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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:23 pm    Post subject: Question Is my impala worth working on? Reply with quote

Hey guys i have a 01 Impala LS with 156,000 km on it and i was just wondering if i should keep putting money in it (got about 3k worth in it so far, mostly pointless things i.e rims,window tint and a sound system) . Dont get me wrong i absolutley adore this car but i have to be realistic i want to know if it is too late to mod it performance wise.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i wouldnt. Put the money into maintenence and drive it into the ground

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:56 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

No way its not to late i got my car at 117000kms and started its never to late but its up to you really.... do you take care of it? if you do it will last for atleast another 150000 200000 klicks? imo do it

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Almost any vehicle will last as long as you keep up on regular maintenance. I just hit 85,000km on my Impala before I parked it for the winter and I haven't had any serious problems with her.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Number 1 rule of beaters: don't pour money into your beater.

Change the oil, keep up on the fluids, yada yada yada.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i intend to keep mine and mod her till i die....either that or the end of the world, whichever comes first. Laughing its up to how you feel about the car. its your money, do what you want with it
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Everyone has their own opinion and spending threshold.

I would say go for it, but don't go crazy with it. The car is basically 10 years old now, even if the miles are not high, materials and components still age.

At that point I would say maybe a decent exhaust and intake, but I wouldn't go into things like adding an M90 or something that extravagant.

I want to point out he said 156,000 kms, not miles. That's only 100,000 miles.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Never too late for exhaust or intake or brakes, something like that. I think I finally did a u-bend delete around 140,000 or 150,000 miles (not km). I had them do it when my resonator went.

As far as the major performance mods, I don't know. Putting money into a car is like remodeling a sinking ship. That's just the way cars are. However, if you keep up on it, it will give you many more years of life.

However, since you are from Canada, do they use road salt in the winter? If so, even though the miles still considered "low," the car is in fact 10 years old and the wear and deterioration that salt and road chemicals put on your underbody is enormous.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Never too late for exhaust or intake or brakes, something like that. I think I finally did a u-bend delete around 140,000 or 150,000 miles (not km). I had them do it when my resonator went.

As far as the major performance mods, I don't know. Putting money into a car is like remodeling a sinking ship. That's just the way cars are. However, if you keep up on it, it will give you many more years of life.

However, since you are from Canada, do they use road salt in the winter? If so, even though the miles still considered "low," the car is in fact 10 years old and the wear and deterioration that salt and road chemicals put on your underbody is enormous.


i dont know my underbody is amazing i underoil it every fall and my body is rusting on the fenders and my undercarridge* looks new?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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However, since you are from Canada, do they use road salt in the winter? If so, even though the miles still considered "low," the car is in fact 10 years old and the wear and deterioration that salt and road chemicals put on your underbody is enormous.


Hell yeah they use salt. Underbody coating your car annually is not really that unusual and offers significant protection against corrosion.

That being said, the bottom edge of two of my doors are developing rust and it's starting to piss me off.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the insights, i actually decided to keep her in the garage until i finish up with College and just take the bus (only 15 mins awy) so i dont put any more KMs on her. In response to the roads, yea they use salt but i have the car rust proofed every year and i do have access to a lift and a shop and nothing gets past the watchful mechanic eye of my dad Laughing

i have no intention of doing an engine swap or whatnot but a new exhaust system and stuff like that is reasonable. I did replace all the pads with ceramic ones and changed to rotors as well so at least that is out of the way
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:01 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Great, I've got a 2000 Impala LS with 130,XXX (Something) KMS on it. It's been taken care of by GM since it was assembled in Ottawa 10 years ago.

Undercoated when needed (Yes the damn salt takes it's toll on the body), my car's been undercoated almost yearly, the undercarriage looks like the day it rolled off the assembly line, but the body is not the same, minor chips here and there from Highway *cough* big chunks of salt and sand/rock *cough*.

Anyway, I'd say as long as you upkeep on your car and don't ... run it into the ground, or plan to, go for it. I've got new lights planned (and some ordered) all around (including the interior lights), I have a set of rear lights being tinted, a nice exhaust ordered, new paint job soon (around spring hopefully), tinted 15% all around, a super sexy audio system in it, upgraded alternator.

Just do the required maintenance and a bit more Wink

Ohh also, I don't know if where anyone else lives in Ontario but in Niagara Falls and most of the Niagara Region, they've begun using a beet brine with some other stuff for the highways, it smells horrible, but works wonders on the roads, is biodegradable and doesn't ruin your car (:
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I own a 50 year old Corvette (1960) and a friend owns a 58 Impala and neither of us are concerned about age of the vehicle...

But my 2000 Impala maybe another story....

So if you envision keeping your '01 as a recreational or summer only fun car, I wouldn't think twice BUT if it's your daily driver it maybe time to just do the upkeep...
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