Follow-up Number 1: I now have 5,000 miles on this car. As you can see, I don't put a lot of miles on this car, as it is just for pleasure. I have an older car that I drive back and forth to work. I have had NO reasons to take this car back to the dealer for anything. It is a smooth riding, comfortable car. I am averaging 25 mpg with a 40/60 mix of city/highway driving. The tires show almost no wear. The brakes are just as good as new, with no typical GM rotor warpage. I hope the next update is as positive. So far, I see no reason that it would not be.
Thanks for the follow-up.
We switched to GM vehicles in 2003 due to HORRIBLE service from Ford. We now have close to 60,000 miles on both our GM cars and neither has ever had a single problem, nor or they showing any brake wear.
Other than oil changes, air filters and tire rotations, neither has had anything at all done to it. Although our Fords were extremely reliable (we got over 300,000 miles out of one with virtually no repairs at all) we find the service at our GM dealership to be prompt, courteous and efficient. We seldom wait more than 30 minutes for an oil change, and the service reps are very courteous and competent. Ford would take half a day, the reps were rude, and the car often had greasy stains on it.
I saw in your review that you were averaging up to 32 mpg on the highway. I recently purchased a 2007 Impala LT and I'm yet to get near this gas mileage, averaging 27 mpg at most. At what speed are you going to achieve this fuel economy?
I usually set the cruise @73mph. Plus, it takes a few thousand miles for the engine to begin obtaining optimum mileage. You will not regret your purchase. I also live in Florida, where it is flat.
Thanks for your review, and I'm happy that you're happy with your new Impala... Kudos. We both know the "traditional American car" is V8 up front, RWD out back. The real Impalas from back in the day!
Follow Up #2: The car now has 7500 miles. I took it on a 1500 mile trip in April and averaged about 32 MPG on the highway. It was a nice smooth ride and I am still very impressed with my car. I have had no problems and from the looks of things, don't anticipate any. Two oil changes and a tire rotation are all that have been done on this car.
Follow up #3: 9,000 miles. No mechanical issues. However, the driver's seat back is starting to show a lot of wear in the material. The dashboard cover is starting to warp. I do live in South Florida and it has been really hot this summer, but I am not too pleased about this. I have also noticed that the A/C is not up to task when the temperature goes over 95 degrees. Also, I have noticed that if you look at the paint wrong it will scratch. I am still satisfied with my car, but these fit and finish issues are a bit disconcerting. However, it is a lease, so in a year, it is theirs! Would I buy it again? Maybe, but in white and with leather interior.
Follow-up #4 - 10,000 miles. Taking car in for oil change and possible brake rotor replacement. The brakes are pulsating really bad in the front, along with making a groaning sound. I am kind of disappointed because I thought GM had worked out it's brake problems. Though the car has low mileage, it is driven mostly on the highway in 40 to 50 mile intervals. It is rarely used for city driving.
Follow-up #5: Front brake rotors were turned as there was a slight warpage to them. This was covered under warranty. Brakes are now as new. I don't know if this is something my driving style has caused, as I tend to feather the brakes versus really getting on them.
Follow-up #6 - 12,500 miles and no mechanical issues. The dealer is replacing the trim around all four doors as it is discoloring. This will be done under warranty. They are also replacing the cloth on the driver's seat back as it is fraying. My only concerns with this car has been the quality of the materials used to build it with. The paint scratches if you look at it wrong and the materials replaced under warranty make me doubt the car's long term durability, at least from a cosmetic point of view.
I have a 2006 Impala and it has 58k on it now. I have replaced the front tires twice. I had it aligned 3 times. I have found that the pressure given on sticker for the front tires allows too much side wear. I run 40psi in my front tires and, although it makes it a bit harder ride, the tires are wearing beautifully. I have the 3500 cc engine which you cannot get past 2006. I average 34 on the highway and 28 to 29 around town. This car is great. No problems other than the front tires.