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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject:  The end of an error Reply with quote

So after so many years with my impala (and spending thousands over the years on repairs, you name it = it was done). From having the A frame wielded to a new rack and pinion to a rebuilt trans, intake gasket..... I had my trans rebuilt 2.5 yrs ago and 10,000 miles later the carrier (differential) blew up (literally blew a whole through the transmission). Unfortunately, I would never buy an impala again, it was just one big headache. I always liked American but unfortunately, my mine has changed (at least temporary). I am parting out the car in the for sale section.
I would like to thank all you guys (especially the senior forum members (such as Frank, BBengineer, saberwings, and my parts man Zspot), for helping me keep the cars all through these years.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Title is a lie; many errors persist!

You bought an ex-cop car that was probably driven worse (depending on what service it was for (county, city,etc) than what I did when I was new. No need to base your opinion on a car you bought used - it wasn't a lemon, just oldish and maintenance will be needed. Sure, it sucks, but be open and research before buying. Every brand will disappoint in some way.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Was this your first bad chevy? Seems silly to have one bad car and swear off the brand for life.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Was this your first bad chevy? Seems silly to have one bad car and swear off the brand for life.


It was my first Chevrolet. Just over the years being here I saw so many problems with the impalas that I became some one who knew nothing about cars to someone is very knowledgeable. I got burned for thousands on this car so I am just very disappointed.

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Title is a lie; many errors persist!

You bought an ex-cop car that was probably driven worse (depending on what service it was for (county, city,etc) than what I did when I was new. No need to base your opinion on a car you bought used - it wasn't a lemon, just oldish and maintenance will be needed. Sure, it sucks, but be open and research before buying. Every brand will disappoint in some way.


your right about the ex cop car thing. But when you see that most people have has problems with the BCM's, security light, Transmissions don't last that long, intake gasket problems, than it does say something about the model. There is a reason why consumer reports gave the 01 impala such bad reviews.
Look if you have had a good experience good for you but don't drink the kool aid just for the heck of it.
We see so many problems filling our forum every day, but when I go the the accord forums (4 cylinder (not 6 cyl which have garbage transmissions) you don't see so many problems. And for the amount I put into it over the years I could have had a very nice accord with a much better resale value.
Look I am not sour the car gave me many good years but at a price, and I should be happy since I became a mini mechanic because of all the problems it gave me lol.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

While I agree that a lot of people around her are drinking the koolaid, GM as a whole is producing much more competitive (and reliable) vehicles these days. To swear off an entire brand based on an experience with one car based on an ancient platform is foolish.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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While I agree that a lot of people around her are drinking the koolaid, GM as a whole is producing much more competitive (and reliable) vehicles these days. To swear off an entire brand based on an experience with one car based on an ancient platform is foolish.


That my friend you are right about (also thank you for your advice regarding the spark plug change as well as wheel hubs), I should not right off a whole brand so I am editing my first post. It will take years of reviews till I get back into an impala.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you think I've drank the punch you are very mistaken. As I said, every brand will disappoint in some way. Use this bad experience to be critical of the next car you think about getting. I'm keeping track of my complaints.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well it gave you mechanical attributes Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:32 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sucks to see you go: you have one of my favourite avatars here Laughing


I agree that a single brand shouldn't be judged by a single car, esp. one that is bought used. Of course you are likely to see basically any problem you could possiby come across if you are a regular on this site, which may skew your opinion as opposed to occasionally visiting another forum.

Anyway, I'm not here to sell cars for Chevy, so shop around and see what you like!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You also have to realize that this forum represents only a fraction of the impalas that are out there... and to extrapolate the ammount of problems you come across on the forum to the ENTIRE brand is crazy. Also more people are probably drawn here to get help with problems, than to customize their car (unlike honda, which i would imagine has a much larger aftermarket community.) so the % of people here with problems is going to be much higher than on a honda forum...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You also have to realize that this forum represents only a fraction of the impalas that are out there... and to extrapolate the ammount of problems you come across on the forum to the ENTIRE brand is crazy. Also more people are probably drawn here to get help with problems, than to customize their car (unlike honda, which i would imagine has a much larger aftermarket community.) so the % of people here with problems is going to be much higher than on a honda forum...


While I agree that this forum only represents a fraction of Impalas on the road, the sad truth of the matter is Impalas tend to be hit or miss, but across the board reliability it pretty shoddy. That being said, as I stated earlier, writing off a whole brand because of one vehicle is a poor decision... but it doesn't change the fact that these cars aren't rock solid.

Also, when you look at just about any other forum the first post a member makes is almost always an "I just bought a new XXXXX and wanted to see what other people are doing" or "I'm having a problem, I need help". An internet forum by design tends to attract people who are having problems and you can't judge the percentage of vehicles that will have problems, but you can certainly get a sense of what fails with high probability.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

People go on the internet to find solutions to their problems, they dont come on saying " just wanted to say hi, OH my car has never gave me any issues"
doesnt happen, people come on with issues, not just to compliment their car lol.
that being said, my car had a hard shifting issue so i replaced it for $500, otherwise car has been great to me so far.
If you think your gonna get a car and be maintenance free your wrong, sorry you got a lemon.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

as far the write off a single brand thing,

my brother had a bad experience with his impala. i did not push on him to get another chevy or even an american car how bad the experience was. but after test driving an accord, camry, fusion and a malibu. he bought a malibu and i was totally shocked. i might have left chevy if i had his experience, but he loves that 2010 malibu

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I don't think the impala's track record is all that bad up against others in it's segment, maybe in it's first few years but like any car they only hold up with proper maintenance. While mine has been a sleez lately, it does have 265,000+ miles and that's on the original drivetrain, yea you read that right the transmission has that many miles on it without being replaced. The w platform in of itself isn't all that bad, it's no Corvette obviously but it does what it's intended to do and I felt it was more than a match against the Taurus, Accord and Camry.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I don't think the impala's track record is all that bad up against others in it's segment, maybe in it's first few years but like any car they only hold up with proper maintenance.


I know it's a tired argument, but the vast majority of the problems with the Impala/Monte Carlo have nothing to with with maintenance (LIM gaskets, BCM, tranny cooler lines, multifunction switch failures, bad wheel hubs, transmissions made of glass, passlock issues, etc.).

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