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To Repair and Keep Rolling... or Not?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:13 pm    Post subject:  To Repair and Keep Rolling... or Not? Reply with quote

I have a 2001 Impala LS with 110,000 miles on the clock. Have considered trading for a used, 2007-2008 Impala. But have considered fixing/upgrading and rolling my Impala for another 110,000 miles.

The car currently needs some little issues resolved (weatherstrip/applique replacement on all doors, repair where wife damaged driver's side door breaking into the car, etc.) There are some other issues. Probably would cost a total of $2500 to put the car back to a point where I'll be happy with it and will not feel the need to replace it with a newer car (with a monthly payment).

Had a couple questions regarding driveability, too. Car seems to not shift smoothly under hard acceleration--transmission doesn't quite know how to behave. Car has done this since it was brand new.

Second, would love to get more torque/throttle response and would be interested in knowing if this is possible using stock PCM and regular unleaded. Just looking for a little more brisk acceleration, with a little less throttle.

Finally, under hard acceleration on a hot day, I hear a mechanical/gear sound coming from under the hood. A/C compressor?

Oh, one last issue... car occasionally does not want to start when hot. Has GM ever owned up to this problem and offered a fix?

Thanks... just trying to make a responsible decision, which might be to junk the car and ride the motorcycle to work every day!

On edit: car is actually quite "clean", I'm just picky and want to keep it new vice making payments on something a couple years old. A newer car of similar size and power, with the same features probably would be $17-$18k from a dealer's lot.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

well it sounds like your transmission might be on its way out, so you might also want to add a new one to your list of items to fix. Or at least rebuild it or have it rebuilt. As for your question with the stock pcm. yes it is possible to get more out of it. What you really need there is just to get it tuned. That would allow you to make the trasmission respond a bit more. and maybe get 10 to like 30 more hp out of it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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well it sounds like your transmission might be on its way out, so you might also want to add a new one to your list of items to fix. Or at least rebuild it or have it rebuilt. As for your question with the stock pcm. yes it is possible to get more out of it. What you really need there is just to get it tuned. That would allow you to make the trasmission respond a bit more. and maybe get 10 to like 30 more hp out of it.


Appreciate the info... though not sure the trans is on its way out due to the funny shifting/slipping. It has always done that under hard acceleration--even the original one that lasted only 37,000 miles behaved the same way.

70,000 on the current transmission. Smile Maybe reason enough to replace it!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

well in that case i could be just a bad tune, the only way to tell is to read the pcm and see what it is set at. HPT can do that or DHP can too i think.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

wonder if some1 swapped pcms b4 they sold it too you.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'd advise you to repeat my mantra when it comes to my car, "It's paid for... It's paid for.... It's paid for." Sure, I put 2500 bucks into repairs in a few months a year and a half ago and it needs some attention soon, but it's nice not to have to worry about a car payment and the increase in insurance premiums that would come with full coverage on a financed vehicle.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

X2!

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I'd check the transmission out. if its fine i say keep on keepin' on!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:22 am    Post subject:  Re: To Repair and Keep Rolling... or Not? Reply with quote

mlewis73 wrote:
repair where wife damaged driver's side door breaking into the car


Please explain!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Our p.o.s. is paid for but I still keep full coverage on it. I do that because with my luck something will happen to it if I have liability only.

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