My mom bought this car in 2004 used with about 30k on it or so. Drove it until having heart surgery, and then passed it on to me. At first, I loved the thing. It cruises very fast (As she said "Impalas, run. It's great on West Virginia/Pennsylvania's twisty roads too. But, it could be more comfortable, ride a little smoother, have a bit more pep-in-it's step, and most importantly- -stop. I pride myself in being the only 20 year old I know who doesn't need TCS in winter--because the ABS/TCS sensor hasn't worked in over a year. Also needs new rotors...again. Great beginner's car. But, when I give it back? I'll get a CVPI.
"SuperCruise" with the 3.8, Intimidating and aggressive looks. Room for family/friends/dog. Tough (Was hit hard in the rear quarter by a guy doing in a 4800lb Town Car. Only caused about 4600 in damage, and the car was driven 20 highway miles to the garage under it's own power with no problems)
Better interior (fixed in the 06+s thankfully), better brake system.