1973 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

1973 Chevrolet Impala 350 4barrel from North America

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 350 4barrel Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Previous carJeep TJ

Summary:

This is one classy ride

Faults:

Valve cover gaskets replaced.

Window crank fell off.

Pr steering leaks.

Transmission leaks (slow)

AC pulley broke off.

Gaskets around windows are starting to leak.

General Comments:

This car is more dependable than my 97 jeep wrangler.

It's hard to maintain with my current income, but I'll probably never sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd February, 2006

1973 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon 4-door 6-pass. 350 from North America

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

A benchmark of Chevrolet quality, dependability and excellence of design

Faults:

Replaced the alternator...

Replaced the carburetor with a Holly "Econ-o-master"

Replaced the battery (several times)...

Replaced the radiator...

Replaced the water pump...

Replaced the air conditioner compressor (@88,000 miles)...

Replaced the rear wheel cylinders...

Replaced the rear end axle seals...

Replaced the shock absorbers...

And that's about it. All this work was.

Done by myself!

The paint is original (Light Green "Code 44")

General Comments:

This wagon served me and my family with excellence for the last 30 years. Vacation trips all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, D.C. It never let us down. The water pump let go in our drive way.

The seats are just as comfortable as the day I bought it at a local Chevrolet dealer (Baierl, Wexford, Pennsylvania).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2003

1973 Chevrolet Impala Sedan 350 V8 4 Barrel from North America

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 350 V8 4 Barrel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired53786 miles
Most recent distance86997 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Tried, tested and a pure classic!!!

Faults:

I have had numerous things with this to go against me. The Transmission needed replacing and that was in the first 4 months of owning this vehicle. I've got that replaced and its was pretty reliable now the suspension needs replacing and I'm in the process of getting that (suspension) repaired. I've the timing belt repaired and changed from points to electronic distributer.

The interoir needs work in the front seat other than that its flawless and the sun has damaged the dash board multiple cracks. But Overall I love this car its my favorite model. I plan to paint it and get 22 inch wheels and chrome it out after all her name is "Louise" and she is worthy!!!

I also have put Flow-masters Dual Exhausts on it she sounds great!!!

General Comments:

A good overall buy its rich in history and style.

Its reliable and if properly maintained can be passed from generation to generation.

Its big and roomy, but you are going to need AC because she draws heat I live in Florida!!!

The Body is good all chrome is show room no rust just a little on the roof, but no leaks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2002

5th Jul 2002, 21:27

Sounds like a neat project. Impalas of this time frame were tanks in size and in reliability. It's a shame they don't make them like the used to! My neighbor had a Kingswood wagon for a while with a 400 cu. in. v8 that I begged him not to sell, but he didn't listen. These cars were milestones then and now, and you should post pics on the web when you are finished restoring it!

1973 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe 350 2V from Germany

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 350 2V Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Chevelle

Summary:

A stylish V8 cruiser for people who don't care about practicality

Faults:

Timing chain broke shortly after purchase, necessitating a new chain, a new camshaft, new lifters.

Coolant hose burst.

Heater core leaked.

Battery tray partly eaten away by battery acid; this had happened before I bought the car.

Some rust-out in lower part of right rear fender.

General Comments:

Other than the broken timing chain, which seems to be a common malady on Chevy small blocks, the defects which occurred were insignificant and took little effort and money to fix. After the new timing chain, camshaft and lifters were installed, the 350 turned out to be very reliable, running like a charm with a smooth idle and good pickup.

Considering the bulk of the car (length: 5.64 meters/222 inches, width: 2.02 meters/79.5 inches) and its weight in excess of two metric tons, the two-barrel 350 V8 with its 145 net horsepower did not exactly turn the Impala into a dragster. I drove the car flat out once and the speedometer indicated 112 mph, which means the Impala was capable of a true 100-105 mph. 0-60 mph was in the 13-second range, not fast, but quick enough for me. The 350 2V was the smallest V8 available in 1973, the largest was a 454 with 245 horsepower. That would have been more fun, but the fuel bills would have eaten me alive.

Handling was about what one can expect from a car this big, heavy and of American descent: marked understeer, but always predictable and safe if driven within the confines of its quite simple suspension design.

Brakes were surprisingly good (standard front discs with power assist) and not nearly as whimsical as those on my previous car, a 1966 Chevy Chevelle with drums all around.

Apart from the little bit of rust, the body was in very good shape (the car's last American owner had lived in Florida) and solid. Fit and finish were okay, not bad, but not really good either.

The interior was comparatively well-maintained, with the bench seats still offering plenty of support and the seat springs still strong. Only the dashboard had been exposed to too much sunshine and showed multiple cracks.

Plenty of room inside the car and the trunk, but at the expense of a lot of wasted space everywhere. Well, that's the way American cars were in the those innocent days prior to the first oil crisis and CAFE legislation.

Fuel consumption was not overly excessive, however: Driven conservatively, the 350 Impala would swallow 15 liters of leaded regular per 100 kilometers (approx. 15.5 mpg, if my math is correct) on average.

The main problem with the Impala was that it was simply too big for any German city. Parking spaces that would fit the Chevy were almost nonexistent, inner city parking garages were inaccessible due to narrow on-ramps. In the end, that was what spelled the demise for the Chevy. Owning the Impala was great fun for a while, but it became just too impractical in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2002

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews