The Impala SS and the Roadmaster are the last of their kind
Rear air ride/auto level.. I think this is far for a 15 year old car that the old owner used for towing. It had to be replaced at 240,000; bought gas shocks and easily replaced.
One of the rear power windows went at 220,000; just stays up, I never use it anyways, so I don't really care.
One thing I have to say is tune ups are not nice on this car. Anyone who has ever done plugs and wires on a LT-1 in a B-body, will know what I am talking about.
No other issues, and I'm pretty hard on my car.
I love this car. It's too bad GM didn't make anything like this today, I'm not saying I think GM builds bad cars (JD power still rates Buick the most reliable car on the road); I'm just saying they don't make them like this: full frame, RWD, Posi, and a Chevy 350.
I have to say the engine in this car is unreal. I have never had a single problem with it, and it still runs so smooth. You wouldn't even know it's running if it wasn't from the sound of the exhaust (after market). I really wish there was still a production GM with a cast iron block. I'm looking for a truck now with the 5.3, and I just don't know if it will live up to the 5.7. And for such a big car, the 0-60 is really good a lot of fun as well. Anyone who has owned a Chevy 350 I think should agree that they don’t build them like this any more. Those 50 year old designed blocks are just unstoppable.
Oh, and the ride! The ride in this car is amazing. It's hard to drive anything else after this. I hate the handling of FWD, and I hate the ride of unibodies, and yes I have been in Cadillacs and BMWs. So now I'm stuck with trucks LOL, which isn't a bad thing.
One thing this car makes me wonder about is the gas I use. I mean it's not great, but it's not bad. I get about 17/ 100kms city, but about 9.5-10.5/highway. It just makes me think if they could make a 50 year old engine block put out 260hp and 335 ft-lbs, and use that little, I feel if any of the companies really wanted to make more fuel efficiency, they could. With the truck I'm looking at, it will be worse on gas and have about the same power output, and just over the Roadmaster's towing.
Well in closing, I feel bad for anyone who hasn't driven a car of this style, or a full frame RWD. With gas prices going up, there will be a lot of people out there who will put down these cars and never understand what they had been like to own. Being in one of these makes me think of the 60's and 70's. The Roadmaster and the Impala SS are the end of the line for this type of car, and there are a lot of people out there who will miss this.
R.I.P. RWD B-body platform 1959–1996.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2010