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Just passed 100k.... should I sell soon?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:43 pm    Post subject:  Just passed 100k.... should I sell soon? Reply with quote

Hey guys its been a while since I've been on here... I'm at about 105k now and I've noticed a couple things starting to go wrong with my car. The transmission clunks every once in a while and there is a weird noise when I start my car sometimes. The engine also doesn't really sound like it used to. I'm wondering if it's probably a good idea to try to sell the car now? I've heard that it's all downhill with Impalas after 100k miles...

Any input?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Depends what your definition of downhill is. Any car, when properly maintained, is going to come up with more expensive maintenance parts (particularly tranny services or redoing the suspension)

How the Impala stacks up? Probably more work than some and less than others. Mine has never left me stranded, but it did require a catalytic converter and a transmission solenoid out of warranty. I have redone the suspension (didn't desperately need it, but did it anyway), and thrown on a few other bits for the fun of it. The weight of the car plays against it when it comes to maintenance.

The driving you do with the car will definitely play into how much maintenance you'll have to do.

I have a particularly bad drive to work, now that I live so close. I have two rough railway crossings per day, and a short enough drive that those 5 days a week, I get 10 cold starts and 10 driving sessions where the engine never even reaches operating temp. Throw in a couple of stoplights and you're looking at poor milage and bad engine operating conditions to boot.

Given that, I expect to do a little more maintenance than the guy who drives 15 minutes down the highway and has no railway crossings. He's going to be getting decent milage and have less wear and tear on pretty much everything.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you are doing most of the work yourself, these cars are relatively inexpensive to keep on the road. That being said, if you lose the trans that's gonna be a big expense. If you are considering getting a new car (and have the means to do so), it might be time to explore your options before the car says otherwise.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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If you are doing most of the work yourself, these cars are relatively inexpensive to keep on the road. That being said, if you lose the trans that's gonna be a big expense. If you are considering getting a new car (and have the means to do so), it might be time to explore your options before the car says otherwise.


Could not have said it any better my self!! Nice wording..

Just an FYI, I've spent 10K+ on my car thats been paid off for two years since my 100K mile mark.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have about 250k on my imp.

No overdrive, been like that for about 2 years. No rocker panels, side skirts held on by rivets. I've done Lower intake = Head gaskets, all new front suspension parts, and has been in a rear end collision, ( I was rear ended by a new 2010 Ford pickup )

I'm at the point of no selling.. I dont even think I could get 1k for the car.. I'm driving this one till she pukes.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I say drive it till it dies! It's paid for, why commit to a different car that could cause headaches and be doubling your bills. I just rolled over 263,000 had alot of repairs done mostly by me but she keeps on ticking!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Personally I like the 00-05 impala's better than the 06+, the cabin is so much different (00-05 has more head room). One thing to try for the clunking, which could be a mount. Put a bottle of red lubeguard in there, trust me it works. If you can do the work yourself, people here are more than willing to lend a hand/ear to help you out.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

98ss wrote:
Personally I like the 00-05 impala's better than the 06+, the cabin is so much different (00-05 has more head room).
I agree with you 100%.I love the interior and exterior of these cars.The only reason i would consider a '06+ is for better performance...

Next year i may consider selling the Tahoe and putting that money down on a '06+ 9C1 Impala.If i sold my Crown Vic it would only be to get a newer and nicer Crown Vic.

here is a picture of my Tahoe,yeah i'll have a hard time parting with it....



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Nagh, I think you have time.. Haven't gone into engine deeper than water pump..
run synthetics & change your coolant every 2-3 years..

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just keep it. Just did a cat - $450 installed. The car owes me nothing! I'm at 202,000mi.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject:  Re: Just passed 100k.... should I sell soon? Reply with quote

soxfan2546 wrote:
I've heard that it's all downhill with Impalas after 100k miles...

Personally I think these cars are just breaking in at 100k miles. I had 2 Impalas (2005) and they both went up to 138k miles with no issues.

What kind of noise are you hearing with the engine? Add some Marvel Mystery Oil to the oil and see if that helps. I know the sound you're talking about. Try the MMO.

The tranny issue is really no big deal imo. I drove both of my Impalas with this issue for over 30k miles with no problems. Personal experience.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:51 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Keep rolling. They hit a second wind after 100K. Other than tranny repair @ 125K ($2,000, and the damage could be attributed to me at one point being a 16 year old attempting a high amount of tire squealing, lol. Rolling Eyes ) my '02 just kept on ticking with no major issues...that weren't my own stupid fault. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I bought mine with 155k mi on the odo and stopped driving it at 295k mi, but only because it got repo'd... Embarassed
the only major thing I had to do to it was replace the front wheel bearings at about 170k mi (had to do it 3 times cuz the cheap autozone ones kept buzzing after 2 weeks, made them upgrade me to a better brand after the second set failed... Shocked ) and had to replace the half-shafts cuz i think we messed them up during one of the bearing changes...
Had to replace a cracked flex-plate at about 270k mi...while it was out, I replaced valve cover and oil pan gaskets, timing chain (tho i think it was still good...just cheap insurance) and had to replace coolant elbows cuz they practically disintegrated when we pulled the engine....
Replaced the cooling fan/shroud combo when a fan died (I sat and idled alot) and then upgraded to the ZZP aluminum oversized radiator when the trans cooler in the stocker decided to start leaking ATF into the coolant...

I think I could have easily gotten another 100k out of her...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:05 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

155k here. only things i've done are the water pump, lim and the shift solenoids in the tranny. otherwise the car has treated me good.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

mooreapi wrote:
I bought mine with 155k mi on the odo and stopped driving it at 295k mi, but only because it got repo'd... Embarassed

Lmao - They're getting pretty desperate to repo a ride w/almost 300 rounds on it! I guess it doesn't matter, it's money owed. Razz

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