It is a decent model car that I will only want to own one time.
I like the look of the 2000-2005 Impalas over the current ones, but in general, I have no interest in owning another one down the road.
I must agree that the biggest reason to have this car is the legendary 3.8 that they stopped making in 2005.
I just did upper and lower intake manifold gaskets myself, which is a common problem and fairly easy to fix, along with new front wheel bearings because they needed replacement.
The ride is a little too stiff and feels more like a unloaded pickup truck on bumpier roads, which is unusual for such a heavy car.
Replaced the radiator at about 125,000 miles, and the A/C needs about 3 cans per year to keep it cool through summer. The A/C is not worth getting it professionally fixed at this point.
Very little rust on the car, which is nice, but the transmission has a jerky feel to it once it reaches overdrive.
Gets around 25 mpg highway regularly.
We also have a 2000 Silverado 1500, and I really think Chevy stopped making vehicles as good as the old ones used to be. I know because that's all I used to drive... old Chevy's that some how didn't have engine knock.
Our 1991 Toyota Camry is the most dependable rust bucket car we've ever had. Sorry. I think it was made in Tennessee though. The Camry is closing in on 250,000 miles with very little mechanical issues except rust. It's just the opposite with Chevy.
Overall, the Impala is an okay car that we will have for awhile yet, but probably not again.