2001 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L V6 from North America
Tons of features for not much money, if you get one that's built solid
4,000 miles - loud popping sounds heard from underneath the vehicle when engine is on.
9,000 miles - engine stalls when in drive.
10,000 miles - excessive wear in the driver side seat adjuster tracks makes seat rock back and forth.
11,000 miles - clunk sound heard and felt when steering while driving.
12,000 miles - transmission shudders, slips, makes grinding noises and slams into gear.
Chevy crammed the Impala LS with lots of features for a good price.
The Impala LS, by today's standards, is a bit underpowered. However, the 200 horsepower 3.8L V6 engine is very reliable and, in my opinion, adequate enough for a car this size.
The automatic transmission leaves a lot to be desired. It is the weak point in this vehicle's overall performance, perhaps because it is electronically controlled. Shifts are slushy and slow. Downshifts are pretty lethargic and if you want better performance you'll have to shift manually.
Overall comfort is excellent. tons of room all over. Interior is well thought out.
Overall, the Impala has a pleasing exterior shape, although a bit aged. The only gripes here are the side mirrors don't fold and the ridiculous red plastic piece around the taillights.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th April, 2003