Yikes. What a car! Plenty of blind spots for those that
like them. The worst is the A pillar. And if you like to
left-foot brake occasionally (like in mall parking lots)
don't even try. There was something down there preventing
my left foot from even being lifted towards the brake pedal.
Funny to see the gear display lagging the gear-shift
movement also. The guy from Budget said they were
the worst for reliability in their fleet also.
Live and learn.
As I have been researching the new could I will eventually buy
(for several months now), I considered the Impala.
When I looked at all the variables, I decided it was not anything
that I would want to put any money into.
Sunday Morning (network TV) today had a section on Toyota.
It mentioned that the Camry is now the top selling sedan in USA,
and is moving toward domination of many sections of the market.
The presenters made note that the quality commitment of Toyota
is uncompromising, and that companies like Ford, GM, etc have been
losing the battle by manufacturing cars they believed to be 'good enough'.
'Good enough' is no longer good enough.
Im no spammer, Hairylips. We own two Buicks presently and I can say
anything I want about GM so long as it is true. And EVERYTHING I have said
I bash Fords too, because they have been., and are, low quality crap.
I also own a Dodge van, which is not the highest quality, but has been one
the most reliable cars I have ever owned.
And you have every right to continue to buy substandard crap if you want,
and to brag about it.
If you really think that your constant toyota promotions, in a GM group, are
on topic, then you are a bigger idiot than I thought.
And don't intend to mince words to glorify GM.
Nobody's asking you to.
Great! Did it have the new DOD engine in it? I have an '02 Impala and
I love it (going out to look at an '06 Impala this week) My '02 Impala
hasn't cost me anything for repairs since I've owned it (bought in '01)
so, if this is an example of a 'piece of GM crap' bring it on. Bought
a new Nissan once and in 5 years, I replaced so much on the engine and
interior that it was practically new again when I dumped it (what a
piece of junk). As far as articles go, the problem with the people
writing these articles is that it's just their opinion but some people
think that it's gospel.
"So why do I drive a big SUV? It's because I have to haul numerous
people and things to places."
~ R. Lee Baxton ~
I also rented a 2005 Impalla for two weeks of 90% highway driving last
Sep. The highway driving was a mix of high speed fairly level, and
medium speed curvy and moderate hills.
On the plus it was very spacious and quiet driving most times.
It would be a very good car for space and level straight highway driving.
They make great cabs.
On the negatives it had an old tech transmission which didn't (or
couldn't) adjust to my driving. The very high top gear gave excellent
highway mileage, but the down shift to third was too great a difference
and it was painful how reluctant is was to shift down from top on the
The handling was just OK.
I'm coming from a '95 Chrysler Concord I could replace anytime, but I
prefer the 11 yr old Concord to this base '05 Impalla because of it's
much better responsive transmission and handling.
Looking around because the Chrysler 300 just doesn't meet my needs
and I can't stand it's German like styling. Nor can my wife.
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