1971 Chevrolet Impala Review

1971 Chevrolet Impala 305 from North America

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 305 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Summary:

This is my baby I love it to pieces

Faults:

My interior is in really rough shape.

Rust is becoming a problem.

General Comments:

This car is very fast and handles like a dream.

However the interior is in bad shape so its not the best car for picking up the lady's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2006

30th Nov 2006, 23:01

Actually the 305's weren't available on the Impala's until 1977 (when they first downsized them) and therefore your Impala probably had a 350 V8.

1st Dec 2006, 11:07

Maybe the original engine was replaced.

Doesn't sound like a car the "ladys" would be much interested in getting picked up in.

Probably only really desperate or falling down drunk ones...

1st Dec 2006, 13:17

My 64 SS Impala Convertible was very well liked. It had a Zoom clutch so it was a bit more difficult for a lady to drive. Going to the beach with the top down was great...

15th Dec 2006, 20:01

Yes the original engine was replaced with a 305 from an 86 chevrolet camaro.

25th Dec 2006, 19:53

My first car (back in 1980) was a '73 Impala Custom 2-door, the one with the concave rear window. The engine was an L-48 350 with a Rochester 4-barrel carb. I paid $1000 for it, and considering the relatively low mileage (70,000 miles) and minimal rust this wasn't a bad price for the day.

This car was completely stock except for the 8-track tape deck, had a dark metallic brown exterior and white upholstry.

Reliability was excellent with the exception of the starter that I had to replace, and the car had gobs of interior space for friends and hangers-on to cruise with, or for me and my girlfriend at the time to make more, shall we say, appropriate use of. (grin).

Fuel economy was abysmal, but since my fellow cruisers often chipped in for gas it wasn't as hard on my pocketbook as it otherwise would have been.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review