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2012 GM Chevrolet Impala Information

Updated on August 17, 2013

Chevrolet Impala up to 2012 information

This article is a tribute to my favorite car Chevrolet Impala. It includes pictures, details, the spec and all you need to know about the new 2012 Impala Chevrolet and glimpses of the 2013 model.

Mine, (2001 model year Impala) had over 850,000 km before I gave it away (still running fine)...Unbelievable yet it's really true!

On this page you will find beautiful Impala photos and information (including the 2012 Chevy Impala).

GM is still alive! (and at least the gas pedals don't stick, and the brakes work)

2011 Chevy Impala
2011 Chevy Impala

Chevy Impala 2012 - a reliable car

GM got this one right! (even though they did indeed go belly-up).

I couldn't resist writing an article about my car. I do a lot of driving. (By the way, I am not a used care salesman and I DO NOT work for GM). After so many miles, I know my car so well.

The entire exhaust was still original. The transmission had to be changed at 500k, but the engine was still "factory." I rarely changed the oil (only every 20,000km to 25,000km or so). I learned long ago that the recommendations to change the oil every 5000km is only for the average driver. But if you drive a lot it would be quite ridiculous, Some people I know NEVER change the oil, and their car is FINE right until the end, however they don't pile on the miles!

In my 2001 impala, only the gas gauge sensor failed, all the other sensors were still the originals until the end (at 850,000 km). Forget about engine shampoo, no way! In previous cars that I'd owned, as soon as I cleaned the engine, the problems would start. I learned that, unless a real professional does it, never ever touch the engine. No Way!

Look at how dirty it got...see photo below.

The car doesn't mind. Nobody on the street can see under the hood anyway. Everything was working perfectly when I gave it away. The engine was quiet and smooth, even the transmission was perfect.

My next car was also an Impala...of course, (I got a 2004 model). For this car I do actually follow the "change oil indicator" because the algorithm got a lot more clever. It usually triggers around 11,000 km or so, which is much more reasonable than the old 5000km recommendations.

I have discovered that the only people who hate the Impala are the very aggressive and bad (overall) drivers. There are very many negative and hateful types out there. They automatically get skeptical, then jealous and freak out upon finding out about my experience with the Impala!

The car I drove before the Impala was a GM Chevrolet Caprice. What a piece of junk that was. I was in the garage for repairs every week. The car was a pig on gas, but strong like a TANK. All in all though, a real pain in the *ss.

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Please return to this page for the continuing saga of my adventures with my Chevy Impala...

The ultimate Impala 2012 repair manual - All the information you need to know inside for the 2012 Impala

MY ENGINE in my Impala (ewww...yuk!...)

MY ENGINE in my Impala (ewww...yuk!...)
MY ENGINE in my Impala (ewww...yuk!...)

Close-up of top of strut assembly (so dirty)

Close-up of top of strut assembly (so dirty)
Close-up of top of strut assembly (so dirty)

Impala

best car ever

The Impala underwent a substantial makeover in 2000, then again in 2007 with much of the engineering work done in Oshawa, Ontario (CANADA) where the Impala is built.

The perfect car 2012 Chevy

The perfect car 2012 Chevy
The perfect car 2012 Chevy

2011 Impala (awesome)

2011 Impala (awesome)
2011 Impala (awesome)

2010 Impala (I want one)

2010 Impala (I want one)
2010 Impala (I want one)

2009 Impala (wow)

2009 Impala (wow)
2009 Impala (wow)

2008 IMPALA (snazzy)

2008 IMPALA (snazzy)
2008 IMPALA (snazzy)

2007 IMPALA (not bad)

2007 IMPALA (not bad)
2007 IMPALA (not bad)

Some Chevrolet Impala links to check out

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Special selection of the best.

Wow -- An old style IMPALA --

Excellent News about the 2012 Chevrolet Impala!

It has been rumored for the last few months that Chevrolet would be soldiering on with a front-wheel-drive Impala for at least the next few years. The recent contract agreement between the Canadian Auto Workers union and General Motors appears to cement this rumor as fact.

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What do you think of recent GM cars?

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Great DVD - Interesting...

Take a look at this!

Early days at GM

Classic General Motors Auto Manufacturing Films DVD: 1930s Automobile & Car Manufacturing Industry Films
Classic General Motors Auto Manufacturing Films DVD: 1930s Automobile & Car Manufacturing Industry Films

Product Description

This DVD contains two brilliantly made industrial propaganda films produced by General Motors Co. used to promote the continued growth of the automobile industry.

Packed full of footage of automobile manufacturing plants and workers in action these films bring the history of auto making back to life.

Table Of Contents: (1) From Dawn To Sunset (1937) - General Motors propaganda film promoting industrial manufacturing as the key to America's success. Includes great footage from some of the 12 plants located in different cities across America including, Tarrytown NY, Flint MI, Oakland CA, Detroit MI, Atlanta GA, Buffalo NY, Janesville WI, Norwood Cincinnati OH, Baltimore MD, & St. Louis MO.

Day breaks in the East and the mighty Army rises. Not an Army marching to the deep and desolate roar of shells, but a mighty army of workers who go forth accompanied by the whistles from America's greatest factories - While their giant smoke stacks write across the skies promise of a new prosperity in a land where that prosperity brings a fuller life to every man who labors and who serves. And as each builder marches forth to shape his destiny tens of thousands more go with him, side by side - and so each one is multiplied.

2) Master Hands (1936) - Spectacular film filled with general motors manufacturing plant workers in action. Film begins with the following exert "Today twenty five million people are driving motor cars on the streets and highways of America. To provide this transportation over 5,060,000 skilled workers are occupied. The twenty five million drivers and their families who depend on these workers for personal transportation have little opportunity to see at work the skilled craftsmen whose master hands command the great machinery of production. But day after day this great drama goes on in the foundries and factories and the assembly plants in which these cars are made.

 

Inside the drivers side!

Inside the drivers side!
Inside the drivers side!

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    • sunrisechevrolet profile image

      sunrisechevrolet 5 years ago

      Nice look at Chevy Impalas, past and present. Chevrolet looks like they will be releasing some great models in the upcoming years. Did you see the 2014 reveal yet?

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      sunrisechevrolet 5 years ago

      Nice look at Chevy Impalas, past and present. Chevrolet looks like they will be releasing some great models in the upcoming years. Did you see the 2014 reveal yet?

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      ekkoautos 5 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 2001 LS--I really like the car, it has everything I want; about 120,000 miles on it. I change the oil, etc. like clockwork. I am having issues with the radio no picking up stations and the dealer is screaming saying I have a bad oil leak (not much underneath) that wills seize the engine but another mechanic says its needs be fixed but not going to go soon--who do you believe. the mechanic is an old school grease monkey, sort of leaning this way--always tells me when he cant fix something-what are your thoughts?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      here's a 'thumbs up' from this reader to you.

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      hamster1960 5 years ago

      Cool, we had a 1964 4 door with a 327 dual exhaust, wish I had it now

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      These days I think car designs are too similar. Nice lense

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 2010 LT . They added a bunch of standard equipment due to the demise of the nose heavy SS. It has plenty of go for me. I like the 30mpg on the road. I've rented the Impala many times and all of the mental rentals get 30mpg also, on the road. I bought this car because the new Taurus is just way out of my payment bracket. i've heard the Taurus is really a fine car . My Impala reminds me of the older Taurus . Economy and neat looking businessmans car.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in the process of buying a 2011 impala lt with luxury package... cant wait to pick it up

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I OWN A 2007 IMPALA, EVERYTHING GOOD EXCEPT EXAUST WILL BUY ANOTHER, WORK FOR A PLATING SHOP DID WORK FOR GM, PEOPLE DONT REALIZE THIS WHEN TEY BUY FORIEGN VEHICLES..............

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I own a 06 LT. Love it. Would buy another one in a heartbeat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love my 2006 Impala LTZ!! It gets great gas mileage for a full size car. I am just waiting to see what the new body style is before I trade mine in. I recommend this car to anyone!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I own a 2010 LT I Love It but how wish it was a LTZ I will Look longer next time. My 1958 is my safe driver truck now that's American steel.!!! Forever Chevrolet!! Made in America for Americans By Americans Thanks GM!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 2009 impala with an oil consumption problem and have been told to drive until the motor locks up. This is my first Chevrolet and my last. It seems oil consumption oil a quart between oil changes is common with GMC. I had drivern ford product before my chevy and never had a problem with oil consumption. Is anyone else having this problem?????????????????

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I drive an 06 SS and I get it serviced at a private service shop, and they always comment on how much they love the car. It is the smoothest running late model sedan on the road.

      He always let's his one young mechanic work on the car because he loves it so much!!!!

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 10 Impala LTZ, not much to look at but a real performer. The car does much better on silver grade gas making the cost worthwhile as I DO NOT drive gently.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have had GM products since I lived in Australia and drove a 64 Holden FH. It was a great car. Back in the states I have owned 69 Buick Lasabre, 75 Olds Ciera, 91 Lumina Euro, 1997 Suburban (140000), 1999, Suburban (had 260000 miles when I traded in), 2002 impala still own with (213000) a 2002 Tahoe still own with (2190000) and my latest a 2010 LTZ bought new and I love it. Still hard to beat my Tahoe for getting in and out but it is a great car and I love the economy. Just recently got back from a recent trip and i averaged 30.7 MPG.

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      bt55 6 years ago

      My first was a 64 SS...my latest, which sadly I am having to sell, is a Supercharged 94.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Love GM, and love their cars. I've never had better luck with my vehicle. The impala is a great car as well, that was one of my top 2. Great lens, keep 'em comin!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the Chevy Impala. Thanks for the great information.

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      pylemountain1 6 years ago

      My parents had two Chevy Impalas and both of them were lemons. It's always fascinated me how one person can have a great experience with an automobile and another person's experience be completely opposite...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Shame on GM for ignoring this car for the last few years. If the popularity of the new Malibu is any indicator then GM needs to refresh this car quickly. 6 speed auto and the 300hp V6 from the Caddy CTS would be nice in the LTZ, 3.5 or 3.9 with Direct injection for LS and LT models and a slightly detuned camaro SS engine for the Impala SS.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: GM should take your idea for the Chevy impala, it makes since. Impalas should of had 6 auto from the start, but I really see them as a rear wheel drive car with a manual shifter. Damn GM really messed up the Impala. They needs to get off that front wheel drive, I really want to do burnouts and donuts in one so bad! lol, but seriously chevy needs help.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Actually the designer just draws the car out, and all of its layouts. The factory or manufacturer that puts the cars together chooses and makes the material for their cars.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i currently drive an '04 impla with over 103,000 miles. it is my second impala. i am ready to get a new car but did not like the current body style. i was very happy to get a glimpse of the 2011 impalas. i just may trade in as soon as they arrive on the lots.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a 2006 impala funny thing happened all of a sudden the rear doors won't unlock .

      the knobs go up but the doors won't open 55 k normal use very disappointed . I am told that the fix for this is to replace the door lock mechanism . I priced the parts they are 159.00 and change per side now my son that has a broken leg has to climb over the seat wife is not happy to take in i'm sure this job runs close to 700 with labor . Thank you general motors for engineering another piece of $%$$%% how much did you save by making the part out of plastic instead of metal. Everybody makes it out of metal . I think that the genius who designed this should own one and the car should be set on fire with the engineer in the back seat with no way to get out eccept opening the door with the mechanism he designed ha ha . after owning 37 gms in my life never again .

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We own a 2008 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport (SS). Absolutely fantastic car. It has a 5.3 L V8 engine with 303 horsepower. Even with this size engine it gets great gas mileage. This car is the whole package - looks, power, any feature you could want in a vehicle, and it rides and drives great. I have folks approach me constantly and ask questions about it. I am the car fanatic in the family (more than my husband is) and I am so happy I chose the Impala SS. I plan to have this car for many years and would recommend the Impala to anyone looking for a good car.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello,

      I have been searching for a reliable car and my husband says I should go with either a Chevrolet Malibu or Impala. I need a big car for security and one that is good on gas. I have read some good and not so good news about these vehicles and I am really not sure what year to purchase. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I bought my 2000 impala brand new has 100,000 miles on her paint still gleams interior still in great shape motor runs like new had some trouble with my lights saying low tire pressure and had to have it reset had to remove the fuse because i put in an after market stereo.or i couldve done it myself .

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      That's a lot of mileage to put on a car. Good job.

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      wyzeguru 7 years ago

      I wish we got the Impala over here in the UK! Import seems to be the only way to go though.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have 2002 Impala with 98 K miles and it has been a really great car, other then normal wear parts ie. tires, brakes I have only had to replace one sensor. I plan to drive for another couple years.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I know the animal well but not the car. Anything that can do that much mileage and still run fine seems like some car.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      whish I could say something good about my impala

      had a 2006 traded for a 2009 because i had to many problems with the 2006.i

      like the chevies, just thought i had a lemon.

      now my 2009 is a problem cannot find why it bounces on the front all the time.

      have had it lined up, tires rotated and was told i do not need new tires.

      so what is the problem?wish i had bought something else

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      shoopak1 7 years ago

      Another great lens! cyprus car

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for your information on the Impala. It is helpful. I plan tentatively to purchase one in the last quarter of 2010. Chevrolet should consider replacing the 4-speed transmission with a 5-speed transmission. it would improve the Impala's fuel economy. Whether the 5-speed would prove to be as reliable as the 4-speed has been would be an open question.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to G.J.] I had a 1987 Celebrity (4 Tech- 4 cyl) that had over 230,000 mi on it before selling it to a friend. I currently am driving a 2006 Impala LTZ. Love the car. Can't wait to see what the next Gen brings.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      we have a 2005 impala SS solid black !!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am a big fan of Impalas, the animal in the woods and on the road. I own the same Impala as you do and trust me it gets the respect on Canadian roads.

      It kinda looks like the cop car since my car color is navy blue as an undercover car.

      Kudos to Impala, Live Long Impala!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love my Chevys-had three impalas and a Monte Carlo- all great cars- Can not part with my 2002 Impala- will drive it till it drops- will get the 2010 or 2011 anyway.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens and great info.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I drive a Impala and love it really no Neg's yet!

      I'm 74 years old and the v6 has more than enough spunk for me

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      sold my 2004 impala ss- supercharged in september 08 and purchased a 09 impala LTZ, would have bought another ss, but didn`t want a V-8. i love this car and if its half as good as the o4 i will be more than satisfied. except for brake pads and tires the car had only one trip back to the dealer for a gas tank vent valve and that was covered by warranty. if G M would offer their 3.6 litre DOHC -- 304 HP engine in the SS i would buy another.the 3.9 litre engine in the LTZ performs well and very good on fuel.

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      dman7 8 years ago

      The Chevy Impala is sweet for a car but STILL has nothing on a Chevy s10 truck.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We agree 100%. My wife owns a 2004 Impala and what a great car. It will be five years old in another month and so far have not spent one nickel on the Impala. G.M. has come a long way in recent years. Considering a new one perhaps but why?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have had Chevrolets, including a 2007 black Impala LS, since 1980 and all of them are still on the road!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ha, my name is Carl, and I pump gas at a the gas statian. I like the car Impala, and I flilled up with gas many times for costmoers. Looks good and buy a used one and it is good car. and favouirite colour is bleue and like to keep the car clean not like y our dirty car.

      thank your for a good informatin on the car.

      thank you

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I enjoy reading your lenses, and have a few questions on your Impala. What colour was your Impala? Where the seats comfortable? What type of oil did you use....slick 50? How did you put so many KM on it? Did you rust proof it? Do you believe in rust-proofing your car? Did you buy it new or used? I believe in buying a new car, to avoid any headeaches or previous owners who did not treat thier cars appropirately.

      Your thougths and input is much appreciated.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great car i have one 06 ltz

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      CAB803 9 years ago

      ya steve you are right im on my second impala .the first was 2002 this one is a 2005 . almost the same car really.i think that 2010 impala looks hot

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey Steve -- found you at Twitter, had to check out your Impala lens simply because it's about a car. But ... no way I'll ever see myself in an Impala. I have my own shrine lens to the Mustang, Charger, and Camero (REALLY about using less gas, but I had to indulge a little in dreaming on), but the coolest car out there on the road in the entire world, in my opinion, is the Bugatti Veyron, in red & black.

      Still, you did a great job on building this lens (5*) and now I'm inspired to make one about my dream-car Bugatti (or see who else has done so already). I just hope I don't drool over the keyboard while I'm working. :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Maybe I should get an Impala also!

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      mosaic lm 9 years ago

      I wish I was little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a girl who looked good,

      I would call her, I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a '64 Impala. :) (Skee-lo's words, not mine.)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like the Impala, tough car.

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      QuantumTraveler1 9 years ago

      One of my first cars was an Impala. Thanks for sharing this good stuff with everyone.

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      eastabomb 9 years ago

      Good site!!!! 700 000 km is Amazing!!!!