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Chevrolet Impala, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
Dec 25, 2009 (11:06 am)
I just purchased a 2008 Impala LT 2 weeks ago. I love the car and got it for a great price. The only thing I dont like is it's lack of any real usable drink holders up front. You might be able to get a couple of cans of pop in the one up front, but nothing much more. Has anyone added anything to enhance the drink holder problem?
#74 of 119 2007 Impala Tire Wear
Jan 25, 2010 (11:28 pm)
I am new to this forum but after reading ALOT of the posts here I feel that I am not alone here. The wife and I got a settelment and bought a 2007 Impala, from Keystone Chevrolet here in Tulsa, so that we wouldnt have to worry about having problems with the car. But after having the car for about 1 1/2 years we have replaced the rear tires at least 2 or 3 times, all because of the same problem. The inside 2 or 3 treads keep wearing out down to the cords. Keystone Chevrolet called us on the phone and told us it was time to bring the car in for regular service work, so I thought it would be a good time to have the problem resolved. I asked for the Supervisor of the Service Department to make sure there wouldnt be a problem with having the rear end aligned, since I found out there was a Technical Service Bulletin on the alignment needing to be done on this car when it comes right from the factory. But I was told that you can buy a brand new 2010 Chevy right now and after 12,000 miles there is nothing they can do with out having us pay for the work and/parts. Even if you get the car brand new and there is still the bumper to bumper warrenty on the car. I told the Supervisor there was a Technical Service Bulletin out on this car and I even gave him the TSB on this car and I was told that they cant do anything unless there was a REACLL on these cars. I really liked what I read on another forum that said it seems like Chevrolet isn't going to do anything for the common people like most of us here, but they would fix the cars with the Police Package on them for free. The person also went on to state that it was more of the common people like most of us on here that make up the sales of the Impalas and that a defect is a defect. They stated that it seems like Chevrolet isn't going to do anything about this factory defect because the commom person cant afford the lawyers like the city, state and government can. I have often wondered what would happen if a huge group of the Impala consumers would get together and sign a petition stating that this defect has the potential to kill several of us, if Chevrolet would FINALLY get the idea there could be several lawsuites against them if something isn't done first. I know that the car manufactures are really hurting for money right now the way it is, but several lawsuites against them would surely put Chevrolet out of business and, and in my opinion another great American Iconic company would be no more. General Motors alone has already closed the doors to all the Oldsmobles and Pontiacs plants, will it take another bunch of the people just trying to get some satisfaction for a FACTORY defect for Chevrolet to realize that if we aren't satisfied they too would have to close thier doors? When we first bought the car my wife wasn't working so we hardly used this brand new car we got. But since than she has gone back to work and has to drive like 60 miles one way to get back and forth to work and she has been scared to death to drive this new car for fear of her life that one of these rear tires could blow out while she is traveling on the Interstate doing 75 miles an hour. Now that is for sure an accident in the making. After I told the Supervisor at Keystone Chevrolet and told him that if I have to I will contact the BBB to try and get some satisfaction for this problem. I was in not so many words told go ahead cause they wouldnt fix the problem without charging us to fix it, even with the TSB as well as a recall for the Impalas with the police package, out in this car. I than called Keystone Chevrolet back and talked to who was supposed to be in charge, who really just turned out to be the person in charge of sales, and told him what the problem was and what the Supervisor and I had talked about. Well to make a long story short here I finally was so mad that I told him I wanted his boss to call me back and that if anything happened to my wife not only would they be talking to the BBB but they would also be talking to my lawyer because I would file a lawsuite for them not serviceing this car with the TSB on it. I have yet to hear from the Owner or who ever is in charge of Keystone Chevrolet about this problem, but from what I have read on this forum I could be waiting for ALONG time. Well I hope to be able to post that Keystone Chevrolet did someting good to make this car safe, the way it should have been made from the factory in the first place.
#75 of 119 Re: Any Options for me? [fscarz]
Jan 26, 2010 (12:09 am)
I can sure understand what you mean. We got that law suite and went in and paid a bit over $16,000 CASH for the 2007 Impala we bought and we figured we would be treated fairly. I mean you should have seen everyone's eyes at the sight of over $16,000 CASH. I also hate to denounce any dealership but it seems that may our only source of recourse here. I mean if you can remember a person named Ralph Nadder put a stop to Chevy making a cool little car called the Corvair by writing a book called Unsafe at ANY Speed. Although now a days we dont have to write a book, with technology moving as fast as it is, just posting things on the net these days seems to make the same statement. It's really sad that we, the consumer have to go that far to get satisfaction though. Seems like a company as HUGE as Chevrolet would be more interested in the customer satisfaction, especially with them asking the government for so much money to stay afloat and keep the doors open. But if you really think about it the money that was given to these companies came out of our pockets to start with in the form of taxes and things such as that. So we are really getting ripped off twice instead of once.
#76 of 119 Re: 2007 Impala Tire Wear [youngrampy]
Jan 26, 2010 (12:16 am)
Oh yes, I just remembered something else with our 2007 Impala. Every time we had to change a tire that had not been changed we were also told that we would need to replace the Tire Pressure Sensor as well. Well we now need to replace BOTH rear wheel sensors which in told is a cost of around $125 EACH. If these Tire Pressure Sensors aren't changed every time you start the car it will tell you to "Service Tire Monitoring System" and the light for the Tire Pressure will flash and after a time the light stays on all the time.
#77 of 119 What should I do??
Jun 11, 2010 (9:44 am)
A couple months ago the check engine light followed by the reduced power message came on on my 2008 Impala. I took it into the dealer and they cleaned and fixed the wires, I think there was a Technical Service Bulletin on it.
Now, about 4 days ago the check engine light, then reduced power message, then STARTING DISABLED SERVICE THROTTLE message came on followed by the locking of the steering wheel. After gliding over to the side of the road the car would not immediately turn on. After about 5 minutes it started and I was able to get home.
I took the car the next morning to the dealer and they have not been able to figure out the problem or recreate it. The check engine light is the only light on now. They said if they cannot figure it out they will have to return the car to me. They have already agreed to pay for my rental car but I do NOT want to drive the car knowing it can happen again, on the highway on my long commute.
What can I do??
#78 of 119 Re: What should I do?? [msaj2u]
Jun 14, 2010 (8:59 am)
I apologize that you have experienced a concern with your vehicle. Your dealership has access to our tech department that can help them solve the problem with your vehicle. Can you please keep me informed on how the repairs go at the dealership? Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#79 of 119 2008 Impala Tire Problem/
Jun 14, 2010 (9:02 pm)
In November of 2009, I reported that the tires on my 2008 Impala, after approximately 24000 miles, had significant wear on both front and back tires to the point where they were unsafe to drive on for any distance. Initially, I had limited success with the dealer and not much better luck calling the Chevrolet complaint line. At no time did either acknowledge a general problem of this nature even after I collected about 25 complaints of the same nature from various web sites dedicated to car problems. I returned to the dealer and was able to work out a deal where I would buy two tires and they would do a four wheel alignment. Two other tires were worn, but I believed they were usable. After more complaints to Chevrolet, the dealer offered to buy two tires and I would pay for the four wheel alignment. I took the deal as it seemed to be the best I could get. After giving it more thought I decided to buy an additional two tires so I could resume riding on good rubber all around. I drive back and forth to Florida every year so I did not want to take any chances. I use Goodyear Integrity tires as I have had excellent luck with them on past cars. I have seen a lot of opinions expressed that this tire is the problem and the problem can be corrected by the use of different or better tires. To me, this argument is bogus because wear that I experienced cannot be caused by tires alone as long as the car is used in normal driving. The bottom line is that I have put on another 6000+ miles since alignment and new tires and there is no appreciable wear or uneven wear. The handling and cornering is night and day better than before. I can only speculate that the car was never aligned or misaligned at the factory. It irks me that I had to pay for most of the corrective action on the car, but now it is a great highway car and there is much more control on the turns.
#80 of 119 Re: 2008 Impala Tire Problem/ [viennabob162]
Jun 18, 2010 (11:14 am)
I have a 2008 Impala LT 3.5. and currently have 49,800 miles on my factory OEM Goodyear Integrity tires. The inner & outer threads our completely worn with considerable amount of thread in the center. I rotate and balance the tires every 5,000 miles, Check the psi weekly and have the dealer perform 4-wheel alignment every 15,000 miles. The conflict I have is the tire placard in my door jam states 30 psi front & back. I receive a monthly vehilcle update from Onstar warning that my tires are under inflated and should be at 35 psi. Now, I've owned 1/2 & 3/4 ton pickups, 4x4 Suburbans, sedans, coupes, and sports cars over my driving career and have always followed this tire maintenance schedule with great success. This is the second time that I have fallen short with expected tire wear. The first was with my 2004 Suburban 4x4 Z71 with premature wear on the front outers. The dealer suggested I rotate the tires with every oil change instead. Doing that, extended my tire's tread life.
With this Impala, the tires seem to show signs of under inflation being that both the inner & outer treads wore prematurely but at the same rate. I have increased the psi to 35 to see if that helps but it might have been too late. As for the alignment, only the 1st time required actual adjustment of the rear wheels. The Impala has remained in alignment ever since.
Comment on the Integrity tires. Smooth ride, Decent handling in dry conditions. Not very good in wet conditions and slick surfaces. Driven mostly highway - 75 miles round trip daily to work.
#81 of 119 Re: 2008 Impala Tire Problem/ [rmjuarez]
Jun 18, 2010 (2:22 pm)
That's about normal for that tire. Check the manufactures expected tread life.
I had Godyear Eagle GTs on our car rated at 90,000 miles tread life. At 40,000 they were ever low on tread. The Goodyear dealer gave me 50% off on new tires!
#82 of 119 Re: What should I do?? [gmcustsvc]
Nov 01, 2010 (2:02 pm)
I believe that there is a greater issue with the 2008 Impala's. I have had to replace my rear tires because they wore completely out in the inside. I have been searching online and it looks like there is a camber issue with these cars. GM needs to look at a possible recall. I was quoted $45 a tire to adjust the camber on my 08 Impala SS by Firestone, but then they stated it would be $500 because they needed some kit. I cannot do this so I had to buy the 2 back tires ($415 for the cheapest ones) and wait. I do have an appointment with the dealership tomorrow. We will see what happens...