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Overall, I am impressed at this early stage. I have posted a few pics below. You will note (but it is difficult to see) that I have the GM splashguards that have to be modified to fit the 2001 (many posts ago) and the Impala emblems on the doors which I find attractive. They are only $12.00 or so each. As an aside, I went for the dealer paint/rustproofing/interior package from "The Protector" or ECP Incorporated (the latter has a web site). I realize that many do not believe these provide good value but I do have a guarantee against acid rain, paint chip rust, etc. for as long as I own the car. I did not pay the dealer cost but negotiated a lower price. If anyone has any questions on my car, please post. I can also be reached at email@example.com if you prefer a non-public reply.
A friend told me that the 3.1l GM engine is descendant of 2.8l one, popular in 1980-ths.
My wife and I have a 1998 Malibu with 3.1l, and 2000 Regal with supercharged 3.8l. We also drove for a month a rental 1999 GrandAM with 3.4l engine, the same as in your Impala. And test-drove Impala with the both engines.
We like the 3.1l engine. The 3.4l is even better with the GA: great torque curve, almost flat from 1800 to 4500 rpm. Though, comparing them with the 3.8l one would be unfair. The later engine is outstanding.
Additionally, we had impression that Impala was somewhat under powered with 3.4l. You know, the car is much bigger than GA. Though, both of us enjoy the good acceleration somewhat out of proportion. Personal tastes...
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