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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
Jan 21, 2004 (4:22 pm)
I am in the process of purchasing a 2002 Impala
63K mi, 4 door sedan
V6 3.4L, auto, A/C
power everything, include power seat
Cruise, ABS, front airbags, CD
It's company car which came off a 2-year lease
driven by a lady mostly on the highway
All maintainance includes:
oil change records every 3k/4k miles
flushed coolant once
changed two tires
Car is in good condition
have chevy dealership checked without finding problem, except some scratch at back which chevy bodyshop estimate for $450 repair
Asking for $8850 (kbb trade-in is around $7800)
now firm at $8350
I think I can make it down to $8000 or so
what's your guys opinion?
My 2nd question :I found that at either kbb or edmunds, the trade-in or private party price for a 2002 impala is much higher than that of a 2002 used buick century or chevy Malibu, but all these 3 models have similiar new car price when choosing similiar options because impala has more rebates than malibu¢ury now.
At my local dealer(San antonio, TX) the malibu is being sold at even higher price than impala now.
For an 2002 century or malibu or taurus with same options they have trade-in price only around $5500.
there must be a reason, is Impala far better rated car than century or malibu so to have higher user-car price? then why 2004 impala is cheaper than 04 malibu now?
I am looking forward to your guys' opinion, thank you
Jan 21, 2004 (4:42 pm)
The 2004 Malibu is a NEW design. Impala has been around since 2000, with only slight revisions. NEW designs always have less incentives and command more money at first.
Sounds like a good price on a good car, to me.
#12387 of 13621 Lovin' that Impala
Jan 21, 2004 (5:45 pm)
Well, we've had the Impala almost one month now, and it has proven to be a GREAT car so far.
The initial quality seems to be perfect: have not found a single blemish or ill-fitting part.
Several people have told me that they love the looks of that car, especially with the medium gray metallic paint job.
It's too early to know anything about reliability, of course, but the car rides, handles, and runs great. I just LOVE it! (OK, it's supposed to be the wife's car, but I get to drive it once in a while.)
Jan 22, 2004 (1:38 pm)
Lelandl,that sounds like a good buy to me.I think you'll like the car a lot.Also the Impala has a better reliability record than most other GM cars,except for the Buick Century,and Regal.We looked at Centurys,but they have no split folding rear seat,at least on the ones we saw,so that was off our list right away.We got a base Impala euipped nicely ,and it s been great so far,despite the severe winter weather we've had all month.
Hi Tom.Glad to hear you're still so happy with your Imp.My only regret is not looking around for an almost new LS,as it comes with features I would have liked.
my only beefs with our car,are the summer windshield wipers,which are just not up to winter use,not the car's fault! Also who designed the glove box? No light in there,and stuff falls out when you open it.I miss a dome light in the middle of the roof.It would make it easier to read the CD's i keep in the arnrest console thingy.
Niggling aside this is a solid roomy quiet comfortable car,that is surprisingly good on gas.
2 thunbs up from us!
#12389 of 13621 johnclineii
Jan 22, 2004 (5:10 pm)
I know what you meant about the Impala being around since 2000(model year), but it actually appeared in April 1999!
April 2004 will be the 6th April it has been available.
it really is time for an update.
plus it took GM way too long to make the side mouldings body color.
My Lexus will be sold and I may be driving the Impala until i sell it and buy a Tahoe.
Or may just keep the Impala and it's $218.00 mo. payment.
Jan 22, 2004 (6:20 pm)
Well, my Impala was purchased in October 1999, and has 147,000 miles on it. It is probably going to be replaced with a Ford Five Hundred this fall....
#12391 of 13621 Impala/Ford 500
Jan 23, 2004 (7:44 am)
.....Its too bad you couldn't wait to see what the new Impala will look like next year.....probably debut at the 2005 Detroit auto show.
Jan 23, 2004 (9:47 am)
I just came from Detroit 2004, and drove the Impala both ways from wittle old West Virginia. Waiting til this fall is pushing it enough!
Jan 23, 2004 (1:18 pm)
Hearing some bad reports on the original coolant that comes in GM cars. There is a class action case against GM because of problems it has caused and they are gathering data from owners who have had problems with it. Go to Google and type in Dexcool and read some real horror stories. From a car talk show I listen to GM sez when replacing it you have to make the 50/50 mix with distilled water only. Local water minerals may react to it. People are draining, flushing and going back to Prestone...I know of one City Police Dept that uses a Fleetguard product Part # CC 2825 that is factory premixed.They put it in all Impalas after they have flushed out the now nicknamed "Death Cool". I know others have said don't go by the 5 year 150k miles that GM sez. Change it every three years instead. Our 2000 impala LS has 40k miles on road since Feb. 2000. Dex-Cool will come out this spring....doubt Dex-Cool will be going back in. I did have the manifold bolt recall done plus the GM sealing pellets put in as part of that recall. Any other stories out there regarding Dex-Cool?
Jan 23, 2004 (2:22 pm)
Had the radiator flushed as recommended in my '00 Malibu LS early last fall (now with almost 61K miles), and it was replaced with same. No problems. Had the 3.1L intake manifold gaskets replaced(same time as the gaskets), which they now have a fix for, so personally, and friendly, I'd say stick with the Dex or suffer the consequences.
I've heard stories of the Dex being the problem with the 3.1s and 3.4s.