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#2743 of 3634 Re: Impala SS 2007 [charts2]
Mar 10, 2007 (10:44 pm)
I'm a baby boomer and owned a '66 Nova SS (L-79 engine, 4-speed, etc.) only for the summer of '65 (sky-high insurance forced me to sell it that autumn). However, I'm now a geezer and still love fast cars (own a '00 Regal GSE), but my bad back is forcing me to buy another Buick instead of a Chevy (Impala SS). It's almost certain I'll be buying a new LaCrosse Super (LS4) when it finally hits the showroom floor. Anyway, I was wondering what grade of gas the Impala SS uses: 87 octane regular or 93 octane premium? Thanks.
#2744 of 3634 Re: A very sad day, indeed! [robs6wagon]
Mar 11, 2007 (5:15 am)
I'm so, so , sorry that things didn't work out for you, my friend.
Well, as difficult as it was, you have used great wisdom here.!! I don't mean to sound like a parent here, but I just wanted to encourage you!!
Rob, I'm not too sure if you are feeling a little embarrassed and disappointed by all this at this point, but , you know , you don't have to be . Some of your recent friends here, including me, have been through similar difficult situations.. Please know that we are still here for you. Rob, so buy your house with confidence and build your family. This is special and more important and rewarding. Ya, our special performance cars will always be here and you will have your fair share, I'm sure. The SS Impala is a great machine, and so, it was just one of those things that you were faced with that adds character and maturity.I bet your wife is proud of you !! Just think, by the 2009 model year, you will be an established home owner and you'll probably beat us all( Bryan, Ron, me too, etc.)to the new RWD SS 375 hp Impala. Thanks Rob for openly sharing all that you did with us over the last litte while, and don't be a stranger here..
Drive safe Rob...
Talk to you soon !!
#2745 of 3634 Re: Impala SS 2007 [jpstax1]
Mar 11, 2007 (5:20 am)
Morning everyone...Stax, I have and SS an I use nothing but premium, the books calls for it, but , even if it didn't I'd use premium....I'd use premium in any V-8....
#2746 of 3634 Re: Impala SS 2007 [jpstax1]
Mar 11, 2007 (5:55 am)
Sounds very good regarding the LaCrosse (LS4), have to see that myself. I use only 93 octane in my SS, here in Ohio we have 87, 91 and 93 at most every pump. I'm semi-retired and bought the SS for enjoyment, I figure if I have to use 91 or 87,shouldn't have bought it. I tried 91 for one tank, I honestly felt the difference.
#2747 of 3634 Just Curious..?!
Mar 11, 2007 (7:02 am)
Hey All.. Here's Some questions for 'Ya ...
Has anyone heard or read lately if the new '08 - '09(?)
SS Impala will have a 6 speed standard (stick) as an available option besides the automatic..?? Or, what do ya think the GM guys might do here...?
How about with your current ride... Do you just leave it in drive for most/all occaisions and let the automatic shift itself, or, do you like to take control of it by shifting your automatic manually up to say.. red-line. You know, what I mean... When you are at the lights and you look over and you see one of those Chrysler products or something...!!
What's popular out there...??
#2748 of 3634 Impala SS 2007
Mar 11, 2007 (7:22 am)
I use premium at whatever gas station I stop at and it can vary from 91 - 93 octane. I usually leave it in drive and in impromptu stoplight races, I just accelerate for the first one - two seconds (as if an egg was underneath the accelerator)and then let it go. Seems to tame the traction control from making the SS pull side to side. I contemplated a leftover 2006 Lacrosse but after driving the SS, no going back.
#2749 of 3634 Re: Impala SS 2007 [jpstax1]
Mar 11, 2007 (12:19 pm)
I have run 87 and 93 in my SS. The manual states either is acceptable (premium recommended) and I have proven that true (no knock or ping with 87). But, the performance difference is definitely there. I didn't notice it going down to 87 so I continued to run it for a few months to build a fuel mileage baseline. I switched back to premium after my last long trip and WHOA!, what a difference. Most notably, wheel spin was there with 87 but with 93, I can roast 'em.
As for fuel mileage, I have noticed no real difference. What small amount there might be is probably lose through more enthusiastic driving.
Regarding tranny use, I leave mine in drive although now that it's broken in and the weather is getting warmer, I may start playing around a bit. I do love that deceleration "cackle" that a V-8 produces. I will definitely report back on that.
Until next time...
Mar 11, 2007 (1:46 pm)
You know theres still a few 06's available on the lots here in Jersey.?... and theres someone in Penn selling a completely loaded Black one with 800 miles on it for $22,800....
#2751 of 3634 Re: Impala SS 2007 [garsarno]
Mar 12, 2007 (4:34 am)
Hi there garsarno...( is this italian, or..??)
Well, more frequently then I probably care to admit, my love for performance cars and the memories of them continually takes me back to fun days on the street & strip. Loved taking it to REDLINE ! 'Ya, aways driving safely of course...!!!
Even these days (sometimes), for an example, Say from a stop Light, I still find an appeciable difference in my machine when I put my automatic down into 1, brake torque it slightly holding it at about 1200-1500 rpm ,then punching it . Yep..Get off the line as quickly as you can without toooo much wheel spin and it's away you go shifing your tranny manually at about 5,700-6000 rpm's in 1 and 2 and then letting it wind all the way out in 3( if you have a clear stretch... forget OD.
You know that saying... " Try it...YOU"LL LIKE IT..." !!!
Let us know if you do..
#2752 of 3634 Re: Impala SS 2007 [mymitties]
Mar 12, 2007 (6:13 am)
Frank - I have put your recommends into my memory banks for use this week! Italian wife / Polish heritage.
I was thinking about a leftover 2006 but the warranty difference is there versus 2007 Impala SS (36,000 miles versus 100,000 miles).