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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#10385 of 13621 Impala interior/ Garypen
Aug 22, 2002 (9:03 am)
Almost all Chevy products from the 1950's to the present date never had great interior fabric materials. When Impala back in the late 50's, 60s and 70s competed with at the time Pontiac Bonneville and Ford Galaxie the Impala always had the cheaper looking seats and instrument panels. Same through the 80's and 90's competing with the Crown Vic. Its has always been a negative for Chevy. I believe they design the interior for Fleet/Rental market. Even the last group of Impala SS cars 1994-1996. It was 2 years before they had a floor mounted shifter and analog set of gauges.
I know Impala is the entry level car for GM but a couple hundred dollars more on better Fabric materials more interior colors available and sportier looking dashboard would go a long way.
These are always the first things you notice when you get behind the wheel. I hope someone at Chevrolet is listening.. Just my opinion......
Aug 22, 2002 (9:05 am)
I wonder if that's similar to the half moon seals, directly behind the cams on my Jaguar? I replaced them recently while replacing the cam cover gasket. But, it would leak oil if those went bad. There's also a coolant drain plug on the lower block, though. It enables better draining of the coolant during flush 'n fill, than just draining the rad.
Aug 22, 2002 (9:07 am)
I agree 100%.
Aug 22, 2002 (9:09 am)
The 3800 has steel heads. It was one of the reasons why I wanted the LS.
Aug 22, 2002 (9:42 am)
The freeze plug is a removable metal plug located in the water jacket that can pop out if the water in the engine block expands excessively due to overpressure or the coolant freezing. It's there to prevent cracking the block. Also known as an expansion plug or core plug. Sometimes block heaters are installed by removing one of the plugs and inserting the heater. Usually they are stamped steel but when I rebuild engines, I replace them all with brass plugs. It's only a little bit more, but lasts a lot longer. Realistically though, even the steel ones typically don't go bad.
Aug 22, 2002 (2:37 pm)
3.8 has cast iron block, cast iron heads. Driveon...
Aug 22, 2002 (6:32 pm)
I am the owner of a 1050 Cadillac, had it for 30 years. Still has the original freeze plugs. I change anti freeze every 2 years. Keep the coolant clean and changed. Thne fresh coolant has anti rust properties. My 2000LS just turned 35000 miles and is still without problems. Just clocked 33.4mpg on a 467 mile trip, all highway miles. 28.5 mpg average since new. I know of nothing on the road with comparable size, comfort, and performance that gives similar mpg. Enjoy the ride.
Aug 22, 2002 (7:50 pm)
sorry to hear that your Impala was stolen.
We love our 2001 Ford F-150 Super Crew truck that we traded our troublesome 2000 Impala in on.
Aug 22, 2002 (10:56 pm)
Wow. A 1000 year old Cadillac. They don't make them like they used to.
Aug 22, 2002 (11:57 pm)
Don't exagerate! It's only 952 years old, going on 953. Many of us will be dead by the time it is 1000 years old!