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#12704 of 13621 changing air filter
Aug 21, 2004 (6:41 am)
Regarding the last post,changing the air filter...As we know this is a frequency maintenance item and it is not like previous cars we had where we spun the wing nut lifted the metal housing and popped out the the filter in 10 seconds....I recently changed my air filter for the 4th time on my 2001 Impala and it can be frustrating and take 15 to 20 minutes...If you have this done at a garage or dealership make sure it is done!...My son purchased a 2003 Impala (33000K) at a Chevy dealership recently and it was suppose to have this 150 point GM inspection.....within a week we noticed going up hills the car seemed sluggish....we took the time and removed the air filter.....it was plugged solid! we notified the dealership right away, they gave us a new filter...(I am sure it had never been replaced).....why? because it is time consuming and difficult to do....we also found two maintenace bills for this car in the glove box from another Chevy dealership showing at 18000 K and 26000 K that the air filter had been changed...this car shows no signs that it had been driven under any extreme conditions........if you take the car in for filter replacement put a piece of masking take across the right side of the filter housing where it joins together....when you get the car back if the tape isn't ripped then you know they didn't check/replace the filter...I am sure this goes on all the time......When I take my Impala in for an oil change at my local chevy dealership checking the air filter is suppose to be part of the 20 point inspection, I know they never do it...the masking tape tells the story and the service manager is informed everytime this happens. I don't think they care! why? because it takes too much time!!
#12705 of 13621 "Test drive" Impala LS
Aug 23, 2004 (8:17 am)
Just came back from vacation, we got a rental Impala LS with about 13k miles on it. Owning a 2000 Taurus SES (Duratec), here are my comments.
The Impala is overall a good car. Major things I liked:
Quiet smooth transmission and engine, virtually no wind noise. These items were quieter than my Taurus, though the Impala had appreciable road noise on the Seattle freeway system (do they allow studded tires in the winter in that area? It felt just like the stud worn roads did in Wisconsin before they banned studded snow tires.) Road noise is hard to compare directly unless you drive the same roads in both cars. Impala ride and handling was smooth but not too floaty and handled well in the moderate twisties leading up to the Mount St. Helens observation center.
Nice individual temperature controls for driver and passenger.
I liked the trunk hinge system that did not intrude on luggage. Trunk was very spacious.
Nice large outside mirrors, bigger than my Taurus.
Center armrest too far back. I am 5'7" and with seat adjusted for my height, the center armrest was useless. Door armrest was hard as a brick. I thought my Taurus door side armrest was too hard, but the Impala was irritating.
Steering wheel spokes required hand positioning either too low or two high. Fat spoke seemed mispositioned. Steering wheel was large diameter compared to my Taurus, but I could get used to it.
Why put the cruise control on/off switch on the wiper stalk and all others on wheel? They should be all on the wheel.
Why no shift position indicator on the floor shifter, only on the dash? They might as well just put the shifter on the column and free up space to move the arm rest forward and then move the cupholders further forward, as they are an awkward reach.
Noticed occasional suspension creaking in city driving over rough, uneven streets.
Lumbar adjuster seemed to do little from min to max, all felt about the same.
Why the oval inside rear view mirror? Cuts off the corners of the rear view. Would have worked well with the ovoid 96-99 Taurus rear window!
No upper windshield dark tinted band? The black perforated area above the rear view mirror I can see working OK to block sun in that area, but it was kind of distracting. My Taurus has dual visors, which are handy at times, the Impala does not.
Seemed to run out of torque when accelerating from higher speeds, but was adequate. Low speed torque was good, as it should be with a pushrod V-6.
All in all a good car, but the armrest issues and the steering wheel spokes were my only major gripes. the rest are my minor nitpicky opinions and may not bother most people.
Aug 23, 2004 (5:30 pm)
And my 2000 HAS dual visors AND the tinted band on the windshield AND a lit PRNDL on the shifter AND a coin holder AND seat pockets on the backs of both front seats AND lit glove box, etc., etc.
Apparently Lutz thought deleting these things would save GM money.
I ordered a car Friday last. I have over $3500 available to me on the GM card, and there are large incentives on the Impala right now.
I ordered an AWD Ford Five Hundred.
The deletions were a major factor in my decision.
I have over 168,000 miles on my 2000 LS. All it's ever really asked for that wouldn't be expected is a headlight switch and an airbag sensor!
But with the things GM has deleted that I CAN see, I couldn't stop wondering what they had deleted that matters that I cannot see.
So, the decontenting resulted in at least this customer not being content. My last three cars had all been GM products. The last two each had respectively lower levels of equipment than the one before them.
It's been a fun ride. But, for now at least, it's soon to be over.
Still a great car for the price, but I would miss too many of the things that have gone bye-bye.
#12707 of 13621 GoodYear Assurance TripleTread
Aug 24, 2004 (5:09 am)
dgonzalez13 - From what I've read and easy way to differentiate them is by what is in the oval emblem on the sidewall. An oval with Comfortred Technology and a feather symbol indicate the Comfortred. An oval with Tripletred Technology and a sun, raindrops and snow flakes indicate Tripletred.
Aug 24, 2004 (7:40 pm)
Well today I got a new vehicle
2000 Chevy Impala, goldish/beige color, 3400 engine, power/heated leather seats, 51K miles.
1. Anyone ever replace the clear plastic that covers the instrument cluster? How did you do it? The one in this car is cracked
2. I have the compass/temp display. The compass works fine but the temp reads 0C. Anyway to recalibrate/fix this?
3. Anyone ever hear a gurgling noise coming from the coolant tank? I was told this is just the tank refilling. I have never heard any other vehicle do this. It did it once tonight out of the 5 times I drove it.
Anything else to be aware of? Its a very nice car. Drives great and is very quiet.
#12709 of 13621 Disable DRL or switch?
Aug 24, 2004 (7:44 pm)
Has anyone figured out a way to disable the DRL on a 2001 Impala? I am not convinced they are the safety feature they claim and I live out in the desert where visiblity is great and if it isn't I know where the light switch is! Can anyone help me disable these things? I took out the DRL Relay but that didn't work. I really want to be able to get rid of these things. Anyone can email me at: theemancitlink.net if they don't want to post here. Thanks!
Aug 25, 2004 (7:53 am)
i am going out to check the tires now. Someone asked about replacing the plastic on the instrument cluster, its easy if you follow the instructions on impalahq.com's hot to section. i open the dash up often ( doing stuff with radio , xm install and cluster replace) and give yourself about an hour to open and close it.
Aug 25, 2004 (7:56 am)
If anyone has the info on that I would appreciate a copy as well. I know there are Pontiac GTP websites that document how to do it on the GTP, but havent seen anything for the Impala. I know they are very similar electrically, but not in respect to DRL. I have the bad feeling that it is controlled by the BCM, and unless you have a 3800 engine its not realistic to reprogram the BCM with a police 9c1 or 9c3 BCM image. 9c1 BCM's have a different programming that recognizes the Surv. Mode switch.
Aug 25, 2004 (7:35 pm)
thanks for the link it was a huge help!!!
#12713 of 13621 Re: changing air filter [charts2]
Aug 27, 2004 (2:49 pm)
I agree, that is why I tried to do things myself in the first place. If you want it done right, do it yourself my father used to say. I guess I should take a peek to make sure the filter looks good. I brought it to them after buying it and trying to do it myself. I'll keep that tape trick of yours in mind. I have had much better luck with BP Procare working on the car than the dealers. I have experienced what you have said a few times and have been mad that they do not follow specific directions. I might still have Hondas if the dealer service departments did not make me mad.