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Chevrolet Impala, Sedan
Oct 15, 2008 (3:35 pm)
Hi everyone, before I dare to venture out (again) and purchase a new 08 impala ss, I was wondering if anyone knows if chevrolet changed the suspension on the 08 ss models? I owned a 2006 impala ss and the front struts and springs felt like they were quite soft. Although I dont drive my vehicles hard, just crawling over speed bumps, or driving over dips in the road made the front end dip much lower than it should. I appreciate any feedback that you all might have. Thank you! -Rob
#3384 of 3636 Re: 08 impala ss [robs6wagon]
Oct 16, 2008 (6:27 am)
There were no changes made to the SS suspension on the '08 SS models. The only suspension change made to any of the models in '08 was to the LTZ trim, which now has the FE3 performance suspension standard.
It is also my understanding that all models (LS, LT, LTZ, SS) have the same front suspension. It is only the rear suspension that varies between the different suspension set-ups.
#3385 of 3636 Re: 06 IMPALA 3LT [cnw]
Oct 16, 2008 (6:41 am)
My car has been sitting at the dealer since yesterday waiting for the ISS to be replaced. Hopefully they will do the job right and that will eliminate the popping/knocking. Although, with the sound only happening on left-hand turns I am more inclined to think it is a tie-rod. The dealer did a four-wheel alignment and claimed the tie-rods were inspected as part of that, and no issues were reported. We will see. Despite the ISS being done under warranty, I am looking at $450 service bill for the other work that needs to be done. That's a big bill for a car with only 32K miles on it.
Thanks for your comments on the economy and I agree that the next couple of years will be rough. It is true that much of the uncertainty is a personal matter, however as the economy worsens it becomes a problem that we will all face. The "trickle down" effect is the scariest factor in this whole thing.
#3386 of 3636 I'm new guy/Help with heat prob. please
Oct 28, 2008 (6:19 am)
I purchased the 2006 Impala new in Nov 2005. I've had this problem the past few winters, but just now thinking about it since it was chilly this morning. The heat works great until I stop, then it just goes out. Air is still blowing, but no heat. Soon as I go, the heat starts working again. If I stop at a redlight I freeze, haha.
I stumbled upon this website searching for an answer. I'm afraid I don't have time today to go back over all the posts. I will when I have some leisure time, appears very interesting. So, any help at all will be much appreciated.
#3387 of 3636 Heater/Defrost takes 20 min to get warm!
Nov 10, 2008 (11:17 am)
Hi, I have a 2006 Chevy Impala with 60,000 miles on it. Great car, looks and runs great. Over the past week I have noticed a couple of things. My car takes about 20 min for it to get warm. I have the heater turned all the way up, either on heat or defrost, and it's still blowing cold air for 20 min of my drive to work.
At this same time, when I accelerate, the temp gauge goes from completely in the middle of normal to one notch above normal.
Also, my brother in law noticed some leakage on his driveway after I'd been there. It is not oil, we changed the oil a month ago and it does not show any leakage...but....looking up under the hood my husband noticed some sort of fluid looked like it had leaked and had been spattered all over the motor by the belts...and he said it looked to him like power steering fluid.
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
#3388 of 3636 Re: Heater/Defrost takes 20 min to get warm! [jeffbatesfan]
Nov 14, 2008 (3:58 pm)
I had a similar problem just happen to my '06 Impala 2 days ago. A seal in my water pump failed, causing the car to lose a considerable amount of coolant. The coolant in these cars is orange, which is very similar to power steering fluid. If you are losing coolant, you should notice a strong sickeningly sweet smell from under the hood while the engine is warm.
When my water pump spewed, coolant was thrown all over the engine compartment. I was also losing a lot of coolant while parked.
The heater was also ineffective. It would warm up while the engine was under load, but immediately stop working at idle. The more coolant I lost, the less the heater would work. By the time I got the car to the dealer, the heater barely worked.
The dealer replaced a seal/gasket on the water pump and all is well again. It was, however, a major inconvenience for a car with only 33,000 miles on it.
#3389 of 3636 Heating problem
Nov 19, 2008 (2:44 am)
I have an 06 Impala. Seems everytime I stop at a red light or anywhere in the matter the vents start kicking out cold air. But once I start moving again it starts heating up. What could be causing this to happen?
#3390 of 3636 I hate my 2006 ss impala!
Nov 19, 2008 (7:07 pm)
I hate my 2006 ss impala! I've had nothing but on going never ending problems! I traded a 99 grand am never had a problem with except alternator.Figured it was getting older didnt want the problems,so I traded it for a 2006 impala and got nothing but problems! First my water pump went out then my left tie rod needed replaced third power steering hose leaked needed replaced then battery needed replaced now I'm back to leaking hose in power steering and tie rod on right side needs replaced not to mention spring in passenger set broke,sunvisor won't stay up and rear defrost doesn't work.I HATE MY CAR!!!!!!!
#3391 of 3636 Re: I hate my 2006 ss impala! [rhonda20]
Nov 20, 2008 (4:44 am)
Many of the problems you mentioned have been common on this car but most have had them fixed under warranty. I'm sorry to hear about your problems, nevertheless. If you have still have warranty coverage, those repairs should be reimburseable.
#3392 of 3636 Re: Heating problem [cyouket]
Nov 20, 2008 (4:57 am)
To those with heat problems, my sister had an issue with her heater and it turned out to be a bubble in the system not allowing coolant to the heater core. They flushed it (under warranty) and all was well. Mine was acting up and I checked the coolant level and it turned out to be about 2 quarts low.
Make sure you coolant levels are adequate and try leaving the heat on its hottest setting (fan speed shouldn't matter). If there are any bubbles that can be flushed easily, this should do it. If the problem persists, you will need to flush it. It can be done by the owner if you're up to it but otherwise a coolant flush will suffice at your local mechanic's shop.
As for water pumps, it's a shame that I'm seeing so many issues with them. My nephew's Impala had that problem and it cost over $300 to repair. So far, the other 3 Impalas in our family haven't had water pump issues.