I bought this car used on the last day of 2007; it had 75000 miles on it.
In the past 110,000 miles/~8 years of ownership this has been a very reliable car. It consistently gets 28MPG on the highway. It has a smooth ride, and the seats are quite comfortable. The driver's side has adjustable lumbar support. The controls are all easily reachable while driving. Handles in the snow like a dream.
I have replaced the battery once. I have just put the second set of brakes on it about a week ago. At 185000 miles it still does not burn any oil. It is quiet when driven down the interstate. The trunk is cavernous. Plenty of room for rear-seat passenger - my 6'5" son has ridden back there when he has visited. Good visibility.
It has started every time I have turned the key - except that one time I had to replace the battery. I only hope that every car I buy is as faithful to me as this car has been. Chevy got this one right!
Ok there were a few problems to the build. there was a design flaw that allows water to go from the front of the car by the hood, to the back passenger side. The amp power cord splits into 2 between the front and the rear seats. and the water corrodes that. so you have to fix that, also the front always scrapes when I go up on something. other than that its a really good car nice and roomy inside too. "I have a 6'5" cousin that wanted to buy my car." It has a lot of torque too, you just floor it and you can feel it just kick in a few seconds later.
really roomy, the torque is awesome, always starts good starter family car 1 to 2 kids. trunk space is amazing really big for groceries. i have a milk crate in the back with some tools my own jack and i can fill it with groceries for the week and there is still enough room to fit a body in there. HUGE TRUNK
There is an amp design flaw that I see many impalas have "2001 to 2006" Impalas its a pain to fix because you have to find where the amp wire splits and cut that off and replace the corroded wire.
Also it scrapes a lot on the front of the car. When you go into alleys or into parking lots you have to go slow and on an angle so you dont scrape.
We bought this car used in 2012 with around 55K miles, and have only had a few minor issues which are to be expected. The front bench seat has helped when the kids friends are over, and the trunk space fits everything we needed it to for a long vacation. Excellent in all weather, great comfort, and a great value, it even survived a fairly serious accident and was able to be completely repaired - a great solid GM car like all my others have been!
Roomy interior, great handling for the size, excellent in the snow, overall quality.
I have had to replace the battery 2 times in 9 years I've had this car.
I attribute this to the difficult climates of the Las Vegas summer (116 daytime highs) and the Reno Winters it has had to endure (7 degree mornings).
Two water pumps, and two fuel pressure regulators (one of which was due to a defective replacement part).
Other than that, it's spoiled me as it doesn't leak anything, runs smooth, and has me expecting it to start reliably.
I also put a set of Michelins on it at 30000 miles.
First car I bought with my wife the year our baby daughter was born (new).
Hope I can keep it going like my wife's 73 Cougar.
Too bad Chevy didn't keep this one in production as it was a winner.
Exterior design is wonderful.
Cooling system, interior could be made more luxurious.
I bought this car from my dad, with nearly two-hundred thousand miles on it.
Granted, he treated that thing well, but it's still rolling like new. The only problems it's had was a broken fuel gauge and a warped rotor.