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Hello, I am new...to all of this car stuff.

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject:  Hello, I am new...to all of this car stuff. Reply with quote

Hello I am in the US Army, I just bought my first car (2006 Impala SS). I basically know nothing about cars. I do not plan on ever selling this car, it runs very nice. I fell in love with impala's ever since I rented a 2013 LS and it was perfect for a family car. I chose the SS because I also wanted some power/fun. I would appreciate some help with like what exactly makes a car new. Like I've been told the body doesn't matter, that its what is under the hood that counts. I just want to put all brand new parts into the car so I can have the safe set of mind that it is good to go. Like so I can start maintenance on it. I basically want to make it the most efficient as possible. Like smooth ride. I do not care much for loud engine. I am really into the "sleeper car" concept and would love to have my impala become that. I do not mind the gas part. But I don't want to use more than necessary. I want my car to use its gas to the fullest potential. I want to put new parts into it hoping it pays off in the long run, as I plan on keeping this car as long as possible. Any knowledge or paths to the right direction on where to find such knowledge is greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 9:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Welcome to NAIOA!

Congratulations on the new ride! You should post some pictures.

As for your questions, they are fairly wide-ranging. A bit more information about the current condition of your car might help for others to provide you advise.

If you want the car to last forever, the first thing you will need to address (or find out if it has already been addressed) is the transmission. I'm sorry to say that it's not a matter of if, but a matter of when the transmission will fail, especially in the 2006+ SS models. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive proposition. I would start setting aside money for when the transmission inevitably fails. Dealing with a transmission can cost you $1,500-$3,000. I don't mean to sound alarmist about this, but it's best to be prepared.

When you say "I just want to put all brand new parts into the car", what exactly do you mean by that? Are there specific issues with your car that need new parts? Don't go into it with the mindset to throw money at the car that doesn't need to be spent. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as they say. Smile

If you don't know much about cars, I would definitely take your car to a trusted mechanic and have them give it a good inspection, including the transmission. Once you can provide some more specific information about your car, you'll get some better information from the great people here.

I used to have a 2008 Impala SS and I dearly loved that car. It was a lot of fun and definitely a sleeper. It's not the fastest or the best handling car around, but it's very fun for what it is. Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 10:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

overlordspock wrote:


If you want the car to last forever, the first thing you will need to address (or find out if it has already been addressed) is the transmission. I'm sorry to say that it's not a matter of if, but a matter of when the transmission will fail, especially in the 2006+ SS models. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive proposition. I would start setting aside money for when the transmission inevitably fails. Dealing with a transmission can cost you $1,500-$3,000. I don't mean to sound alarmist about this, but it's best to be prepared.


This over and over again. Recurring transmission issues were the final nail in the coffin for my Monte Carlo that I had planned to drive into the ground.

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