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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
Mar 17, 2002 (9:00 am)
Toyota Camrys are made in Kentucky.
Honda Accords are made in Ohio.
I did not mention either brand in my #8530 post.
I consider my Impala basically a Canadian - made car because that is where it was assembled. ( Read the stats and it is apparent that NAFTA has caused the loss of many American manufacturing jobs - especially in the auto industry. But I digress...)
BTW, I've driven a Corolla on rental and it stunk. Noisy, uncomfortable, poorly made and cheap, cheap, cheap.
On the other hand, my wife's car is a 98 Camry - which we like very much - but the Corolla was in no way comparable even though they are both "Toyotas". I also rented a small Pontiac Sunbird? or whatever another time and although it was markedly superior to the Corolla it was still not something I would ever buy.
Don't know if Hondas have fleet sales but Toyota Camrys most certainly DO. I rented a 99 Camry at HERTZ in LAX airport in September 99. With less than 10,000 miles on it, it was already showing many signs of wear. It did not even feel or drive like the same car as our own Camry. The emergency brake barely worked and since we were headed to hilly San Francisco and then all the way up the coast to Seattle, we exchanged it for a Chevy Lumina south of S.F. No problems with the Lumina although it did have a wide turning radius for its size.
As far as Honda and Toyota as police cars - they simply couldn't cut it.
RWD is less problematic and the Ford Crown Vic is still the police favorite as it is for taxi cabs.
RWD Chevy Caprices were also popular for police and cabs through 1996.
FWD Impalas are now being tried as police cars in some areas and time will tell if they are up to the challenge of heavy duty use .
Mar 17, 2002 (9:56 am)
and at 80,000 miles plus, my 2ooo Impala LS slogs along as if new, with not a single unscheduled repair stop. Not one.
Could NOT say that about my 92 Nissan Maxima SE, nor the thinly disguised 85 Toyota Corolla that called itself a Chevy Nova.
I love Japanese cars, but I get a little tired of the attitude that US badged cars are by definition inferior. Some are. Some aren't.
#8771 of 13618 Honda/Toyota/ Impala
Mar 17, 2002 (10:33 am)
If Camrys have fleet cars then I stand to be corrected.
As I said before. I have bee driving Chevys for 31 years. I have had my share of problems, with the cars and the dealerships. Some are good some are not. Because I drive an Impala shouldn't stop me from expressing an unbiased view of others. 1965 Impala was #1 in sales in the USA. They have a long way to go today to repeat those numbers.
The so called Japanese cars get my attention a lot more in their commercials then the Impala does. They play up beat music and usually show the cars in a racy or beach scene. There is one Impala commercial that has the man buying one saying my father had an Impala, thats not bad but they hardly show the car. The latest Impala commerical showing the 80 year old maytag repair man in an Impala. Is that ever inspiring?
Corvette just won GTS class last night at Sebring for the first time. You would think Chevrolet would capitalize on that and get some good commercials going showing the reliability and sportieness with bragging rights for this car. But they wont!!. The current Monte Carlo commerical where they use that cartoon character taz is so outdated. This commerical has been running for three years and they still use the 2000 Monte Carlo in it.
Hopefully Lutz or someone at Chevrolet will bring the division out the dark ages. Maybe better exposure in lively commercials will bring sales closer to #1 or 2.
I would love to see a Carmine red loaded Impala LS in a tv commerical cruzzzzing with 60's Impalas up and down Woodward avenue in Detroit. But they won't. ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM !!
#8772 of 13618 A sale is a sale : Mr Teo
Mar 17, 2002 (10:41 am)
19000 cars in 1 month, not bad but still not #1 or #2 or ...........With rebates of $2002 and prior 0% interest they should sell more then that.
Good to hear from you Teo!.
#8773 of 13618 Most have fears Mr. Teo
Mar 17, 2002 (10:47 am)
You say "I think Most here have fears about the future reliability of their Impalas" When you say MOST how many people and who on this board are you referring to?
Reliability: Didn't you have a 2000 Impala with so many reliability problems that you had to get them to give you a new one. Whom!!!!!!
When am I getting my Suburban Teo!
#8774 of 13618 Consumers report: Teo
Mar 17, 2002 (10:52 am)
Yes reccommended. But not ever car of the year. Why? Check the column for the Impala where they compare it to the other makes in its class and its not even near the top where they use the line graph. My Impala is a car that I am happy with but its not a "Religion" like you seem to think yours its (thank God) Its my transportation.
Hello again Teo!