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Pros: Dual zone temp, center key, column shift, big space
Cons: Unrealistic pricing, abs not std, crummy stock tires (not uncommon), seats need redesign/restuff
Advice: Drive it. Don't believe everything you read in the magazines. I like the feel of an ohv vs. ohcTraded 2003 Accord 2.4 auto for this. The 3.4 is a good performer despite what the car mags may say, I couldn't feel the difference from the 3.8 in back to back drives. I much prefer the feel of an ohv vs. ohc, it's a more visceral engine with a heartier sound. I use full throttle much less than with the Accord, which had far less torque. Got about 32mpg one tank at 80+ in TN. Driver's seat needs insert (my solution), some modifications, or replacement by a Honda seat. I like the dual HVAC controls, center key, column shift, this is one of the few cars on the market with these features. Don't think the heat/air up to Honda standards. Replaced stock tires immediately with BFG TA, feels more secure in corners despite softer suspension than H, prob due to 225.60.16 vs. 205.65.15tires. A good, honest, handsome American car.
Pros: POWER DRIVERS SEAT
Cons: NO PASSENGER SIDE OUTSIDE DOOR LOCK
Advice: GO WITH THE 3.4 THE 3.8 JUST USES MORE GASTHIS CAR WOULD BE GREAT WITH A MANUAL TRANSMISSION. FUEL ECONOMY GREAT FOR LARGE CAR.VERY RELIABLE. NEEDS MORE PROGRAMS FOR THE AUTO DOOR LOCK FEATURE. FOR THOSE WHO DONT LIKE THE KEY FOBS ON YOUR KEY RING HAVING ONLY ONE DOOR LOCK IS RATHER ANNOYING. GM WARRANTY IS PRETTY POOR... BUT I HAVE HAD EXCELLENT LUCK WITH OTHER GM CARS SO I HOPE THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE AN ISSUE.
Pros: 3.8 V6
Advice: Take a look at the Impala LSJust bought a used 2004 Impala LS, this one great car! Looks,Perfomance, a real value! This is my first Chevy since 1983! My previous car was a 1996 Ford T-Bird 4.6, The Impala is smoother, handles 100 times better, and has twice as much room! If you are looking for mid size sedan give the Impala a look and a test drive, you just may take it home!!!
Pros: 3.8L engine
Cons: Stock Goodyear Tires
Advice: Test drive it as you may just drive it home!We bought a fully loaded LS. Great looking comfortable daily driver! It gets great gas mileage for as quick and powerful as it feels. I love the 3.8L as it's a well established motor with a great long term reputation! The comfort of the Impala is excellent and there is plenty of room for all your family needs! The XM radio is an awesome feature and I rarely listen to regular radio anymore. The heated seats are a nice ammenity when it's freezing outside. The car is quick and extremely comfortable. The only things that I really don't care for are the Goodyear Eagle tires. They aren't that good in the wet weather and I believe with better tires this car would improve greatly! Overall I think it's a perfect daily driver and long term reliability remains to be seen as I will be putting a lot of miles on this car. So far I can't complain and love it.
Pros: The sound system installed at the factory is top-notch.
Cons: The dash panel need to be redesigned as the steering wheel can cause visability problems.
Advice: Get the 3.8 liter engine, one of the darker exterior colors and the sport package.Great car, with the soprts package it has the feel of a performance car with the functionality of a great family car. Try a test drive it was great.
Pros: Leather heated power seats
Cons: Noisy hitting puddles.
Advice: Great ride, LS sporty, feels much bigger.CHEVY is BACK ! This car although I have only just purchased seems great! I owned Chevy's in the past and had switched to a Honda back in the mid-90's cause of all the GM horror stories around back then. I just got out of a top of the line Accord EX and when comparing to the Impala LS with upgraded interior it's like night and day. The Chevy wins hands down as far as comfort, room, looks and purchase price. Time will tell about the old reliability factor, but there are certainly some positive things being said. All that with only a 2-3 mile per gallon fuel economy change. Now's the time to come back to American! The tide is definitly changing.