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Solid Vehicle
By pacman401 on 11/05/12 13:56 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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like a dream... with a nightmare
By kaytebug22 on 08/19/12 23:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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2nd one! =)
By simplyme on 04/13/12 08:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Cheverolet Impala 3.8L Police Package
By mckessa on 03/28/12 19:03 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Overall...A Great Car
By normh83 on 10/13/11 01:25 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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. Those are: 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.
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Good car even with age
By fordracer103 on 05/17/11 23:57 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
A money pit.
By Darren on 12/04/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

GM went bankrupt and there vehicles could make you go bankrupt. I have had nothing but trouble, had to rebuild transmission at 115,000, did all the recommended maintience. Ignition switch went bad, air conditioning went bad, catalytic convert plug, wiring harness is going bad. You name it. Heated seats went bad, window module switch went bad. I doubt I would ever buy an Impala or anything close to it again. It's a great road car if the long term reliability was there. U (you) A (ain't) W (working) workmanship is subpar. That's what you get for paying people doctor's wages to build cars. Good luck GM you will need it.
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Sleeper
By Conway on 07/23/10 19:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

When I bought this car I wanted the most affordable, reliable, comfortable full size sedan I could manage. I found it in this car. I bought the car with 50k on it as the second owner. I still have the car, drive it 100 miles a day. I now have 140K on it and it runs great. I don't take it easy on the car at all. Have driven it to work, on two tracks with a john boat strapped to the roof. anything you can imagine. I wanted a truck, but I might just buy another impala! My configuration: Impala LS, 3.8 liter. No rust, no problems, never kept in a garage, original everything, 26 mpg. If you were thinking about this year of car, buy one. You won't be disappointed.
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Too Many Problems
By AndreaP on 11/07/09 14:25 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

Ride & handling are very good. Very comfortable, even on very long trips. Interior is very roomy, even for rear seat passengers. Tons of space in the trunk. However, it does not hold the road well in wet or snowy conditions. Even after meticulous maintenance, there have been too many mechanical problems. The cosmetic issues I have had are not due to abuse or over-use. My experience has been that this is a very poorly built automobile, and as a result has been unusually expensive to maintain. I would not consider purchasing another one. Items replaced include a new computer, catalytic converter, rear exterior door handles, wiring, trim items, etc. and several problems still exist.
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A Good ride with some quirks
By NatG83 on 11/04/09 14:57 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Review

I had the 3.8 LS with Leather interior, full loaded. Purchased the car used. Motor was strong, good acceleration. ride was too soft, and would bottom out with 4 adults in car. Interior parts broke easily, and there were some unsightly gaps in the panels. The car was terrible in the snow. The traction control only made matters worse. The Leather seats were way too soft. They worked well around town, but left the legs numb on long trips. When I traded the car in, the transmission felt to be slipping with only 70,000 miles on the car. The exterior was nice, but the headlight seals went on the car.
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