ya. I'm with you on everything but the occasional radio. My girlfriend was just looking at minivans and the difference between to Dodges was night and day to me...but she couldn't tell the difference. To each his own, I suppose but if you ask me, the "kids" today that are doing all the mods have too much money and too little sense. It also tends to be that they take their cars to a shop to have the mods done whereas the old school folks did them themselves. ...but, that's just my opinion. ;)

  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 299
    I have a 2006 LT2 that has required no warranty service in 11,750 miles except for the screeching window (which I finally fixed with Armorall after two replacements of the rubber strip). The car cost $22,800 in March and is worth about $13,000 on a trade in now. You can buy a 2006 "Program Car" at a dealer for about $16,000. For $6,000 you could buy a lot of powertrain repairs. GM isn't giving anything away. Virtually all new cars with periodic oil changes and normal maintenance will run for 100,000 miles with a minimum of repairs. Your choice depends on how long you plan to keep the car. If you trade every 3 years or so ,a program 2006 with low mileage (8-10k) is a far better deal. You won't save that much on a left over 2006 over a new 2007 -probably no more than a couple of thousand dollars. Besides that you can order a new 2007 and get exactly what you want. The depreciation on a new Chevy (and most any other domestic car) is terrible so these are not cars to buy and trade in less than 4 or 5 years unless you want to be "upside down".
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 299
    I've experienced this attitude with Buicks and Chevrolets but the whole warranty experience is different with Cadillacs. If I had it to do over again I would have bought a certified used CTS over my new Impala. I may do it next time but I'm waiting for the Camaro convertible.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,243
    >this attitude with Buicks and Chevrolets but the whole warranty experience is different with Cadillacs.

    That may vary with the dealer. I've had great experiences with the Buick dealer. I was told Chevrolet _was_ less eager to pick up cost items that were questionable.

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

  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 299
    This is why I made absolutely sure that I purchased a model without the tire sensor. I drove for 45 years without this "feature". Any idiot can use a tire gauge if something looks low. On future cars if there is a way to defeat this silly thing I'll try and figure out how.
  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 299
    You are right -it all depends on the dealer. I finally dumped a 2000 Buick LeSabre with 12,000 miles because the dealer wouldn't replace a strut bushing that creaked every time the car turned a corner. Everybody heard it in many trips to the dealer but nobody (including the zone guy) did anything about it. I just got tired of fiddling with the problem and yes, I should have driven 80 miles to another Buick dealer or invoked the lemon law.
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