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#921 of 3634 2006 Impala/pluto5
Dec 22, 2005 (6:25 am)
The 2003 Impala LS was the top of the line model. Many had leather, moon roof etc. Your new 2006 Impala is the base model, so your comparison should be with the 2003 base model Impala prices. The 03 LS is comparable today to the 2006 LT3-LTZ. 2003 LS $15,9888 is the asking price, so after negotiations, like you did on your new car a much lower price will be paid. Base 03s clean, decent mileage go for asking prices well under $12,000 on autotrader.ca and probably sell near $10,000 with a good negotiator, again similar to your 2006 LS base.
Most FIRST time car buyers trade long before their car is 9 or 10 years old. I am probably older then you and I trade every 4-6 years. As stated I bought a 2001 LS brand new. With so many decent used Impala LS cars and soon to be SS cars out there, a good negotiated price will allow me to buy an extended warranty if wanted, invest the rest or put improvements into my 1964 Impala SS, that has a lot more then 120,000 miles and many more to come.
The 2006 Impalas are definitely better buys today then the previous 00-05 models. Big improvements were made to the 2006 Impalas, but Chevy better keep these cars updated a lot more often then the previous models, and when problems arise address them immediately. We all rememeber the many problems that plagued the 00-05 models. cracked, body mounts, intake manifold leaks, warped rotors, Intermediate steering shaft problems, cheap interiors, etc etc. The mid/large size car market is the most competitive and right now Honda/Toyota still have the best grip on that. Chevy indicates they have reduced the number of Impalas going to fleet sales for 2006. Thats a good sign for new Impala owners who can retain a little more value over time. Used Impalas have the lowest rated resale value of any car in its segment.
The Impala is #1 selling used car in America. There must be some value, the numbers speak for themselves.
#922 of 3634 Avoid the first year or two of GM's new models
Dec 22, 2005 (12:12 pm)
This is clearly a generalization:
many problems that plagued the 00-05 models. cracked, body mounts, intake manifold leaks, warped rotors, Intermediate steering shaft problems, cheap interiors, etc etc
inasmuch as my 03 Imp hasn't had any of these problems (I don't consider the interior a problem as it is well assembled, doesn't rattle, and doesn't distract me while I'm driving.)
The early model years probably had most of these problems but not likely in 03-05. Likewise I would wait at least a year to buy a new Imp.
#923 of 3634 Re: Avoid the first year or two of GM's new models [pluto5]
Dec 22, 2005 (1:04 pm)
Probably good advice for any automaker, not just GM. Granted I might not sweat a 1st year Honda or Toyota as much, but even they have their problems (my wife's 2003 Accord has brake clunking to rival my 2000 Impala ISS noise, but all we're told is "they all do that"...at least Chevy fixed my ISS!!).
#924 of 3634 Re: Avoid the first year or two of GM's new models [nosirrahg]
Dec 28, 2005 (8:27 pm)
Granted the Impala has many new features and a new interior and engines but is it really "all new"? I'm ordering one in February and I haven't heard many complaints about first year problems. My next choice was a new Malibu but the price differential between a Malibu LT and an Impala LT2 is very little and the interior in the Impala is far more attractive.
#925 of 3634 Re: Avoid the first year or two of GM's new models [dispencer1]
Dec 29, 2005 (7:52 am)
New engines, new interior, new exterior...that doesn't leave much to carryover from the previous model!
One of the reasons I bought they 2000 Impala was for the "bullet-proof" 3800 engine...which due to the plastic intake manifold ended up being one of the biggest problems encountered with the car. I don't know much about the current line of engines available, but if they've been used in other GM products I'd suggest checking those threads to see if any consistent problems have arisen.
Despite that I'm very happy with my 2000 Impala, and I'd have no qualms in a couple of years when I'm ready to replace it with buying one of the new versions. It was the best combination of size, power, fuel economy, safety and value 6 years ago, and it's looking that way again!
#926 of 3634 Re: 2006 Impala poor gas mileage [wombmaster]
Dec 29, 2005 (1:18 pm)
We're approaching 3K miles on our '06 LTZ (3.9), and getting fairly good gas mileage. A few days ago, I gassed up and hit the Interstate with light traffic conditions. People were running about 80, so I just stayed up with them. We pulled off after about 150 miles, and I gassed up again. Average speed for this run was 78.6 MPH, and I got 26.2 MPG. A couple of weeks ago, we ran a couple of hundred miles on state highways at 55 to 60, and I averaged 28.1 MPG. We don't have these "designer" fuels here, and I have been using the midrange 89 Octane fuel. This is one of the best cars I have owned in the past several years. After 3 months, I have found zero problems.
#927 of 3634 New Impala questions
Dec 29, 2005 (2:49 pm)
Two things that I recall being stressed when the 2000 Impala came out were 1) how the car was designed with police/taxi service in mind, and 2) how the structural piece around the door openings was comprised of ONE piece (no welds or seams anywhere within the openings which would weaken in a crash).
I admittedly haven't followed the introduction of the 2006 Impala as closely, but does anyone know if either/both of these details of the 2000-2005 model are applicable to the new version? Even if not promoted as such, it would be nice to know if the same (or better) level of structural integrity was built into the new car.
#928 of 3634 2006 Impala better built
Dec 29, 2005 (3:32 pm)
A lot more steel support brackets have been used in strengthening the chassis of the new Impala. Larger steel support rails in the engine compartment and engine and transmission supports strengthened. Chevy now using quiet steel for many components (like Ford trucks) to cut down on interior noise. I believe they are using much stronger steel supports that are boxed railed rather then weak open ended supports from previous. If you look at the wheel wells of the 06 Impalas they are enclosed much better then the 00-05 models. The side window glass is thicker to enhance quietness to the interior. The DIC now has an option that gives pressures for each tire, rather then previous just letting you know that one of your tires is down 20% or more. Better quality interior plastics and cloth and leather appointments. A lot of improvements that you can see and a lot you can't. With many of these improvements the car is more then 120 pounds heavier then previous Impalas.
#929 of 3634 Re: Avoid the first year or two of GM's new models [nosirrahg]
Dec 29, 2005 (4:36 pm)
I thought the 3800 had the intake design fixed in 1999. The 2000s didn't have the breakdown of EGR tube and leaks from throttle body into or out of the manifold. What kind of problem did you have?
#930 of 3634 Re: Avoid the first year or two of GM's new models [nosirrahg]
Dec 29, 2005 (7:16 pm)
I too had the 3800 engine -on '90, 94, AND 97 LeSabres -always trouble free. The 2000 Impala was a great car -glad you are happy with it. I'll take my chances with the new one -luckily I'm not commuting anymore so it will not be run to the ground. I expect to have it at least 5 years.