I recently got a 2005 impala with 118,000 miles for 7,300 dollars. At first it ran well but once i bought and i turned it on in the morning and tried to leave i couldn't i had to wait for it warm up. when its cold it wouldn't run so if you're planning to buy an impala make sure it runs when it's cold. other than that it's a great car to have and go out with.
on stars and stereo
it has good sound system but i think it should be improve a little
I've always been a Toyota guy (celicas and camry) but this car changed my mind. As soon as I drove it, I loved it. The front bench seat is so comfy and roomy. No bucket seats that usually restrict my legs and you feel closer to the passenger with no divider (I guess that only matters if you like the passenger). The ride is smooth - soft without being too "floaty" like the big chevy boats of the past. I love the steering on this car, very responsive. The 3.4 base engine has enough power when you need it and gets surprisingly good mileage for a big car. You can see how safe the car is when you look under the hood. Major bracing and crumple features. I got the black with spoiler and sunroof
Very comfortable smooth ride on long trips Huge trunk Superb sound system, crisp and powerful - well above the average factory stereo Great steering and brakes (4 wheel disc) In black, this car makes an older guy look respectable, yet almost cool Comfy front bench seat few repairs -reliable
Some issues featured in other reviews: Speedometer occasionally going to zero, and then works again (gauge unit is common problem in impala, but can be replaced) Very low front clearance, (but never any damage due to heavy steel cage under there) stronger headlights
GM has, for years, been having electrical issues, primarily with the instrumentation and blower controls. Our Impala has suffered such a nasty fate. First the speedometer found 6 o'clock and never again moved. Then the Fuel gauge pegs out.($1500 to fix) Then blower motor becomes intermittent, then quits, then smokes. FIRE. The net is full of complaints just like ours. This all starts about 60K miles. Plenty of used for sale, no wonder, so steer clear. If you're an Electrical Engineer and have a fire fighters job, this car is for you.
Bought my impala in 2005 used with 25K on it. Paid $11,900, and five years later car has 170K and still going strong. Had transmission rebuilt at around 125K miles, but other than that no repairs other than routine maint. The overall cost of ownership for the last five years has remained extremely low. Not the most flashy car for sure, but the most reliable car I have ever owned.
Huge Trunk, for a large sedan it gets great fuel economy, dependability, front leg room
I would recommend the Impala to anyone. It has a really cushy ride without being too soft and floaty. The steering is effortless. The seats are extremely comfortable and I love the bench seat. It's much more comfortable than a bucket that is restricting if you have longer legs. The stereo with factory pre-amp is delightful. Gas mileage is impressive for such a big car, I'm getting an average of over 27 MPG with about 1/2 city driving. 4-wheel ABS disc brakes are smooth as silk. Engine seems solid and purrs. I have been a Toyota celica/camry guy for decades now but this car won me over. Congratulations to Chevy for making a car worthy of American label. I love this car.
I love the 5 star crash rating. Great mileage for such a big car. Factory stereo is wunderbar. Super steering and comfortable, soft ride. great paint job and styling (in black it looks very stylish and not fuddy duddy)
Low clearance in front on slopes (but the tough square undercarriage aluminum frame can take it with no lasting damage) Newer models ride just as nice but the look has become more generic since 2006 (no big round taillights which I like).