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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject:  Gentlemen, it has been a pleasure serving with you. Reply with quote

On 4/23 the '03 Impala was traded in. I have had it since it was new, it took me through crazy girlfriends, wild parties, blind dates, long road trips across almost the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, a wife, and eventually a new born child in a carseat.



The final picture ever to be taken, it makes me a little emotional reading this post and looking at that picture.

The Impala served me well, never did I think that when I bought it new with those 8 miles on it it would carry me for over a decade and hundreds of thousands of miles. It was still in good visual shape but inside and under she was rotting away.

Through snow storms, a couple of accidents, repairs, oil changes, fuel filters, condensers, compressors, shocks, tires, a transmission, spark plugs, the Imapla was a great companion.

Sadly, I had to finally give up, the rear brake line blew on the way to work this week and I no longer felt safe driving it. I could have replaced them all but my mechanic said the fuel line was about to rust through and the other lines were on the verge of doing the same. They repaired it enough to get me to the dealer to turn her in. The radiator has been eating coolant, the car had a nasty vibration every time I started her up and got to speed, the inside lights were going, the Impala served long enough and it was time to finally let it rest. I finally pulled the life support plug and let her die.



It's been fun, I have been with you all since 2006 and I am finally singing off. We have been through a lot and I have learned so much from you all, even bought some pretty slick custom Impala floor mats.

I hope the rest of you get as much out of your cars as I did mine.

Goodnight, space cowboy.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:09 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Your headlights look brand new. Are they original? While my Impala has no rust, [here in Florida] the headlamps are very opaque, like a shower door. While I've buffed them, it does nothing, as the crap is on the inside of the lens. All Florida Impalas have the same opaque headlamp lenses. I'm in the local U-Pick twice a month, & they're all like mine. We're yours replaced? GARY

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yup, replaced them two years ago, $45 a piece on ebay. My old ones got to to the point where they were like pin lights shining on the road in front of me. I had forgotten what proper clean headlights could do until I switched them. Much safer and brighter.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

So...don't keep us in the dark, what did you trade for?

I know what it's like to trade your "baby" in. Little bit of sadness. Little bit of guilt. But, from your description, it was the right thing to do.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

8 miles to 293K is a long way, you got everything out of it you felt you could (memories & $$'s worth) so your right in moving on Cool You didnt mention what the new beast is?

I know your feeling. I have a big ugly 96 Ram with over 300k. She is HIDEOUS but still fully functional & I know it inside out & backwards. When it hit 300K I bought a little sticker that said "300" & stuck it on the back window. Its sitting in the garage right now waiting on me to throw a new ball joint on it (for the 3rd time). Its been there for a week now as I'm in the same situation as you! After a while you question yourself (sanity?) about fixing it vs replacing it. Its really like losing a family member if you replace it, but we all move on. Find out all you can on the new ride, make some new memories!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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8 miles to 293K is a long way, you got everything out of it you felt you could (memories & $$'s worth) so your right in moving on Cool You didnt mention what the new beast is?

I know your feeling. I have a big ugly 96 Ram with over 300k. She is HIDEOUS but still fully functional & I know it inside out & backwards. When it hit 300K I bought a little sticker that said "300" & stuck it on the back window. Its sitting in the garage right now waiting on me to throw a new ball joint on it (for the 3rd time). Its been there for a week now as I'm in the same situation as you! After a while you question yourself (sanity?) about fixing it vs replacing it. Its really like losing a family member if you replace it, but we all move on. Find out all you can on the new ride, make some new memories!


My dad has a 2001 Ram with 198,000 miles on it. So far the trans, engine, rearend, front brake calipers have been replaced. Also the brake interlock doesn't work.

Anyway if I can get 298,000 out of my Impala, I'd be happy. Although in the 7 years I've had it I've only put 50,000 miles on it. Doubt I'll still have it a 300,000.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

After that moving eulogy, I think we should all observe a moment of silence..........................rest in peace faithful Impala..............amen.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

overlordspock wrote:
So...don't keep us in the dark, what did you trade for?


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Man, it feels good, especially after being in the old Impala for so long. I forgot what things like working inside lights and smooth rolling tires were like.

The Impala got me $501 on a trade in, with blown brake lines rigged up just to get the car moving again, that's fine. I wasn't going to sell it after that on the private market because that is a liability lawsuit just waiting to happen.

$23,999. Basically the same price as the Impala cost me 11 years ago.

Going to be fun for a while..
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:20 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just a bit of an upgrade. Laughing

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