My son has a 1997 Chevy Blazer with 95000 miles on it.

Asked by Jun 30, 2008 at 10:10 AM about the 2000 Chevrolet Impala

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

He wants to trade it with his friend for a 2000 Chevy Impala with 180,000 miles.  The Dad bought the car new and kept up with all maintenance.  Is this a good idea?

5 Answers

8,525

In a word. No... Even maintained the Impala is 8-9 yrs old with a lot of miles. Stuff has to give...no matter how well you maintain a car stuff WILL fail. At 180,000 miles your to a point where many ancillary components are going to begin to fail. Even if the motor keeps running sensors are going to start going bad, ignition coils are going to build internal resistance and/or crack, shocks are going to be worn, suspension fatigue, valve train fatigue(springs and retainer loosing strength and/or failing), worn CAM, ect... There is a long list of problem even a maintained engine can be facing at this point in its life, I personally would not take the gamble of getting rid of a car the potentially has a lot of life left in it for one that may conk out in a month. Besides I would prefer the Blazer in the first place.... Or this one of the 'Gas is too high must get rid of SUB' trades? In which case, I would bet, the cost of maintenance is likely going to overshadow the decreased cost of fuel.

365

NO! the S Blazer has less miles an will be more dependable. the motors in the impalas ar known to throw intake gasets around 100,000 miles, so its about due again.

385

I agree with everyone else. The miles are just too high on the Impala. Stick with the Blazer

15

I have a friend that has a 1996 Chevy Blazer with 232,000 miles and still running good. I will not trade it....

Having worked on both vehicles many times over, it's a tuff decision. the 3.4L motor which is most likely in the impala is a strong motor, but leaks like a stuck pig. Good chance the intake, oil pan, rack, axle seals, and trans lines are all leaking. Not counting the strut mounts, and flex coupler that are probably making noise. But on the other hand if the blazer wasn't maintained, you probably need ball joints, pitman arm, idler arm, oil cooler lines, intake, oil pan. What i would do is take the impala to a mechanic, have him take it on a test drive and rack it up and check for leaks. 95000 is alot of miles on a blazer, they run longer but its gonna cost alot of money in reconditioning. The impala will get better gas mileage. We all know how important that is these days

Your Answer

Impala

Looking for a Used Impala in your area?

CarGurus has 33,770 nationwide Impala listings starting at $950.

ZIP:
Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Chevrolet Impala Experts

  • #1
    Js08016
    Reputation
    1,860
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,790
  • #3
    Danny Wang
    Reputation
    1,680
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,117 Great Deals out of 71,678 listings starting at $1,896
Used Chevrolet Camaro
410 Great Deals out of 30,659 listings starting at $3,550
Used Honda Accord
1,098 Great Deals out of 61,485 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Maxima
282 Great Deals out of 23,068 listings starting at $899
Used Toyota Camry
1,051 Great Deals out of 71,326 listings starting at $295
Used Nissan Altima
1,042 Great Deals out of 75,008 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang
711 Great Deals out of 38,301 listings starting at $895
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
661 Great Deals out of 39,393 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,133 Great Deals out of 167,073 listings starting at $1,498

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
6,743 listings starting at $21,995
2017 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
74 Great Deals out of 8,733 listings starting at $16,788
2016 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 1,461 listings starting at $12,485
2015 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 1,313 listings starting at $11,795
2014 Chevrolet Impala For Sale
61 Great Deals out of 2,481 listings starting at $9,700

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.