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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    It was my words that in dusty conditions oil must be changed often. In extremal cases after 1k-1.5k miles.

    I remember reading something of this kind. Most probably in my car manual, but I am not 100% sure. I have a different car, Buick Regal, but it have the same engine as Impala LS. However, the manual is in the glove box, and the car is on the parking lot. It is midnight now, and it is freezing outside.

    Any case, I did not suggest anything specific to your driving conditions. I do not know anything about the Phoenix dust.

    The common sense is to change oil as seldom or frequently, as most of people around do. Would engines wear-out too fast in particular conditions, people would adjust by changing the oil more often. The common sense is also to use better air (and oil) filters, and to check/clean/replace the air filter more often, than in the dust-free places.

    I mostly discussed synthetic oil, not dust. Even with 3k mile changes there is not so much sense to use the synthetic oil. IMHO. One of advantages of synthetic is it does not break-up as fast as dyno oil. But it does not matter if you change oil before it starts breaking-up. Change to rinse the engine, to remove the dust, not because the oil itself is bad.

    On the other hand, synthetic would be only somewhat expensive, but not very expensive. 4 oil changes with synthetic oil would cost extra $80 per year or so, comparing with the dyno oil. $6.66 per month.
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    For those of you who purchased Impalas in the 2000 model year, what was offered for financing deals at various times of year? I wonder when the best time of year is to plan a purchase. I realize that there were not many, if any rebates on the car in its maiden year. My anticipated purchase time is mid summer - could be end of Q2 or sometime in Q3. Don't think I can retain my sanity if I push it too much further out than that!

    Turnpike Ken
  • I purchased my 2000 Impala LS in February 2000 and within a month GM offered $500 cash or 2 year extended warranty rebates. I chose the extended warranty.

    Keep reading this discussion group, we always let our fellow members know what deals we hear of.
  • Pardon me for being ignorant, but what is dino or dyno oil? Is it the basic oil you purchase? Just curious. May all have a great day!
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    dinosaur! thanks-----mattmcdill
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Same as Sweetpolly, we purchased our new '00 Impala LS back in Feb 2000. At the time, GM had issued the famous $500.00 rebate coupon or the 2 year free routine maintenance service voucher (Not an extended warranty as stated by Sweetpolly). Both offers were reasonably good and we opted for the $500.00 rebate option. Also I had $341.00 worth of rebate points on my GM Mastercard account which I promptly applied towards the initial down payment. On top of everything, the dealer gave us a $199.00 discount on the final price for the rear spoiler as we originally did not wanted it but it was virtually impossible for (When they were at the height of their business saga, they shut down back in July)to locate an Impala LS with Cloth, no sunroof and no spoiler with package 1SB. In the end the spoiler grew on us and we really like the way it enhances the sporty/agressive appareance of the Impala shape. So in the end GM awarded us about $1000.00 in combined rebates/points/dealer discounts. We put another $1200.00 out of pocket for a reasonable 10% downpayment. We landed an excellent auto loan rate of 7.5% for 48 months with our credit union (Thanks to our excellent credit rating)as the rates offered by GMAC at the time were in the neighborhood of 8.5% and up. I am paying the car off way ahead of schedule in about 29 months instead of the original 48 and saving a good chunk of change on interest rates.

    The deal was fantastic and the internet shopping experience was just hassles, no bitter negotiations, no tricks, no gimmicks....just the bottom line price. The car was delivered via free flatbed to my in-laws front driveway on tip-top shape on 2/22/00...have had a blast ever since.

    I remember back in december of '99, GMAC had a subsidized lease for a Base Impala with the 3400 engine for $270 plus tax on a 36 month close end contract with $1700 due at inception. Haven't seen anything like this in about a year.

    Without a doubt, GM will offer additional incentives to move Impalas out of dealer lots as cars are piling up and production is starting to slow down for all domestic model lines. I believe the 5.9% 36 month financing and the 7.9% 60 month financing are very good deals. Since Alan Greenspan reduced the interest rates to stimulate the economy perhaps this will be a great time to dive into a new Impala and I am sure the "Bonanza" will last for a few more months...but again it all depends on how the election mess will end up (Keep your eyes and ears opened for the verdicts comming up within the next hour!)
  • platourplatour Posts: 252
    I pick up my new Impala tomorrow. Went with the base car but with the buckets, console, fold-down rear seats, etc. The LS is nice but I do not need On-Star and the overhead message centre, ABS, and alloy wheels in a salt-belt.... I BOUGHT this one after leasing for a number of years. Why? GM Canada is offering 0.9% financing for up to 48 months. And no payments, no interest for three months. That covers (no payments during) the last two months on my 1998 leased Saturn. Plus, I bargained the MRSP down $1,800. The lease rate is 5.9%, BTW. This offer apparently ends in the first week in January (???) so I went for it. Why not use GM's money; literally $000s of dollars saved in interest over 48 months. The current bank rate for vehicle purchases runs about 9.5-12.0%. BTW, I will shift to synthetic oil in about six months. I am a low-mileage driver and hope to keep this car for five years. And in Canada we need that low-temperature oil flow. As an example, it is -18C (0F) at the moment. Interesting Forum. I will let you know how I make out with the new Impala!
  • platourplatour Posts: 252
    I have made my way through many of the hundreds of posts in this thread and everyone loves the 3.8L engine. Are there any endearing attributes about the 3.4L?
  • hunter39hunter39 Posts: 375
    sorry if I made anyone feel like I was picking on them regarding the oil change at 1-1.5k mark, it just seemed a bit excessive...

    I purchased in May 00' and got a great .09% for 60 months deal from GMAC. After all is said and done I will only pay 465.00 in interest for this car. The best deal I've seen for a base Impala here is $219 month for 36 months on a lease. We are considering getting another Impala since my wife's Saturn is getting a little long in the tooth. We are leaning towards leasing...
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    You asked: Are there any endearing attributes about the 3.4L?

    As you wish. I rented a Pontac GA with the 3.4l engine for a month. It is a wonderful smaller engine. High torque across the full rpm range, and very economic, especially on highways. Wish to have it in my Malibu.
  • platourplatour Posts: 252
    Thanks for the reply, yurakem. I bought the Impala for just solid day-to-day driving and to get a lot more low-end (four passenger on-board) torque than I found in my 1998 Saturn SL2. The Saturn is a nice car but the 1.9L engine even with double-over-head-cam, 16-valve bells and whistles does not really cut the mustard when the Wife is in the front and the kids are in the back. In fact, it is a slug! I appreciate your opinion, look forward to more...I hope the Impala will deliver even with the "little" 3.4L.
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    YOU guys gotta see this, this is a 2001 impala with a LS1 350 v-8 and front wheel drive, it is on display at the oshawa impala plant .
  • platour, welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy your Impala for many happy miles. I just tripped 12,000 today and have no complaints.

    mcdill, Matt that is a great picture! If they build it right lots of power, good gas milage and less than $30,000 with the usual safety and trunk space for a family. I can see lot's of people lining up for one. Go Impala!
  • They will build that car>It is awesome!I like the Monte Carlo High Sport package wheels!
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    with that new ss , it is soooo cool , that car is now #1 on my most wanted list .thanks--------mattmcdill
  • watusiwatusi Posts: 17
    ok, so now the we know there is absolutly no problem fitting that big 5.7 in there, Lets Get Going Chevrolet!!!!! all they would have to do is put 17 inch wheels just like the '94-'96s and i would want one of those babies in my driveway.

    damn i love that all black grill with the red bowtie!
  • It does sport the 17" wheels according to the lead-in at the top. The black looks really good. Matt should I get a red bowtie for mine? Or just leave it blue?
  • Man...that Special Edition Impala looks sweet.
    Great looking wheels...and that spoiler is awesome! And wow...that v8 is sure crammed in there, lord have mercy on whoever has to service the engine!
  • mcdillmcdill Posts: 180
    Larry, that red bowtie would look sweet on your car , i would do it ! and the motor didnt look toooo crammed , go look under the hood of a chrysler LHS, now that IS crammed .thanks----------mattmcdill
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