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#12772 of 13621 buying an Impala / bh628
Oct 15, 2004 (7:19 pm)
Do some homework. If there are two or three chevy dealers within an hour of your location check them all out and speak to different sales people. A great time to make a deal on a remaining brand new 2004 Impala LS. I am sure you will be able to take one for a drive to determine if this is the car for you. Don't go by yourself, take a friend. Sales people can be intimidating. Check out the window sticker prices of the cars you like, with incentives that they are offering and the car being a model year old now you should have a great opportunity to dicker a deal that might make you happy. You might find one dealer with a lot of 2004 Impala inventory and willing to make a better deal then another dealer. Don't be afraid to make a low offer. You can move up from there if you have to, or go to the next dealer. If you are going to finance check out your bank rate compared to GM financing rate you could save yourself some money there just in interest costs...One more thing, if you buy an Impala don't let them talk you into buying extended warranties or undercoatings etc...you can buy an extended warranty from GM anytime up to the 36 months or 36,000 miles, and the car comes with 6 year or 100,000 miles rust perforation warranty already. But they will try to squeeze those extra $$s from you! BEWARE!!
#12773 of 13621 Re: buying an Impala / bh628 [charts2]
Oct 17, 2004 (4:09 pm)
Thanks! I didn't know I had 3 years to buy the extended warranty! And thanks for the other warranty info. I have heard that if the dealer applies some rust protectant to some cars, it actually VOIDS the warranty because it's not done properly!
One thing I am noticing about the Chevy dealerships in my immediate area--they don't have the "Monroney" window sticker on the window! That sticker is a Federal law, and it's the only way you know what options are on the car and sticker price. It comes from the factory. Instead, they have a hang tag from the rear view mirror telling the MSRP, the discount they will give you, the rebate available (which they said was $2,000 when I went on Wednesday), and the total, which they call their "best price." I don't feel comfortable buying from these guys, and I hope other Chevy dealers aren't removing the stickers. I did see a sticker that was peeling off the '05 Impala car I was checking out on Wednesday(it's hot out in this part of the country), but I don't know what to do about their not following Federal Law.
#12774 of 13621 Initial Oil Change - 2004 Impala Sedan
Oct 17, 2004 (7:31 pm)
My new 04 Imp. Sed. came with a "dealer installed" sticker on the windshield stating that the First Oil Change is Due aft. 3,000 miles.
I checked the car manual and found NO reference to this first oil change aft. 3,000 miles; ....only that the "onboard diagnostic" system will tell me when the oil change is needed.
Do any of you have experience with this kind of "dealer Hook"? ....or is the 3,000 mile oil change indeed recommended by the factory???
Thanks for your feedback
Oct 18, 2004 (5:34 am)
You can rely on the oil monitor. The dealer has installed what s/he hopes is a profit maker in your car, a device to get you to bring it back earlier and more often for service....
#12777 of 13621 Re: [johnclineii]
Oct 18, 2004 (6:05 am)
Thanks John, I suspected that, just wanted to hear it from someone else.
Oct 18, 2004 (6:05 am)
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#12779 of 13621 change oil /Impala 04
Oct 18, 2004 (12:30 pm)
Its a good practice to reset the oil monitor yourself. Don't ever rely on the service or sales personell at the dealership to have set this when the car was new or after any oil change, it might not ever go off...It might be a good idea to speak to the Chevrolet service manager regarding your first oil change. I have heard that an early oil change (first few thousand miles of operation) is recommended because of the seating of the rings that causes more filings in the oil then normal in the first few thousand miles of operation. It might be worth checking out. But use your oil monitor and set it yourself.
#12780 of 13621 buying impala/ bh628
Oct 18, 2004 (12:39 pm)
If you are looking at a 2005 Impala, and they don't have the MSP sticker in the window. go to www.GM.com.....then click chevrolet brand...then click on the Impala....it will list the Manufactures price of all the Impalas with the options packages listed...that might help for a 2005...If buying a 2004 tell the salesman you are interested in a certain 2004 that they have and you want to see the original 2004 window factory price with the options listed...if he cant or wont do that. then walk away...he's hiding something. Tell he has has lost a potential customer. You don't owe him anything. Find another dealer...Let me know how you make out...
#12781 of 13621 Re: Deep seat pans on Impala? [bh628]
Oct 18, 2004 (9:21 pm)
I bought my 2001 LS because of the comfortable seats. I now have 109K on it and find it is not worth more than $6K. I have had all the warping, rattling, radio, check engine light, and all the other problems of Impala owners. I will not buy another one as it is now falling apart. Water pump, cooling fans, oil pan gasket leaking, and weird noises from the power steering and front end. If you are only going to drive it 20K a year or less, it is a good car. It is not built to stand up over 100K. I am going to trade it in on a RAV-4 Toyota.