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#1141 of 3636 2010 Impala
Feb 22, 2006 (12:40 pm)
Here is a part of a recent Edmunds.com article:
"GM designers and engineers continue to finesse details on the future Camaro and companion models, including a proposed rear-drive replacement for the Chevy Impala sedan, said to be inspired by the classic 1965-'67 Impala series."
I can't wait for it to come out, if it does. If GM really does it how it is supposed to be done - CORRECTLY - they will have a hit that could possibly be bigger than the '94-'96 Impala SS.
They must fix the semi-boring style (inside and out), and they should really try and make the Imp handle like a BMW 3. If GM fires the bean-counters and pulls out all the stops, I (and hopefully hundreds of thousands) will buy one.
Go here for the rest of the article: More Details on 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
#1142 of 3636 Re: 2010 Impala [gm2005]
Feb 22, 2006 (2:05 pm)
I beg to differ. RWD is all the "thing" right now due to the Chrysler 300, but when I was growing up it was a disaster; I spun out two RWD cars (a '60's Impala, ironically enough, and a late '80s BMW) so I am very greatful for FWD. And the spin outs where on a dry street/highway, imagine what you could do in the midwest in snow!
While stability control tames a lot of the issues with RWD, RWD weighs more and eats into passenger and trunk space.
If Chevy "really" wants to pull out all the stops, they could go to AWD, which also adds weight but also eats into gas mileage; but since the Impala is a mass market car with pricing constraints, FWD makes more sense to me.
That having been said, I think the Impala needs a lot of suspension tuning and better stock tires. Their is no reason for a modern Impala to handle like granddad's Crown Victoria.
Chevy has (or used to have) some good suspension engineers, and used to offer "sport" suspension as a nominal cost upgrade - stiffer shocks and springs, bushings, better calibration. I would be happy if they would reintroduce such suspension upgrades as an option along with other options like ABS, and included better tires; or if Chevy just tuned up the suspension across all trim lines to be closer to SS levels, but without the ultra-low profile, low sidewally tires on the SS.
Even the '07 Camry has been retuned for better handling.
Keep in mind GM does have a great RWD car in their Cadillac line, where customers are willing to pay the extra charges and give up some "family car" efficienty; and that the ultraperformance GTO, another great RWD, is being dropped due to lack of sales.
So I don't think RWD is the magic bullet to selling more Impalas (don't they sell enough already? it is the modern Taurus).
A sidebar on the two most popular current American RWD cars, the LX series from Chrysler and the Mustang: The LX cars aren't selling well, except the 300, which sells mainly due to its exceptional styling. On the 300, the typical customer is more interested in 18" wheels than in the ability to handle well or deal with snow well. In fact, except for the high performance models, the LX cars don't handle any better than most FWD cars (although the LX's have less understeer, not necessarily a good thing for poor drivers).
RWD was no-brainer for Chrysler because it could draw on some very well-proven, although long in the tooth, Mercedes RWD technology; because Chrysler had access to a good, well-proven stability control system to keep its drivers (mostly) out of trouble on reduced traction (rain and snow) roads; and because RWD lends itself well (north south packaging) to the HEMI V-8.
RWD is a no-brainer for Ford in the Mustang (which sells well mostly due to styling and pricing, not due to RWD) because Ford has been recyling old RWD techonology since teh Mustang came out in '64, and on basically the same (until 2005) chassis.
It's obviously possible to build economical, great handling FWD cars - the Mazda3 is a good example (I'd say VW too, but they have dropped the ball on the non-GTi's.)
It's also possible to build poor-handling, borderline dangerous RWD vehicles - the Crown Victoria and a whole slew of trucks and SUV's prove that.
I'll stick with FWD, except in real enthusiast cars, and even there RWD doesn't triumph (mid-engine and AWD are probably the winners).
#1143 of 3636 Re: Close look at the Impala [exalteddragon1]
Feb 23, 2006 (6:32 pm)
I was only talking about the the upcoming 6-speed transmission and with it, presumably better gas mileage on all models.
I hope more tweaks will coming in 2007.
#1144 of 3636 Impala 6 speed/vanman1
Feb 24, 2006 (5:31 am)
I don't think there will be many changes on the 07 Impala. Maybe a new color or two or a small change in options list. The 6 speed might be available on the Impala models in 08 but not the SS model. My understanding is the 6 speed is only capable of handling up to 250 hp. The 2006 Impala stops production in late June.
#1149 of 3636 Another weather related problem
Feb 24, 2006 (5:13 pm)
Along with the popping & clicking noise in the dash, the seat heaters are starting to malfunction. It usually only happens when the temperature is below freezing(you know,when you need it the most)the seat heater will come on for a few seconds & will shut off, then they will not come on at all. If you shut the car off & let it set for awhile,they may or may not start working again. Started out just the drivers seat doing this,now the passenger seat is doing it as well. Dealership tried reprograming the BCM,but that didn't help. Anybody else have/had this problem? Any ideas?
Feb 24, 2006 (6:40 pm)
I had the same problem with my seats. It started with the passenger seat. The day I picked up the car. The dealer did some things and it worked. What they did I don't know. I will try to find out and re-post