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.
Comfort of ride, torquey and reliable v6, solid front styling. Sound system is above par as well. solid average 23mpg in suburb style driving.
Transmission is subpar and doesnt like to respond nicely. cheap feeling interior materials. headlamps design call for constantly being fogged up.
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.
i love the moon roof, and the cruise control and easy access to stereo controls in the steering wheel!! heated seats...
i think i'll forever be hooked on LS models.
this is a comfortable car that is fun to drive.
get rid of the passlock!! despite my adoration for this car, I will never buy another GM.
this pk2 system has left me stranded more than a few times to deal with bogus situations.
and GM has done nothing to help except have a reason to charge me (and thousands of people with the same problem!!) big bucks for repairs to a security system that is very buggie and in my opinion... NOT safe.
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.
HomeLink, Leg room, 3.8 engine =)) MPG Simply but sleek design inside and out. for me that it.
bigger wheels, and more options.for the wheels and color and something more for younger owners...
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.
Favorite features would be handling and engine reliability.
Suggested improvements would be to the electrical components.
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.
I like this car because of its value for the money.
No....this isn't a Mercedes or Infiniti but, for what I paid for it, it's a great value.
I need a car to one thing...get me from point-A to point-B.
But the impala does that with a very comfortable ride, mine has all power features, heated leather seats, good sound system, great visibility, great handling and engine performance.
I regularly get 22-23+ mpg around town with the AC on and I've experienced 30-32 mpg on long road trips....no complaints here.
And this is the 3.8L V6.
I've had mechanics tell me Impalas are great cars IF you take care of them and I had a body repairman tell me Impalas are some of the easiest cars to repair.
The problem with converters is caused primarily from the ethanol in the gas.
Ethanol breaks down too easily, tends to attract water and creates a lot of carbon when burned in combustion chambers.
A few solutions: Every 10-15 tanks of gas, use some high quality fuel treatment like, Lucas or RXP. This helps remove carbon buildup on engine parts and allows it to get blown out the exhaust.
Another good thing to do is when running the fuel treatment, is to do a few hard accelerations say...going down an access road.
Then when you do replace a converter, dont be cheap.
Get a good quality replacement.
If it's not lasting you at least 3-4 years, you need something better.