Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:53 am Post subject: New member looking to learn!
Just found the forum and wanted to jump in and gain some knowledge. I will be looking to buy my daughter her 1st car in the near future and am considering an Impala somewhere in the 2002-2006 model year range. My son's first car was a Grand Am which is still serving him well. I like the style of the Impala for my daughter and know the cars share some similarities. I am looking to get an honest opinion on the Impala. What are some of its usual failures, I read a lot about instrument cluster failures, transmission issues, etc. I have done some work on the Grand Am myself (brakes, window regulators, multifuction switch) so I am not afraid of tacking some common repairs. I believe the lower intake manifold gasket problem plagued all of GM's V6 motors until they fixed it for the 2003 model year. The Pontiac used the 3400 motor and I think the Chevy has the 3800 and I think they shared the LIM problem. Thanks for any help and I am looking forward to becoming an active member.
you got most of the problems listed there.
Im just now starting to have trans related issues
To add some things not listed from my past personal experience, I'd add the ISS, fuel pressure regulator and maybe leaky coolant resevoir...
but other than that this things been through hell and back, twice.
edit: beat to the post, with a better post.....
welcome to the Forum BTW
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Thanks for the welcome, Clifton, NJ here. The link for common problems is exactly what I was looking for. The scariest ones are the bad BCM, and transmission failure. Glad to have a detailed list when car shopping, thanks again.
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