1996 Chevrolet Impala SS 350 CID Chevy V8 from North America
Reliable, classic and pure muscle!!!
1. Power steering hose sprung a leak from rubbing in front of lower engine. Cost a lot to replace, but it won't happen again.
2. Rear of front seat cushions has moved forward, exposing cloth liner behind the leather. I understand this is common on most Impala SS's.
The two minor points above are far outweighed by the performance of the SS. This was the last 4 door muscle car built until Mercury came out with the Marauder in late 2002. And the Impala SS, with a stock 260 HP versus the Marauder's 300+ HP, will still out run a Marauder. There is a reason why the SS is nicknamed "The 4 Door Vette", it is very fast, and can easily be made faster. Replacing the air filter and programming the chip will gain 20-25 HP, add a new exhaust, and you are close to 300 HP. This car is a pleasure to drive, aftermarket parts are easy to find and inexpensive, and the SS is a classic that increases in value each year. Check out the NAISSO and ISSCA web sites, dedicated to the SS lover.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2003
Can I say how true your statements are about this car. I owned one and foolishly traded it for a new 2003 Mustang GT. Within 7 weeks of owning the Mustang, I realized that I made a terrible mistake. I traded in my Mustang for a beautiful Suburban LT, my family vehicle, but I was still missing something. As I am writing this to you now, I will be taking delivery on another 1996 Impala SS next week with only 40,000 miles on it. I solved this missing feeling. The Impala SS is medication for the mind and soul. It is the best car built. I'll keep my suburban for snow and long trips, but my Impala will be used to get rid of those "Having a bad day" feelings.
I love the Impala SS. The 1995-1996 models that is. The styling of the cars is so awesome. The 260 horse engine, is, I believe, underrated. I say this because I raced my buddy's SS with my 1990 5 speed Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe (215 hp, 315 lb. ft.), and was promptly owned by the Impala. I just purchased a 2000 Grand Prix GTP 4 door sedan, and although I like the looks of the Impala better, my GTP is quite a bit quicker than my buddy's SS. I would have bought an Impala, but they demand a pretty high resale value if they are low mileage. I would someday like to own an Impala SS, but until then,I'll enjoy my GTP, I guess. I am extremely envious of Impala owners.