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#12807 of 13621 Re: Deep seat pans on Impala? [bh628]
Nov 01, 2004 (11:05 am)
Initially the only way to get ABS in an Impala was to get the 3.8l engine (along with the sport suspension); I went to the Chevy site and did a quick "build your own", and was surprised to see you can indeed option ABS (w/traction control and tire inflation monitor) on a 3.4l base model (at least on the 2005 models, I didn't try it on 2004s).
Hopefully you can find one to your liking; I don't know much about current pricing - maybe somebody else can help you on that one. We know there's a new body style coming out in 2006, so that might give you a little more leverage.
#12808 of 13621 Sport cloth on 60/40 trim easily available?
Nov 03, 2004 (9:41 am)
Ok, you helped me decide on the 60/40 front seat. But the ugly grey cloth that was on that car I saw would depress me! I have seen that nice Impala sport fabric on the bucket seats, but is it easily available on the 60/40 seat? And would it just be an extension of the bottom half of the seat like on the bucket?
Already I am making it more difficult to find my car because I want a BASE with ABS. So I don't want to add too many variables. Do you have to take the sport trim package to get the sport trim cloth seats? I went to the GM Build your own site, but couldn't tell for sure. Thanks! I can almost taste ownership! But first I am going to push myself to rent it for a weekend....
#12809 of 13621 Re: Sport cloth on 60/40 trim easily available? [bh628]
Nov 03, 2004 (9:57 am)
Oh, I also notice now that on Edmunds the most popular configuration of the base includes 1SB, which includes the power driver seat I want. The 60/40 sport cloth bench also includes the power driver seat (AM6), but I don't want to pay twice for that. Also, AM6 isn't listed as a typical configuration. Should I guess that more often bucket seats are in sport cloth?
#12810 of 13621 2005 Antenna now on roof of Impala? Impala vs Century/Regal
Nov 06, 2004 (4:29 pm)
I just stopped off at a Chevy dealership in a nearby city, and saw their Impalas. The GM site said they had 60/40 seats with sport cloth, which I wanted to see.
Did they change the antenna and Onstar installation? YUK!
It looked like the antenna is now on the roof, like pictured in the '06 here on Edmunds site. Big black, ugly thing on the roof. Also, the Onstar has a cable that runs from some sort of lining on the windshield to the rear view mirror. I didn't like either the lining or the cable, it cuts into my vision.
Does anyone know if I can get '05s without this? Did they change production midyear, or should I try to scrounge up an '04?
I was so disappointed, that I went across the street to see Buicks--the Century looks really nice, and I wonder how the Century and Regal compare to Impala. All 3 bench seats look fine for me! The Century site isn't very active, so not much info there.
#12811 of 13621 Re: 2005 Antenna now on roof of Impala? Impala vs Century/Regal [bh628]
Nov 08, 2004 (8:03 am)
About all I can offer is that I know the Century/Regal are being phased out, to be replaced by the LaCrosse. I haven't been in the market for several years, but liked the Buicks - just couldn't get the 3.8l engine/bench combo back in 2000 when I bought my Impala. Things may have changed now, though.
On the one hand, you should be able to get a great deal on a Century/Regal, since they're on their way out - and they've been making these cars for many years, so any major bugs should have been worked out by now. But if you're concerned about resale at all, you might think twice - the Century/Regal are going to look dated pretty soon.
#12812 of 13621 Re: 2005 Antenna now on roof of Impala? Impala vs Century/Regal [nosirrahg]
Nov 08, 2004 (9:38 am)
Really, we found we like the looks of the Impala much more the Century. We sat in a Century yesterday, and it looks cheap inside. Also, notes in Consumer Reports says the seats get more uncomfortable the longer you sit in them.
They didn't have a Regal on that lot.
I am going to call GM about the antenna on the Impala. I am guessing they started doing it in the middle of the '05 year. If so, I better hurry up and buy my Impala! I also saw the antenna on the LaCrosse yesterday.
I think it detracts for the look. I could be wrong--the antenna could become a status symbol!
#12813 of 13621 Re: 2005 Antenna now on roof of Impala? Impala vs Century/Regal [bh628]
Nov 08, 2004 (2:27 pm)
I called GM and they said this ugly antenna is standard on all Impala models, beginning with '05! Don't know why it hasn't been on the '05s I have been seeing till now. The antenna is for Onstar, which I know they have a financial agreement with Onstar (they also have this agreement with XM--we were stockholders).
While I don't mind Onstar, I do mind that it takes away vision ability from the windshield.
Sounds like I better decide on my car soon, and buy it! Hopefully, I can get one of the older Impalas.
#12814 of 13621 Re: 2005 Antenna now on roof of Impala? Impala vs Century/Regal [bh628]
Nov 09, 2004 (11:00 am)
I do know I rented a base model Impala (not sure if it was an '04 or '05) a few months ago, and noticed there was a black film/screen applied around the top of the windshield. Unfortunately I didn't notice it so much in the rental car, as when I got back in mine. The field of vision was much better in my 2000 model, since I can see all the say to the roof on my windshield. Although I haven't checked, I wondered if this film might not have been a cheaper alternative to putting sun visor extensions in the car. My 2000 model has these (and I rarely use them, as my driver information center display is essentially in the way) - but I don't know if the current models do are not.
#12815 of 13621 Are the REAR Headrestraints removable
Nov 16, 2004 (2:50 pm)
Are the rear headrestraints on the Impala removable?
I am very close to buying an Impala. Rented one for the weekend. Really liked it, but noticed a blocked rear view. Partially by the headrestraints; didn't think of removing them till a few days later. I am determined to adjust to this, and am going to get used to using the side mirrors a lot more. I have a very old car that is pre-headrestraint, so this would be an issue no matter what car I drive.
I was at the market today and saw a VW bug where someone pulled off the rear headrestraints. Great idea, no one sits in my back seat!
Is it possible? I don't want to call GM Marketing again--I wonder if they keep tabs on how many times I have called...
Another workaround, till I adjust, is to get the fold-down seats and not use the trunk for awhile.
#12816 of 13621 Possible temporary workaround, rear view?
Nov 16, 2004 (3:00 pm)
While I adjust, maybe i should consider getting a car with rear 60/40 fold-down seats? Then I could put the seats down in the back to get a little more view. It's like half the windshield is blocked.
Thanks for your comments!