2005 Chevrolet Impala Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance78000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Cabrio

Summary:

Good value for the price, thanks to the extended warranty

Faults:

Intermediate steering shaft is noisy, will be bringing the issue to the dealer before the extended warranty expires.

Intake manifold gasket leaked, replaced at 77000km under warranty.

Water pump leaked, replaced at 77000km under warranty.

That's it. No little things, very glad I bought the extended warranty. Dealer very reasonable and service was prompt and competent.

General Comments:

Excellent highway cruiser, stable, quiet, and good fuel economy 30+mpg.

Driver's power seat is good. Back seat fair, interior space good. Trunk fairly large.

Ride is good on highway, fair on bumpy city streets.

Brakes are fair, stopping distances are long (no ABS). Jack is a dangerous joke.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2009

2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

All in all a good car, that was always fun to drive

Faults:

We bought one of the FIRST 2006 Chevy Impalas literally right off the truck. There were a few "niggly" things that did not work out, all of them related to a "new design". Importantly however, this was not universally true!

The first issue, more of an annoyance, the sun visors would not stay up after the first 6 months, further the covers on the visor mirrors warped and no longer closed.

The water pump quit at 68,000 miles (after market was not available so this "Chevrolet water pump" was right pricey).

The power steering pump at 71,000 miles, likewise on "national back-order" so the pump was REALLY expensive.

I have noted this comment elsewhere, but it is worth mentioning, the transmission scared the hell out of me! I first noticed the issue with about 1500 miles on the car. When it was put in drive, occasionally it would not engage cleanly, when one stepped on the gas it would grab. With most transmissions such an event portends and impending disaster. I was reassured several times by the dealer that it was "nothing". They were warned if this documented problem failed with a temporal relationship ANYWHERE near my warranty expiration, I would let them meet my solicitor. As it turned out, the transmission otherwise performed reliable and smoothly AND it never did fail in the subsequent 70,000 miles... go figure.

General Comments:

I have always avoided the "first edition" of anything (who remembers the first GM front drive cars from the 80's?). However, I went to the dealer that day and test drove my LS. It was smooth, comfortable, quiet and QUICK.

My favorite demo was to cruise up the interstate and ask the passenger, "how fast do you think we are going?", the answer was always, "OH 70 maybe 75". I would then smugly reply, "guess again, I'll give you a hint, look at the display!" So while driving with two fingers, chatting in a conversational tone the passenger would lean over and see, "North American governed speed 108 mph" and say something like, "Holy Smoke". As an aside there was PLENTY more RPM before it came close to "gearing out"

We consistently got 29 to 30 on the highway... even at rural Kansas speeds of 75 or 80 mph.

It was a very good car and I knew Chevy would fix the issues.

I bought a 2008 Impala SS and have completely enjoyed it... so at 20,000 miles NO issues what so ever... so far. The mileage of the SS is not great, BUT I did not BUY it as an economy car. I bought it for the V-8, one must remember there are certain rules of physics and thermodynamic that one cannot get around: If you want the ponies, one must be prepared to FEED them!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2009

2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carMercury Tracer

Summary:

A cool looking piece of crap

Faults:

Intermediate steering shaft had to be replaced.

CV joints have gone bad.

Fabric on seats is very cheap and has worn heavily; this will need to be replaced.

There is a metallic, grinding sound that sounds like it is coming from underneath the car when you accelerate.

Traction control went out due to a faulty wheel bearing.

The console makes a very plasticky creaking sound whenever you turn a corner.

General Comments:

I like the looks and the overall comfort of this car, but it is very cheaply made and has been more trouble than it is worth.

I recently started making double payments on it so I can get rid of it quicker without losing my shirt on the trade. With cars like this, it's no wonder GM is in the shape it's in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews