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#97 of 210 Looking for Impala Need Help
Aug 04, 2002 (7:07 am)
HI All - I presently own a 1995 Lumina with 139,000+ miles. Looking to replace it. Drove both the Impala std and LS - like the 3.8L V6. LS felt like a better ride than the Lumina while the Impala Std. felt worse than the Lumina (mushy ride). I do 80+ miles/day. Like the big car quiet ride. Am thinking of a used Impala LS 2000+ model year with under 30,000 miles as opposed to a new one. Save the $$$. Is this a good idea? any pointers on warranty or features, price? Don't need top end model either.
I am concerned about used vehicles and Chevy burning oil - Luminia needed valve job at 120,000. Been burning oil since 32,000 but dealer said that was normal - lol.
Aug 04, 2002 (9:38 am)
I had a '98 Lumina LS for 3 years/75000miles. I really liked that car. Then I got a 2001 Impala LS - and I promptly forgot all about my Lumina. The Impala is far and away a superior car. Power, handling, braking, and comfort are all better in the Impala. I recently drove a base Impala and I agree with your comment on the ride - too mushy. The LS is much better.
Go with an LS and you'll be happy. I'm one of those anal people who likes to get brand new cars so my opinion on new vs. used will be totally skewed.
Aug 04, 2002 (11:50 am)
I drive a 2000 Impala base model with the 3.8 liter engine - which might be a good option for you, if you can find one (all the funtional goodies of the LS, but without the visual doo-dads). I might also suggest you look for a 2001 model (or at least a later 2000 model), as there were a few tweaks made after the initial year (mostly minor things like the drink holders on the front bench seats, but also more critical stuff like strengthening the welds on the aluminum engine cradle). They also improved the amp on the better stereo in 2001; the amp on the 2000 model actually seems to retard the sound for some reason.
Somewhere on the driver's door there's a sticker that shows the build month/year. We used to have sort of an unofficial date of Dec. 99 or so that we suggested avoiding anything made before - basically if you're going to get a '00 model, get one made as late in 2000 as possible - otherwise, any 2001 should be fine.
But if you could find a 2000 model in Auburn Nightmist, as far as I know you'd be the only person posting here who ever had one in that color. By far the rarest color (only used on 2000 models), and odds are it wouldn't be a hot seller as a used car either.
#100 of 210 Looking for Impala Need Help
Aug 04, 2002 (3:55 pm)
Thanks nosirrahg for the info on the build of the car and other refinements of the 2001 over the 2000. I will hopefully find a reasonably priced one. Last dealer I went to said"...well we only have 3 Impalas left "...(all dealers seem to stock only 3 top end models)..."I don't know if we can waste time looking for one for you..."
Ha, like what else does he have to do all day - after all he is a car salesman. Geez - I am starting my internet search for model I want and a dealer who wants to sell cars not play sales games.
#101 of 210 Found 2 Impalas - Help
Aug 05, 2002 (7:28 am)
OK so I found a "fully Loaded" 2002 Impala LS with 8,000+ miles on it. $20, 995. Salesman said it had a 39mo./39000 mile GM warranty on it. Lease return "the guy couldn't make his payments".
Also found a 2000 LS built prior to Aug. 1999 for $17580 also loaded. Salesman said it has a Fidelity 1 year warranty on powertrain...?
Which would you pick?
#102 of 210 Found 2 Impalas Help
Aug 05, 2002 (7:41 am)
Guess what - the salesman with the 2002 used Impala emailed the Carfax report to me. Single owner. Original miles 52 when registered.
Sounds more credible. Is 20,995 reasonable for this vehicle?
Aug 05, 2002 (11:49 am)
I honestly don't know if that's a good price or not - it doesn't sound bad, especially with so few miles. Not knowing what the mileage is on the 2000 model, I'd have to guess that price is high. Between the two, you probably won't encounter $3,500 in additional expense/repair on the 2000 model though (the changes made between 2000 and 2001 weren't THAT major). You might check sites like KBB.com and such and see what the 2000 is worth; might be able to negotiate it down to the point that it becomes too hard to pass up. But if you can spend $21k, the 2002 (with refinements and longer warranty) might be worth the peace of mind.
Aug 05, 2002 (2:27 pm)
I know where you could find a fully equipped 2001 LS with under 10K miles for about what they want for that 2000.
It's got some custom add-ons, and quite a lot of the 36,36 warranty left.
Yup. I know just where you could find one. Yup.
#105 of 210 Found an Impala
Aug 05, 2002 (5:43 pm)
Well garypen - where is that Impala. I'm on my way up to the dealer tomorrow to look at the 2000. The GM extended warranty is available for $1100 more then the $17800 - the TMV on this car is around $16000. My buying price. Let's see what they offer - I will have my check book .
All the dealers so far will provide the carfax report on their vehicles.
Someone here mentioned poor weld points on the engine mounts of the 2000 Impala - anyone else hear of that?
Anyway this buggy is wheels to get to work without feeling drained from the ride.
Aug 05, 2002 (10:58 pm)
A number of 2000 Impala owners have complained about popping noises coming from the engine cradle. If you are interested in reading more about it, go to http://www.impalahq.com/, visit the How-To page, scroll almost all the way down and look for the Engine Cradle link.