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    1973 Chevrolet Impala Review
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    Long On Looks, Short On Practicality — I owned my 1973 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe for about three years, from 1991-94. Our relationship got off to a somewhat rocky start because the timing chain broke just a few weeks after I bought the car and had to be replaced. Once that had been accomplished, the engine, Chevrolet's ubiquitous 350 CID small-block V8 with a two-barrel carburetor, would always run smoothly and reliably, though. With a mere 145 net horsepower on hand to propel the huge full-size Chevrolet, I did not expect high performance and was not disappointed. For my quite modest everyday driving needs, mainly the daily commute to my workplace and back, power was completely adequate. I lived in Munich, Germany, at the time, and the sight of this big blue 223 inch long cruiser threading through dense urban traffic must have been rather intimidating to all those Golf or BMW drivers because they would always make way when they spotted the Chevy and heard its characteristic V8 throb that sounded like a lot more than just 145 horsepower. Managing those tight European city streets, let alone parking the monster Chevy was a real challenge every day of the week. I got used to parking several blocks away from where I needed to go simply because there were absolutely no parking spaces anywhere near my intended destination. The apartment building where I lived had its own underground parking garage, but the Impala with its 79.5 inches of width wouldn't even fit through the entrance gate. Tough bananas. As big as the Chevy was on the outside, it offered surprisingly little room on the inside. My 6'4" frame could have used some more legroom and headroom was barely adequate; my crewcut would habitually brush the headliner. As for hip and shoulder room, there was plenty for two people, but three was a crowd even if the two others sitting next to me were of average size. Likewise, the trunk was huge, but not in relation to the overall size of the Chevy. Space utilization was not a strong point in American automotive design in those days. In a big country with plentiful resources, nobody really cared. However, the writing was on the wall: The first fuel crisis in the winter of 1973/74 made America (and the rest of the Western world) painfully aware of its dependence on foreign oil. What followed is well-known: CAFE and the "Big Shrink" that downsized the next generation of American cars without sacrificing interior space. Therefore, my '73 Impala epitomized the American automobile industry's "bigger is better" mantra that would come to an end just a few years later. I must admit it kind of gave me a kick to drive a car with this "in your face" attitude, but there was a price to pay, as described above. Also, there were the fuel bills. Even driven conservatively and with the V8 in perfect tune, the Impala's thirst for expensive German gasoline was insatiable. Then, as now, a gallon of gas cost twice as much in Germany as in the US, and the Chevy routinely consumed 20 liters per 100 kilometers on average, that's approx. 12 miles per gallon. After all, what can you expect from a car with a curb weight of 4,244 pounds? As for dependability, the Impala was a fine specimen. The only serious defect other than the timing chain was a leaking heater core, quite common among older cars, but expensive to fix. After three years of faithful service, I decided to part with my Chevy that had become just too impractical and expensive to own and operate. Still, my memories of it are overwhelmingly positive.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Impressive looks, solidity, comfort, V8 power

    Cons: Cracked dash panel, some rust in right rear fender, heater core defective, too big outside, too small inside

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    Amazing — 350 small block. great acceleration. no NEEDED repairs. great luxury interior. 7 around town. 9 highway. easy to maintain. great first car. fun to drive. every where you go people will look at you. great name for chevrolet. LOVE THIS CAR

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

    Pros: great car

    Cons: dont avoid

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    My First Car — It was my first car...mine was silver no vinyl roof but looked very much like this...I loved it...you don't want to know how many people you can fit in it and you don't want to know what happens when the rear quarter panels rot...and how much does a kitchen sink weigh?

    Pros: It was my first car

    Cons: I couldn't' afford insurance once so it sat and that is when it started to rust

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    '73 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe — 350 cubic inch small block V8. What's more to say. All American boat. Did learn how to rebuild the 2-barrel Rochester carburator. Easy to work on - almost no emissions systems other than air pump that put fresh air into the exhaust manifolds to help complete combustion - of course the pump would seize and you simply disconnected it. 4 to 5 body trunk.

    Pros: 350 Small Block

    Cons: Nothing sporty about Sport Coupe

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    Amazing — Best car ever-- the biggest on the road where I am! Handles so well, great in the snow, and in awesome condition with nearly all original parts. 350 engine, and damn it goes fast! They don't make them like this anymore!

    Pros: Haha, where do I start???

    Cons: No fuel injection was a con at first, but not so much anymore. Needs some body work, and a paint job :)

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    I Love A Big Roomy Car And The 73 Impala Provides That. — My 1973 Impala is a 2dr hd/tp with a 454 cid engine and automatic trans. It is a very roomy car with a trunk big enough for a civic. This car was one of the biggest made especially with the mandated extended bumper in the front. The 454 pulls it down the road with plenty of pep, just set the cruise and relax.

    Owner for 0 years, 2 months

    Miles Driven per Year:2,000

    Pros: Still going strong after 36 years.

    Cons: Needs a right hand mirror and a bigger set of wheels/tires

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    2014 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

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    2012 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

    Very Great Car But Hot... By Jerry

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    Excellent Reliable Vehicle By chrisgrecia

    This car is more than what meets the eye. It looks professional and sleek. The 3.6L V6 is powerful but efficient. Rides very smooth and the interior is spacious with a cozy feel. It's not a Corvette i... Read More

    2011 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

    My Blacked Out Impala By mrdoom07

    The thing that i like about it is the room on the inside my being 6'5". Has alot of leg room and seat room. the cup holders in thefront are too small, You cant put too large coffees in there at same t... Read More

    Buy Almost New For A Huge Savings By mikescott

    i bought it for my girl friend, she wanted the leather bucket seats,if i would have new things wouldnt worked out,i would have bought the bench seats,and then had leather added to it.i pprefere bench ... Read More

    2010 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

    Tinted Out Impala By Sonflower

    This car is a 2010 Chevy impala it is fun to drive and looks quite good with timed windows all around the car gets great gas mileage and the inside is roomy the trunk space is deep and roomy also Read More

    Mostly Japanese, Chineese, Or Mexican Made. By kissmepam

    Right after the warrenty ran out the front drivers side and the rear drivers side window regulators broke. The piece that holds the cable was made with cheap plastic. All of the Heater/AC actuators br... Read More

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