1st Apr 2008, 17:52
I actually kind of agree with the comment 22:44 above. I was given a 07 Impala for a rental while my 04 Intrepid was in the body shop after someone rear ended me :-(
Anyway, I by no means was "blown away" by the Impala, but it is certainly a worthy competitor to the Camry or Accord, and certainly NOT as boring. I found it to be built well, and it had a decent power train. I'm not exactly sure which engine it was equipped with, but it moved the car with ease, almost as good as my Intrepid with a 3.5 and returned decent fuel mileage.
The issue is that people don't care for the Impala because it's badged with a Chevy Bow-tie instead of a Honda or Toyota Symbol. People have it ingrained in their minds that imports are so much better than any American car. I purchased my Intrepid new in 2004, and have yet to have an issue with it at 75000 miles, and it is certainly more entertaining to drive than a Camry or Accord, and is also built well.
I just wish people would give cars like the Impala, Intrepid or even the Taurus a real chance before they run out and spend their money on an import.
2nd Apr 2008, 17:29
I also just rented a Chevy Impala, albeit a 2008, in New Mexico. I loved it! It was a great car -- very smooth, very comfortable, and it rolled at 75 with the V-6 barely idling, running at 1,700 rpm's. In 300 miles of interstate driving, and curvy roads up to Taos and back, I got about 25 mpg, and I wasn't trying in any way to maximize gas mileage. I was impressed.
14th Apr 2008, 23:29
Japanese car companies have spent billions of dollars perpetrating the myth that American companies build inferior cars. Anyone who has driven any late model Ford, GM or Chrysler and a similar import can't say that the domestic is not better built, more stylish and better riding than comparable imports.
Some years ago one Japanese car company used a very powerful subliminal technique to instill the myth that the Ford Taurus was unreliable. In all their ads there would be a tow truck going by in the background pulling a Taurus. People who saw the ads would never be able to actually remember WHERE they saw it, but they would ALWAYS say they saw "broken down" Tauruses. In the 20+ years since they came out, I have never seen EVEN ONE Taurus broken down on the road, while I have literally lost count of all the Honda Civics, Toyota Camrys and Nissan Maximas I have seen abandoned along the freeways.
15th Apr 2008, 21:50
I completely agree with the comment above. I own two 1st generation Tauruses, and they are both in impeccable shape and dead reliable. They have never left me stranded, despite their age, and are great all round cars. I too see many imports of the same vintage stranded on the side of busy roadways, and find myself saying "who's the reliable one now"
18th Apr 2008, 21:49
Actually, the only time I was ever stranded in a broken down vehicle it was a Toyota Corolla with less than 30,000 miles on it.
13th Jun 2008, 17:26
I automatically ignore any review by someone who doesn't actually OWN the car being reviewed.
We are currently paying more for everything because our own citizens are trying to destroy American industries that have provided income for millions of Americans for decades. The dollar is dropping in value because we no longer have any sense of loyalty to our own companies and their employees. When you're paying $10 a gallon for gas and $5 for a loaf of bread, remember, you did it to yourself.
30th Jun 2008, 13:14
I bought a 2007 Chev Impala in Dec 2007, and since that time I have had that car in the shop 6 times, and it will go in again next week, making it 7 times in 6 months.
My warranty runs out this week, and still have a lot wrong with the car. I do not feel I will ever buy a GM car again. I've spent all that money on new car, and now I have had it worked on more than any car I have had.
2nd Jul 2008, 10:47
It's unusual to have this much trouble with a new car (even Toyota), so I suspect your Chevy dealer may be giving you the run-around. It's very possible the original problem either was never fixed, or they messed something else up while they were trying to fix it.
We currently own an 8-year-old GM car and a 6-year-old GM SUV. Neither has ever had a single problem. My brother has owned 2 Impalas since 1989 and neither has ever had a problem.
You might want to try getting an opinion from an outside source. I suspect a very uninterested and sloppy service department in your case.
16th Aug 2008, 07:42
After reading this string of comments, I agree with practically all of the comments made against the initial review. Twenty five years ago my wife and I went through a series of Volkswagens and our friends were in Toyotas and Hondas. The VWs were not reliable, the Toyotas were appliances. Some of our friend’s Hondas had significant problems; those that didn’t, paid a hefty price in maintenance to boost that image of Japanese superiority. We ‘went back’ to GM products in 1989 and haven’t had a reason to gripe since. We bought an Impala LTZ last year and it has been typically GM trouble free, comfortable, and economical yet has good power and stopping ability. It won’t corner like a sports car, but that’s not what it is intended for. By the way, our decision was based upon multiple rental car experiences with an Impala!
30th Apr 2009, 18:50
As the owner of a 2007 Chevy Impala that drives about 2,000 miles per month, I would like to comment on this review.
Although the Impala is not cool looking or trendy, it does many things and does them all well. In the city I can park on street sides with no problems. On twisty turny country roads, the car handles well although not awesome because it's not a 'vet. On the interstate is where any big (ish) GM car really shines.
The car has a huge trunk for gear or golf clubs, and its comfort is great because it's quiet and smooth.
It's also powerful with 211HP 3.5L V6 in base LS trim. My Chevy also gets great MPGs, about the same as a V6 Camry, even though the Chevy is bigger. The Chevy Impala also gets better MPGs than a V6 Nissan Altima or Maxima... although the Nissan 3.5L V6 has V8 like HP figures at 270.
22nd Sep 2009, 13:32
I would never post a review for a car dissing one nations cars as a whole, so why would you or anyone else bash America like that.
I have owned several GM vehicles with high mileage. My friends and family have all had American cars (Dodge, Ford and GM) with high mileage. Generally the cars I have had issues with were 10 to 15 years old and a bit rusty.
Insulting a car company or even worse my country is appalling to me. I wouldn't make fun of Korea because KIA cars only last 5 or 8 years before rusting out, so lets keep our comments on here based on facts.
Your personal thoughts should be noted as well, but you need to balance your personal thoughts with facts and comparisons to other cars in a segment.
Thanks for reading.
9th Jan 2011, 09:57
I know people rip on the Camry for being dull, but it's got nothing on the Impala when it comes to the snooze factor. One magazine described the current Impala's styling as "so dull you may lose it in a parking lot", I think that pretty much sums it up.
I currently own a Camry, but travel a lot on business, and have rented many Impalas, and while neither will make you feel like you're on a Formula 1 track, the driving experience, comfort, and acceleration are far and away better on the Camry.
Residual value is also important; you'll lose your shirt on depreciation when buying an Impala compared to others in the class, such as the Camry, Accord, and Fusion.