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#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.
#13073 of 13621 The '06 Impala
Aug 17, 2005 (6:55 pm)
The new '06 Impala is great! I have put a deposit down on a Black on Tan SS and wil take delivery on August 30th. I am waiting for an escrow to close at the end of the month and will take delivery then.
In the meantime, "my car" is sitting on the showroom floor as a static demo. I am letting the dealer show it, but no test drives! I did drive it last week. It's nice, very nice. It has "professional image" without being pretentious or showy. It also has great entertainment value when one drives it.
It also has one other thing that some of the competition doesn't have: It has the elusive "oooohhh factor." People see it, recognize what it is, check out the fit and finish and stand there and say: "oooohhhh!"
I reeeeally that!
#13074 of 13621 Intermediate Steering Shaft Lubing
Aug 18, 2005 (7:05 pm)
I cannot get more than 2 years (15K miles) out of my 01 Impala without having the ISS lubed?
How long is the lube lasting in your Impalas?
Is this the normal rate?
I read in another forum a GM mechanic saying that the new revised ISS are also coming back for repair. That is why I will opt for the lube.
You would think the 06 Impalas would have this problem fixed but knowing GM probably not.
Aug 18, 2005 (7:12 pm)
I put 173,000 miles on my 00 Impala LS. The ISS was never touched....
#13076 of 13621 Re: hmmm [johnclineii]
Aug 18, 2005 (9:19 pm)
John I know you got lucky with your Impala. But it also may be that you do a lot of highway driving. My car is driven only in the city which means more turns and to get to work I park on a multi-level parking lot which means lots of right and left turning.
This may dry out the ISS or put more wear on it.
Aug 19, 2005 (2:47 am)
You are probably right. I did and do about 90 percent of my driving on the highway.
And I was among the very few (from appearances here, anyway) who did not have ISS trouble. Especially on a 00.
By the way, for those interested, the Five Hundred (mine) is now out of warranty, as of earlier this week...
Aug 19, 2005 (5:05 am)
I had the ISS lubed on my Intrigue once at around 2 1/2 years. It's been fine for 3+ years now though I figure I may have to get it done once more in my time with it.
Aug 19, 2005 (5:07 am)
Congrats on the new 2006 SS. Sharp car, I like the 2006's more and more now that I see them on the road. Saw a shiny white LTZ yesterday at the train station, beauty.
Nice of you to let the dealer keep showing your car. I'm not sure I would be so kind.