It might be called the Impala, but this dreadful, front wheel drive family sedan has little in common with the V8-powered, rear wheel drive models of the past. Skip it in favor of the more refined offerings from Ford, Chrysler and Toyota.
by pacman401 on Nov 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this car from my grandmother with 127,000 miles on it. So far, it has been a solid car. A few issues though. Transmission had to be rebuilt (those GM transaxles were already known to be crap) and I had to fix a wheel hub. But other than that, it has been a solid car. The sensors go bad all the time, but the car runs great and starts smooth everytime. Handles good, very comfortable for a long trip. The 3.8L is a fantastic motor so far, very torque enriched and shows no signs of quitting soon. I expect to put another 100,000 miles on it before its time for a new one, due to rust problems starting (its Michigan, so all cars are like that). Overall, a very solid car.
by kaytebug22 on Aug 19, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
the passlock security system on this car has caused me nothing but trouble!!
while edmunds review refers to the "float" like handling of this car as a bad thing, it's one of my favorite features.
i love the way my impala rides! and i travel across the country for a 900 mile each direction trip 1-2 times per year and a few 300 mile ea way trips too... and its a comfortable a ride over any other vehicle i have traveled in.
by simplyme on Apr 13, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
1st was an 03 Impala LS Hit 300.XXX
time for a trade in lol. got an 02 Had it for a while now, and its absolutely amazing just as well as my 03.
comfort A+, he's quick, comfortable. and has never left me stranded, Haven't had the security issue. gets 27MPG constantly, Homelink is amazing... traction control does wonders. my only issue is the heated seats go out frequently.. but I'm cool with it, pardon the pun xD Pretty sure my next one will be a SS =) Def recommend this car.
by mckessa on Mar 28, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my Impala new at a Toronto dealership. I found the car to have good exceleration and handling. The 3.8L is bullet proof with over 360,000 klm on the original engine. The transmission has been flawless. The only issues I have had was with the computer which crashed right after the warranty expired. This was a $1000 repair. The wipers would not go into the park position, repaired several times. Most recently the gas gage went screwy and the turn signal shorts out on damp days. All in all an above average car that really doesn't owe me anything.
by normh83 on Oct 13, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I have the LS model and even with some frustrations.....overall it has been a very good car.
Like many other Impala owners, I've experienced several common issues.
catalytic converters wearing out, brakes, computers.
For cars made during these year models, GM still had not perfected their hubless brake rotors meaning....they dont dissipate heat well and tend to warp causing premature wear, shimmying on the steering wheel, etc.
Try installing high quality performance brake parts. I spent $250 on 2 new slotted & drilled front brake rotors plus high quality metallic pads. I quit having brake problems.
by fordracer103 on May 17, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
I bought the car with 90,000 miles. The car did have a couple cosmetic problems, but the car did run well. After some expected maintenance, changing spark plugs Spark plug wires, etc, the car preformed very well. I drove it form college every weekend and got an average of 32 Mpg using regular 87 gasoline and 35 if I used 89 plus. I was surprised with power that the car had (3.8 liter) The car did have its cons. The Wiper Motor Crank Arm can cause the wipers to park in the up position which cost around 600 dollars overall to repair. I dodged a bullet by having the dealership pay for the repair. The rims clear coat broke down causing unsighlty rust and spots on the rims.
Now into its third year of production, the Impala soldiers on as Chevrolet's bread-and-butter family sedan. Minor upgrades this year include standard dual-zone air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo and LATCH child seat tether anchors. A leather-accented 60/40 split bench seat will be available later this year on LS models, and two new exterior colors have been added.