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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#90 of 107 Recent Impala SS purchase
Apr 21, 2002 (7:42 pm)
I recently bought a '96 Impala SS with 36K miles. I am very pleased with the car and DO consider it sporty. It accelerates, brakes and corners very well for a car weighing just over 4K pounds. I am amazed at how quickly low mileage '96 Impalas are being snatched up. I had two appointments to look at privately owned '96 models and both cars were sold before I could travel to view them.
#91 of 107 A few years back...
Apr 22, 2002 (9:03 am)
...I drove two Caprices: a '94 with the 4.3 V-8, and a '96 with the LT-1 350. The '94 was nothing to brag about, but I was really impressed with the '96. One thing that I've heard (but don't know if it's true or not), was that GM actually designed the Roadmaster and Fleetwood to handle better than the Caprices. The SS was still above any of them, but I just think it's interesting that GM would put more effort into the Roadmaster/Fleetwood, considering the average type of buyer that would go for those cars!
#92 of 107 95 SS Impala
Apr 26, 2002 (12:30 pm)
#93 of 107 95 SS Impala
Apr 26, 2002 (12:34 pm)
I bought this car new and I really like it. I was wondering if anybody has had problems with the driver's seat? I had to replace my seat twice because of a spring on the left side of the seat that polks though.
I had to change the water pump too at 63,800 miles. and the brakes twice. other than that it's a good car.
Gold Wheels Tampa FL.
#94 of 107 Just Bought A 96 SS
Apr 26, 2002 (1:59 pm)
Just bought a 96 Impala SS with only 14K on it. I flew down from Seattle to Bay area to look at it and it looks like it came off the showroom floor. I'll be picking it up in two weeks and driving it back to Seattle. Black with every option and only 1 owner. Paid $22,000 for it and can't wait to drive it. I am acutally selling my 99 Lexus GS 300 as my daily driver for this car! Just wanted to share in the excitement! Been reading the posts on here so I might know what to expect but this owner has already done the rear diff gasket change and been a perfectionist about the maintenance including flushing the radiator. Hopefully I will have many happy miles of driving in this classic. I was not really thrilled with the stock CD sound system and will probably try adding just an "amp" as I want to keep the stock head unit and I understand the speakers are actually pretty good but need more power behind them. ANy and all comments on the car or what I should keep an eye on would be appreciated.
Apr 26, 2002 (2:26 pm)
Just for the heck of it, I once went head-to-head with a '96 Impala SS while I was driving my '93 Mercury Villager on the freeway. Of course, it was a foolish thing to do, trying to put a minivan against a powerful full-size car.
May 03, 2002 (10:25 am)
What was the original base price of the '94-'96 Impala SS? There's a dealer here in the DC area that (2-3 weeks ago) had 2 1996 editions, and listed them for $23,000. I was shocked that a 6 year old car could command that much without having a "BMW" on the front. Did they start at $40k or thereabouts? What did the Caprise start at?
#97 of 107 Don't hold me to it...
May 03, 2002 (10:42 am)
...but I think most Impala SS models ran around $25,000 or so. I'd guess the Caprice started at around $19K for the base model, and maybe $21-22K for the LS? Just wild guesses here.
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.