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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#11916 of 13621 Re: Boltzie "Coin Holder and Rust Under Seats""
May 16, 2003 (12:38 pm)
Dan, I am also missing a coin holder on my new 2003 Impala LS (Just turned 800 miles). I stopped at a Chevy dealer on my to work, (Not the dealer where I bought the car) and they said that I should go back to my selling dealer and let them know about it. They said that it should definately be there and that the dealer should order one at no charge because it is included in the warranty. I will be going there on Monday and let you know what happens.
I did not see any rust under the front bucket seats of my LS when I picked it up from the dealer three weeks ago.
#11917 of 13621 Coin Holder-Boltzie
May 16, 2003 (12:43 pm)
They discontinued the coin holder in the 2003, also they stopped having a lighted "PRND321" gauge at the floor shifter. I think they also made some other minor deletions, which have not gone unnoticed. Someone posted a car review a week or so ago (canadian) where the reviewer even asked why not have 2 shift indicators.
If your dealer is cool, they will just order the coin holder and give it to you free of charge. If they can't find the part tell them to look it up in the computer under a 2001 Impala LS's VIN.
Have a Good one
May 16, 2003 (2:53 pm)
You might have the wrong cap because the 3.8 engine is supposed to have 10W-30 oil. I changed mine at 1200 miles but no one told me to do it. I use dino oil from Wal-mart and change every 4 mos. due to mostly short trips.
May 17, 2003 (10:06 am)
I have always had my oil changed on any new vehicle I've purchased at ~500 miles. Gets rid of the metal filings, and other crud during assembly. After the first oil change I go between 3,500 and 4,000 miles for all other changes. Never have had any oil related engine trouble.
#11920 of 13621 Synthetic vs. Non
May 17, 2003 (10:13 am)
Have heard good and bad about using synthetic oils. I have always used what GM puts in. Goodwrench oil seems to do the job for me.
Mobil 1 and others seem too pricey. As long as you change it between 3,500-4,000 miles non-synthetic oils seem ok. If I drove a Vette it might be another story.
May 17, 2003 (7:31 pm)
You should change your oil first at between 500-1000 miles with regular oil.... then you should change to synthetic at 4000 miles and keep changing it every 4000 miles...
May 18, 2003 (9:54 am)
Waste of money to use syn if you are going to change it at 4K IMO unless you live in Alaska, you might as well use a good dyno like Penzoil.
May 19, 2003 (12:01 pm)
atbear, what is your reasoning to use a synthetic oil at all? If I use a regular oil and change every 5000 miles what need do I have for synthetic?
#11924 of 13621 Color on Armrest Wearing Off
May 20, 2003 (2:36 pm)
Are you sure it's just not dirty? I had the grey interior and I noticed the same thing, black. But to me it looked dirty and I believe the car washers got it off.
Try cleaning it first. It seems to be textured and the dirt really gets in there, hard to come off.
#11925 of 13621 Bye bye to my Impala....
May 20, 2003 (2:45 pm)
Just a quick update on my lemon law case. Had an 00 impala LS with a trunk leak that the service dept. refused to take the time to try and fix. Half ass fixes just to apease me and get me out of the service dept and hoping the warrenty ran out soon.
I called a LL attorney instead of filing a complaint with GM and going through abritration. In addition to the trunk leak, I had ALL the same common problems as well, ISS, clicking front end, hesitation, loose driver's seat and the coolant leak. So I really didn't want to keep it anyways. Well the lawyer sent off a demand and wouldn't you know it, GM came through and excepted a buy back without and arguement or hassle. Didn't even go to court.
So I just surrendered my impala on Sunday. I was actually sad to see it go, or actually seeing it on the lot as I drove off. Poor car, I feel like I abandoned it!!
I actually can't complain and have no hard feelings anymore. GM really came through on this one (personally I have a feeling as they reviewed ALL my invoices and knowing how much trouble that model year had, they decided to just buy it back) and made good on a problem an unhappy customer was having. I was quite surprised at the outcome.
So as I say my goodbyes and move on to the next board regarding my new car (went import this time...sorry!!), I have to say that the impala was a good solid car except it's defects and will miss it somewhat.
It sure is weird seeing them on the road now.
Take care all and thanks for all the help. I never would have known all my problems were common to that year...I was on top of the coolant leak when it happened, so I think I prevented even more damage, not that that matters now. You all have been a big help.
And if you ever have a problem that doesn't seem to get fixed at your dealer, contact an attorney and ask away, it never hurts to ask, you just never know.
I'll pop back in if any one has any questions.