1979 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon 350 from North America
This car will last as longer than me
Nothing; that was other than normal ware and tear.
This car can haul most anything that can be put in or on it. It's a 1979 Impala Wagon that I purchased new in October 1979 at dealer in Hampton Virginia. This car has been coast to coast numerous times and was used by my wife for her home based business for the last 20 years. The original engine and transmission lasted the first 215,000 miles, but was swapped at that time from the 305 two barrel engine to a 350 4 barrel. With gas prices as they are I have converted to a 700R4 transmission which improved my mileage by 4 miles per gallon and lowered engine RPM at 70 MPH by 1,000 RPM. Hopefully this will extend my engine life by a 100,000 miles. I have at one time or another replaced most all the moving parts and bushing except for the rear-end. The rear-end is still the original with 545,000 miles on it. The body is all original except for the driver's door and some minor fender bender work. I have also installed bucket seats from a Buick, and replaced the head liner, but the rest of the interior is all original. I have performed almost all the maintenance since the car was new and try and buy only lifetime warranty parts. I'll let you know when I hit 1 Million miles. Jim Holland.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2003
Great article. I, too, have a 1979 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon with 201,000 miles on it. Only the engine has been replaced, because it overheated when the water pump went out seven years ago. The body has a few wear and tear dents, but no rust, and when it's waxed up, it looks like the day I bought it. It has survived several strong hailstorms, that dented other newer vehicles. My headliner is coming down, but I placed strips of wood to hold it back up. With 15 mpg city driving, it's better than some SUV's.
I was reading your review, and I'm surprised that you got 215,000 miles out of your original 305ci V8 engine. I guess the earlier 305's had problems with soft camshafts. My mother had a 1979 Chevrolet Impala wagon, and that's what caused the death of this car in 1986. I can't remember the mileage at the time of death, but it could not of been too many since it was bought new in 1979.