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#1599 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala [charts2]
May 14, 2006 (4:13 pm)
I mentioned the ISS and tie rod ends to the service writer and asked him to check it out while the car was up on the rack for the lube job. He just sort of ignored me and went into this story about some unknown repair. I have to admit that the noise is similar to that on my 2001 Regal when the ISS was bad. The only difference between the Regal and the Impala is that the Regal used to "drift" on the highway and need constant correction on the steering wheel to keep it going straight down the hignway. The Impala is rock solid on the highway, with no noticeable drift. With only 2500 miles on the car I wouldn't think the ISS would be bad, although I didn't have this problem when the car was new. The last two new cars I've purchased were Chevrolets, but I don't think I'll go for the third!
#1600 of 3636 How Much Wind Noise at Highway Speeds?
May 14, 2006 (8:14 pm)
For those of you who regularly drive your Impala SS at higway speeds (70-80mph), how muted or how noticeable is the wind noise?
If you've had occasion to be bothered by it, was the dealer able to reduce or illiminate it by adjusting the door position or the seals?
#1601 of 3636 Re: How Much Wind Noise at Highway Speeds? [priggly]
May 15, 2006 (1:52 pm)
I just finished an 1100 mile trip and most of it was at 75-80. I would say my SS is very quiet. Most of what I hear is road noise which I expect with 50 series tires. I did test drive a different SS before I bought the one I have now and it was considerably more noisy than the one I bought or the other LTs we tested. I figured it had some issues with door alignment but never found out the true cause.
#1602 of 3636 First oil change?
May 15, 2006 (1:57 pm)
Just curious. Did you all get your first oil change after 500 miles or so or did you wait until 3,000 miles like usual?
I always thought you should change the oil the first time at about 500 miles or so.
#1603 of 3636 Re: First oil change? [steve333]
May 15, 2006 (2:31 pm)
I think there are various theories on the subject. I changed mine at 2000 but had intended on changing it at 1000. You did remind me of a question I wanted to ask...
Does anyone know the exact reasons for the recommended break-in period? The Impala manual says not to drive at the same speed for any length of time in the first 500 miles. I specifically asked my dealer if there were any issues with break-in since I would have to drive my new car over 500 miles to get home. He assured me break-in wouldn't be an issue and I trusted him. I later read the manual AFTER the drive and saw the break-in guidance. I haven't noticed anything so far but my car has consumed about a 1/2 qt of oil (Mobile 1) in the 2000 miles since I changed it.
#1604 of 3636 With all the issues with '06 Impala
May 15, 2006 (3:01 pm)
GM only has a $500 rebate of these vehicles .. I went
to price them .. I can't believe they want $20k+ for this
vehicle ... Are they worth $20K and up .. I would think
if priced like a Accord or Camry ... surely folks would
pick the Accord or Camry over the Impala.
#1605 of 3636 Re: With all the issues with '06 Impala [balich]
May 15, 2006 (4:36 pm)
There have been a few reports of issues but nothing that is showing up consistently across the board. My LTZ has over 6500 miles with no trouble whatsoever. I really love this car.
I would definitely not choose an Accord or Camry over the Impala. I like the look better and I like the fact that I'm supporting my fellow Canadians at the Oshawa assembly plant.
I'm getting really tired of the implications that anyone who buys an Impala needs to have their head read. If you don't want to buy and Impala, then don't! Go buy an Accord or Camry and be happy with it. I'm really happy with my choice, as are many many others who have bought an Impala. Other people are really happy with their Accords and Camrys. The point is, we all make our choices for our own reasons and we can all be happy with them.
#1606 of 3636 Re: With all the issues with '06 Impala [balich]
May 15, 2006 (6:19 pm)
I'm with bh0001. If you don't like the Impala, so be it. Go buy your overrated, overpriced, and soul-less Accord or Camry and spend your time in THEIR forums. I've never had problems with my American/Canadian produced vehicles and I have loved them all. I don't take issue with the herds that flock to the Japanese brands. Having those vehicles on the road only makes me appreciate my choice that much more.
#1607 of 3636 Re: 2007 Impala/quig [charts2]
May 15, 2006 (8:17 pm)
Thanks for the 2007 update. With the 3.9 getting DOD (now called Active Fuel Management), doesn't that make the 2006 3.9L a bit of an oddity for getting parts down the road? (I'm guessing there have to be some differences between the LZ8 and LZ9 engines, and one year for a newly redesigned engine seems extremely short-lived.)
Although, Wikipedia has the LZ9 engine listed as used in the following:
2006 Chevrolet Impala/Monte Carlo
2006 Chevrolet Malibu/Malibu Maxx SS
2006-7 Pontiac G6 GTP (2006) / GT Performance (2007)
But again, that's mostly a one-year run.
#1608 of 3636 Re: First oil change? [quietpro]
May 16, 2006 (5:32 pm)
My first new car was an '84 Buick Skyhawk, and I didn't follow any specific break in period; drove it home on weekends about 70 miles one way, mostly Interstate driving at 60 MPH (back when the limit was 55). Although I never had any real problems with the car related to that, as the car got older it developed some noise or vibration when running right around 60 MPH - I didn't notice it much until the speed limits went up...you'd get between 55 and 60 and the engine would get increasingly louder, and then as you approached 65 it would quiet down. I always attributed that to driving it right at 60 early on, but I can't prove that. I sold the car 5 years later with 70k miles on it, so I can't say if it developed any long-term issues as a result.
But, based on that experience, I've made it a point to NOT use cruise control during the first 500 or so miles, and if I'm making that same trip to my parent's house I'll go back roads (which are more fun when driving a new car anyway!!).