: I love this car.



ryannel2003
02-03-08, 05:52 PM
Well today my grandpa told me I could take his car, an '06 Chevy Impala SS. It's a really great car, reminds me of the '98-'03 Seville STS. This particular car is rare: Sport Red Metallic with Neutral Cloth. I believe Chevy dropped Sport Red in 2007 and Leather was also made standard (at the the price of a $2000 rise in sticker). He's had it for year and a half, and its had no problems so far. Unfortunately, it seems like the transmission hunts in gear while going down the road, but he doesn't notice it. A much needed upgrade from his previous car: '98 Monte Carlo LS. What a hell-hole if there ever was one. Anyway, here are some pics:

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3564.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3565.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3568.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3569.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3570.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3571.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3572.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3574.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3575.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3578.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3579.jpg

93DevilleUSMC
02-03-08, 06:24 PM
She's beautiful!

Jesda
02-03-08, 06:30 PM
I like the clean, simple interior. Nice place to relax and go fast.

Rolex
02-03-08, 07:05 PM
Those are a great car and that one's a beaut. What hp are they rated at, and what times do they run? Slap some forced induction on it and it would be a great sleeper.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-03-08, 07:15 PM
Nice looking car in that shade of red, and take it from a Chev service adviser, cloth seats in an SS are *VERY* rare.

They'll do 0-60 in the mid five second range, and the 1/4 mile is finished in the low-mid fourteen second range.

ryannel2003
02-03-08, 07:25 PM
Those are a great car and that one's a beaut. What hp are they rated at, and what times do they run? Slap some forced induction on it and it would be a great sleeper.

They have have the 5.3L DOD (Displacement on Demand) V8. 303hp and 323 ft-lbs of torque. The damn thing will fly, but you'd better hold on to the steering wheel. Torque steer is pretty bad, but not bad as some cars I have drivin. 0-60 is around 5.6 I believe (according to Car and Driver), and it'll run the quarter at 14.2 seconds doing 101 mph. I got it up to 100mph today, and it was effortless.

TexasCadillac
02-03-08, 07:27 PM
man thats a good looking clean car. how many miles?

ryannel2003
02-03-08, 07:32 PM
He bought it in August 2006 with 450 miles (it sat on the lot for 6 months) and right now it has 13500. Half of that mileage is from me driving it! :thumbsup:

TexasCadillac
02-03-08, 07:53 PM
it's probably only had 4 or 5 oil changes on the engine since new. It's barely broke in. I was looking at picture 5 with the SS decal on the door, it looks like the door fit at the bottom is slanted in a bit and I am sure it is a factory fit. That car should last you a long time. That is the kind of used cars I like to buy in that condition. Good luck with your car. TexasCadillac

ryannel2003
02-03-08, 08:06 PM
Nice looking car in that shade of red, and take it from a Chev service adviser, cloth seats in an SS are *VERY* rare.

They'll do 0-60 in the mid five second range, and the 1/4 mile is finished in the low-mid fourteen second range.

Would you happen to know if there are any main issues I should keep a look out for? Something about the front-end feels loose, and everytime I go over a bump it feels like the front doesn't get any traction. That, and the transmission hunts a little to much.

Destroyer
02-03-08, 08:49 PM
Now if Caddy stuck that drivetrain in the Deville's.................I would buy a Deville again. Then again I'd probably be happier in the SS anyway. :thumbsup:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-03-08, 11:09 PM
Would you happen to know if there are any main issues I should keep a look out for? Something about the front-end feels loose, and everytime I go over a bump it feels like the front doesn't get any traction. That, and the transmission hunts a little to much.


This looseness you're feeling in the front end, can you describe it to me? It might be the intermediate steering shaft, a very common problem on the Impalas (all W bodies actually) and the full size trucks and SUVs. Basically, the I-shaft slides back and forth, and if it's faulty, it'll click or clunk, and you'll be able to feel that when you're turning. What's happening is this sliding shaft is sticking. GM first said to lube the shafts, but now they're just replacing them right and left.

Otherwise, we see a fair amount of issues with the Tire Pressure Monitors, but that's a fairly easy and common fix, and the RKE Transmitter (Keyfob) problem. Where they'll only work if you're like standing on top of the car...we'll have to get you a new module, and a few new transmitters, and maybe the TPM's.

Oh, and there's a recall (or is it a TSB?) for the power steering hose recall...Basically, you'll lose power steering. We see this fairly common on all 06+ Impalas, and with the 5.3L V8 wedged in there, it's pretty time consuming to do.

ryannel2003
02-03-08, 11:18 PM
I can't really describe it. I'll be driving the car down the road and when I go over a small bump or an uneven patch in the road, the front end shakes a little bit and just feels extremely loose. Almost like talking bald tires over a really rainy patch, feels like you aren't in control of the car.

Wow... the steering wheel does make a clicking sound every once in awhile. Its kinda like a "pop" sound, and its really noticeable. As for the TPM, my grandpa has had the car back at the dealer twice for that problem. It's been fixed for about 6 months and fine ever since. As for the RKE, I've noticed its started to loosing power and you have to press the lock/unlock button 2 or 3 times before it registers. Guess I'm gonna have to take it up there to get that fixed, because its really annoying trying to start the car up on a cold morning with a remote that just doesn't work. Thanks for all the help!

Playdrv4me
02-04-08, 05:08 PM
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/Impala%20SS/IMG_3574.jpg


That is a mighty Chrysler-y dash, but simply and logically done.

Also those SS Impalas and Monte's have a very nice exhaust burble.

Florian
02-04-08, 05:26 PM
man, they will slap an SS badge on anything....sure its fast, but its an affront to the SS heritage.


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MauiV
02-05-08, 08:57 AM
That is a mighty Chrysler-y dash, but simply and logically done.

Standard GM interior by Rubbermaid.

Thats my biggest gripe with US automakers. I HATE the vast majority of the dashboards. They are just CHEAP, and WAYYYYY to much platic. The 08 CTS finally has caught on and I hope we see this trickle through GM.

IMO Ford has been way ahead in this department in the last decade or so but still not close to the Euros or Japs in the same class comparisons.

I mean that is a nice looking car from every angle, EXCEPT the dash.

LS1Mike
02-05-08, 10:13 AM
man, they will slap an SS badge on anything....sure its fast, but its an affront to the SS heritage.


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Here we go. Why because it is front wheel drive? Because as far as the Impala SS goes, this last gen is the Fastest, best stopping, best handling and most reliable one to date, The early ones were just like these ones today an afforable 4 door factory hot rod for the masses. I think it does a pretty good job wearing the SS badge, now if you want to pick on something maybe I could see the Cobalt or Malibu SS.
Times a change, just becuase it is old dosen't mean it is good.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-08, 11:39 AM
Standard GM interior by Rubbermaid.

Thats my biggest gripe with US automakers. I HATE the vast majority of the dashboards. They are just CHEAP, and WAYYYYY to much platic. The 08 CTS finally has caught on and I hope we see this trickle through GM.

IMO Ford has been way ahead in this department in the last decade or so but still not close to the Euros or Japs in the same class comparisons.

I mean that is a nice looking car from every angle, EXCEPT the dash.

Ford's have a better dash design than GM? Show me examples.

Playdrv4me
02-05-08, 12:19 PM
Ford's have a better dash design than GM? Show me examples.

I think he has a point. Except for the FUGLY corporate radio, the Ford 500 has a nicer dash than the Impala. Same goes for the 03-06 Navigator versus the previous gen Escalade (though in reality im one of the few people who liked the blocky old design of the GMT800 dash).

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-08, 02:33 PM
Yeah, but compare the '97 Taurus to the '97 Grand Prix, Intrigue, Regal or Lumina. Or the '97 Mark VIII to the '98 Eldorado. '96 Continental to the '96 Seville, etc etc. There are many others too. The '90s were not a bright era for Ford in their interior design, even in the luxury cars. But the new Ford's interiors are really very nice.

soupero
02-05-08, 03:52 PM
Nice car. When I was in the states 2 years ago we had almost :D the same one. We were driving the 2.8l or something (is that possible).
I must say that thing is slow as hell. I hope this one kicks some ass. ;)

MauiV
02-05-08, 04:25 PM
Yeah, but compare the '97 Taurus to the '97 Grand Prix, Intrigue, Regal or Lumina. Or the '97 Mark VIII to the '98 Eldorado. '96 Continental to the '96 Seville, etc etc. There are many others too. The '90s were not a bright era for Ford in their interior design, even in the luxury cars. But the new Ford's interiors are really very nice.

Like I said, the last 10 years Ford has really se the standard of the big 3.

My former 04 Lincoln LS was WAY better than my current V dash. Touchscreen navigation, green lighting vs this horrid orange. Finished materials instead of just the plastic. Leather trimmed doors vs this foamish material in the Cadi. My 2001 F150 Supercrew Lariet interior was WAY ahead of any Chevy until the brand newest models.

That said, I HATE Lincolns new body styles. Theres a reason I dont currently drive a Ford product, and I get them at hella deals.

NOBODY has worse interiors IMO than Pontiac.

I didnt buy the V for the dash, I bought if for the right pedal but after driving an 08 CTS I cant wait for new V to be a COMPLETE performance/luxury sedan.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-05-08, 04:32 PM
Ford's best interiors nowadays: Navigator (LOVE the instrument panel on those), Mustang's IP is nice too, F-Series have a nice interior, especially the 08+ Super Dutys, etc etc.

Playdrv4me
02-05-08, 04:44 PM
Ford's best interiors nowadays: Navigator (LOVE the instrument panel on those), Mustang's IP is nice too, F-Series have a nice interior, especially the 08+ Super Dutys, etc etc.

Man, I don't know how you can love that new Navi's interior. It's like Ford took the worst styling cues from their 70's cars and threw them all at the Navigator all at once.

Keep in mind I love alot of the 60s and 70s Linc's myself, but that Navigator has a face and an interior only a mother could love.