2002 Chevrolet Impala Base Model from North America
The " police officer's personal car", that's also family friendly
My late husband and I were glad to have traded in the 1995 Sable for the Impala. Why? Because like what the other people who have done the survey about these cars have said about them is true. They're simply " undercover like police cars". No wonder why police officers like them better than the old fashioned Crown Victoria's. They're roomier than the Crown Victoria's, and very reliable. Trust me, I love it! They're great family cars, as well as great second cars.
So, if you like your family cars with front wheel drive, and want to drive around in the vehicle that police officers use, but don't like the foreign cars, look no further. Buy one and you'll love it. Be prepared for police officers to stare at you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th March, 2006
They actually like the crown victoria better because it has much higher integrity.
I personally know a handful of police officers and I've never had any of them tell me that they preferred the Impala over the Crown Vic. One officer from a department that drove Fords, told me that they decided to go with Impalas in 2002. Three years later they immediately ordered more Crown Vics. He said they can't wait to get those Impalas out of their fleet. That department is on the rougher side of town and they see their fair share of high speed pursuits. I guess they missed the old reliable Crown Vic. There is another agency that uses Impalas now instead of Fords. The officer told me that he sorely missed his Crown Vic and wishes the department still puchased them. When the agency retired his Vic he was offered a new Impala. He politely declined and asked to have the older, gutless, Blazer that was not even a pursuit capable vehicle. That's pathetic. Officers from agencies that are involved in a lot of high speed emergency driving seem to prefer the Crown Vic. The Impala may be a decent family car, but it should not be partroling our city streets and highways.
I recently purchased a 2002 Chevrolet Impala with 71,900 Kms on odometer. The car seems fine, however I have some questions just out of curiosity.
1. The car has no radio antenna, so reception on even some of the clearest stations is static filled. At times. the radio faceplate etc. gets VERY hot!, unusually hot.
2. The transmission seems a little sluggish, maybe it is the throttle body needs adjustment? There seems to be an awful lot of gas pedal travel - when at higher speeds you really have to punch it down to get it going.
Would appreciate ANY comments or suggestions.
Radio antenna is part of the rear glass. If you have ever had the transmission fluid replaced and they used GM's new Dextron 6, replace it with good old Dextron 3 and it will solve many of the transmission issues, if not all of them!