2003 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.8L V6 from North America
Who needs a luxury car with a ride like this?
Windshield wipers were misaligned when I bought it, used car dealer took care of it.
Gas pedal will be sticky when I first get in the car. It has done this since I got it. Pop it loose and it is fine. It doesn't bother me, but drives my wife nuts.
A seal came loose by the firewall and allowed rain water to fill the passenger floorboard. Took me a while to figure it out, but a glass shop told me how to fix it - no cost.
Transmission was slipping at about 100,000mi. I was several hours away from home and had a Chevy dealer change the fluid and filter. It straightened up. Seems I let a maintenance item slip by me.
This was the first car I bought that was not at least 10 years old and is still the only one. It has been a very reliable automobile, my worst problem was my own fault.
This car will hold its own against much sportier models. I test drove an Eclipse Spyder and was less than impressed by comparison. I firmly believe I would have left it eating my dust (there is plenty on my car to eat). The car corners well and handles snow and ice like a champ. I was plowing snow with it one time trying to get home and it never gave up.
I only have 3 arguments with the car.
1. The bucket seats will cut off circulation in my legs on a long trip.
2. Transmission will occasionally slip if I am "goosing" it.
3. Considerable road noise.
Also, I put a K&N filter in it and gained one mile per gallon. I get 28-30 on average. Just replaced the plugs, I hope this goes up a couple marks.
In closing, this is a great car. It is a lot of fun to drive, great styling, a great stereo, and I believe it will go 200,000mi easily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2007
5th Sep 2008, 12:59
Thanks for the suggestion, I tried it once and it eventually did it again. I just decided not to worry about it.
I recently replaced the Bridgestone Turanza tires that were on the car with a set of Hankook Optimo. The road noise is gone and the ride is even better than before.
The idler pulley froze up and put my wife on the side of the road last winter. New pulley and drive belt - no big deal. The car now has 135,000 miles and is still going strong.