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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#12019 of 13618 Marauder discontinued
Jul 05, 2003 (10:09 am)
I don't think the lack of power was the only issue with this car,its huge, its heavy, and it ain't cheap.. but even with a larger engine and more torque would not compete with current Altimas and Maximas with their 3.5 engine....only a few nostalgic Ford lovers showed true interest in the car....Same with the current retro T Bird...sales are way below expectations it will also probably be discontinued within a year or 2........ the 1994-1996 Impala SS cars were not big sellers.....I believe they sold only 56000 total in 3 years...and GM realized they could make more money making pickup trucks at that Arlington Texas plant....I am surprised that GM isn't using the the current Impala platform in NASCAR as all the other brands racing are converted 4 door models.....INTREPID, GRAND PRIX, AND TAURUS for 2003....The Impala is a hot seller and currently outsells the Monte Carlo 3 - 1...using the Impala body would inspire the sportyness of the Impala now that they offer the Impala SS again..Come on CHEVY lets race the Impala!!!!!
#12020 of 13618 charts2
Jul 05, 2003 (10:27 am)
The lower production of the Impala SS was not a sign that it was not a hot seller.
'94 production was limited by wheel manufacturer.
'96 production went to December '96.
The Imapla SS was a huge hit and dealers sold every one they could get their hands on.
#12021 of 13618 1994-1996 impala ss
Jul 05, 2003 (2:53 pm)
I saw the spy pictures of this car in late 1992 when word was that John Moss was given permission to spruce up the aging Caprice..It made its debut in 1993 and I saw my first one at the at the Toronto Auto show....I was impressed with the the cool black grille black paint and sporty 17" wheels.When I looked inside I couldn't believe it was the same old Caprice with digital dash no tach, it had bucket seats with a console but was auto shift on the column..It had the SS emblems but it was obvious little money was spent on the interior of this car. I couldn't wait for the first one to arrive at one of our local Chevy Dealers...I was very fortunate to be able to take one out for a spin....for a large heavy sedan with a detuned Corvette engine it had lots of torque, probably a 1/2 second faster to 60 then my curent Impala LS..certainly a very stiff ride compared to my 2001 Impala LS.. I saw magazine road tests between 6.5 - 7.8 seconds to 60.. but again little attention was made to the interior which is very important to me..the car turned a lot of heads but most everyone that I talked to indicated that Chevy didn't go far enough (as they usually do) to make this car a stunner in all respects....it was obvious this would be a short production run....B4z you are right they sold everyone they produced...but GM decided that making money (which is why they are in business) was more important then making important upgrades to this car that it so desperately needed in this car competetive world...today there is a very thin market for cars of that size and weight as is the same with the Marauder...the sporty, powerfull midsize sedans is where the action is today in 2003.
#12022 of 13618 charts2
Jul 05, 2003 (3:42 pm)
That is why I am looking at the CTS.
#12024 of 13618 Imp still competitive
Jul 05, 2003 (4:35 pm)
This is one of the more objective reviews of the Imp IMO:http://www.acarplace.com/reviews/2002/impala-2002.html
Jul 11, 2003 (2:46 am)
No posts on the Impala thread in 5 days?
That has got to be a record.
Check engine light now on the Impala.
One more thing for me to check.
Jul 11, 2003 (12:54 pm)
I believe my ISS is going bad.Am out of warranty (2000). Does any one know how difficult it is to change this out my self? I can get a new ISS for about $90 and was thinking of doing the grease kit as well for $30. The dealer's time is approx. 1hr. to do grease.Also, where can I get a write up for the procedure to change this. As to the problem of coolant going bad (acidity)and leaking the manifold,it is worth while to change coolant every 2yrs. or 25kmiles.The coolant question has me puzzled as,if the coolant is going acidic and causing leaks in the plastic manifold then i would think that EVERY 3.8 would have to eventually have the manifold replaced.No? Or is there some other possible factor with the intake plastic going bad.