2008 Chevrolet Impala User Reviews

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    2008 Chevrolet Impala LT Review
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    25

    Great Car With Larger Motor! — I love the sun/moon roof and the leather light-colored interior. It has been a great car since I bought it in 2010. The back seat is roomy and comfortable, and the sound system is great! This is the second Impala I've had - the first one was a 2003 that I bought brand new and then handed it down to my daughter!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: This 2008 Impala has the bigger 3.9 L motor and handles beautifully.

    Cons: None

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    2008 Chevrolet Impala SS Review
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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

    Pros: 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.

    Cons: 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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    2008 Chevrolet Impala LS Review
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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

    Pros: Looks and drives great.

    Cons: I have no "cons" about this vehicle.

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    2008 Chevrolet Impala SS Review
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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

    Pros: 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.

    Cons: 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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    2008 Chevrolet Impala LT Review
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    4,395

    Has Plenty Of Space When You Need It And Great Fuel Economy When You Don't Need It — overall spacious interior and trunk, although it could use more rear legroom and larger trunk opening. I like the front floor space of a three passenger seat. The engine has good acceleration and handles reasonable for everyday driving. Despite what most say, the build quality is good. The mode selector on the HVAC control could be designed so that it is easy to tell which mode one selects. For a full-size car this car gets good fuel economy especially on the highway. It would be good if Anti-Lock Brakes came standard on all models, on the other hand there is more underhood space, so it is easier to do maintenance especially doing brake fluid exchange. The car is comfortable for road trips or driving around town.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: very spacious and still gets good fuel economy

    Cons: wish Flip-N-Fold Rear and ABS/Stabilitrak came standard on all models

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    2014 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

    Overall I Love The Car. By chevyjones19

    Love the styling of it definitely one the sexiest cars on the road. Very comfortable cabin and massive trunk space. Also very pleased with the Mylink system pretty easily to figure out as well. This i... Read More

    2013 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

    Black Beauty By taekeyes95

    The Impala is very spacious, it's comfortable and when you have to put your foot down, it will most definitely run. I get many compliments on my car handling and it's speed. I love this car, it's addi... Read More

    2012 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

    Very Great Car But Hot... By Jerry

    I was very impressed with the overall of this car, I like to drive and she did act like I wanted her to. Very fast. Very good on handling. Like the curves lol....good view not much of a blind spot. Se... Read More

    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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