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Chevrolet Impala, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#19 of 120 2008 Impala LT 50th
Apr 18, 2008 (5:19 pm)
It's beeen a couple years since I bought my 2006 2LT and I was curious about the current model year prices, options, etc. When I went to the Chevy website to use their build option, I discovered a new model--the "LT 50th". Granted, it's just a trim difference from the 2LT, but it does offer one interesting feature as standard equipment: the FE3 Performance-Tuned Suspension. Does anyone have any information regarding what the differences are in spring rates, front/rear anti-roll bar diameters, etc? Limited options on the car--sun roof and side molding strips; two colors--black and Red Jewel Tintcoat. Standard equipment--leather interior, 18" wheels, ABS, Stabli-trac, special ID markings, etc. Anyone seen or driven one? Thanks, Clark
#20 of 120 Re: 2008 Impala LT 50th [cnw]
Apr 19, 2008 (5:21 am)
I wasn't aware of this model, I'm sure I haven't seen one, but I will be on the lookout for 17.
#21 of 120 Re: 2008 Impala LT 50th [cnw]
May 09, 2008 (5:40 pm)
Yes, they're out and about.
Basically, a 3.5L LT model dressed with special leather seats, badges, the SS suspension (that's what FE3 is) and larger wheels.
Previously, they were supposed to come with the wheels used on the LTZ, but these late '08 50th anniversary cars seem to have been built using SS wheels instead.
#22 of 120 Re: 2008 Impala LT 50th [beach15]
May 11, 2008 (3:21 pm)
Thanks for the photos and the comments. Have you had a chance to drive it? How does the FE3 suspension compare? Does it tighten things up a bit?
#23 of 120 Re: 2008 Impala Owner Experiences [axinut]
May 18, 2008 (2:39 pm)
I am the operator of a brand new 2008 Impala LS (fleet owned car). I have experience with many makes of foreign and domestic autos, most recently Ford, Honda, and Mercedes.
I have had this vehicle for a few days and 1100 miles, an would like to offer the following impressions:
1) Fuel mileage - I'm observing the mid to upper twenties (computer provided figures, not mine), and the engine is arguably still not broken in. I expect this will rise. My observations include a spirited drive from Northern Ohio to Northern Michigan, and a dose of E85 thrown in.
2) Fit and Finish - The General did a good job on this one. Everything is tight, consistent, and has a quality feel. There are no squeaks or rattles yet, though I fully expect a few new-car bugs.
3) Design - Visibility is average. Control access and entry/egress are good. the trunk swallowed ALL of my professional equipment and there is still room left.
4) Ride/Handling - Competent, if not above average. It is not a sports car, and it feels better on our lousy roads.
5) Value - This vehicle is a teriffic value for the money. I look forward to a productive relationship and I will report back.
May 19, 2008 (4:04 pm)
Reporting in. Purchased new 7-30-07. all options except sun roof. Great car in all respects. Never returned for any work. I do my own maintainance. Gas mileage since new 25.88 mpg using regular unleaded over 13400 miles. The driving is a mix of hyway at 65 - 70 mph. and some short runs of 5- 8 miles. Ths short runs kills the mileage. I had a 2000 Impala LT with the 3800 engine which gave me 28.4 mpg over 41000 miles. I suspect the performance gearing results in less MPG. In any event, I am well satisfied. The mileage beats my 1972 Monte Carlo 350 CID, 3- speed stick which gives me 17.2 MPG. Enjoy the ride.
#26 of 120 Expect a 30% drop in mileage with E85
May 24, 2008 (6:44 pm)
One of the main reasons I traded my 2003 Impala for a 2008 was the ability to utilize E85. My in-city mileage was 22.4 with regular gas but only 16.6 with E85. Thats more than a 30% drop in mileage. I am finding that my mileage cost is 18 cents per mile on E85 and 16 cents per mile on gas (for in city driving). E85 is now $3.19 in Atlanta. Only when the price of E85 is 30% less than gas will we break even. Since I have to fill up more often on E85 and it costs me more per mile I am going back to regular gas. I will wait until E85 is MORE than 30% LESS than gas.
#27 of 120 Re: Expect a 30% drop in mileage with E85 [givemeabrake]
May 27, 2008 (12:19 pm)
Thanks for the info on E85. I am curious if you are driving stop and go or is there more gridlock/idling. Is there any performance increase with E85? I haven't read as to whether the engines are tuned to take advantage of the higher octane. Regardless, the costs outweigh the benefit. I consider myself a "green" person but have not jumped on board with E85. If you look a little deeper, your expenses are higher still once you figure in farm subsidies and tax credits for the producers of ethanol.
Happy motoring with regular unleaded.
#28 of 120 Re: compass [axinut]
Jul 07, 2008 (1:39 pm)
I have a similar problem with my compass. I live in the middle of zone 3 and 4 and so i calibrated for zone 4. I recently drove 100 miles south so i am definitely in zone 4 at this point and my compass worked perfectly.
I am haven't tried to set it to zone 3 yet, but will report back... do you think that you are in a weird calibration zone?