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#131 of 210 Anything special to ask in service?
Apr 28, 2003 (12:00 pm)
I bought a used 2001 Chevrolet Impala LS with 9,000 miles on it for $16,300. I bought it in February of this year, 2003. It will only be a short time before I have 12,000 miles on it and will need to service it. I think there's 11,300 on it now.
Is there anything specific I should ask when I get this car serviced? Should I take it to the dealer where I bought it for service or does it really matter?
Your suggestions are appreciated!
Apr 28, 2003 (12:02 pm)
To: Mr. Poetryman
You said you didn't like the Goodyear tires. What kind of tires are you thinking about putting on your LS?
#133 of 210 colleen14 : Service and Tires
Apr 28, 2003 (4:46 pm)
You do not need to take your car to the dealer to have it serviced. If you take it to a quick-lube place, such as Jiffy Lube or Expressway, they will do all the maintenance required on the car. They will also tell you what else needs to be done that they can not or will not do, such as brake repair for example. I have a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited that I have only taken to Expressway since I have bought it, and they have serviced it to perfection. I will be be taking my Impala to the dealer, only because they threw in 3 years of free oil changes with the deal I got on the car. They basically did that because it is the same dealer that I bought my Buick at and it's kind of a loyalty reward.
I did not say I disliked the Goodyear Tires, that was spark1e's comment (Post #130 Above). I will be picking up my car tomorrow, and I will let you know about the tires once I put some mileage on the car. If I do decide to replace them, I would most probably go with Micheleins. I have them on my LeSabre and I am very satisfied with the ride. Feel free to ask anything else, I will try to help you out.
Apr 28, 2003 (5:46 pm)
Mr. Poetryman or anyone that has knowledge on this......My 2001 warranty is going to expire 10/00 (that's when it was built). What is your opinion on warranties? Should I get a warranty? If so, which warranty is honored at most dealerships or shops? Which warranty actually pays? Hmm......I'm just not sure if I should spend $1,000 on a warranty......any thoughts are appreciated. Time is running out. Thanks.
May 01, 2003 (1:45 pm)
Warranty - Replacing the intake manifold will cost you $800; wouldn't take much more (intermediate steering shaft) to make your money back on a warranty.
Tires - FWIW, my original Goodyears lasted about 45k miles, and they still had enough tread to be considered legal/safe.
May 01, 2003 (3:06 pm)
Colleen, I would suggest checking out the Warranty section here at Edmunds. They have some expert advice, right on the site.
May 02, 2003 (4:28 pm)
Colleen, the Goodyears (1 of them) make a strange noise on each revolution, which you can hear inside the car. Heard it on test drive in rear, after dealer serviced the car and rotated tires front to back and delivered to me I now hear the noise from the front. Cannot see anything weird on the tread, must be internal. Had identical noise on a previous set of Goodyears.
I'll probably get Michelins, or maybe Continental Contacts.
May 13, 2003 (9:25 am)
I had Goodyears on my SUV and I had trouble with four out of five. On one the belt seperated and the others made 'funny' noise. I won't have them on anything again. This was since they were new. They will be changed shortly on my 2003 Imp to a Yokohama Avid V/H4-245-60. This tire has good write ups and my son has run them on his vehicle.
#139 of 210 New owner of a 2003 Impala LS....
May 16, 2003 (9:30 am)
...as of yesterday. I did have some initial problems with some rust specs on the driver's side door and front fender. The dealer stated it came from the rails of the moving truck. The car was taken to the body shop and most specs were removed, but some were still present. I figure if I want it done right, I'll do it myself. Also, there is some rust under the driver's seat around the welds. I checked a few other cars on the lot and all had the rust under the seat.....what's up with that?
Anyways, here is some info:
2003 Impala LS / Galaxy Silver Metallic
7 Miles when I left the lot
Cloth interior....neve got used to leather
Factory CD Stereo
So far, so good.
Several of my friends who are mechanics have recommended that I do the first oil change at 1000 miles. I'm kind of curious how the automatic oil change light comes on with respect to mileage.
Any recommendations are appreciated.
#140 of 210 boltzie/oil change light
May 21, 2003 (5:26 am)
Congrats on the new Impala!!
I've got 53k miles on my 2000 Impala. I too changed my initial oil earlier than required (somewhere around 500 miles as I recall). Just bought my wife a new Accord, and they don't suggest changing oil initially until 5k miles, and actually discourage you from changing it earlier. Some argue there is "break in" oil put into the engine initially; others say change it early, because there'll be more metallic bits floating around in it due to initial break in.
Anyway, my experience with the oil change indicator light is that you'll run 5-6k miles before it suggest changing oil. Obviously yours may vary depending upon where you live and how you drive. I switched to synthetic (Mobil-1) at 3k miles, so I don't worry about running 5-6k miles on the same oil. Not sure I'd want to run standard "dino" oil that long, although I've been told today's oils are more than up to that task.
Info is in your manual as to how to reset the oil monitor. If you don't change your oil yourself, at least learn how to reset the monitor, and do it each time you get your oil changed. Rare for the Jiffy Lube guys to know/remember to do something like that.