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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Should we start a pool now as to when we'll hit the 10,000 post mark? I'm saying July 13.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    back to $2,500 for middle-size cars. Impala is mentioned as sales success:
  • drivinisfundrivinisfun Posts: 372
    Impala has been a sales success, but then why GM needs $2500 to sweeten the deal.

    Were Impalas flying out the dealer lots?
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    It looks like maybe a higher percentage of Impala sales were for fleets (police, rental, corporate, etc) than some would like to think.

    Why else offer retail consumer incentives?
  • drivinisfundrivinisfun Posts: 372
    Fleet sales are way down accross the board for GM, hence the lower sales reported in the last few months.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    A silver lining! I won't have to fear driving near the airport for awhile.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I believe Impala really is success. I see more and more of them on the streets. The last time I was at Chevrolet dealership, there were very few Impala on the lot.

    However, car sales fell substantially in the spring, after GM reduced rebates from $2502 to $2000. Possible, it affected even Impala.

    Additionally, GM coordinates pricing of different W-body cars.
  • norbnancynorbnancy Posts: 118
    I believe spark plugs (platinum type) will perform well for100,000 miles, especially with mostly highway miles. My 1993 Fleetwood Brougham has original plugs at 102,000 miles and runs fine. I traded a 1991 Beretta V-6 in on this Impala LS. It had 149,000 miles with about 95,000 miles accrued on platinum replacement plugs. When traded it ran fine. If I detect a engine miss, roughness, or drop in fuel economy, then I consider plugs. Before then-- Why?Enjoy the ride.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    Gone a week, Edmunds changes, missed a discussion on peanut butter and the EPA, and received a whole bunch of interesting news.

    You have to be really careful with the sarcasm online. Internet message boards (and e-mail for that matter) lacks the non-verbal cues (body language, tone of voice, etc) and it is easy to misinterprate messages. I can see how drivinisfun thought he/she got blindsided with gary's response. Driving didn't know the history behind Teo and gary's *ahem* quick wit. =)
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    No that's a work in progress. I found a set of APC taillight/stoplight bulbs so next step is to install them and check the current draw and light output. After I figure out that, I can play with LED combinations.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    Thanks for the link. You are right about it being easier to navigate. I would love the hood, but the freight charge it to Hawaii would be nuts. My wife tells everyone that I am slowly building a new Impala with all the parts I am collecting.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    I took my car in for a few warranty items and the dealer washed my car. It wasn't even the selling dealer. Granted, it was a pretty sloppy job, missing a few spots. But it was a nice suprise and I only noticed because I was looking hard. I wish the dealers would notice that it is the service after the sale that will keep customers.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    The baffle in the muffler came loose? You know, you really shouldn't take the Impala off-roading. That's gotta be a defective muffler.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    What do you use to remove the center cap? I've tried all sorts of things to prevent scratching the keyhole in the rim.
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    There is someone working on a self-adhesive vinyl sheet that goes over the center panel of the trunk tail light section to make it look like the LS Sport. The sheet has a cutout for the Impala logo so you don't have to remove it. It will come out in various colors so you don't have to paint it. The taillight housings on the corners may take a little longer to work out because of the curve.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    There's an Impala LS instrument cluster for sale on eBay currently; does anyone know A) if it would readily replace a base model cluster (i.e. would plugs match, and would the tach work), and B) is the odometer reading going to be altered by switching gauges?

    I'm thinking it's possible the odometer info may actually be stored elsewhere on the vehilcle, and the readout may be just that; a readout. But, I wouldn't want to risk screwing up my odometer, nor would I want to go to all the trouble if the extra gauges/tach won't work. Anybody know?
  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    A company that was selling a customized MC SS cluster (it had a Dale Earnhart signature on it) told me that all I had to do was plug it into my LS and the additional gauges would work (oil pressure, etc) however if I wanted them to reprogram the odometer, I would have to send in my unit.

    According to the service manual, the mileage is stored in the car's computer but it is also stored in the odometer. So it has to be reprogrammed with a TACH-II by the dealer.
  • mediumfrymediumfry Posts: 239
    I use a great big screwdriver with an old sock over the end. I've taken off the caps several times and not blemished them or the keyhole in the rim. What's astonishing is that the dealer who works on my car has removed them several times too and not damaged them either. Wow.

    The center caps, however, are bubbling/pitting and will look terrible in a couple years. Nobody's fault, I don't think...just poorly made. Too bad they're so shoddy. I'll have to replace them to keep the thing looking sharp.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    Do any of the Impalas (including 9C1 and Sport) come with a 140mph speedometer with oil pressure guages? Think I could add that to my 2002 LS?
  • rstephrsteph Posts: 109
    The 9C1 comes with a "certified" 140 mph speedometer. Only a fuel gauge and temp gauge though. Otherwise, info window. Funny though, the 9C1's are "governed" at 124-126 why the 140 gauge I wonder..other than it kinda looks cool.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    To drive down a mountain (old joke).
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    MAN!!! I want it all! I wonder if the Sport Appearance Impalas come with the 140 speedometer too...
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    They do, as do the police Impalas.
  • atbearatbear Posts: 322
    Do they come with the LS features plus Oil Pressure and Voltometer too? Thanks... I wonder if it will bolt onto mine???!
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Just got back from the road trip. Looks like gas mileage will be in the 29 mpg range. With one tank at 30.3.
    Got stuck in major traffic on I-495 around Washington. Then got stuck about 6 miles from the Annapolis Bridge before the toll booth. Even with those delays gas mileage was 28.5 for that leg.

    The only problem that I with the car was the seats are just not comfortable on long stints. They were good for about 2 hours and then my right shoulder blade started hurting.

    This cars ability to pull down great mileage is one of it's strongest points. I drove 10 miles over the limit, and the car spent most of its time at 79-80 mph.
  • duraflexduraflex Posts: 358
    Just returned from an 800 mile road trip averaging over 31 MPG.

    For me, local driving is usually less than half that. Very poor.
    IMHO, the Impala LS is a road car in the way it is tuned, suspension and performance.

    When that LOW FUEL warning lights up on the dashboard, don't hesitate to get gas ASAP. Even though you have aprroximately 3 gallons left, uncertain driving conditions can eat that up very quickly.

    I was doing a lot of LOCAL driving (read low MPG) 2 weeks ago and kept putting off buying gas. Anyway, I ran out of gas for the first time in 20 years. No fun and I won't do it again.

    Incidentally, in my area, gas prices fluctuate all over the place. In the past 9 months, they have varied from $1.09 to $1.49 a gallon. In the past week from $1.45 to $1.25 yesterday. There is no way this has anything to do with political conditions.

    BTW, did you know that much of our Alaskan oil is currently being exported? Go figure.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    I am told by my mechanic at the dealership that almost ALL fuel pump replacements are preceded by the customer running out of gas. The junk in the bottom of the tank gets drawn into the pump and somehow damages it, but, more importantly, the fuel pump is cooled by the gasoline in which it sits in the tank. No gas, no cooling.

    One of the major reasons of the low fuel warning light coming on so soon is to get customers to refill the tank and keep up the fuel pump cooling. I learned my lesson. I now always keep the tank at least 1/4 full. This is the first car I have had since fuel pumps moved to the gas tank that has NOT needed a fuel pump by 60,000 miles. More evidence? Program cars need often fuel pumps early. And what do many rental car customers (where most program cars come from) do? Buy the full tank at rental and run the tank as close to empty as possible. Nuff said.

    Keep the tank at least 1/4 full. (This also helps to avoid problems with condensation in the tank in the winter).
  • jpatsujpatsu Posts: 4
    I recently Took a 2300 mile trip from Illinois to Alabama. When I got to Alabama, my CD player stopped working. The rest of the radio kept on working though. I am pretty sure that it was just the humidity though. The cd player started working again on the trip back north when we had the AC turned on.

  • night_owl1night_owl1 Posts: 760
    Ok, first I run through a cloud of fluorescent yellow paint then this:

    I was on the way to work and I noticed that my dash lights were dim (radio and shift indicator). It was pretty light out, so my first thought was the DRL circuit was out. I turned the dimmer knob and it wasn't getting any brighter. I pulled out the knob (which would turn on the headlights manually) and from the reflection in the car in front of me, I could see that it was going from full intensity to full intensity. So I concluded that the car thought it was nighttime and something was wrong with the dimmer switch.

    I got to work and got out of the car. Headlights were full on, but the taillights were out. Ugh, something is seriously wrong. So I turned off the car and started it again. No change. So I turned off the car and opened the door. This turned off the radio also. I waited a little while then turned the car on again. This time the dash lights came on full intensity. I pulled out the manual headlight switch and the dash lights went dim. The headlights were full on and so were the tail lights. I turned off the headlights and went back out to check. The headlights were dim. I went to the back of the car and the taillights were out. So apparently turning off the car totally reset it. I went back to turn off the car and guess what. Yep, apparently I bumped the door going to check the taillights and closed the door, and the door was locked, and the engine was running. *sigh*

    Luckly my wife had not left for work and dropped by to unlock my door.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Why not call OnStar? Badabing! Doors unlocked.
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