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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
May 03, 2002 (11:16 am)
According to the Standard Catalog of Chevrolet: 1912-1998, here are the prices for '96:
Caprice Classic sedan: $19,905
Caprice Classic wagon: $22,405
Impala SS sedan: $24,505
No LS trim was offered starting in '95
Here's something weird that I discovered during my research: The catalog states that only 485 Caprice wagons were built in calendar-year 1996. If that's true, then that's one rare puppy right there.
#99 of 107 Pricing
May 03, 2002 (12:01 pm)
davied99... My dark cherry metallic '96 SS, which I bought May '96, had an MSRP of $25,600. It had all three available options (there were only 3). Think those were in-dash single CD, reflective windshield, and a Preferred Option Package. Total of the options was around $600. Believe the '94s started out around $23,000. Prices rose each year. There was at least one price increase in MY '96 after I bought mine. Believe base price rose about $600.
When I sold mine, 11/30/01, she had 26,000 original miles. Traded her in for a '98 BMW 540i6. I got $18,000 for her. This was the first Impala SS for the dealership. They were shocked at how high the NADA pricing info was. But there is high demand. They had no trouble selling it. Sold it to a Chevy dealer, probably for a customer.
May 03, 2002 (2:21 pm)
Supply and demand, that's what drives the price. Which is why the Caprice wagon, though rare, isn't worth much, because nobody cares that it's rare.
May 03, 2002 (3:30 pm)
Have you ever driven a '91-'96 Caprice wagon?
May 03, 2002 (3:48 pm)
If he did they'd never let him into the Alfa meets.
#103 of 107 Caprice & Roadmaster Wagons Popular Overseas
May 03, 2002 (7:16 pm)
Really loved in Japan and Saudi Arabia!
May 04, 2002 (6:32 am)
Somehow, deep within myself, I feel I don't ever have to drive a Caprice station wagon in order to know what it is.
There are some wagons I like, though, but that's another topic.
May 06, 2002 (12:27 pm)
I just find it amazing that a 6 year old car can still command upwards of 90% of its original value. You have to get one that's abused (150k+ miles) for the price to drop to around $12k where you'll probably find most Caprices, if not lower.
#106 of 107 Enthusiasts
May 06, 2002 (12:30 pm)
davied99... Check out all the Impala SS clubs and the plethora of aftermarket products. There are a lot of enthusiasts who love the platform. And there are a ton of inexpensive ways to boost its performance.
#107 of 107 I'd think a Caprice...
May 06, 2002 (12:36 pm)
...would be lower than that, though. Back in October '99, I looked at a '96 that was well-equipped, with the 350, and only 36,000 miles on it for $13,860. They also had a '94 with the 4.3 V-8, and 65,000 miles on it for $8260. I balked at the price back then, and couldn't imagine paying almost $14,000 for a 4 year old car that was out of warranty, but maybe in retrospect, the price wasn't so bad?