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#12675 of 13621 2004 Impala Ls
Jul 30, 2004 (4:20 pm)
I traded my 01 LS for an 04 LS and I do think the ride is a little softer (which I like anyway) and it does seem to me that it does have a little more sound insulation (though it still could use more). One thing I did notice a few days ago was the windshield on my 04 is not tinted at the top like my 01 was. It doesn't have that blueish tint that comes down from the top of the windshield 2 or 3 inches. It doesn't bother me, I just noticed that it was different than my 01. I wonder why they eliminated that. Maybe it costs Chevrolet more to have the tint on the first few inches of the windshield.
Even though I only have 1600 miles on my car, I'm taking it within the next few days to get those terrible Goodyear GA's taken off and get the Yokohama Avid Touring tire put on which I had on my 01 Impala and really loved.
Aug 01, 2004 (11:18 am)
Please let us know how well you like your new Avids compared to the like new GAs.
#12677 of 13621 Plugs & Fuel Filter Replacement.
Aug 01, 2004 (4:05 pm)
I'm working on replacing the plugs and fuel filter on my 2000 LS. I was able to get the front plugs with no problem, however, the back three look like its gonna be a real bitch. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get at them.
I'm also replacing my fuel filter. Are there any gotyas I should look out for?
#12678 of 13621 Plugs on the Impala....
Aug 02, 2004 (6:28 am)
Loosen the bolts on the top front motor mounts of the engine (near the Impala's front grill) and use a cheater bar to pull the engine forwards on its mountings. There is a ring on the drivers side top of the engine in which you can place the motor mount bolt into to prop the engine forwards while you work on the other set of plugs. Maybe getting the help of a freind to place the bolt while you prop the engine forwards will save you a limb. I havent done it, but I watched the mechanics do my tune up, and it was a two man operation to pull the two motor mount bolts, prop the engine forward, then place a bolt in the ring to lock the engine in the forward lean position. Good luck!
#12679 of 13621 Re: Dead Battery or Starter Relay?
Aug 05, 2004 (10:39 am)
Did you notice your Impala cranking slowly before the last battery failure? Did the interior lights appear dim when the car was off or any other indications that the battery was weakening? If not, your problem may not have been a bad battery.
The Impala has a fuse and relay box under the hood and one of the relays is a starter relay. Try pulling it out and looking at the contacts. If they appear a bit corroded, you can clean them with the abrasive side of a dish washing sponge. You know, the side that is normally green for scrubbing pots. It's non metalic and works great for cleaning electrical contacts like that. After it's clean, spray the male and female contact points with something like marine grade silicon spray to keep them clean for awhile. It would be a good idea to do them all at the same time.
I had pre-mature "battery failure" that really was just dirty starter relay contacts. I did the above procedure and my bad battery works like new now.
Hope this helps.
Aug 05, 2004 (3:13 pm)
Im thinking about buying a 2004 Impala and notice that the rebate for $4k was over. Now they have $3.5k rebate and GMAC rebate of $1.5k if you finance thru them. I dont want to finance this car, does anyone know if there will be at least a $4k rebate again without having to go thru the GMAC finance. I would like to pay this car in full.
Aug 05, 2004 (3:58 pm)
So, finance it. Get the rebate. And pay it off immediately. Your credit rating is helped, you get the money, GM is happy, the dealer is happy, you are happy. What is not to like?
#12682 of 13621 Re: [johnclineii]
Aug 05, 2004 (5:18 pm)
Do you know if GMAC will let you pay it off immediately? or is there a certain time I will need to finance with them.
Aug 05, 2004 (5:42 pm)
Read the contract. Make sure it is not based on the rule of 78's (which is illegal in most states). Consumer laws in most states allow immediate payoff of the loan...after all, what would you have done if the car had been wrecked or you needed to trade right away?
#12684 of 13621 Re: [johnclineii]
Aug 05, 2004 (6:37 pm)