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#221 of 3636 Impala 2006/Charger
Apr 24, 2005 (10:30 am)
Who said I wanted a Charger? Just constructive comparisons..........I have driven only Chevys since the 1960's, but not afraid to to give accolades to a company like chrysler who has done a very good job the last couple years. I will probably buy a 2006 or 2007 Impala SS, I currently own a 2001 LS. For the record yes the trunk on the new charger is smaller, and the interior seems a little plasticky, but its inside measurements are very comparable to the 2006 Impala shoulder room, hip room, leg room, etc........so lets get it right......both cars are very equal in dimensions other then the Charger is RWD.......Front wheel cars do not handle better in cornering at high speed then RWD cars.....FWD cars tend to plow into a corner, because the weight ration is usually 60/40 on the front where a RWD car is close to 50/50..I can't imagine Corvette being front wheel drive.......So I look at the pros and cons of a lot of cars, even though I am a chevy guy, I see the mistakes all car companies make.....and not afraid to voice my concerns even about this 2006 Impala, if I see something I don't like!........I will voice my concern like so many on this forum have about the current Impala..and previous problems that arose......thats how things get changed not by just accepting them.
#222 of 3636 i would never believe this if i didnt see it.
Apr 27, 2005 (7:13 pm)
everyone was talking about how the charger is going to be bad in snow cause it is RWD. i was amazed when i saw this video. i dont know if they are using comparable cars in this video(if they have traction control, same tires) , but it just seems really akward. check this out. i have not read the police driving article but my friend said it was good. i still would rather have a FWD vehicle in snow, but thats just me. i cant wait to drive that new Impala SS!!
#223 of 3636 Re: i would never believe this if i didnt see it. [poles]
Apr 27, 2005 (7:37 pm)
Call me a hard-Headed Guinea...I simply want that weight UP FRONT. I've seen FDW cars PLOW right through snow banks, while I'm standing around like a moron with a shovel trying to dig out my RWD. I will never forget it. There are some that say traction control and snow tires make the RWD cars as good (no one ever says better). And Chrysler had to offer AWD on it's 300-C after only one year in production.
I'm still about a year away from actually buying anything...Currently The Impala SS is my front runner, Grand Prix GXP is a close second. If Dodge Charger ends up offering an AWD in 2007 (they will I'm sure) then a big test drive-off will be in order. And of course if gasoline really goes over $3.00 a gallon in the interim then an AWD Toyota Highlander Hybrid becomes Playmate Of The Month instead.
#224 of 3636 Re: i would never believe this if i didnt see it. [cfazzari]
Apr 27, 2005 (8:46 pm)
im with you, i dont care what movies show, ill take FWD any day of the week
Apr 28, 2005 (3:53 pm)
I dont think FWD cars are ever going to go away as long as the northern part of the country has bad winter weather. It will take years to convince people that modern RWD cars are as good as FWD cars in the snow and ice. AWD is a nice solution for the chrysler cars but it adds weight, saps fuel economy and raises the car another inch or two off its wheels. By biggest beef with the Chrysler cars is the fact that they sit about two inches too high. The wheels do not fill the fenders and no one seems to talk about this. It really kills the looks of those cars. I'm glad the Impala seems to have wheels that fit.
#226 of 3636 2006 Impala FWD/RWD
Apr 29, 2005 (5:46 am)
The video looks convincing to me....Some people just don't want to believe! old school thinking! look at the video again and watch the Impala try to climb the hill..I know they doctored the video!......this new gearing technology is the start of the RWD evolution for those that want RWD vehicles .More choices great! .Isn't that what everyone wants more choices! ..If this was Chevy doing the video with a RWD car your opinion would be wow! RWD is better.....I was going to wait for a 2007 Impala SS hoping for a 6 speed auto, but now I understand that the 6 speeds that GM/FORD are working on are only capable of handling up to 250 hp in FWD applications.........so I might just buy a 2006 SS......and get by with a 4 speed......again I am a Chevy guy but Cudo's to DC. Maybe down the road GM will learn this technology and build a full sized sedan again with RWD that will again be another choice for those that want a RWD option.........were not in the 90's anymore!
#227 of 3636 Re: 2006 impala SS/ mileage [charts2]
Apr 29, 2005 (1:57 pm)
I'd like to try to establish a couple of accurate facts regarding what has been stated regarding Chrysler's new Hemi engines.
1 The 5.7L engine sold in passenger cars to the average consumer come with the Multi Displacement System (MDS) (similar to Displacement On Demand).
2 That same engine is rated at 345hp and according to the owner's manual, uses 89 octane (not 91) unleaded fuel.
3 The 6.1L hemi in Chrysler and Dodge's SRT8 is rated at 425hp and doesn't use any electronic displacement control and as a result will produce SUV-like fuel economy numbers.
I remain a staunch 'Chevy small block' supporter and feel that with a few design tweaks and performance updates, that 5.3L V-8 will produce torque and hp numbers that will soon rival the Hemi's and produce better fuel economy.
On a completely different not I'd also like to suggest that Chevy keeps 'Impala'
moniker on this front wheel drive (W body) and in 4 to 5 years, design and produce a rwd / awd larger model which should be called 'Caprice'.
I believe that Chevrolet will survive the political battering it has taken in the GM hierarchy and show that it truly is the back-bone of this corporation.
v / r
#228 of 3636 2006 Impala/ mileage/mikedeas
Apr 29, 2005 (5:32 pm)
5.7 Litre Hemi.....89 Octane fuel thats a big plus for Chrysler for a V8 that develops 390 foot pounds of torque and their similar DOD offers up to 20% fuel improvement.....The 5.3 small block requires Premium 91 Octane fuel....and the DOD offers only up to 12% fuel savings....which I believe will also be offered on the 3.9 litre V6.......Dodge Chargers SRT8 will be a specialty car, I believe the 6.1 Litre HEMI will be an $8,000 engine option...also offered in the Chrysler 300 and probably some truck lines...sort of like the new ZO6 Corvette's 7.0 Litre...car that will be over $20,000 more......but those that opt for those cars aren't worrying about fuel economy.........performance are their numbers.........I don't think you are going to chase Mopar with the 5.3 even the larger 6.0 litre was hard pressed to get 400 hp........I do believe like back in the late 60's early 70's the horsepower races will be over within a couple years as insurance companies cash in and gas prices continue to rise.....Chrysler is cashing in on ##'s......using the 425 hp number as they had on their 426 HEMIS from the 60's....smart marketing move......Chevy should put 327 emblems on this new 2006 Impala SS.....thats what this small block is..lets show our stuff!!...show some heritage, there are a lot of us guys that ran Chevys back in the 60's that remember.......In 4 or 5 years the full sized car market might be gone and were heading in a different direction....The name Caprice reminds me of Police cars and Taxi Cabs.......and I had two Caprice Classics........lets get new names and move forward!
#229 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala FWD/RWD [charts2]
Apr 30, 2005 (12:49 pm)
May I suggest you consider the source of the video...This was a video made by Chrysler in support of their product and in direct comparison to the Impala, which they feel is their most direct competition (big surprise...)
If GM were making the video then I can guarantee you - the Chrysler would look like a walrus and the Impala would climb up that hill like...well... an Impala!
We can sit here and post all day about what we'd like and what don't like....sometimes the manufacturers actually liste, and it is good to let some steam off.
But the bottom line is...choose your top 3 or 4 models, do your research, and test drive each. In the end, what they've produced at that point in time is what we've got to work with.
#230 of 3636 2006 Impala FWD/RWD
Apr 30, 2005 (3:25 pm)
Perosnally I don't care if the SS is FWD/RWD.... Your right about the video....and it doesn't really matter what you and I think....its what sells the product that really counts..if this gimmick works good for them!. if it doesn't they tried! ..Impala has done very well with this platform they currently have, even though over 40% are fleet sales....thats why we all take a beating when trade in time comes with low resale values....I am sure this 2006 Impala will do very well, it has a great heritage and is the most important vehicle to Chevrolet..... We all have wish lists and mine would be that for an extra $100 or so....nice exterior (Impala SS emblems) not just SS emblems.. on the 2006 SS car.....or 327 emblems with crossed flags....to indicate the small block V8 that has 50 years of heritage.......thats been the favorite of hotrodders from day one.(strut your stuff CHEVY) .....or the word SUPER SPORT inside the car like the SUPER SPORTS use to have.......not just SS on the steering wheel.......too plain!... offer an option of nice type aggressive American Racing wheels etc. when the car is purchased in lieu of those chunky wheels that it will come with.......Choices we need more choices!!..........I'll pay I'll pay!! ........the inside of the SS is not much different then the LTZ except for the SS on the steering wheel and the metal accents.....even the standard gauge package. is the same......at least the 2004-05 SS have more gauges.........come on GM push that envelope!! make these SS cars real SUPER SPORTS that they deserve to be! If you build them they will come!