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#13445 of 13621 Officially a former Impala owner
Jan 15, 2008 (8:15 pm)
It's been a week now since I sold my 2000 Impala; I ordered it in January of 2000 and took delivery in March of that year. Almost 8 years and 114k miles later I sold it...not because there was anything wrong with it, but really more of a timing issue. My oldest child turns 16 in 2009, and will be off to college in 2011. I realized if I didn't get myself a new car now (and get it paid off quickly), I'd likely find myself faced with two (or three) car payments at one time. I bought a new vehicle in late November, and put the Impala in the paper locally, but only got a few calls from people who wanted to know if I'd take half what I was asking. I'd pretty much resigned myself to hanging onto the car for another year and letting my daughter drive it when she turned 16, but I'd also listed it on craigslist, and I ended up getting one response from that listing that lead to me selling the car last week.
As a long-time poster to this forum and an admitted GM-flag-waver, I have to admit that I strayed from GM fold this time around, but here's my logic. Since I tend to keep a car for 8-10 years, I wanted to make certain whatever I got would be an improvement over the Impala in terms of gas mileage. I also wanted something with a little more versatility in terms of hauling ability. I ultimately narrowed my choices to the Equinox, the Jeep Patriot, and the Nissan Rogue. The Equinox didn't really offer an improvement in gas mileage over the Impala, and knowing it is due a remodel in the next year or two, I scratched it off my list. I never actually test drove the Rogue, and it's probably a nice vehicle, but it just wasn't a look that appealed to me. The Jeep ultimately came out on top, with better city gas mileage, good maneuverability, and a lifetime powertrain warranty (though it isn't transferable).
There are so many exciting things just over the horizon at GM, I'm sure my next vehicle will be a GM product (plus I'll have more GM Card points saved up too, having cashed in over $3,500 last year on a GMC Sierra for my parents). One of two things will happen to my Jeep; either my oldest daughter will commandeer it when she goes off to school, or I'll drive it as long as I did the Impala, but then I'll probably keep it around instead of selling it (since, if the lifetime warranty proves to be valid, I have an incentive to keep it). By having a trucklet in my stable, and (hopefully) having an empty nest by that point, I can see myself in a Chevy Volt or some other hyper-efficient hybrid commuter vehicle.
In any event, since I first got involved with this forum back when I ordered my Impala and I wanted to know how long it typically took from order date to delivery date, I felt obligated to post somewhat of a farewell here. This forum definitely played a huge role in the pleasure I got out of owing that car, and I'll probably still lurk around and offer advice from time to time. I made a point of giving the new owner a copy of the 2001 Impala brochure that had my quote in it, which was a direct result of being involved in this forum. Fortunately he only lives about a mile from here, so I hope to see it every now and then.
Oh well, my laptop battery is about to die, so I'm going to hit "post" and say farewell for now. While I know lots of people here complain about their cars, I can honestly say I enjoyed my Impala more than I have any other car I've owned thus far, and if I knew then everything I know about the car now, I would still buy it, warts and all. I wanted my kids to have a traditional American sedan experience, and I'm glad they did. Hopefully they'll carry on the tradition with their kids, and hopefully they'll have an Impala to do it in.
Jan 15, 2008 (9:47 pm)
I am also one the the original members on this site. We still have our 2k ls purchaced in Feb 2000, it has 33,000 miles on it. My daughter turns 16 in 6 years and I am sure she will want the impala. great car. Still has the original front brake pads and rotors.
I am also in that 2001 impala book. did you ever find your pin set?
#13447 of 13621 Re: Farewell [2k_impala_ls]
Jan 17, 2008 (2:55 pm)
I haven't found the pin set yet, but I'm missing several other items that are collectible/sentimental in value...which makes me think they all got stored away somewhere as opposed to accidentally getting tossed out. We're due a major house/garage cleaning before too long, so I hope to systematically go through the house and de-clutter the place somewhat, and I'm sure everything will turn up.
If I remember correctly I got 45-50k miles out of my first set of brake pads, and didn't replace the original rotors until this past summer at 111k miles. I probably could have gotten by with getting them resurfaced and using the originals, but it was easier to buy new pads and rotors and install them at one time versus running them back and forth.
Mine was a base model that I pretty much loaded out with everything except leather; I splurged on the car at the time because I had a substantial amount saved up on my GM Card, so it wasn't like I was spending "real" money. I miss many of the features that car had on it versus my current vehicle though...things like auto headlights, auto volume control on the radio, RDS, split heat/ac controls, etc. etc. Timing-wise it just didn't make sense to keep it around at this point, as my wife's '03 Accord will likely pass down to my oldest daughter in a year or so, and then whatever my wife gets at that point will pass down to my 10-year-old in 6 years. My plan is to drive the Jeep throughout all that activity, and then when the kids have left home keep it around for running errands and such, and reward myself with something really nice (our house will be almost paid off by that point too!). I know the landscape will have changed dramatically over 10 years, but I'm thinking something equivalent to a CTS might be about right. Or maybe a base model Corvette...something practical like that!
#13448 of 13621 03 Impala maintenance
Jan 20, 2008 (1:45 pm)
My car is about to turn over 100k. What type of maintenance should I be doing? I am thinking: transmission oil and filter change, new spark plugs, and coolant flush. Should I change the plug wires? Anything else? Thanks
#13449 of 13621 Re: 03 Impala maintenance [iowacows]
Jan 20, 2008 (8:34 pm)
If you haven't replaced the serpentine belt you should probably do that as well. Fuel filter and air filters (including the cabin filter if you have one) are worth checking too.
I had the plugs replaced on mine this summer, but left the original wires intact (they didn't have any signs of problems, and they snake all over the place). I was trying a set of "Halo" spark plugs that were supposed to increase gas mileage, but I almost immediately started having a missing problem. I then went ahead and changed the wires thinking that might be the problem, but it didn't help. Finally I got exasperated and bought a standard set of replacement plugs (iridium, I think) and replaced them myself...that's when I discovered my #2 plug was broken, which was the cause of my misfire problem. After I put on the regular plugs, I had no other problems, and I feel certain replacing the plug wires made no difference, and if I'd know about the broken plug initially I would not have replaced them.
#13450 of 13621 03 Impala Light switch
Jan 26, 2008 (9:09 am)
Need to know how to change out the light switch in a 03 Impala
#13451 of 13621 windshield wiper problems
Feb 05, 2008 (3:48 pm)
When I turn off my windshield wipers they stay upright on my windshield instead of laying down what do I need to do?
#13452 of 13621 Re: Farewell [nosirrahg]
Mar 09, 2008 (3:29 pm)
Hi, nosirrahg and 2k_impala_ls. I just checked this forum after 5-6 years off, and was surprised to see some folks I recognize. I still have my '01 LS (Halloween 2000 build, brought home 11/15/2000). 89000 miles, and she looks, runs, and rides like new. I do have a body control gremlin of some sort - replaced the BCM once but didn't fix the problem. Locks don't always operate with the shifter and sometimes I lose contact with the wheel sensors causing a false low tire light. Pulling the battery cables and touching them together to drain the memory always resets it. This is required about once a year.
One thing that jacks me is that the dealer didn't program the fog lights back into the new BCM so I don't have use of them anymore. They want a bunch of money to add them back. Bastages.
I've also had my ISS lubed twice but I think they got it right the second time and I never paid for it.
It hasn't been problem free but it's a great car. I'd get another one well before getting a Toyota or Honda or Nissan or Mazda or Subaru or ........
#13453 of 13621 Re: Farewell [mediumfry]
Mar 09, 2008 (6:31 pm)
Thanks for checking in; glad to know you're still enjoying your Impala. I've been without mine now for a couple of months, though I continue to keep up in this forum out of habit. I'm not unhappy with my replacement vehicle (Jeep Patriot), but it definitely doesn't feel as substantial or comfortable as my Impala did. On the other hand I'm averaging almost 24 MPG in my daily commute, where the Impala got around 20...so I guess that's the price we'll all pay for improved gas mileage in the future.
While I took a leap away from GM this time around, in a few years I'll have a more substantial credit saved on my GM Card points, and I'll also have a daughter who will be going to college who likes the Jeep, so I might be in the market again around 2011/12 if she takes the Jeep to school with her...and there should be some interesting things out there from GM by that point, both in terms of style and powertrain.
I do wonder where the Impala might go next design-wise; if the RWD version that was in the works on the G8 platform is indeed dead, could that means the Impala will fade away in a couple of years (since the larger-than-before Malibu could take its place), if they'll freshen the current FWD version to get a few more years out of it, or if there's something else in the works.
Oh well, I guess we'll wait and see. Still, looking back at the cars available to me over the past 8 years when I had the Impala, I can't think of another I'd have rather had. Like yours, mine wasn't problem free, but I don't think I've enjoyed owning a car more. I think part of that has to do with the community that formed around the car here at Edmunds back when the car was first introduced, which is probably one of the reasons I still lurk around here.
Mar 16, 2008 (5:07 pm)
I just noticed that annoying squeaking sound under my hood over the weekend. It goes away after a while. But is sounds serious, I'm going to the mechanic but I need some input. Also theres seem to be some fluids splash all over my belt.