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1978 Chevrolet Impala User Reviews

1978 Chevrolet Impala Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 6 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
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"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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BTV writes:
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Well built inexpensive replacement parts.

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had 8track instead of cassette tape.

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All Around Great Family Mover For The Times. — I Bought my 78 Impala for $7,300 new in May 1978, including $55 extra for 350-4bar carb. It was painted in 1997 without need of any bodyfiller. No rust. Camshaft and timing chain replaced in 1993. R-12 axial 6 a/c still works well. 452K kilometers. Should last me at least 50 years.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Trevisan1 writes:
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3

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Rides way better than my 1999 Eddie B. Explorer

Cons

Get A Caprice with the bells and whistles

Trevisan1
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My Baby, Worried About Who Gets It When I'm Gone. — 305 is a dog without A dual plane intake and a good old Quadra-jet! Way better mileage with a 4 barrel. Looks fast sitting still. Cheap to buy.Only 33,900 built, this will be a rare car. Never had major repair issues even w/ the 305 in it. Add a rear sway bar and it is no longer a boat! Interior finally ... totally redone including remove dash face and re-dye Everything. Replaced rear axle and sway bar with a 1996 Impala SS unit. direct bolt in. New axle has 3.08 gear, Posi and Disc brakes and the large factory sway bar. I tossed my after market bar in the trash with the old axle. Having an issue with the parking brake cables. Improve braking but lose brake stand capabilities with: 'Pro Bolt' proportioning valve bolts to increase rear disc line pressure. New axle requires 5 X 5 wheel bolt pattern Impala comes with 5 X 4.75. I grabbed steel rims from a Buick road master. these are 8' X 15' rims. When dash was re-dyed, had the speedometer re-scaled to read up to 120 MPH. I had to also due to different re-end ring gear change,swap out both speedo gears in the tranny. Gas mileage is now really bad, can't keep my foot off the Go pedal.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Mike writes:
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Good power. Nice Ride. Easy for shade-tree mechanics. Actually loved the styling more than later years provided.

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Suspension wallows as expected. Body very prone to rust.

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Rembered Fondly — I still regret the day this car was sent to the boneyard. It was a solid runner and never failed to start on even the coldest mornings (except, of course, when the starter itself failed). Power was enough to get you where you were going in a hurry, but don't push that big boat suspension. The simple V8 was easy to work on with ample room in the engine bay (except around the starter, grrr). Swapped the basic-looking interior out for that of an upper-level Buick of the same body type. Driven sensibly, the gas mileage was decent for a V8. Just don't drop that right foot too often or a tank can go by quite alarmingly.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Shannon writes:
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Everything is a positive, except the gas mileage.

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Gas mileage is sickeningly low (between 8 & 14 MPG hwy, depends on size of engine)

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The Best Car Ever -- '78 Impala — For in tense and purposes... this car is the best one I've ever owned. It's possible that I just had some type of car ESP with it or whatever, but she never leaves me on the side of the road. She's currently STILL RUNNING with some of the most messed up parts. The radiator has a giant hole in it, but never once has it overheated. The engine has a blown head gasket, but it does still run. She's currently running on 3 cylinders (out of 8). I have lost the entire exhaust system (catalytic converter included), but she has no problems (even though she sounds like a NASCAR, but for now we'll call that a good thing). More than once I have completely run out of gas, but she has always brought me home safely. I bought her for a pittance ($300), but she'll be mine until one of us gets too old to drive anymore (I hope I go first).

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pamgirl writes:
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smooth handling, power, consistency

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so big!  but very roomy

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I Love To Drive My Impala. It Makes Me Feel Safe, And It Always Gets Me Where I Need To Go. — I love running this car on the open road - but because I wasn't "raised" on this type of car, it is difficult to operate occasionally. I am constantly flodding and/or stalling... Have never had to take it to the shop for anything other than routine maintenance. Gas milage is surprisingly wonderful for such an old car. Also able to peg the speedometer, when the conditions are right.....

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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impalarida writes:
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Looks Sweet And Handles Great... — I bought this 78 impala and its in good condition,and I was realy surprised about the handling,the suspension rides realy smooth&comfy but can at the same time take corners and doesnt bounce around as much as a chevy caprice(as much as I love the capices :) ). I have the 305 engine and its not so bad,the hp is low but the torque is good and altough it doesnt go to 200mph its still exciting to drive.

Owner for 0 years, 5 months

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

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