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2nd one! =)
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By simplyme
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2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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1st was an 03 Impala LS Hit 300.XXX
time for a trade in lol. got an 02 Had it for a while now, and its absolutely amazing just as well as my 03.
comfort A+, he's quick, comfortable. and has never left me stranded, Haven't had the security issue. gets 27MPG constantly, Homelink is amazing... traction control does wonders. my only issue is the heated seats go out frequently.. but I'm cool with it, pardon the pun xD Pretty sure my next one will be a SS =) Def recommend this car.


Best Features

HomeLink, Leg room, 3.8 engine =)) MPG Simply but sleek design inside and out. for me that it.


Worst Features

bigger wheels, and more options.for the wheels and color and something more for younger owners...


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Cheverolet Impala 3.8L Police Package
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By mckessa
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2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Impala new at a Toronto dealership. I found the car to have good exceleration and handling. The 3.8L is bullet proof with over 360,000 klm on the original engine. The transmission has been flawless. The only issues I have had was with the computer which crashed right after the warranty expired. This was a $1000 repair. The wipers would not go into the park position, repaired several times. Most recently the gas gage went screwy and the turn signal shorts out on damp days. All in all an above average car that really doesn't owe me anything.


Best Features

Favorite features would be handling and engine reliability.


Worst Features

Suggested improvements would be to the electrical components.


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Overall...A Great Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By normh83
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2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I have the LS model and even with some frustrations.....overall it has been a very good car.
Like many other Impala owners, I've experienced several common issues.
Those are:
catalytic converters wearing out, brakes, computers.
For cars made during these year models, GM still had not perfected their hubless brake rotors meaning....they dont dissipate heat well and tend to warp causing premature wear, shimmying on the steering wheel, etc.
Try installing high quality performance brake parts. I spent $250 on 2 new slotted & drilled front brake rotors plus high quality metallic pads. I quit having brake problems.


Best Features

I like this car because of its value for the money. No....this isn't a Mercedes or Infiniti but, for what I paid for it, it's a great value. I need a car to one thing...get me from point-A to point-B. But the impala does that with a very comfortable ride, mine has all power features, heated leather seats, good sound system, great visibility, great handling and engine performance. I regularly get 22-23+ mpg around town with the AC on and I've experienced 30-32 mpg on long road trips....no complaints here. And this is the 3.8L V6. I've had mechanics tell me Impalas are great cars IF you take care of them and I had a body repairman tell me Impalas are some of the easiest cars to repair.


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The problem with converters is caused primarily from the ethanol in the gas. Ethanol breaks down too easily, tends to attract water and creates a lot of carbon when burned in combustion chambers. A few solutions: Every 10-15 tanks of gas, use some high quality fuel treatment like, Lucas or RXP. This helps remove carbon buildup on engine parts and allows it to get blown out the exhaust. Another good thing to do is when running the fuel treatment, is to do a few hard accelerations say...going down an access road. Then when you do replace a converter, dont be cheap. Get a good quality replacement. If it's not lasting you at least 3-4 years, you need something better.


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Good car even with age
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By fordracer103
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2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought the car with 90,000 miles. The car did have a couple cosmetic problems, but the car did run well. After some expected maintenance, changing spark plugs Spark plug wires, etc, the car preformed very well. I drove it form college every weekend and got an average of 32 Mpg using regular 87 gasoline and 35 if I used 89 plus. I was surprised with power that the car had (3.8 liter) The car did have its cons. The Wiper Motor Crank Arm can cause the wipers to park in the up position which cost around 600 dollars overall to repair. I dodged a bullet by having the dealership pay for the repair. The rims clear coat broke down causing unsighlty rust and spots on the rims.


Best Features

The gas mileage, comfortable ride, roomy interior, and the stereo.


Worst Features

Head light seals break causing condensation in the headlights which damage the bulbs and have to replace both the headlights. The rims clear coat breaks down causing rust and spots.


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A money pit.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Darren
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2002 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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GM went bankrupt and there vehicles could make you go bankrupt. I have had nothing but trouble, had to rebuild transmission at 115,000, did all the recommended maintience. Ignition switch went bad, air conditioning went bad, catalytic convert plug, wiring harness is going bad. You name it. Heated seats went bad, window module switch went bad. I doubt I would ever buy an Impala or anything close to it again. It's a great road car if the long term reliability was there. U (you) A (ain't) W (working) workmanship is subpar. That's what you get for paying people doctor's wages to build cars. Good luck GM you will need it.


Best Features

It's a very average car. That's why they sold them to taxi cab owners, muncipalities, and law enforcement.


Worst Features

Fire your chief engineer, and your reliability engineers and reduce the UAW's influence on building cars.


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