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Aug 11, 2005 (8:04 pm)
Today by complete surprise while my 01 Impala LS was having its oil changed, I was given a set of keys to the new 06 Impala LT from the salesman who sold me my 01 LS. I was very excited and could'nt wait to see the car and test drive it. It was white, and fully loaded with a sun roof. When I got in the car, all my excitement went out the window. I was very disappointed. The interior looked and felt so cheap. The dash cluster was different from my 01 with the DIC display around the guages, big control knobs for the stereo and climate controls, and the ignition being re-located back to the steering column. The rear view mirror had the Onstar controls on it, but it lacked the auto day/night feature. The outside mirrors on the doors also were a lot smaller then the 2000 - 2005 Impala's. The car appeared to be bigger while sitting behind the wheel, but I noticed that it appeared to have less leg room for rear passengers.
When I drove it off the lot and onto the main road, it drove and handled great. The 06 has the new 3900 V6 engine. I did notice that the feel to the steering wheel was different too. It didnt have that thick leather feel that my 01 has. The radio/cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel are different too. All radio/CD controls are on the right side, and the cruise controls are on the left. It took a little while to get use to how the controls worked. The volume control has two spearate buttons for hi and low where you push the buttons towards you from the behind the steering wheel without having to take your palms off the wheel. This was different. I didnt like the radio display. All the preset radio stations are displayed continously from left to right in one column. Whatever preset you choose puts a bright box around the station ID. I didnt like this new display. The radio in this car had only AM and one band FM, no XM. The sound wasn't all that great either. I had to boost up the bass level by three notches beyond center, where on my stereo in my 01, my bass setting is set at center. Chevy added a tweeter mounted on the left and right pillars too. This was a great idea, but for some reason I just wan'st impressed on the overall sound of the system. I also noticed that I had to reach a little farther to get to the controls on the radio then what I would do with my own car. This was uncomfortable since I wasn't familar with the controls and my eyes were going off the road trying to learn what knob did what. Of course in time once you become familar with everything, it would take no effort to control all the features.
Overall I drove the car for about 10 miles at hi way speed and city speed. The car handled great, and at one point, I decided to park the car off road and take a better look at the exterior. What I noticed is that the new 06 Impala resembles a grown up Cobolt & Malibu. Very similar tails and headlamps. The trunk lid at the bottom has this silver chrome plate that goes from the left tail lamp to the right tail lamp. It looks nice, but in time will become scratched and ugly. It has the big gold bow tie center on the trunk lid too. There should be an option where you can have the bow ties removed from the front and back. I never liked them. Well I got back in the car and drove to the dealer where when I drove into the parking lot, I saw my 01. Of coure the 2000 to 2005 Impala's have their own issues, but comparing it to the new 06 makes my 01 LS far more superior. Will I ever buy the new Impala ? I dont think so. I wasn't really happy after getting out of the car.
#13064 of 13621 Re: 2006 Chevy Impala LT [fathertyricius]
Aug 11, 2005 (9:47 pm)
Having checked chevrolet.com you had the 3.5L engine not the 3.9L. It mentions that the LTZ models have the 3.9L and the LT and LS has the 3.5L.
You give a very thorough description of the sound system but not the engine's performance. Any better than the 3.8L? Smoother?
A lot of auto critics say that this new Impala has a way better interior with tighter fitting parts and better quality feel to the materials used. Why do you think the older impalas are better?
#13065 of 13621 fathertyricius
Aug 12, 2005 (6:14 am)
Are you serious, the 06 interior was "cheap" and the 01 is "far superior"?
I have driven many a 01-05 Impala and I can't see how you can say this. The new Impala interior is superior in every way and is not "cheap" by any stretch of the imagination. The reason I did not buy an Impala in the past was the horrible interior.
Maybe you like the old fashioned look interior, but that is another story.
As for the car over all, no doubt some features will have changed, but I doubt you will find many people who will agree the old Impala is "far more superior". New cars have more power, better interiors and better driving dynamics.
#13066 of 13621 Re: fathertyricius [dan165]
Aug 12, 2005 (10:07 am)
Yes I am very serious. I felt that the 06 interior was cheap with appearance and materials. The interior of the 06 had heavy use of fake wood panels eveywhere on the dash. One big wide wood panel on the glove box didn't appeal to me at all. The headliner material felt that it would tear easily. This turned me off immediately. Comparing my 01 LS to the 06 LT my car I felt was better with appearance and use of materials. Im not saying that the older Impala's have the ultimate best, but that my initial reaction stepping into the 06 was of a negative feel knowing what my car had to offer. I have no set preference on any type of style interior. Im just comparing what Chevy offered on the older Impala's to the new 06 model. I felt that Chevy went out of their way to cut costs any which way they could, just like what they did to the older Impala's getting rid of the Impala name on the doors of the LS models, getting rid of the shift indicators on the gear panel display on the center console, getting rid of the coin holder, just to name a few. My opinion is what I felt initially seeing the new 06, feeling it, and using it. Sorry that we don't agree, but just because I didnt like it and you do, doesn't mean that everyone has to feel like I do. Different tastes, different expectations, all makes for interesting conversation.
The 06 that I drove did have the 3.9 like I originally mentioned, not the 3.5. I took pictures of the 06 outside and in, and took pics under the hood too. I wish I was able to upload a few of them here, but I guess its not to be. I did mention in my original post how the car handled great. Yes it had power, and any power difference between my car with the 3.8 and the 06 with the 3.9 was not noticeable at all. The 3.9 was not supercharged.
Hopefully many of you here soon will test drive the new Impala, and post your feelings and opinions.
Aug 12, 2005 (10:21 am)
The 2006 Impala LT comes with the 3.5 but can be ordered with the 3.9. The 3.9 is now the engine used in the Impala Police package. The metal strip that runs across the base of the trunk lid is attached by emblem tape.
#13068 of 13621 Re: fathertyricius [fathertyricius]
Aug 13, 2005 (8:39 pm)
With all do respect,at $32k, what were you expecting? If you're so picky, buy a better car! Nobody said the '06 Impala was a "perfect" car! It is a neat idea, a better design than the previous one ( I know, I own an '01 LS) and a pretty good value.
As far a durability goes, it can stand up to anything that the Japanese are building (Again, I would know. My 4 yr old LS has 135,000 trouble free miles on it). With choices of a potent 240 hp V6 or a ground pounding 303 hp V8, it has plenty of poop! It has great trunk space, decent interior room and it is nearly silent inside at speed.
In short, it is a better car than the Accord, Camry, Kia Sonata, and many others. These ARE the Impala's competition...not the 325i, the A4, the W8 Passat, and the like. Chevy is, and has always been, a mid priced, mid market car. Chevy has never been a "genuine wood trim" brand.
Comments like: "The headliner material felt that it would tear easily"..."Chevy went out of their way to cut costs any which way they could"...are assumptions.
You also said: "The car handled great. Yes it had power, and any power difference between my car with the 3.8 and the 06 with the 3.9 was not noticeable at all." Are you kidding? The "06 LTZ (240hp V6) kicked the pants off my '01 LS!!
Now, in fairness, you also said: "My opinion is what I felt initially seeing the new 06, feeling it, and using it. Sorry that we don't agree, but just because I didnt like it and you do, doesn't mean that everyone has to feel like I do. Different tastes, different expectations, all makes for interesting conversation."
Now, that I can agree with!
Aug 14, 2005 (3:34 am)
Cost cutting is rampant in this segment, as it has to be to price the cars the way they are priced. I got a Five Hundred (I liked the AWD and high seating position, not to mention the CVT) to replace my faithful 00 Impala LS (which had 173,000 miles on it) and among the many cost cutting measures are a mast antenna instead of in glass, no glove box light, no inside marker lights on any of the doors, visor mirrors that look like they belong on a Playmobile set, a prop rod for the hood and of course, that same simulated wood on the dash. Not to mention the engine is the same 3.0 Duratech found in many Tauri.
(The saved money presumably went into Volvo levels of safety, the Haldex AWD system, the CVT transmission, and pricing the car in the mid to high twenties instead of mid to high thirties).
If you want all this stuff as it used to be these days, you are going to have to move up to Lexus, Acura, Infinity or Cadillac. And you will pay for it.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
#13070 of 13621 2006 Impala SS
Aug 16, 2005 (4:56 am)
I had a great ride today!! While on vacation in York, Pennsylvania with my family my 2001 Impala LS started to give me problems. Whenever I wanted to accelerate on the interstate the gas pedal would feel spongy and there would be nothing there. Not good when you pull out to pass someone. It got so bad that I started to hear ratchet wrench type noises from under the hood. I pulled into a larger Chevy dealer in York PA (Apple Chevrolet) to get it checked out. I was amazed at their efficiency. They found that the catalytic convertor had failed and was preventing the engine from reving up. It was so bad that the engine would not allow the transmission to downshift to pass.
While I was there getting the car repaired, I noticed they had a Black 2006 Chevy Impala SS with the 5.3L V8. The salesman asked if I wanted to take it for a drive - I told him I would love to. I think the salesman was itching to take it out also. As they put a plate on it and my family packed in, the salesman asked where we were going on sight seeing. We told him and he drove us out about 20 minutes away to find our next stop. We then switched and I got to drive it the 20 minute trip back. WHAT A SWEET RIDE!! As you accelerate you can hear the mellow rumble of exhaust. The engine is as sooth as silk. There is no perceptible difference in the number of cylinders being used as part of the "Displacement on Demand" system as it switches from 8 to 6 to 4 cylinders. As we just idled along the back roads, we could not tell it was running in 4 cylinder mode. The window sticker listed I think 24 - 28 mpg for mileage.
Reality set in when we finished the trip. The dealer gave us a quote for our 2001 Impala LS with 54000 on the clock. They offered us 7000 for our Impala and took that off of the window sticker of the 2006 Impala SS. They said we would be one of the first people to own one on the Eastern seaboard. Although it had lots of options, 8 speaker BOSE sound system, sunroof, leather seats, heated seats, XM radio and of course the 5.3 L V8, I could not go for the deal. Maybe another one will come my way.
The emissions warranty took care of the catalytic problem and I was on my way free of charge after just 1 1/2 - 2 hours at the dealer!
#13071 of 13621 fathertyricius
Aug 16, 2005 (7:07 am)
I'm surprised by your comments also. I sat in a 06 SS a couple of weeks ago and the car looks superb, well assembled and of good quality materials.
Main reason I stopped looking at the current Impala when we bought last was the poor dash. This car to me seems far superior. From what I have heard about the drive, I can't imagine I would be disappointed when I do test one.
Aug 16, 2005 (9:19 am)
The new Impala is a winner. That was said back in 99 also when that Impala platform was first introduced. I took an LS out in August 99, I thought at the time it was light years ahead of the competion, but it aged quickly (my opinion) ..it went 2 years too long. Some might disagree. The car market today moves much faster then even 2 or 3 years ago. This new car will have to keep ugrading or will also become what the 00-05 Impala is to some now. I am not being negative.
I don't always go with the flow. I am a critic. We all know major improvements were made with this new car over the last generation Impala. Improvements were made in power, quality, fit/finish, brakes, etc. Why? because car analysts and critics continually pointed out the weak spots of the model 00-05. GM listened. If too many people keep saying all positives about this new car, then change will come a lot slower when it has to. For too many years the big three never listened to the public, they made cars that they believed we wanted. Today US car manufactures listen more to the public about change then ever before. They have to. I believe the new Impala will do very well, even better then the 00-05 models. I, like a few others thought that maybe they didn't go far enough. Some indicate they believed the LTZ/SS car should have climate control, underhood/glovebox lighting, etc. As options maybe (moveable peddles, or memory seats/mirrors for the LTZ/SS) The 2007 might ad a couple of these features to keep the car fresh. If car analysts, car testers & critics, don't keep pointing out changes they would like to see, the competition will blow right by! 2006 Impala. Thankyou GM for finally listening to people who like changes. If no one ever complained about their cars we would still be driving black model T's.