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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • Well, the video does nothing for me, just a guy driving on a curvy road....I'll be watching though, and waiting... ;)
  • Not a Commodore, but basically a 2 door version of it;

    It pretty well demonstrates what I love about RWD...
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Thanks, but the Video and especially the Car does nothing for me here.
    I know,... much is personal taste and just my opinion, but again thanks..
    NNaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, 362 Hp with 390 lb-ft...!! thats all!!.
    Gm Better do it-up right here or I just may cross over to the Dodge Boys.. Did I say that..!!! Come on now, the Charger SRT 6.1 has 425 HP with 460 lb-ft..... Yes.. now we are talk'n here !! Ya, you guessed it...I'm not one of those roundy- roundy or twistie guys as some put it. Give me straight line acceleration stuff any day...

    Frank ;)
  • Well, here's my plan, keep my "06 ....get the '09 in 3 years, give the '06 to my wife, but before i do....take it up on a highway stretch with my friend who's equal in driving knowledge with me....drag the crap out of the 2 cars....I'll get back to you with results.........then my wife will get the '06.........sound like a plan? :sick:
  • There have been so many car that Dodge has built, that I really like, on paper.

    Then I have to say, "Too bad it's a Dodge..." I've seen friends and family get sucked into the low quality and reliability nightmare of Mopar products. I resist the tempation and stick with others.

    Keep in mind that the G8, and hopefully, the next Impala SS, will be available with a stick-shift, which is not available on the SRT8. Personally, I prefer a stick. In fact, I don't plan on ever having another automatic. That is the biggest thing I hate about my Impala.

    When Motortrend tested the GTO against the SRT8, the GTO spanked the SRT8 in 0-60, 0-100, and in the 1/4, in spite of having less power and all-season tires where the SRT8 was rolling on summer tires.
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey Wayne..
    Many thanks for your comments ...!!
    Ya, I do agree with you here.. let's hope it has a nice 6 speed with at least 3:73 or 4:10 gears. Either of these would work well with the overdrive 5th and 6th, while giving you lots of punch down below..
    You know, if you realy wanted to, you could put a manual valve body in your auto trans and you would be shifting solidly to your hearts content.
    Power to weight ratio is very important here, so ya I can see the big SRT_* getting its rear spanked ...
    THanks again
  • hess4hess4 Posts: 7
    I have a 3.9, 2006 lt. The heat gauge stays at the half way point or just a little above it. But when I pull into my garage I hear a noise of water moving. My saleman says that its water moving to the recover tank. Its boiling water noise. Is this normal? Harry
  • just in your garage?..or any time you park?
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Well Hess....He may be right, but you need to go through this One step at a time ... Is it really boiling ?? Look in your recover tank ,if possible, and also listen to your rad...Anything, anywhere...?? Is it indeed a boiling noise or is it a pressure escaping noise..sometimes it can be very similar...Might be a simple as a rad cap..!!
    Get back to us......
    Frank ;)
  • martin22martin22 Posts: 53
    Is the AC on? If so, it may be the refrigerant 'settling down'
  • Ok, Lets see....after 3 months, still like this car alot...gas mileage is 14.6 (this could be better, but most of this is my fault)....Onstar light stills goes red/Green, red green, but works fine. As mentioned before the rattle underneath was the heat shield hitting the tail pipe...I fixed that...tiny squeak coming from the driver side heat vent ( thats the Fischer-price Toyland plastic acting up) No paint chipping,heater popping, Key-fob problems ( works fine at 50-75 ft range, never tried any further than that, happy with that distance) at this time I really have no major complaints with the car..still waiting for a punk in a Dodge Charger to drag later...........bryan
  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    with a 2006 Impala 2LT ex-Hertz (Hawaii!) rental car. White/neutral leather, sunroof, 10,000 miles, looks virtually like new inside and out. Paid $15,500 and her 138,000 mile Olds Intrigue trade-in. I was very impressed with the power and smoothness of the pushrod 3.9; Chevy has taken the old "cam in block" about as fer as it can go. Averaging 26.3 mpg through the first three tanks of gas. Already made a few modifications: polished exhaust tips, 15% tint and a set of Silverstar Ultra headlight bulbs. Only real complaint so far is the marginal (at best) OEM Goodyear tires. Getting an on-and-off vibration that I'm sure are the tires. We'll run 'em till next winter and replace with a set of good (as opposed to Goodyear) tires.
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    2 month update on my '07 Impala SS - no problems / 4,800 miles. Did first oil change at 1,000 miles to Mobil 1. Some misc squeaks here and there but it ain't no Lexus (thank God). No close impromptu races - has won all. Mileage range from 9.7 to 15 mpg city and suburb combined. Got 24.7 mpg in Michigan highway use at 75-80 mph average. Great car. Only modifications is a chrome lisc plate frame and "Nickey" Chevrolet sticker on the rear. Evaluating getting a gold bowtie replacement emblem for the trunklid and painting the gold part gloss black to replace the current emblem.
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    I keep seeing you guys mention the low mpg that you are getting. With all the problems big red has had, the mpg has been nothing to complain about. I average 25 mpg in mixed traffic. I have gotten as low as 22.5 and as high as 27.2 in mixed. It has surprised me since I only got about 22 in the camero in mixed driving, even with it more aerodynamic.

    On the hwy between Nashville and Knoxville I get about 29.5, but there's the plateau and it burns a bit getting over the it. I usually go 70-80 on the interstate with a creep up to 90 a few times. But then I have the 3.5.
  • yeah but, Wanda, the reason I get low gas mileage is because I "burn out" at every light and stop tires will be worn out at 2500 miles.....the front ones, that is... ;)
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    That would do it. :) And, if those are the OME tires, I wouldn't be sad to be replacing them. Except for the expense, I can wait to get rid of these. Gosh, 2500 on a set. If I was burning them I'd have had to buy 5 sets in the 9 months I've had it. My son would have to drop out of college just to pay for my tires. LOL
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    I just love the exhaust rumble so I am accelerating to speed with more throttle than I really need. As far as replacment tires when the Goodyear RSAs wear out, in the 235/50 X 18 size, has BF Goodrich TA 400 tires for $99 each, with a better treadwear rating of 400 versus 260 for the Goodyears.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    If you have the remote start, pop the hood, let it idle a little and then shut it down while listening closely so you can pinpoint where the noise is coming from. I'm not sure if the remote start will work with the hood up so if you have someone to help out, that's an alternative. The noise could be perfectly normal but it's good to know for sure. Peace of mind is worth a lot. ;) Good luck and let us know what you find out.

  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I think I've posted on this before but I don't remember getting any feedback so I'll try again now that it's starting to warm up again. I have an '06 SS and I get a whirring sound, somewhat similar to the sound of a power steering pump that's low on fluid, when driving in stop and go traffic. This is most noticeable whenever I have driven at higher speeds (highway/etc) and then transition to stop and go. I can eliminate it instantly by shutting off the A/C compressor. When I turn it back on, it tends to remain silent but gradually comes back. It's more of an annoyance than anything although I am concerned that it could be an indication of a failing compressor. Anyone else have this problem?

  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Geee everyone...Just my .02 here !!

    No, I'm not related in any way shape or form to any of the GOODYEAR's, nor do I have any stock in the company....
    But..For the life of me, I just don't understand what all the fuss is about with the Goodyear's, other than having a personal preference of course. I do know that their is better quality and price out there , but on the other hand, there is a lot worse..!! My current Goodyear RS-A's (235/50-18) have treated me extremely well thus far....Good ride & handling on dry roads, good handling on wet rainy roads and they were surprisingly good through the winter during some of our big snow storms here in Toronto.
    Oh Well...Obviously, I'm happy with mine so far..!!

    Frank ;)
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    I like the factory Goodyears too but at a replacement cost of $233 per tire for a 260 treadwear rated tire, ouch! These BFG tires, at $99 per tire with a 400 tread wear rating seem like a good bargain. Unless the tire is a poor performer but so far, the opinions are there for it.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,319
    I do not have a Chev but I'll suggest one item. Does it sound like an alternator electronic "whine" sort of like a purring sound?

    I have had alternator whine at certain speeds on some GM cars. It shows up at odd times. Shutting off the high load of air condition may stop it-the two fans behind the radiator are also drawing high currents along with the compressor clutch.

    Try turning on the rear window heater and the bright headlights along with AC and see if higher load changes the character.

    Try using a piece of wood like a piece of dowel or broom handle and touching one end -carefully- to the alternator and the other to your ear. Or if you have a stethoscope use that. Touch the AC compressor- maybe have someone help hold one end on the part with the moving pulleys and belts for safety while you "listen" on the other end.

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

  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    The traction in rain seems to be fairly good with the factory tires, but I don't like the road noise. And, when going around curves on rural roads at 45 mph speed limit they almost squeal like I'm taking the curve too fast. And maybe it's the car, steering, etc. and not the tires, but the whole car feels like I'm taking the curves a lot faster and doesn't seem to want to stick in the curve.
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi there Wanda..

    Probably, more than the tires here, it's most likely the suspension components on our Impala's..
    Are you feeling a soft ride, a little dipping and some body roll when taking corners ...well, if so, thats mostly what it is. All the LS's, LT's and the LTZ's have the softer ride suspension, while the SS has the so called firmer (??) sporty ride. What you are experiencing is the very reason why I changed/upgraded my tires, mags, rear struts, and front stabilizer (sway) bar to the '06/'07 SS version.. It sure did help in the corners....

    Frank ;)
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Definitely feel the roll & sway in the corners. I probably can't afford to change all that, especially all at once, but may upgrade the tires before they wear out since they also have the noise to go with them. It does seem that I feel bumps more than when I first got the car, so suspension makes sense as the culprit on this and the bumps. I'll keep the other things you mentioned in mind for more gradual changes.

  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey Wanda,

    Sure thing...If you ever decide to make some changes down the road and want to stay with genuine GM parts, I have all the '07 SS part numbers...
    Just let me know whenever you are ready...

    Frank ;)
  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Will do, thanks a bunch. I do get a little bit of a break on GM parts cost since my son works for a dealership. Don't get any break on labor though, and while I do some things, these may prove more than I want chance on a new car.
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    Has anybody else noticed some deep vertical scratches on any or all of their windows? I had to have all four of my windows replaced on my 06 SS six months after leasing it and the replacement windows are already starting to scratch. The problem is with the window seals. Dirt and sand settles on the edge of the seal and is then forced down between the window and the seal when lowering the window. I've seen identical scratches on other 06 Impala's but Chevy tells me that there is nothing in their database that indicates a widespread problem. I've owned other Chevy vehicles and have never had this problem. :confuse:
  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    I've never had the occassion to drive my Impala on snow and ice. However, that may change today and tomorrow for us in central Texas.

    Frank--What's your experience there in Toronto: Any quirks or pecularities, other than being careful with the power?

  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I'm pretty lucky so far but my nephew owns an '06 and he has the same problem with his. In his case, he parks outside and under a tree which I think contributes to the problem.
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