Last post on Nov 07, 2013 at 4:56 PM
You are in the Chevrolet Impala
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#1103 of 3636 Improvements 2007 Impala ?
Feb 15, 2006 (5:54 pm)
The exterior mirrors on the 00-05 Impalas are just right. These low cut mirrors on the 06 I believe were designed for less wind resistance and more of a sleeker look, however I don't like them. Too small. I doubt they can do much with the rear foot/leg room. That would be a major interior change. Some of these changes might occur on the 08 model, maybe a basic nav system, improved larger exterior mirrors and a couple more exterior colors, and more side support on the SS front buckets. The 07 will probably just be a carry over.
Edmunds reports today Feb 15 that GM designers and engineers are planning for the next generation Impala for 2010. Inside Line/Edmunds states that the Impala will be RWD with the 3.9 engine being the base engine and the 5.3 V8 available in all models. There would probably be a 6.0 litre V8 avaialble for the SS (just my opinion on that) Also stated that the next Impala will be inspired by the 1965-67 Impala. Chevrolet sold more Impalas in 1965 then any other year. Just over a million including SS models. So between now and 2009 few changes will probably be made to the current platform other then safety issues and a few minor goodies to keep this model fresh.
#1104 of 3636 Consumer Reports/2006 Impala recommendation
Feb 15, 2006 (8:24 pm)
FYI - I just picked up the March 2006 issue of Consumer Reports; in this issue they test five family sedans:
Of the five, they only recommend one - the Impala!!
Granted, they find plenty of things to complain about, but they also praise the car on several points. Still, a CR recommendation can't hurt - both in attracting people to the car in the first place, and in increased trade-in value down the road.
#1105 of 3636 Clicking/popping noise behind dash
Feb 15, 2006 (8:52 pm)
Having the same noise/problem with our '06 Impala SS as well. Although it seems the noise is not isolated to one area. Sometimes it sounds as if its from behind the instrument cluster,other times as if its coming from the center of the dash. Its definitely temperature related. Did not do this when the weather was warmer. Sounds as if maybe some of the plastic in the dash is expanding & contracting. It may not cause any problems, but is is annoying.
#1106 of 3636 Re: Consumer Reports/2006 Impala recommendation [nosirrahg]
Feb 16, 2006 (4:11 am)
That's hard to believe because it's a GM car that they recommend it. But it sounds like their usual method, they damn it with faint praise and list all the negatives. I will have to read the article.
#1107 of 3636 2006 Impala Consumers Report/Nosirrahg
Feb 16, 2006 (4:56 am)
Consumers Report gives conflicting information.
There were 4 catagories that the 2006 cars were rated in:
EXCELLENT: Volkswagen Passat #1
Toyota Camry #4
Honda Accord #5
VERY GOOD: Honda Accord Hybrid #1
Ford Fusion #2
Hyundai Sonata #6
Chevrolet Malibu #13
Chevrolet Impala #16 (last in this segment)
GOOD Chrysler 300 #1
Dodge Charger #2
Buick Lacrosse #4
Pontiac G6 #9
FAIR Pontiac Grand Prix GT #1
Dodge Stratus #2
In the Very Good segment there were many Nissans, Toyotas, Hyundais, Hondas rated in the top 10. I am not knocking the Impala but I don't know how they can rate the Impala the only recommended car when it finished last in the VERY GOOD catagory, 22nd overall of the cars tested.
Interesting! In one part of the article Consumers states that the Impala has better rear seating then previous model, then later it says the rear seat is unimpressive for such a large car. Doesn't make sense. Head and Leg room are barely adequate also stated.
The Charger and Impala are both 200 inches long. The Impala is rated as a midsize car and the Charger in the large car catagory.
Not very consistant information from Consumers Report
#1108 of 3636 Re: Speed Limiter [nkeen]
Feb 16, 2006 (9:03 am)
We have our 2006 LTZ for about 5 months now, and it has been flawless. I saw these discussions about speed limiters, and yesterday I got an opportunity to check it out. We were way out in the country, and I hit about a 5 miles stretch of good 4 lane with no cars in sight. I turned the LTZ loose, and it climbed quickly to 113MPH, then it was as if someone had switched off the ignition. The DIC said "speed limited to 113MPH. WHAT A BUMMER!!! The way this thing was climbing, it felt as if it was ready to bury the speedometer in another few seconds. The LTZ felt rock solid at high speed, and there was no indication of any handling quirks, etc. I feel cheated!
#1109 of 3636 Re: Speed Limiter [deminin]
Feb 16, 2006 (9:44 am)
Thanks for saving me the risk of having to try the same experiment with my LTZ! My '01 LS was limited to close to the same speed. It's a very strange feeling when you hit the limiter!
I wonder what kind of code the computer spits out when you hit the limiter? Maybe the next time a tech hooks up the TECH II tool it screams at them that the car has been driven too fast :-o
BTW, one of my neighbours is an OPP accident reconstruction specialist. Did you know that GM has given the cops the tools they need to download the last 3 seconds of speed info from before a crash? Good to know to keep from perjuring yourself if it ever happens!
#1110 of 3636 2006 Impala speed
Feb 16, 2006 (10:07 am)
The 2006 Police Impala (smooth top) with the same 3.9 242 hp engine has no speed limiter. Top speed is 142 mph. Probably in the low 130s with roof lights and push bars. My 2001 Impala LS 3800 engine top end is 107 mph, I was there a couple times. I believe its possible that a limiter is used because of the speed rating of the tires installed when manufactured.
#1111 of 3636 Re: Speed Limiter [deminin]
Feb 16, 2006 (10:19 am)
Some time ago (oh, back in early 1997, I guess) I ran my 1997 Grand Prix GTP at Maxton-Laurinburg (North Carolina) in an ECTA sanctioned top speed event. If you live anywhere near this venue and are serious about a safe and legal opportunity to test how fast your Impala (or any other car) will go, I highly recommend this as the best possibility East of the Mississippi. (More information / link below.)
Point here is that with my S/C 3.8 GTP and only a 3.5” pulley, I was right at the speed limiter at the 1 mile mark (from a standing start) where the timing is done. My best speed was 126.761 mph – an E / prod record at the time - ** coasting ** through the end of the speed trap, with the motor disabled by the limiter. Odd, indeed. . .
If you have never done anything like this, it is a unique experience. Many of the participants (and their vehicles) are very interesting - and many will be helpful to anyone there for the first time.
I found it very interesting, at the time, in that I had previously run 95+ mph in the quarter, and it took nearly another three ‘quarters’ to hit 126 and the limiter in my ’97. It took a lot longer to build the second 60 mph than it did the first 60! Running on the highway at 80 or so and then punching it, can certainly bring up 100 pretty quickly in many sedans, but only the most powerful cars keep accelerating at a really brisk pace beyond 120 or so. And IMHO the public roads in the US are not the place to try this . . .
I have had no opportunity to take my current ride (same drivetrain as the Impala SS) to Maxton. But I would be very interested in seeing results from anyone with an SS and with access to such a venue as the unused runway ECTA uses . . .
Addicted to Torque – and speed!