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#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.
Oct 19, 2004 (1:29 am)
Hmmm. I had 173,000 miles on mine when I traded it last Wednesday. It had no warping, rattling, radio, check engine or other problems. The ONLY unscheduled repairs it had the entire time I owned it (I bought it new) were a headlight switch and an airbag sensor. It left me with its original fuel pump, water pump, timing chain, transmission, motor, etc.
It was a VERY good car. And oh, by the way, I drove it far in excess of 20.000 miles a year.
I know of MANY Impalas with in excess of 100k and none of them have had substantial repairs. I do know of engine cradle issues (which I somehow avoided).
I just hope the Five Hundred I just bought is even half as good mechanically!
Sorry you didn't have the same experience.
#12783 of 13621 Fuel Injector
Oct 20, 2004 (5:20 am)
I have a 2000 Impala LS 3.8L and I've noticed there is some hesitation when starting and when accelerating. Took it to autozone and they told me it was a cylinder 1 misfire. The last time this happend about three months ago it was cylinder 4 and I had to have the #4 fuel injector replaced. Any other suggestions before I have the #1 injector replaced?
#12784 of 13621 Terence
Oct 20, 2004 (11:30 am)
I too have a 2000 LS Impala 3.8. Have your dealer run the PCM. It needs a new software upgrade. Once the software is upgraded, it should eliminate the engine hestitation.
#12785 of 13621 Terence
Oct 20, 2004 (11:35 am)
By the way, there's currently a recall on 2000 Impala for fuel regulator pressure. Recall #03054.
If you are out of warranty, have the dealer do the recall first (free). This should do the trick. If your engine hestitation still persist, take the car back in for the PCM software upgrade. Or, maybe you can have the recall done AND have the software upgraded simultaneosly (for free).
#12786 of 13621 Re: Terence [hvan]
Oct 20, 2004 (12:02 pm)
Thanks. I am out of warranty. When did this recall occur? Would you happen to know off hand a ballpark figure for the PCM software upgrade?
Oct 21, 2004 (9:16 am)
The recall happened about two months ago. Get the recall done first (it's free), and see if the problem will go away.
I don't know how much the software upgrade.
#12788 of 13621 touring suspension
Oct 21, 2004 (8:22 pm)
I am researching the Impala, haven't taken a test drive yet. I'm looking for a smooth ride--the Camry I test drove just floated over the road! The salesperson said it was the double wishbone suspension.
What is touring suspension? Is it a smooth ride like the double wishbone suspension?
#12789 of 13621 Re: touring suspension [bh628]
Oct 22, 2004 (5:29 am)
Your salesman was lying to you. Camry does not have a double wishbone suspension. About the only reasonable priced car that does is Honda Accord, but it does not have a boulevard soft ride. The type of suspension has little to do with ride, it is more how the suspension was tuned. Smoother ride generally means poorer handling, though there are quite a few vehicles on the road that are a good combination of both these days.
Impala has a decent ride without sacrificing handling too much. Very similar to the Taurus I drive. You might also want to try the new Ford Five Hundred.
The softest rides in the GM lineup are from Buick. You can probably grab a good bargain on a leftover 2004 Century or Regal as they are being replaced in 2005 by La Crosse. Century/Regal are not my cup of tea as I do not like floaty boat riding cars.