Good, but needs some improvements
By wallyuwl on
2002 Chevrolet Impala 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Bought last August with 33k miles. Now 50k. Brake rotors from factory are soft and warp easy (had already been replaced under warranty before we got the car), replaced them with ones from Car Quest (and put on ceramic pads). Stops great now, and the parts shouldn't wear out for a long time. Will do the back in the next few months. Thermometer was bad, and they found an intake manifold gasket leak ($600) while fixing that, which I guess is somewhat common in GM vehicles and is caused by the Dex-Cool coolant they use. I got that flushed and had different coolant put in. Should be good now. Have done a few other maintenance things that would have to be done with any car.
Looks great. Good power, great gas mileage (26-33 mpg regularly with 3.4), sound system is good, very roomy interior and trunk. Engine compartment is roomy, and it is easy to get to things. You feel secure in the car. Handles good in winter even without traction control. A great value.
Fuel injectors seem to gunk up easily, getting them professionally cleaned at 45k improved performance A LOT. Factory hub caps are ugly (I put on '02 Dodge Stratus replicas). Make ABS standard. Make arm rests on doors padded. Make brake rotors better from factory, and don't use Dex-Cool coolant!