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2004 Chevrolet Impala SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A) SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A)
Most of the variations of the impalas I've driven have been very good and dependable. The one I have just bought recently seems to be very dependable. It has been well maintained other than rock chips all over the hood, (former owners lived on a dirt and gravel road). It has a lot of miles, mostly long distance highway travel. The paint seems to be original and other than being enamel instead of lacquer, it has a quality paint job. The interior is very pleasing to the eye, except for the carpet. The exterior and steering wheel that should be a dark Gray or black color. I'd buy all I could find of them if I could afford to (most would be used for passenger transportation in a shuttle business).
they are roomy enough for for passengers to ride comfortably. the exterior body style is very appealing. (if you look at it just right you can see various other Chevrolet features, like corvette taillights) the available power in case you need it. the fact it is not related to a Chrysler, or Nissan!
use the 14 or 15 inch mag wheels used on the 78 thrpugh 83 Malibus, Monte Carlos, etc. instead of the 16 and 17 inch wheels that you can't afford to buy tires for. do away with the computers and the airbags. return to rear wheel drive and v8 engines. if you drive them correctly they are cheaper on gas.
2004 Chevrolet Impala SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A) SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A)
I bought my Chevy Impala SS new and I love it. I did have some problems right after I bought it with something in the steering column which I must admit was very frustrating but this car has started every day for the last 6 years without fail. It has definite power when called upon. This car is a great car and I plan on driving it for many years to come!
the super charger. the roominess, the truck space is unbelievable. the heated seats are so nice.
2004 Chevrolet Impala SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A) SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A)
I have 116,000.00 miles on my Impala, bought it new. Other than normal wear and tear, I have had no issues. I am actually considering buying another one for my next vehicle. I love it!
I purchased this car about 4 years ago. It had about 35k on it and I purchased an extended warranty for another 35k. I have a black one and the paint job is really cheap looking. IF you have tinted windows, you can't get good reception from the AM radio. After owning the vehicle 1 year we had to replace the radiator, fortunately it was covered under the warranty I had purchased, otherwise that would have cost an about $1500.00 to fix. I can hear a clunk in the steering column, which might be a lose linkage somewhere, but disconcerting. The vehicle and plummeted in value since I purchased it.
Leather seats, get up and go with the supercharger
Better quality, better paint, a radio that works with tinted windows.
We loved the car overall until the last year. It was a lease car. Most of the time when we got the car up to 50mph the car began to shake and lunge and lurch like it was hurting for gas. We took the car into several car dealers to fix it and they thought we were crazy. We did find one dealer that could see it, but was never able to get it to do it at the right time for the computer to tell there what to fix. Well, after the lease we were sad to give it up, but some poor person probably has it now.
dealers need to start listening the the owners that are driving the car on a regular basis to fix problems.
Speedometer went out at 66,000 miles ($379.93). Light went out on climate control, have to replace whole unit ($336.60). Sometimes windshield wipers don`t work at all. Or won't shut off. Service Traction System light comes on occasionally, then does upon restarting. It seems to me that there is some kind of electrical issue with these cars, as many people experience the same problems.
3.8 Supercharged provides good power.
Don't Buy This Car
This car is pretty nice. I have the SS super charged. It's a lot better on gas mileage than I expected. It didn't even take a half a tank of gas to get from where I live to my family's house, like it normally does on the Toyota Camry I had before I traded it for this car. It seems I got a good deal trading in that old Toyota Camry for this Chevy!
I like the sunroof of the car. Personally I've never had one. My dad had a Volvo with a sunroof but never really used it. So this feature is pretty cool.
It would be nice for a car like this to come with a remote control keychain.
This car is fun to drive and the heated seat sare nice. The performance is excellent. Looks very sharp when polished. Chrome wheels look good.
XM radio, heated seats, looks of the car inside and out, and the gas mileage
Wish the interior was a little better quaility
I love my Impala SS Indy Limited edition. It has been an overall great car! It is comfortable, fun to drive, and the sterreo is awesome! My only complaint with this vehicle is having to put premium gas in it. Ooch! It is not a winter vehicle unless you live somewhere that doesn't get any snow!
Stereo system, interior and exterior design I think it is much nicer than the newer body style!
Do something about the premium gas!
This is a fun car to drive. We have had some problems with the engine/SS/fuel injectors. The car is still under warranty. The car begins to sputter driving over 40 mph when you hit the gas peddle. Also, the power steering seems to be going out. Something loose in the column and getting harder to turn when driving slower. Chevy dealers can't seem to find the problem.
We love the SS in the engine. We love the sound system and the leather seats.
I purchased this vehicle in Aug 2003 when it first came out. I now have 72,000 miles on it and no complaints. It has only needed basic service. It needed new tires at 50K and new brakes at 60K. Only normal service issues. Three car seats fit in the back. Cornering has been excellent, expressway driving has been excellent 30+ mpg at 70 mph. Local driving averages 25 mpg. Could use a better sound system.
Heated seats warm up before heater, nice! Engine never dies, keeps increasing speed.
XM should be traded in for Sirus. Sound system needs an upgrade
This is a nice ride which has a lot going for it. The 280lb-ft of torque is above average. The car is big, roomy, comfortable, and has a huge frickin trunk. Interior and Exterior styling is OK. (In my opinion the 2006 has a better interior, but worse exterior.) An SS needs to be a V8 rear wheel drive. The 2006 get us SS fans half way there.
Heated seats, steering wheel radio controls, supercharger, 17" rims,sunroof, chrome duals, "SS" stiched on the doors.
The 2006 SS took care of the V8 issue. Now it needs to get on a rear wheeel drive platform. (Can you say Hemi Charger?) Interior is also bland but again, the the 2006 is much better.
I love my Impala SS. I've had it for almost 2 years and it still runs like a charm. I've had no problems whatsoever with it. It drives great in rain, sleet or snow. I feel safe driving it in any weather. My three children ages 7, 11, and 12 all fit comfortably in the back seat. My son is 5'6 and has plenty of leg room in the back. They don't even touch elbows! I especially like driving on the highway. This car sure has some "get up and go"! I never worry about playing "chicken" to pass a "Sunday driver". That engine kicks in and I always have plenty of time to pass when needed. Out of the 5 vehicles I've owned in my life, my Impala SS is definitely my favorite!
The SS engine is my favorite feature. I also like the heated seats, radio controls on the steering wheel, and the great speaker system.
The only real complaint I have about my Impala SS is the air conditioner vents. They need some modification. The driver and passenger seats could also use some better lumbar support.
Overall I would have to say that I do enjoy the car when it isn't back at the dealership getting serviced. I have had problems with the brakes squeeking, rotors going bad, sunroof sticking, and as a result of the sunroof my headliner has been dripping water like crazy. Also the stereo fades in and out. Oh, and "6 speaker system", don't plan on finding the other 2 speakers, there is only 4. The performance isn't what I figured it would be for an SS, but hey can't get everything.
I would have to go with the heated seats. Got to love those on the days when it is cold out, and the dual climate control, sure is nice when you have someone with you that likes it at a different temp.
Well with the problems that i have been experiencing, I would go with the sunroof, that is the biggest thing. I have taken several other's as loaners and 3/4 the sunroof had issues. 2nd would have to be the brakes. Nothing but problems. And Stereo, all things that have caused me problems.
I have owned my Chevy Impalla SS for over a year now and am in love. This car is almost everything I hoped it would be. It handles like a pro on the express way and can pass just about anything out there. The gas mileage could be better, but being supercharged, its ok with me. I would recommend this car for someone who is looking for affordable luxury with a kick. This car is also very accomidating to teens. the back seat is very roomy and the trunk has pleanty of space for travel.
The sun roof and independant heat as well as each seat having independant heat and power movement make this a great ride. My car has duel CD and Cassette. The trunk has lots of space for travel.
The positioning of the air vents on the dash make the air difficult to get to the rear of the car. The speakers are directly behind the ears of the persons in the back seat. The cup holders need to be adjustable and the rear seat needs better ones there. The sun visors are to small for the driver.
2 "Indy SSs arrived at "my" dealership & I shot over with my driving gloves. I gave a salesman a "serious" 1 hr road test. After the test he said that my reputation had preceeded me & he knew he was in for it when I got behind the wheel. I didn't disappoint him & I bought the "Indy" that day. I'm prejudiced toward Implalas having owned a '01 LS. It was problem free, fun to drive & got a lot of compliments. The '04 "Indy", 240HP supercharged is better. Steering & suspension are tight. Terrific engine response-smooth shifts & the engine wants to pull forever! Beautiful 17" diamond-cut aluminum wheels. The P235/55R17 "W" Goodyear Eagle's & large discs haul it down quickly. It has few negatives.
Fast, quick responding. Lots of torque. Good road feel. Brakes don't seem to fade. Nimble for a large car with acceptable lean in tight curves with no sudden car geometry surprises. High quality leather seats. Controls easy to read/reach. Lots of interior & truck room. Good paint finish & panel fit.
3800 TYPE III 260HP Grand Prix engine or even 280-300HP. If GM/Chevy did it right it could have been the Indy '04 pace car. In the future HP should back up names/logos. For '06 add 3" of thigh support to the front seats, 2 side air bags & head curtains. Needs tuned exhaust to sound high performance!
The Impala SS is an interesting one. On one hand, the exterior changes make this look sporty and aggressive, much better than the base and LS models. The interior needs some of those changes. Decent power, but not what I expected from the supercharged engine. Gas mileage is great for a car this size, and it is very roomy. This is a very well built and solid car. I thought the interior could use several improvements.
SS exterior treatment, including the lower profile spoiler, 17" wheels, and blacked out trim. I also like the comprehensive gauge package included with the SS.
Steering wheel too large. The "carbon fiber" interior trim is not convincing. I don't like gray interiors, and that is the only available color. Also, how about some chrome for the door pulls, the interior doesn't seem much of an upgreade from the base model. Requires premium fuel.
Glad to see the Impala back. Very nice driving, handling, responsive car. Fun to tour around in. Looks nice.
Nice clean interior. Simple, basic and without clutter. Easy operation. Ignition back on the dash. Tail pipes. Low profile wing. Comfy leather seats. Satellite Radio.
Need to get the Corvette V-8 back in this thing. Then you got a true Impala. Come on GM, put the muscle back in this car.
This is really one fine ride. Very quick and agile for a car of this size. I picked up the Indy speedway edition on a model close out got a great price. The car is excellent! The only complaints I have are The torque steer under hard acceleration really bad, the SS badges are the same color as the car and its really to quiet for anything that says SS on it.
XM radio, smooth ride, steering wheel controls, speed.
Make the SS badges Chrome, Silver or Red. Do anything about the awful torque steer under hard acceleration. Make the wheels bigger 18"
I bought 2000,2001,2002,2004 and 2004 impalas. I keep the cars upto 32000 miles and then trade in with a new one. Currently, I have 2004 SS and LS. 2002 was in an accident and car was rolled over 2 times over the hill and 17 years old driver walked away without any scratch on the body. Best ride and money worth car is the Impala car.
Dual air zone. Good gas mileage.
May be helpful for short people if gas and brake padel is adjustable and telescopic steering wheel.
One Badass ride!! I've only drive 2500 mile so far, but fell in love with this car. I'm not going to sell it, being a limited edition. I eat Pontiacs for lunch!
Black exterior with Indy trim
So for the first time in my life, I actually went out looking for a car, a brand new car. I wanted decent space, comfortable yet competent handling, etc. and I ultimately ended spend 2 months going through all of the local delearships in my area test driving every car in the "Large Sedan" Class. Ultimately it came down to a 2004 Accord V-6, or the 2004 Impala SS. The accord takes forever to downshift (when I press the gas down, I expect the machine to down shift) and the Transmission of the accord was a little less smooth in comparison to the ultra silky performance of the Impala's transmission. In a word overall this vehicle is amazing.
Quick shifting transmission (Best performance in automatics) Transmission so smooth fear changes are only perceptible only extreme acceleration, even then if you are paying attention, you will not notice. Leather Quality is superb period Ride comfort racing around or daily driving
Like everyone else, I am annoyed with the lack of a light for the glove box. GM is going to Meddle with this amazing car at the end of 2005 model year
I purchased an SS model Impala (when I was actually only looking to buy an LS) when i realized the dealership I was at had over $7000 in rebates. I had never test driven the SS, so when I took it for a spin, I loved the performance and the handling. It is lightning quick, and quite agile for a large sedan.
You have to love the the 240 horsepower supercharged engine. It gets up and moves like nobodys business. The 200 watt stero is exceptional, and probably gets louder than most people can tolerate. the XM satellite is a nice feature as well.
More interior lamps. A cover for the Space below the Dash would be nice. The Interior could have a more refined luxury sedan look as opposed to being so Truck like, and I wish the information computer was standard. Especially on the LS and SS models.
Fun to drive. Great features.
Supercharger. Rocing stereo
The Impala SS is a really sharp looking car for starters. Sure, it's a 4 door sedan but, it's not grandma's Impala. Start the engine and you can tell that there's fun going to happen. Nice exhaust tone....and fairly subdued until you punch it and watch the S/C boost gauge; smooth power and torque when you want it. I'm glad that Chevy brought it back.....and you can get one with no options (standard features are plenty for me) for right around 22K, after all the rebates !
The way it looks....smooth power from S/C engine, 4 wheel disc brakes, dual exhaust with a nice "growl." Nice interior.
Maybe more noticable SS badges on exterior.
I ride a motorcycle at work and also have a Ford Crown Vic as a traffic car. I would rather have my SS for duty then the V-8. I know that it is not rear wheel drive or a V-8, but the supercharger pulls harder than my cop car.
It is very quiet inside. The engine, sounds system and the supercharger.
I like the overall design and performance.
The 2004 Impala SS is a superb performance sedan.The vehicle is strapped with 240 horsepower, 280 foot pounds of torque and a motor trend tested 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and 14.7 in the quarter mile at 92 m.p.h. bone stock.The SS also comes with many standard features as well as great options such as sunroof,driver information center,200 watt-6 speaker premium sound system,heated seats,xm radio,on star and indy commerative package.This Impala SS is a steal at a base price under 28,000 and just over 32000 for a fully loaded one with the indy package.
High class leather seating,awesome power and performance and superb looks.
I love my SS Impala
Nice ride and power engine.
Interior Wood Trims
Nice car. Ride is a little harsh. Good handling and great gas mileage. Fun to drive, but is not all it should be. See suggested improvements. A little pricey for the SS compared to other makes such as Nissan Maxima, etc.
Great performance and great mileage. Fun to drive.
Air vents blow in drivers face, needs more power outlets in front, more glove box space, console space, door on open space in dash. Needs gear indicator on console.
I reserched many new cars but the Impala SS had all the attributes I was looking for. High perfomance, fairly good gas mileage and all the right accessorys. The car has been a joy, I now have almost 2,000 miles on her and I look forward to my commute 1 hour one way instead of dreading it. The Impala is the limited addition so I can't wait to see it in the Indy 500 this May.
XM radio is right up there, almost as cool as the super charger for passing and unbelieveable handling.
The only thing I sort of wished for was a midnight blue color option. Maybe a thermostaticly controlled a/c but the dual zone is quite nice.
This is the first new car that my wife and I have purchased in 17 years. Our last car was a 1987 Mercury Cougar. We enjoyed that vehicle very much also. I like the ride of the Impala, the seating is comfortable and the view of the dash instruments is good. The car seems to have sufficent power, althought we have not had it in the mountains yet. This is the first GM product that I have owned in many year so time will tell on my continued like or dislike. Currently I am happy with it.
My wife enjoyes the OnStar feature that came with the vehicle. I enjoy the computations such as fuel and milage reports. I like the ability to see the instruments when driving without having to peek around the sterring wheel.
At this point the only thing that I would like to see would be a V8 engine. POWER!
the leg room sucks in the front of the car, rides comfortable, fair on gas.......
more leg room in the front on both sides.
Quality, Reliability AND fun to Drive - what a combo. I am a professional Quality/Reliability Engineer and after 5000 miles this car has NO quality or reliability problems. Acceleration when you want it is great. When you don't want accel car is tame as a kitten. Handles well and still has a smooth ride. I owned a Lincoln LS and this beats it hands down for 1000's less.
XM Radio, Supercharged Engine, Smooth GM trasmission, Heated seats
Temperature controlled climate system, telescoping wheel, better display for XM info, sensitivity adjust for auto headlights.
I bought this car about a month ago and thanks to a long trip to Daytona 500 I got to break it in right. lots of power, good road feel,very stable on highway even around big rigs.Just a small amount of road noise not too bad.Good gas milage 25.2 around 75-80 mph! you might get better.Overall very happy with purchase.I like the looks with the optional wheels and havent seen many others.The only thing i did was tent the windows for a sweet ride!
needs padded door arm rests,noticable SS logos,moore storage in glove box
As soon as I turned over the keys to my 1998 Chevrolet Lumina Z-34 and got into the Impala and stepped on the gas, the difference was definately noticeble. The Lumina was quick and I used to be able to take the Civics and Eclipses right off the line but now, prior to experience,I have beat a 2000 BME 328i Sport sedan. I paid just over $30,000 and now that there is a special edition Indy 500 package i am probably going to trade it in.
My favorite featur is definately the supercharger. It really gives a huge boost over the naturally aspirated 3800 V-6.
The interior design and build quality are really not the greatest in the family sedan market.
I finally did it! I traded my 01 Impala LS in for a 04 Impala SS. All I can say is...WOW! I love it! I love it! I love it! It has that extra get up and go when you need it, and it loooks gooood! =) Like I said about my LS (and I do miss him), there is nothing more to life than a good man, good children and a fun car to drive. Semper Fi Chevy! MV
The new spoiler. Ground effects. Corvette style rear lights. Dual exhaust and SS interior.
Maybe making the special models with different interior lighting colors.
I owned a 1996 SS, ran great, but started falling apart slowly. Bought an '04 showroom model, and I personally think it runs great, looks sportier than recent models, has some great options.
Supercharged engine, spacious trunk, comfortable leather seating, great stereo system.
I really think Chevrolet should bring back the 5.7 L in Impalas and Monte Carlos.
Last three cars were Saabs.when Saab changed design to look like everything else, i decided to try something different. looked at acura tsx, altima, crown vic and gran prix and decided to go with the impala ss for it's combination of roominess (my spreading rear end fits in the front seat and backseat large enough for grandsons' carseats) performance (great low end torque w/o noticeable torque steer) and lots of standard features at a reasonable price ($3500 rebate). nice solid ride, not floaty like the base impalas.
performs excellent for a big sedan and, due to the sc v/6, gets good gas mileage around town of 23 mpg.looks good too w/the 17 in wheels, slick black paint and rear spoiler. had the windows tinted also.
as always, w/chevys, plastickey interior pieces, but the gray leather is attractive w/the SS insignias and it's comfortable.
Impressed by this car. It doesn't have the purchase price tag of my old MB 400E, but it's got a lot more size and safety features than my Audi A4. Car is subtle and understated - perfect for "Q Ship" mode. Everyone comments on how sharp the car's looks are. Because I'm not as "into" the 94- 96 era car, I may be more appreciative of this automobile as a whole - not worried about FWD RWD
Good acceleration, instrumentation, very large trunk, rear seat pass through, excellent handling, roomy interior, good styling, difficult to tell this is FWD when driving
Parking brake feels weak, how about 1 or 2 additional colors. Gas milage out of the gate a little lower than expected - surprised to find that car requires premium fule.
I looked at the Honda TL for 2004 ....nice car alright but forget sticker prices and far away dealers and questions of service departments....I got a 2004 SS loaded with every option from heated seats to factory XM, CD, bilateral power seats, sun roof, supercharged motor rated one of the ten best motors ever built all for $25,+++ with the incentives...for this price I even like black which I was not looking for in the beginning.
any car without factory XM radio is in the in dark ages and not worthy of consideration in my book... if you have not used one on trips you are definitely missing out...very few new cars have them (some Hondas, General Motors vehicles and Lexus 430 for 2004)
the seats could be just a little longer in the seat but are still far ahead of the new small Chevrolet being offered with adjustable foot pedals (ah yes, the Malabu)...car should be offered in more colors I think (black only)
what i experienced with this car proceded all my expectations, really you feel as if you are dealing with an impala, it is fast , very very safe ,you have total control extremly reliable performance , very sleaqu high quality vecheil , makes you feel so special .
i love the way the car looks , and how you fit inside it but really what i should mention , is the traction control you feel the vechile so steady and safe.
i love the vichel the way it is.
peppy and stylish. options not expensive.
Handling superb -- compares favorably to the 2003 Nissan Maxima. 280 ft-lbs torque really gets your attention. Little body roll for a car this big. Very tight suspension and seventeen inch wheels make it very sporty. Reliability should be good (at least, compared to domestic or European automobiles,) as the 3.8L engine has been around since the late '80s. Complaint: Chevy doesn't know how to design an plush interior. Buick leather is much nicer, the interior just has too much plastic, and bucket seats need a little more lateral support.The XM Satellite Radio, however, was a nice touch.
Torque, supercharger, styling
Better interior design/materials.
The Impala SS has the best build quality I have ever seen on a Chevy (and I have owned several in the last 15 years): No rattles,squeaks or wind noise. Excellent acceleration which will fool many drivers of more expensive luxury sedans(BMW's).No body roll in corners and excellent handling for front wheel drive. It's not a V8 or rear drive but very competent.
Fun to drive and it easily out accelerates more costly sedans. XM radio is worth the price along with the premium sound system
SS markers are hard to see and no SS moniker is on the rear. A convertible would be desirable with this engine.
I've owned my Impala SS for one month and have 675 miles. It runs great, no lag from the supercharger and handles very well. The brakes are great, got 24.2 mpg on my first tank.
The engine pulls strong and yet is extremely smooth and quiet. The satellite radio is a great feature and I like the built in cell phone. Brakes are stong.
Exhaust note is too quite and the SS markings are too subtle. Also, I didn't realize I needed to use premium fuel until I read the manual.
Having been tempted to purchase a new Impala SS in 1996 but not doing so and observing the cult following the model has had since 1996, it was intriguing to hear that a 2004 version was being built. The current SS will never have the same aura as the '94-'96 rigs because of its FWD V6 configuration, but it is still a marked improvement over the base and LS models. The 2004 Impala SS is also a great bargain in comparison to other similarly equipped vehicles. It feels great to drive and has a lot of available acceleration at any speed. I may seriously consider trading it in, though, if the rumors are true and a RWD V8 Impala is on the way.
Supercharged 3800 V6 is peppy. Styling is OK, not too flashy. Very good vehicle crash ratings. Low price for a premium car.
A RWD V8 would be appreciated. The styling could be a little more understated, like the '94-'96 model. OnStar should not be added on as frequently as it is - it should be an option at the time of purchase.
I love this car.
engine, handling and comfort
20 more horsepower please
coolest car ever, except for the lack of a v8 and convertibility
make impalas convertible, more galaxy silver impalas, should have optional v8.
On delivery-no scratches, wax on car, hand dirt in interior (poor prep), car jumps (low end torque), rides good on highway and turns are fun, 27.3 mpg on first tank (premium only), lots of looks, everyone speeds up when they see you, wheels are easy to clean (even the back of the wheels). This is a fun car that looks, rides, and runs like a champ-your reviewer can have all the Japanese refinement he wants- I'll take the FUN!
Performance,but still quiet and smooth, XM is worth the money (go for the good sound system)
I miss climate control (don't know why it isn't available). Bose would be nice. A window tint option.
Have only had it a week or so but since it is Chevy's newest Impala wanted to share my views on it. Traded a 02 LS Impala with only 7800 miles that I truly enjoyed but had to have the newest model. I like the heavier feel to the SS and altho I am not a lead foot I can tell it has power to spare compared to the 02. The concept of the SS has always been performance and I think this car will give this to those who desire it.
Love the look of the engine when you open the hood with the big Supercharged across the top of it. The 17 inch wheels look good and give the car the look of a performance vehicle. The dual stainless exhausts give the car the get up and go look.
1. The offering of the car only in Black when the new Monte SS has many colors. 2. The fact they put painted side mouldings on the car which can be chipped. 3. They put black lettering on the side which does not showup well.
whenever i had to get somewhere fast this car was great.
the impala has lots of power.
i think that you should offer a four wheel drive impala.