2008 Chevrolet Impala User Reviews

2008 Chevrolet Impala Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"power" 20 reviews
"ride" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"space" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"small space" 3 reviews
"wheels" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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2008 Chevrolet Impala SS Review
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4

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Tons of cargo space, LS4 V8 with Displacement on Demand, 303hp and 323 ft-lbs of torque, 18" polished aluminum wheels and stealthy SS badging, Stabilitrak and Traction Control, Remote Start, and Battery Rundown Protection.

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LS4 V8 mated to a problematic 4T65-HD Automatic Transmission, Nose Heavy with torque steer, and Back Seats could've had more space.

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Not Exactly The Total Package, But A Competitive One! — Since the Impala SS was reintroduced in 2006, it has since gone under the radar. The mighty Impala SS impact on the market was minimal but mainly due to the failing Impala lineup. Chevorlet did make some good honest changes for the SS model which was only produced from 2006 through 2009, making them a diamond in the rough. First we start with the real money maker, what the SS badging is all about; the all aluminum LS4 V8 with Active Fuel Management. Basically this is a factory tuned Generation 4 Vortech 5300 small block V8, usually found in their truck models. With 303hp and 323 ft-lbs of torque, the Impala SS shines in straight line performance with a 0-60 sprint of 5.5 seconds and a 1/4 mile leap in14.0 seconds @ 100mph. When you've had your fill of the Impala's exhilarating performance, Active Fuel Management kicks in as you cruise on the highway or through town. Essentially AFM cuts off half the cylinders for the added fuel mileage, but will instantly engage them when its time to "overtake" one of those pesky 3.6L LTZs. I should make it absolutely clear, the SS is TWO seconds quicker to 60mph and MORE THAN a full second quicker in the 1/4 mile than the 305hp LTZ. Not to mention, there is quite a catalog of aftermarket modifications available for the SS. So there is a performance difference between these two models, despite similar power output. One of the more negative critiques for this car is the wrong wheel drive layout. Like the last generation Impala SS, this one is Front Wheel Drive and is probably the most powerful front wheel drive car on the market today. There are some side effects due to its overpowered V8 and front wheel drive layout. The SS suffers from tremendous torque steer. Make sure the wheels are straight before you hammer down the accelerator! The very first time I slammed the accelerator, I mistakenly did it on a curved on-ramp to the highway and the torque steer nearly threw me into the wall. Make no mistake, this car can handle but be mindful of the power. Chevrolet did implement some key driver aids like Traction Control (which can be disabled) and Stabilitrak, because after all the SS is still a family sedan. The onboard computer does a great job managing the power and stability of the car at all times. This has brought great comfort and easy driving during adverse weather like rain, snow, and ice. Stabilitrak is an electronic driver aid that keeps the car straight if it believes you're out of control as if you were sliding on ice or hydroplaning in rain. Basically it will strategically apply breaks and supplement over-corrections with steering assist. In the two years I've so far owned my SS, I had only one real negative experience with Stabilitrak. It was during a snowstorm in Colorado, where I had to make a sudden sharp turn onto the street that takes me to work. Sensing that I was out of control (because the car is aware of potentially icy weather conditions), Stabilitrak kicked in and forced my car into a straight line in mid-turn. I ended up having to miss my street into work, and I had to make an embarrassing U-turn to get back on track. In other front wheel drive cars I've driven, I would've made that turn easily... so it was surprising to have control taken away from me due to some misinterpretation of the car's stability control system. Braking leaves much to be desired and only after a couple shopping errands the brakes do become slightly spongy. Speaking of shopping, this car has the biggest trunk I've ever seen and if that's not enough, you can fold down the backseats and have almost as much cargo space as a station wagon! No complaints here, except that I can't help but feel the extra trunk space cuts the back seating a little short of on par with the Charger and Taurus. Now we come to my biggest concern with this car... while we can all compromise a little space here and there and 300hp with FWD layout, one thing that haunts this car is the transmission. There has been outcry in many of the Impala's online communities about the reliability of the transmission. GM has been using the Impala's W-body chassis since the '80s and typically a V6 is fitted into the engine bay and mated to a 4 speed transmission called the 4T65. In some cases, like the previous generation Impala SS, the V6 may be supercharged with 240hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque (GM considers this the maximum load the transmission can handle reliably). This time around, GM shoves the LS4 V8 into the engine bay and mates it to the same 4 speed transmission meant for the V6, claiming they made additional modifications to help it cope with the 63 extra horsepower and renamed the transmission "4T65-HD," the added HD designation means "heavy duty." Unfortunately, the reliability of this transmission seems to be hit and miss. If you're in the market for an '06 to '09 Impala SS, it is highly reccomended you get at least a powertrain warranty before signing the dotted line. It is also highly recommended you install a transmission radiator if you're looking to modify the SS. The online community I'm apart of suggests you either install a shift kit for minor upgrades or have the entire thing rebuilt with reinforced parts for more extensive modding. Overall, I'm happy to own this car. It lives up to the SS badges, being the quickest and fastest Impala SS to date. The 18" polished aluminum wheels (rated at $200 a peice) are absolutely beautiful and the car is very subtle and mature. It can blow the doors off many coupes and sport sedans but still offer an adult experience at an affordable price. It has a quiet, smooth ride and many options and features that keep it current and convenient. The Impala was never meant to be a track car, it has no business with Brembo brakes and bodykits. Its a great family car that offers a very mature driving experience, but also can be as fun and as quick as a Cobalt SS when it needs to be. Its a cruiser at heart and this car was designed around that very premise and it doesn't really disappoint.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Billson writes:
2008 Chevrolet Impala SS Review
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A V8 Engine Great power

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Gas Guzzling

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Was My Rental Car In Hawaii — Great Horsepower a 5.3L V8 it has heated seats in it too which I also liked. This was my rental car in Hawaii and i never expected it is a impala SS. The gas milage so poor and is expected for a V8 engine like that.

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5

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Its roomy, powerful and drives great

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nothing

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Great — This car is one of the best I have ever had, very good handling and powerful. I never had any problem with it and its really roomy, its has more capacity than any car else. has great look too. Good job GMC

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Looks and drives great.

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I have no "cons" about this vehicle.

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2008 Chevy Impala, Gold — I have no "dislikes" about this vehicle. It drives great, it looks great, it's very dependable. I have driven out of state and was never worried about break downs, etc. Good gas mileage. Very roomy inside and in the trunk.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kevin writes:
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good running car for hwy

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no reason too avoid this car

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What Is Owing Nothing More — this car is so nice looking real eye catcher in really good shap fully loaded leather heated seats sunroof, tinted out fully loaded 5.3 motor mostly hwy driven only 60 thousand klm car pretty well mint shape and really good sterio in it i want just whats owing on it o yes and has towing package as well and handles really good

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Idk yet...

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Fun 2 Drive And Very Comfortable . — Just got my 08 Impala SS, and I'm loving it. The performance is excellent, the 5.3 V8 really moves this family sedan. I would have preferred a rear wheel drive V8, the front wheel drive takes some getting used to when you put the pedal down, but very fun 2 drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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NIck writes:
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Unheard of acceleration from a family sedan in this price range.

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I fell bad for my tires :) and wish it had auto. climate control.

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Love It — I can not get behind the wheel of this car without grining ear to ear. I pray for every light I approach to turn red just in case the car next to me might thing that he's faster. I've never lost.

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Joe writes:
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Quiet ride, Good crash test. Corvette engine. Dependable and sporty somewhat.

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Loose in the rear, Needs performance stabilizers and lowering springs. Eats gas around town but, great on long trips. Needs 91 octane or better.

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It's A Super Sport — Needs lowering shocks and springs with performance stabilizers and I think you would have a very nice package. Runs well in 91 octane and above. I had this car for one year and it hasn't been in the shop yet.

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tswear writes:
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Smooth Ride! Runs great even in snow! only thing this car hates is 2+ inches of snow on roads, it slides alot, other than that if you can see the pavement , it will work great.

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got pulled over a lot for my tint, apparently its factory tint, and the police don't like the tint, got stopped 3 days after the purchase of it, and 8 days later as well... all for them to say "yep its legal, you are free to go now..." >.<

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Beast Of A Car! — i love the V8 in the car, the car's power is unmatched! one down side is that the V8 requires super unleaded, (89 octane minimum) to perform to the mileage specs, i get anywhere from 16-20 city, depending on how much traffic i encounter, to 30 highway driving 65 to Saracuse ( instant mpg fluctuates from 25 to 36 mpg, but stayed most of the time near 30mpg). this car is a monster, but it needs a lot of money to drive it, it has 18.5 gallons of tank space, so your fill up will be (for a sports car) decent. this car has a small problem with the tires, one of the wheels were bent ( the aluminum rim, back right rim) and it causes vibrations slightly at 45mph, and is quite bad at 50-65mpg. they balanced the tires and it mostly went away, but they confirmed the tire rim was bent... its not worth knocking a star off though. OnStar is equipped with this vehicle, and I got a 3 month trial, and have had to use it sometimes(check engine light went on, was a faulty sensor) and they resolved what it was easy, even when the dealership couldnt figure it out, all they needed was the diagnostic code onstar gave me, and they found the problem easy!... obviously (other than parking on grass) this thing is not a offroad vehicle ( just throwing that out there XD). also the brakes work good, and compared to the subaru i traded in, you touch the brake lightly, you stop fast... it took getting used to( sense i was a new driver , I didn't knock off a star for that) but getting used to it was quick, and it is able to stop 65-0 (safely) in 10 seconds or im guessing in half that time if i needed to slam on the brakes, i'm not trying that out though... and finally parking... my car parks easy, just got to get used to parking nose in( my judgement is almost always off, i think i got no more room, and i get out to inspect, i got 5 feet XD ) the car is more back than front, meaning you need to watch out backing in, but you usually got more room to park nose in, and when i park nose in, the back bumper is usually outside, just pulling in a little more fixes that, also not worth losing a star over... there is no battery( other than the car start battery) so i left a 3 star, hasnt died on me yet so i cant really say anything other than its working still... all in all, this car is great, i am a chevy believer from now on, if their cars stay as nice as this one!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Great handling and smooth acceleration

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I don't have 2 of them

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Great Sporty Gas Saver With Excellent Handling And No Road Noise — This is absolutely one of the cars that gives the most bang for your dollar. Smooth acceleration with the look that everyone loves! The interior room is superior and the acceleration is awesome. This is a very quiet interior rides I have ever been in.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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