Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:16 am Post subject: Hello from Fairbanks
I'm originally from New Zealand, living in Fairbanks Alaska, familiar with the Buick 3800 as GM subsidiary Holden Australia used the Series I and II in their lineup from 1988 to 2004 or so.
I have a 2002 Impala LS (3.8) with every factory option fitted, it started life in Montana and ended up in Alaska where I bought it about a year 1/2 ago. Has been in the same family most of it's life, the interior is in very good condition, nothing worn out or damaged. The body has a few minor scrapes, and scratches.
It was a fairly good buy with 120,000 miles, towbar, roof racks, and a good set of summer tires and studded snow tires for winter. The last owner had ignored the maintenance a little, so the first thing I took care of was getting all the fluids changed, replaced the incorrectly installed thermostat and gave it a new fuel filter, it's had a new battery and MAF sensor also.
It did have a couple of problems I have since fixed, I bypassed the passlock and serviced the lower accumulators and installed a TransGo shift kit to fix the hard shifting problem it had. Next things to do next summer are the intake gaskets and probably an Overkill PCM.
Otherwise it runs well, nice to drive in terms of handling and comfort, and pretty economical, open road driving I get around 32mpg. I think the 7th gen is a nicely styled car, I love the round taillights - being familiar with the Nissan Skyline and its unmistakable round "stove top" taillights (they were common as dirt in NZ) the first time I saw an Impala I had to know what it was!
First pic is taken when I first got it, still had the Montana plates on it. Second one is some time later parked next to my wife's Grand Am.
Yup. Don't get me wrong, I loved my Impala SS, but when the Chevy SS was announced, I REALLY wanted that car. Price was going to be a factor, so I decided to look at the "previous generation" of the car—the G8. I found a great deal on this car and simply could not pass it up. Unfortunately, that meant the Impala SS had to go. I miss it, but I don't regret the decision I made. The G8 is an AWESOME car.
I love silver on your car. That generation of Impala always looks good in silver, especially contrasting against the black trim.
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