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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • corny40corny40 Posts: 20
    I guess the main reason for changing the trunk lid was to be different, but a close second would be that I HATE the big gold bowtie. I also prefer the more simple look, kind of the "less is more" approach. (At least for that part of the car. LOL) I also like how the impala emblem ties the the car together.

    The Diablosport Predator is a hand-held tuner. It is only for the SS (not LS, LT, or LTZ models). It will work on other vehicles with the LS4 engine though. They normally cost around $400, but I was able to get in on a group buy that was set up by BuffaloSS (mentioned earlier in this forum. Great guy!) and we got ours for $307 to our door. He even worked the deal so we got the PC interface kit too. Anyway, it has several tunes out of the box, but it also allows you to adjust several parameters to "dial in" your vehicle and any mods you may have. It connects to the OBD-II port to "communicate" to your car. And don't worry about your warranty, b/c this thing saves your stock tune, and whenever you want to program it back into the car (say you're going in for service), you just program it back in. Diablosport's tech support team is great too. They're very good at answering questions and helping you out. They also have a forum on their website that has tons of info on these things.

    As far as performance, all I can say is WOW!!! If you think these cars were fast before, you won't believe what a difference this tuner makes. The car pulls so dang hard now! It's almost scary (LOL). I can't wait to see what happens when I get the CAI in this week. I haven't taken it to the track yet, but I will soon, and of course let you know how it goes.

  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi Corny

    Many Thanks for the second round of info's very interesting..!! Some of the '06 & '07 SS guys (and gals) just might find this hand held tuner very, very intriguing.. we'll see. If I recall, a stock SS runs about a 14.2 at 101 mph in the quarter...Can we now hope/expect say... mid 13's ...??!!

    Keep us posted..
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,242
    It's been discussed in

    imidazol97, "Forums Software! Your Questions Answered..." #3545, 26 Mar 2007 10:19 am

    a topic about the software on Edmunds. The popups are being changed so they won't popup until the mouse has been on the name for a time. They aren't going to do away with them completely, yet. Pop up over there and make your input.

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

  • Wanda, Susan and Bryan...we all have red Impalas...hmmm...makes feel kinda girlish.....I have a Girlish car!!!...Ok, I'll have to sell it...... :cry:
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
  • I've never found my '96 SS to be cumbersome, awkward and clumsy. I've autocrossed the Impala and beat the times of much smaller, supossedly sportier cars. The fact that it was not clumsy, but rather felt powerful, torquey, nimble, and fast, while making all the right noises, is what captures that classic SS feel.

    As for chrome, I simply can't imagine a '90s or '00 vehicle festooned with chrome, the way they were in the '60s. It would be comical. The monochrome paint scheme and lowered stance is what set the Impala apart from the Caprice. The Caprice did capture the "boat" feel of the '70s Impalas.

    Don't hold you breath waiting for a chrome festooned 2 door, 4 speed Impala. That would be a dinosaur...
  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    I'm with you regarding the bowtie. I replaced mine with Crossed Impala Flags from the '58 Impala. also added pinstriping down the side to accent and break up the broad expanse of paint.

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  • corny40corny40 Posts: 20
    That's what I'm hoping!!! :D

    Of course, I'll let yoou know.
  • corny40corny40 Posts: 20
    Wow! I like those flags. Where did you get them?

    What do you do at Ft. Hood? I used to be a Medic there w/the 20th Engineers, 1Cav.
  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    Corny--I ordered the flags from an internet site; I'll have to look up the info when I get home. They are new, original equipment, had the mounting pins on the back. I didn't want to drill holes, so I cut the pins off and attached with the 3M double sided foam backed tape--same stuff the use in body shops. Ran about $38 and I sold the second to an Impala SS owner that I work with. The '59 and '60 versions were gold plated and they sell for $114 and up; too pricey for me, but I like the nostalgia of having something from the original Impala series.

    I work in a development section at FT Hood--Central Technical Support Facility. We integrate and test all the software that goes into the digitized Army. I work budgets, admin, personnel and contracts issues. Working for the Army is quite a change from my experience in the Air Force; both good, but different perspectives.
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey Clark...

    Very, very, nice ride you have..!!! :) Nice and clean looking, and those flags..!! What a great and different idea. Boy, it will sure make the younger guys wonder what these are all about, for sure ... I love it.!!! comes those memories again.. :blush:

    Frank ;)
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 9,633
    By the way, my car is the '06 LTZ, has all the bells/whistles but the sunroof & spoiler.

    Spinner, did you order that car? I have never seen an LTZ without the spoiler...that's the way I'd want the car! No sunroof also, the way I'd want it, to keep the price down and headroom up! I've only seen one or two 3LT's without the spoiler. I think it looks like you could pick the car up like a roller skate with it!

    What color is your car? The 3LT and LTZ wheels are very attractive in my opinion. I don't own an Impala but find them appealing. I will say I find the bench seat (I like a center armrest; I know, not available on LTZ) to be really low and flat on the passenger side; probably the power right-portion seat could remedy that.

    Bill P.
  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    Thanks Frank. Yeah, I like the links to the past.

    Corny, Here's a link to a site that currently carries the crossed flag Impala emblem. Not the same one I purchased from, but prices are very similar. For you guys with the SS, the '59 348 hood emblem (chrome V with crossed flags nestled between) is also available.
    Scroll down thru the pages; interesting stuff all over.
  • Bill,
    Actually I was just lucky. I was shopping around for a Monty or SS even though I knew they were more than I should spend.

    The same day I gave up on the Monty/SS idea I saw the blue LTZ without the spoiler and sunroof, I drove it home that knight. I had figured that I would most likely end up those options even though they are not my style, It was almost as if I had ordered it, exactly what I wanted being somewhat conservative in taste.

    I couldn't be more pleased with this car (now that the key fob thing is history anyway). A comfortable, quiet and quick ride for sure.

  • Sorry Bill, I ment to ask what you are driving now and if you are here because you are thinking seriously of the Impala for your next car. :)
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 9,633
    I own an '02 Cavalier Coupe 5-speed, dark green with the 15" tires and aluminum wheels, and for my wife we own an '05 Uplander LS, Sport Red. Both are good cars; like the Uplander except for brake rotors and the second-row seats without armrests! I have rented Impalas before and frankly I like the styling better than the previous iteration. I could see getting my wife into one at some point.

  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey Bill...

    Many kudos to you for thinking of your wife so quickly here...!! :)
    However, her (your) relatively new '05 Uplander will most likely go on for a few more years.. right ??. But, on the other hand, by '08/'09 your '02 Cavalier Coupe will probably be ready for that big older car place in the sky. Well, isn't that a coincidence...!! :blush: Geeee...Would you consider the new '09 RWD SS Impala with 6-speed and 400(?) HP....? I would have my name on the list by now..!!!

    Drive safe....
    Frank ;)
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    I'm sold on this change. I saw these on ebay motors for sale. I do not care for the gold bowtie on the trunk lid. I apologize in advance for being a copycat but I'm off to ebay motors to procure.
  • Now ya got me thinkin' Frank...

    My wife is in the snowy N.E. going to school. She drives a RAM 4x4. The agreement is that when she finishes school and we reunite we trade vehicles. I'm thinking that RAM will be ready to retire shortly thereafter... :surprise:
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Well, now isn't that conVENient??? :)
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Hey folks,
    Does anyone know at what percentage of oil life the Impala calls for an oil change? With 6 quarts of Mobile 1, I want to get as much life out of mine as I can but I don't want to push it too far, either. The manual only says you should change it at least once per year and to change it within 600 miles of when the notice comes on but that isn't much help. Help me out, folks.

    Ron :shades:
  • mmcrrcmmcrrc Posts: 1
    I got into my Impala on Tuesday afternoon and was greeted by a "Engine Oil Low Check Engine Oil" on the DIC. It has to this point had no problems other than the squeaky, cracks and pops in the dash from the defrost, and the remote start issue.

    Got the call from the dealer today at 5 PM.
    Oil Pan Gasket
    Rear Main Seal
    13440 miles

    This is the same engine that came out in 99 in the Silverado. According to the dealer they have not heard of any oil leaks in these engines let alone in the Impalas.

    Out comes the transmission and all the main caps.

    Gotta kinda wonder what made the main go out and the oil pan gasket.
  • Ron,
    the way these engines are so high tech and sensitive, I'd change the oil every 3-4K miles...that's my opinion and thats what I'll be doing..........bryan
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    With conventional motor oil, I fully agree. With fully synthetic, I feel safe going longer but, I don't want to go too long either. Thanks for your input.
    I'll be checking for the oil leak mentioned in the earlier post while I'm under there this time around. Everything was bone dry last time so it will be easy to tell if anything has changed. My garage floor is dry so I should be ok.

  • Ron, this happened to me last driveway is basically all flat, except for about 20 feet in front of my garage which it has a slight 3-4 degree incline, not much...anyway, I parked my car there for about 3-4 hours, went out , started it up and "low engine oil, check oil" lite came on...what?..look underneath the car ...nothing...checked the oil , looked full to me....pulled the car in the garage where its nice and level..waited about an hour , started up the light at all came on....thats how sensitive these cars are! later............bryan
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    That IS very sensitive. The only time mine has come on is when I did my first oil change. I assumed it took 5 quarts so bought the 5qt. bottle and proceeded but soon realized I was a quart short. I figured I'd just drive to the store and get the extra quart since being a quart low isn't THAT bad but I sure did feel bad when the light came on. I do like it though because so many people out there equate the old oil PRESSURE light to be an oil LEVEL light and figure they're OK as long as the light isn't on.

    Since we're on the subject, does anyone else have trouble reading the oil level on the 5.3L's dipstick? I know that sounds like a stupid question but when I check mine, the bottom side of the stick always reads higher than the top side. This is my least favorite dipstick ever. :)

  • corny40corny40 Posts: 20
    Yeah, I have the same problem, very hard to read the dipstick. I don't like it very much either.

    And as far as the oil changes, I've heard from many reliable sources that 5,000-6,000 miles is a good number for synthetic oil. :)
  • carl10219carl10219 Posts: 18
    Same problem with the dipstick here,also switching to Mobile 1 figure 5000 miles is a good number.Tried to switch on my first oil change at the dealership but I'm almost positive they put that crappy quaker state back in and charged me for mobile 1.They do not have a very good reputation for maintenance,but I got the best deal there.I talked to the Buick,Pontiac dealer and they said they would be more than happy to take care of our SS they have always been good to us so thats where I'm going from now on.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    All SS Owners,
    Well, that's a relief. Glad it isn't just me. :confuse:
    My old '94 Cougar had an awesome dipstick if you could call it that. It was actually more like a piece of cable with a stamped metal tab at the bottom that dipped into the pool of oil in the pan. It was fool proof. ;) Oh well, I can live with a less than perfect dipstick.

    Thanks for the inputs.
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