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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    There is an unfinished lot where I work that is the cause of my problems. The thing is, I had a Chevy S-10 for six years and parked in the same area with no scratches at all.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Yeah...I think it is the combination of the design along with the presence of the abrasive dust. The window seals probably don't clean themselves (with wind/rain/etc) like other designs do. The only thing I would suggest is maybe washing the car more often or at least spraying down the windows regularly to clean out the excess dust.
  • I live in New Jersey, we get our fair share of snow..matter of fact it may snow tonite.....anyway , my advice?..Stay home!!!...don't go anywhere!!! :P ......but should you absolutely have to go out in if your wife is going to have a baby ;) ...then by all means drive carefully and enjoy your Impala......make sure the traction control is on!!!
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi there Clark..

    Geeeeezzzzz, you got to be kidding !!.........Snow in central Texas...???? !!!! " Deep in the HEART OF TEXAS "
    And, What happened to all that global warming stuff..??

    Anyway.... Ya , we get our fair share here in Toronto, but certainly nothing like they get in Buffalo, NY or Niagara Falls, etc.
    Some of our snow falls here were up to about 5-6 inches this year. Not tooooo bad...!! But, We sure had more than our fair share of extremely fridged days ..!!
    On the positive side, the beauty here is that the snow is almost gone in a day or two. So, when I do need to drive in it, I honestly had no trouble at all with my Goodyear Eagle RS-A's (235/50-18). You should be just fine at this point..
    Obviously, you do have to compensate for the winter driving conditions by yes driving slower and more carefully. I will say as much as I prefer RWD, that front wheel vehicles are very good in the snow here

    Frank ;)
    Ps. What I do hate here is all the salt and sand they use on our roads. While it does melt the ice and snow and makes it safer to drive, you can image what my Black beauty looks like after a snow fall. Yuuuuuuuuk..!!! :sick:
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    In Northeast PA, I'm washing my black 2007 Impala SS three times per week. My mailman commented on my washing the SS this past Wednesday and I told him "it's a black thing - you wouldn't understand". He laughed and laughed. Coming from three white vehicles to two black and one dark blue, it can be exhausting but I thiought I knew that going in.
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey garsarno...

    I know exactly what you mean here. My Black '06 seems to get a wash every other day..!! Gee, I told my wife exactly the same thing, but guess what...she didn't Laugh...!!! :sick:
    With her silver-grey car, she just doesn't understand..
    Oh well, there's nothing like a high gloss black car when it's clean. :blush:

    Enjoy your ride...
    Frank ;)
  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    I had a black VW GTI back in the 80s. I understand the constant washing. It's a never-ending process with those colors. I now use a California Duster during the sumer to keep the dust from accumulating and creating the need as frequently. It works great. We've got three vehicles in the family: '99 GMC Sonoma--pewter; '03 Pontiac Montana--red; and '06 Impala--silver. Sometimes I think the red one is easier to keep clean. Yes--I favor General Motors vehicles. The Sonoma has a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder that I would like to swap for a small block Chevy one day. Have to steal it back from my 17 year old daughter in order to do that. She loves the 5-speed manual tranny; most guys can't drive one but she has learned a lot of the tricks with it.
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    Washing the vehicle every day wouldn't even solve the problem. I've let it sit at work for a few hours only to come out and find a bunch of particles sitting on the edge of the seal.
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hi there Clark..

    You know , the only times I really tried the California Duster on my Street Machines was back in '89 on my Black 5.0 Mustang, and then again in '94 on my Red Z28 SS Camaro. Back then, both experiences left me wondering what the heck all the hipe was about... Personally, I thought it left too much dust behind for my liking, and I really wasn't a happy camper with some of the fine lines it left on the Black paint of the Mustang over time. You know how unforgiving Black can be without water..!!! I don't know Clark, maybe I was using it incorrectly, if that's possible, or I was just expecting tooooo much from the Duster.....
    Any way, I wonder if I should give it another try on my Black Impala.. I have to admit, I'm still a little bit nervous here..!!

    Frank ;)
  • bh0001bh0001 Posts: 340
    I've used the California Car Duster on my previous Navy Blue '01 Impala and on my current Black '06 Impala LTZ. I really like it.

    I only use it after I've done my "spring cleaning" on the car - the full Zaino process. Once that's done I use the duster only to remove dust. If there are watermarks etc, I wash the car. The duster works great for what the name says.

    The only problem I had was I tried to dust my LTZ with the sunroof open and I got grease on the duster, so I had to throw it out (definitely not the fault of the product - strictly user-error). A brand new duster can leave a bit of parafin wax on the car, but it washes off easily the next wash. Once you've used the duster a couple of times it's great. It's true that the dirtier it gets, the better it seems to work. Just make sure you give it a really good shake between every wipe.
  • cnwcnw Posts: 105
    Frank--My experience has been the same as Brad discusses in this posting. I will admit that I was skeptical at first also, and also that a lighter car--mine is silverstone silver--doesn't have as much tendency to show dust except at an extreme viewing angle. Like Brad, I just use it for light dust--the heavier stuff and water-marks, etc get a thorough washing.
  • Nope, hav'nt seen one other "06-07 SS here in's not like Jersey doesn't have the population!!..I've seen a couple of LT's , no SS's though.....I'm beginning to think the SS is /will be a rare breed and rarity increases value!!! :shades:
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Not a lot of them here in SC, either. I saw another Ebony/Black one owned by a guy that worked about 5 blocks away from me on the base just after I bought mine but he must've moved away. Now, there's a guy with a Silverstone Metallic that works in the next building at my new job. Other than those two, I've only seen one other Impala SS on the road in SC and 1 on the road in WV. I have only seen 1 Monte Carlo SS on the road so those must be EXTREMELY rare(of course I'm only referring to the '06/'07 models).
    I agree with you, we are indeed a rare breed. ;)

  • I ran across a letter that I received a couple of months ago from the dealership. It explained that there was no need to change the oil in the normal 3-4 thousand mile fashion, but rather based on the monitor. (The light comes on at 4% as someone posted as a reply to you---mine came on last week.) Further, it states in the letter that it is important to change the oil within 600 miles of that warning to protect the system--as is stated in the manual. By following the monitoring system I have 23,000 miles on my car and have changed oil 3 times.

    I know that many of you follow the old advice, but since it isn't good for the environment or my budget, I will follow the monitor and continue to milk the system for the miles I can.
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    Not many here in Northeast PA. Friend has a 2006 Impala SS in White / Gray interior but that's it. Local dealer still has three in stock (white, black and red) since early January. Would not deal on them so I purchased my '07 black SS from another dealer closer to my home. But, there were not too many in the sixties either. For more info, there are some interesting Impala websites: and
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    There are lots of used 06 SS cars right across the country on for very good prices. There is a nice loaded 06 SS on ebay 9,000 miles $21,900 buys it!

    Rare might be a term used if there is no more production of a certain model that is in very high demand, but as long as they are making the SS their value depreciates nearly as fast as the LS/LT/LTZ models. I believe I read recently that the Impala SS production/demand is about 18% of total Impalas sold.
  • The SS was 9% of the total production of 200,000 Impalas for "06...approx. 18,000 .......
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    According to GM, Chevrolet sold 289,868 Impalas for 2006. There is another site that says 290,432. A few months back I was on a GM website and Ed Peper Chevrolets general manager said 2006 Impala SS sales were 18% of the total impala sales for the calendar year 2006. Higher then expected. 2005 Impala SS sold about 10% of total Impala sales.

    Autotrader has several used LOADED 2006 Impala SS cars asking price $21-$22,000, even a few under $20,000. Could probably make a deal for $18,000- $19,000. 2008 Impala production starts in 2 months.

    I have been driving only chevys since 1969. Proud owner of a 2001 LS, 1964 red/red Impala SS loaded 327, and a 1963 black/black Impala SS 409/425hp. Will purchase a 1 year old 2007 SS in a few months, hopefully for around $20K. The bargains are out there.
  • :confuse: there weren't any Impala Super Sports in 2005....
  • mymittiesmymitties Posts: 242
    Hey Charts...Real nice collection you have there..!!

    Obviously, you love your Chevies... An SS Impala 409/425 hp ...Wow..!!!!!
    Ya, I've said it before, I know... I'm still kicking myself for getting rid of my '69 chevelle 427/425 hp
    from GM. :cry:

    Frank ;)
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The first FWD Impala SS came out in 2004. It was a supercharged 3.8 V6, same as the 05 SS. Style changed for 2006 with 5.3 V8. Check out Ebay or Google. I took out a 2004 Impala SS when they first arrived. Black was the only color you could get.

    GMs Bob Lutz just announced today April 10th that the RWD large Impala replacement is now on hold. Lutz also indicated that they have not confirmed that the name Impala would go on a RWD sedan as previously stated. GM states that with government higher CAFE numbers and much more stringent emissions coming for 2010 GM would not be able to comply with a heavier RWD full sized car at this time and meet the new laws for emissions reductions. High performance cars for 2010/11 could be hit with up to a $5,000 emissions tax he says, and most purchasers would not be willing to pay for that. Lutz indicated it was too late to put the Camaro on hold. It will arrive in dealerships in eary 2009. Thats big news!
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I have driven the 2006 SS. Nice car! I am sure my 63 would equal or better 1/4 mile times/speed of the FWD SS. It has 4:11 gears. Probably runs low/mid 13s.

    The 63 SS is very primitive to todays SS cars. It goes great in a straight line but cornering is terrible. Brutal on gas. Sunoco 94 only. 8-10 miles to the gallon (OUCH!) but great memories for me.
  • So your saying there was an SS in 2005? A production model Super sport in 2005?...we're not talking a concept, were talking production.....if so , how many were made?
  • Yeah, they had them...but they were equal to the SS packages you bought back in the 60's to make anything an SS....The 04-05 SS's weren't "true" Super Sports...of course then again , the only True ones were in the 60's.......the 94-96"s were "beefed up' Caprices.....
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Off topic. Production cars, 2004 Impala SS 2005 Impala SS. 3.8 supercharged V6. The SS cars came with monochrome black paint with the name Impala SS in vinyl letters along the front doors. Please google 2004 or 2005 Impala SS and you will see them. They came in black only. 17" wheels. They all had a special gauge package as well. You can see them on ebay and in every used auto trader magazine. Production was about 20,000 for each year. Three Impala models in 2004 & 05.....base model, LS, and SS.
  • I guess were going to have to start calling the the new Cobalts .."Super Sports" now too!! GM is using the term "SuperSport ' to loosely...
  • Charts, that is big news.....I had my doubts that GM would come out with a full size RWD.....Looks like the 06-09 Impala Supersports might be the last.....last of the"Impala Super Sports"
  • Just looked that up ..the 409/409 in "62 was 14.9 in the qtr....the new 5.3 is 14.7
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Its all over the news today. Google: chevrolet news and read all the posts regarding this information.

    Bob Lutz indicated today that the future RWD Impala is now on hold, until they figure out if its possible to build the car to meet the stringent Emission/Cafe standards coming in a few years. GM indicated the RWD car could be a much as 30% heavier then the current model. If they don't build it I can see the Impala continuing as a FWD but refreshed and made larger to not be so close in size to the new revised 2008 malibu thats coming out in a few months.

    Interesting times!
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I have seen tests from 62 with a 62 SS 409 with 4.56 gears running 14.02. Thats with skinny 14" wheels and nylon tires. Restrictive mufflers back then were terrible. A few tweaks could make these cars run in the 12s. 409s though was not a reliable engines. Most guys blew them up within a year.

    The things that held these cars back as compared to a 2006 Impala SS were the skinny 5 1/2" wide nylon tires, carburators that are no match for todays fast fuel injection, and slow shifting transmissions.

    They held their own in 62 and 63 but by 64 Ford/Mopar had figured out their own performance needs and chevy was left in the dust.
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