Reliable, fast (with 3.8L), great on gas, EXCELLENT vehicle all around
Brakes needed replacing at 70,000kms. Was causing the car to shutter on highway speeds. When I say brakes, I mean a complete break job - 4 new rotors, and 8 new brake pads.
Nothing else went wrong. This is a very, very reliable well-built car.
I had this car for about 1.5 years. TERRIFIC car. I absolutely loved driving it. You will not go wrong owning one of these.
Oil changes are easy - I do most of the maintenance myself.
Engine cradle is aluminum, so no need to worry about it rusting out on you.
Rides like a Cadillac. Lots of room inside. Lots of headroom for the people upfront, and lots of legroom in the back for passengers and/or kids.
Stock sound system - freakin' unreal. Great bass and treble. It is so good. Rivals my father's Bose sound system in his GMC truck. Remember, this is stock - all from 4 speakers. Not sure what GM did, but they did it right. If you like cranking the music, you'll love this system.
The brakes went out at 70,000kms - I believe they were the original brakes too. One of the rotors warped (probably due to the fact that my winter tires were not balanced properly). An unbalanced tires will warp a rotor for sure. So I replaced all four brakes for $200 - did the job myself. This car is cheap on parts - as most GM vehicles are.
Traction control, on the LS model I had, was "almost" like 4 wheel drive, when you mate it with winter tires.
Car is VERY cheap on insurance. I was paying $75 a month. The Impala has a 5 star crash test rating - insurance companies like that. Very safe vehicle for a family.
With the 3.8 V6 (one of GM's best engines other than the 350sbc) it has tons of power. Surprisingly, it is very good on gas. I put a K&N filter in for engine care/longevity mostly, but it may have helped with gas mileage. I was spending about $25-$30 bucks a week on gas. From what I hear, the 3.4L version is even better.
So much room, the trunk is huge. I'm a goalie, and carry around a lot of hockey equipment, and it fits in there quite well, however...
...the only gripe I have about the car is that with all the room it has, it "compartmentalizes" it too much. Which is the case with all cars I guess. Even though I fits my equipment, it is a pain in the rear end getting it in there. I have to push and shove my bag, pads, and sticks in there - even with the rear seats folded down. If it was a wagon, I'd still be driving it. I have an HHR now.
...but lots of room to make trips to IKEA and buy furniture packed in the long 4-5ft boxes :) Fits in the trunk (with the rear seats down) with ease.
All around, excellent well-built strong vehicle that will last you a long time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2007