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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
Feb 18, 2005 (4:47 pm)
I wouldn't recommend the Buick Century. I drive a 2001 impala 3.8 and my father has a vehicle equipped with the 3.1L (3100) engine and let me tell you about piston slap. That 3.1L engine sounds like a diesel when running cold. The transmissions are the same in both cars (pretty good transmission) and the 3.1L engine has intake manifold issues and so does the 3.8L but not to the same extent. JohnCline (regular poster) had a 2000 impala 3.8L with no problems for almost 200K miles.
If you really want a Buick instead of a Chevy then you might want to look at a LaCrosse since it has the same 3800 engine or better yet a 3.6L DOHC engine.
Feb 18, 2005 (5:36 pm)
And before that Impala (173,000 virtually trouble free miles when I traded it) I had a Pontiac Grand Prix GTP with the supercharged 3800 (78,000 miles on it when I traded it)...
Feb 18, 2005 (10:27 pm)
batista and johnclineii for your replies. When you say intake manifold problems can you tell me exactly what they are and if repair is expensive? Also, I'm not swayed one way or another on Chevy vrs. Buick and I even would consider other American brands. Can either of you comment on Pontiac Gran Prix or the Ford Taurus? What do you think about these car's V6 and tranny? Thanks again and for replying so quickly!
Feb 19, 2005 (4:54 am)
Take a wander over to the Pontiac Grand Prix forum here. As for the Taurus, be aware it is being discontinued soon. It will depreciate much more rapidly than almost anything else you can buy. Good if you are buying used...They were great cars, other than the really oddball styling in the generation before this one, but they also had a lot of small mechanical problems that drove some people nuts...
#12936 of 13620 Dashboard Lights-Out
Feb 19, 2005 (6:58 am)
I finally made an appointment to have the dashboard light problem looked at. I should have brought a violin along to play as I listened to all the excuses that the service manager made as to why he would be unable to find the cause of the problem until it became a "solid" fault. Is there a TSB I can reference to get him started in the right direction for this problem on my 2001 Impala LS?
Feb 19, 2005 (10:33 am)
johnclineii for your reply. I'm looking at newer used cars so maybe I'll be able to get a good deal on one of these makes. I'm really glad I have access to these forums.
Feb 19, 2005 (8:06 pm)
I have a 2004 Impala and could not find the tire pressure on the owners manual. Would anybody be able to inform me?
#12939 of 13620 Re: Tire Pressure [blendeng]
Feb 19, 2005 (8:31 pm)
Look at the label inside the trunk lid. Used to be 30 psi all around, with 60 psi for the spare.
#12940 of 13620 Re: Hello Impala owners... [autonuts]
Feb 23, 2005 (9:03 am)
I have an '04 Impala LS with 27K troublefree miles. One reason for my decision to buy the Impala was good reliability chatter from friends and boards like this one. All indications are that it should be just as reliable as any Toyota or Honda.
American cars got a bad rep in the 70's and 80's. We earned that bad rep, so it's been very hard to shake despite the fact that current American cars are equally reliable to their import counterparts. The production processes and quality controls are the same. Basically, by choosing a domestic make you get more car for your money making it a better value... until you start talking about resale. So it really boils down to personal preference and how long you intend to keep the car.
Keep in mind, there are other options besides GM. The Ford Five Hundred has received good reviews. So has the Chrysler 300 which has made a big splash in the full size car market. If you consider the Chrysler 300, look at the Touring edition with the 3.5L engine. You will be disappointed with the 2.7L in the base version. The Ford is available with AWD.
Each of these three are most directly comparable to the Toyota Avalon. Honda does not have a direct competitor. The Camry and the Accord are more comparable to the Malibu, Contour, and Sebring Sedan.
#12941 of 13620 new impala
Feb 25, 2005 (5:02 pm)
my father is picking up his new 2005 impala on monday. i think he got every option on the LS you can get. is there anything i should look at when i go with him to pick it up?
thanks in advance