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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
#2547 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [quietpro]
Feb 19, 2007 (2:12 pm)
Seems like you have had this problem with the suspension for a long time with your 2006 Impala SS. Your post #1637, nine months ago (May 2006) you indicated the suspension/struts were starting to give too soft a ride then at 4,500 miles. Its obvious you have a concern but GM doesn't seem to be interested. Maybe take out a 2007 SS and compare the two. Take a chevy service advisor for the ride in both cars.
#2548 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [charts2]
Feb 19, 2007 (4:00 pm)
I've tried that but my local dealer hasn't had any SSs on the lot the times I've been there. I'll have to keep checking the online invnentory now the new model year is in full swing. Maybe I'll catch 'em with one on the lot.
Here's one thing I haven't mentioned before...the local dealer here said they have a machine that measures the struts'...what exactly, they didn't say...but I was wondering if anyone out there has heard of such a machine. It sounded a little hokey to me but I didn't want to say anything without knowing. If the machine exists, it supposedly said my struts were within specs. If that's the case, the specs are the problem.
#2549 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [quietpro]
Feb 19, 2007 (4:32 pm)
Late last year I read somewhere that the struts on the Impala SS are the same ones on the Pontiac GXP. You might want to check out that forum for comparisons.
#2550 of 3636 Re: Ghost in the machine... [quietpro]
Feb 19, 2007 (4:43 pm)
Got home yesterday from running some pre-Daytona 500 errands and I figured I would check to see if I have a "ghost", too. Mine does the same as yours. After 30 or so seconds of closing the door and sitting there, the speedo and tach needles jump just a little and make a skittering noise.
Seems they all do it (well, yours and mine anyway )
#2551 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [nosirrahg]
Feb 19, 2007 (4:49 pm)
I have a 3.5 that I got last March. It now has 10,230 miles on it. When I first got it and until last fall it was getting about 18-22 mpg in town. Mileage has improved to 22-26. I don't have bumper to bumper traffic here -usually 30-40 mph in town. Mileage on the road has been as high as 32. No warranty issues except for the screeching windows. I finally got tired of taking it to the dealer and sprayed the rubber with Armorall. That solved the problem. Resale value of these Impalas is terrible. I would be lucky to get $13,000 for mine on a trade in. I bought a 2LT specifically because I didn't want the 3.9 litre engine. The 3.5 is fast enough for passing and gets great gas mileage.
#2552 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [quietpro]
Feb 19, 2007 (4:59 pm)
One of the main reasons my parents traded their '03 Impala LS at 40,000 miles was the drastic loosening up of the suspension. They genuinely liked the car, but the suspension noise, ride, and feel changed just enough that they wanted something smoother and quieter. They now have a 2007 Mercury Montego and are absolutely thrilled
My parents have been in my '06 Impala and have commented that it seems to ride much better than their '03 did. While I agree with them on that, I am not thrilled at how quickly the '06 is loosening up on me.
I agree with you on the buying used idea. 9 out of my past 10 vehicles have been new. Just like you said, the car you buy most often times does not necessarily end up being the car you have to live with. I often think about trying a certified pre-owned car for my next car. That way I still have a warranty, and if I end up with a nightmare I won't have quite as much depreciation to contend with if I need to trade out of it.
#2553 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [dispencer2]
Feb 19, 2007 (5:23 pm)
I also have an 06 LT 3.5 I agree that the engine is more than adequate for everyday use. You seem to be getting gas mileage closer to what is indicated on the window sticker. My particular car is currently averaging 21mpg in mixed driving. The best mileage I have seen is 24mpg (and that was with almost 1/2 that particular tank of gas at 55-60mph highway cruising). I am at 8300 miles, perhaps it will gradually improve as it approaches 10,000 miles.
I also have a window issue with mine, but they do not screech when going up and down. I have an ongoing issue with my driver's door window chattering/clattering in the frame when all the way up. If I lower the window 1/8" or so, the noise subsides considerably. I have treated the rubber weatherstripping and gasket around the window frame with silicone lubricant and white lithium grease, but it only served to make the noise worse. Not sure I want the dealer even attempting to resolve it...not sure what they would break in the process.
You are right about resale. It's not the best, but it could be worse
#2554 of 3636 Re: Ghost in the machine... [quietpro]
Feb 19, 2007 (5:26 pm)
QuietPro--I checked my car several times this weekend attempting to duplicate the symptoms you described. On only one occasion did I note anything similar; as I opened the door--radio and all accessories "off"--the odometer reading illuminated and the tach and speedo jumped, all in conjunction with the "click" sound of the under-dash relay. I wasn't able to duplicate it again. Electronics!! Sorry I couldn't assist further.
#2555 of 3636 Re: Ghost in the machine... [quietpro]
Feb 19, 2007 (5:50 pm)
After my previous post this evening, I read Ryster's post and realized I hadn't checked under proper conditions to duplicate what you observed. I went out to the car, got in and closed the door. At approximately 30 seconds, I heard the "bug-crawling" noises, and both the tach and speedometer pegged in the negative direction, then returned to normal. Clark
#2556 of 3636 Re: Looking for a new one [ryster]
Feb 19, 2007 (5:59 pm)
Just like you said, the car you buy most often times does not necessarily end up being the car you have to live with. I often think about trying a certified pre-owned car for my next car. That way I still have a warranty, and if I end up with a nightmare I won't have quite as much depreciation to contend with if I need to trade out of it.
My thoughts exactly. I had actually planned on going that route this time around but caught the new car bug while helping my sister shop for her car.
As for the two of you who went ghost-busting in your Impalas, thanks for giving it a try. I figured it was normal but it always helps to have confirmation.