Bought my Impala LT brand new in March 2007. Now it's February 2015 and well over 100,000 miles later.
Had the steering recall issue dealt with when it was new, but that's the only thing it had to go back to the dealer for. I change the oil religiously, every 3,000 whether the "change oil" reminder comes on or not. Replaced the usual items that need periodic replacement on any car, like brake pads, tires, muffler. Changed the tranny fluid and anti-freeze and so on.
Bottom line is that my Impala has given me many years of reliable, comfortable service, with no end in sight. (I kinda wish it would die because I love the new Impala).
Beats a Korean or Japanese car any day!
Massive trunk and the fold down rear seats.
Comfortable and smooth on long journey's.
The body style is dated, but they fixed that with the new model.
Split bench seat with column shift lever, comfortable suspension, generally good driver visibility, huge trunk.
Large blind spots at C pillars.
1) Tire pressure monitor / key fob / antenna took 3 tries to fix under recall in first few months.
2) Problem in steering column fixed under recall in first year.
3) Power steering pump failed at 30,000
4) Water pump failed at 35,000
5) Part of wiring harness burned up at 45,000
6) Now at 50,000 fuel pump noisy, a/c/heater blower not working properly, motor mounts broken, and transmission slipping.
All these major problems despite adhering to the "severe use" maintenance schedule.
* Split bench seat
* Shift lever on steering column
* Radio controls in steering wheel
* Easy to read instrument readouts
* Mostly easy to use dashboard controls
* Power seat
* Good visibility out back window
* Huge trunk
Better engineering and production of critical components!!!
2007 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)
Nothing but problems out of this car. Bought it when it has 45k miles and already had to replace
Power Steering Unit
I never will buy another GM car, have to get this car repaired every other week and I can't trade because I
have so much negative equity.
We paid 17,000 for this car at only 2 yrs old. It had great performance at first, the lost all it's gusto. We were going through tires in the back like crazy and found out later there was a recall. We got into a head on car accident at 70km/hr and NOT 1 airbag went off. We had curtain and front airbags and nothing. Thankfully we walked away. The car was totaled. The other car had all airbags deployed. Contacted chev, got the run around. After research found out some of these cars were sold without air bags. We wanted it investigated but our car was mysteriously crushed 3 days after the accident. Prior to the accident, the whole exhaust system needed replacing, the electrical was going $.
The inside was nice but the seats were very uncomfortable on long trips. trunk size was big. Not much else to say about it that was good.
Needs tons of improvements. The car I had was not the base model. It's very loose in the back end in winter, even with good tires. Chev should make sure all the cars have air bags or issue a recall. If you have one, check for the recall of the back tires and save yourself some money on wearing tires. Despite regular on time maintenance the car was falling apart from the inside out by 125,000 km. Nice big price tag for junk. I know it's rated high but I would never buy another one!
I like my Impala SS! Not incredibly sexy from certain angles, and the interior style is hideous, but for the $$, an incredible buy. V-8 power, better gas milage than my wifes V-6 Traverse (thanks to 4-cyl shut-off ... which you never notice). 0 to 60 sub 5.7 sec ... the new $40K Impala with the same HP is going to be Plus 7 sec. It stickered for $31K loaded, got it for 25K between 3K off from dealer, and 3K from GM card earnings. I am out of warranty almost a year now - almost 6 years old. I will admit, mostly local driving (I live close to work) and only 31K miles, but bullet proof. Starts every day, just changed oil. Both front hubs have been changed recently - only repair in 6 years.
Power, Power and Power! I am not a fast driver, but when you want to pass that annoying SOB who cuts you off, outside of truly fast sports cars, untouchable. Bose strero is also very good. Leather seats are good to ... not Lexus like, but fit the purpose. Chrome 18" rims are much needed style to an otherwise dull exterior. Fold down rear seats are a great cargo feature.
Wood trim is hideous, although I opted for it over the fake metal trim, so much so that I opted not to get the color I wanted (Laser Blue Metallic), just to get the wood, in Red Metallic. Could use the wood trim on the Toyota Avalon ... as a matter of fact, it could use the whole intereior of the Avalon, or for the time, the Hyundai Azera. Both had superior interiors, but I opted for the uniqueness of the SS, with its V-8.
The huge trunk could have been sacrificed for a little more rear seat room. Power sunroof, although I love, should not slide open outside the car, but in the roof.