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2008 Chevrolet Impala

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Review

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During a complete image makeover in 2006, the Impala gained a cleaner, more sophisticated exterior and a significant interior upgrade. The 2008 Chevrolet Impala, slotted to compete with class front-runners Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, has little change. Although the Impala may not have the strong resale figures of its Japanese rivals, it does have a number of redeeming qualities. The Impala features a large back seat and trunk, as well as something no other import in the class offers: An optional V8 engine. Still, it's fair to say the Impala has its work cut out for it. With newer and better equipped vehicles, such as the Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger, ready to steal away domestic customers, dealers may be willing to deal to help keep the Impala moving.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in search of a big, roomy sedan that won't break the bank, the 2008 Chevrolet Impala will thoroughly meet your needs and probably exceed your expectations. Also, the SS model makes a good quasi-muscle car for those who require the all-weather advantages of front-wheel drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking to move up in size from something like an Accord or Camry, you may find it difficult to give up the world-class refinement of the Toyota and Honda brands. Also, the lack of a tap-up/down shift option on the Impala SS detracts a bit from the performance image.

What's New for 2008

StabiliTrak stability control is made standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS trims, while the 3.9-liter V6 is made E85-compatible. XM Satellite Radio is now standard across the line.

Driving the Impala
Driving Impressions

We sampled all three of the Impala's available engine choices and came away satisfied by each of them on different levels. The V8 was the most entertaining of the three,...

... the 3.9-liter V6 proved plenty powerful and the base 3.5-liter V6 is perfectly sufficient. Out on the highway the ride is smooth and stable, with none of the pitching and dipping typical of older big American sedans. The top-level Impala SS has a suspension firm enough to encourage enthusiastic driving on curvier public roads. With supportive seats front and rear, the Impala remains comfortable after several hours and hundreds of miles. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably, which may explain why wind noise seemed so noticeable.

Auxiliary Audio Input
We didn't expect to find an MP3 input jack in the Impala, especially as standard equipment, but we're glad we did.

Fold-Flat Split Rear Seat
Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seat backs, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed more than six feet long.

2008 Chevrolet Impala Details
Interior

The 2008 Chevrolet Impala's passenger cabin features clean lines on the instrument panel and upholstery that combine with attractive knobs and buttons to create a pleasingly neutral environment. Clever features, such as the auxiliary audio input jack, go a long way toward satisfying the kids on long trips. A check of the available equipment list reveals a choice of bucket seats or a split-bench arrangement for the front passengers, with the latter increasing seating capacity to space for six adults. In conjunction with a massive trunk, the Impala offers a flip-and-fold-flat rear seat that not only increases cargo capacity but also features a small storage tub beneath.

Exterior

Two well-defined grille openings flanked by a pair of rearward-swept headlamps help give the 2008 Chevrolet Impala a sleeker, more contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps replace the previous generation's dark plastic-panel that veiled four circular lamp outlines. The SS model features a small, trunk-mounted spoiler and 18-inch five-spoke machined aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2008 Chevrolet Impala LS comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, XM Satellite Radio, remote keyless entry, front airbags, side curtain airbags, speed control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch covered steel wheels, tire-pressure monitor and OnStar.

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 3.9-liter V6 or 5.3-liter V8 engine, anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with electronic traction control (standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS), leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, eight-way heated power driver's and heated power passenger's seats, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or six-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bose premium sound, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, universal home remote, auto-dimming inside and outside rear-view mirrors, heated outside mirrors, metallic-look trim, remote vehicle start, engine block heater, fog lamps, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels up to 18 inches in diameter.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Chevrolet Impala's three engines include two V6s and a V8. The 3.9-liter V6 is equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management, which cuts fuel to three of the six cylinders when cruising. The 5.3-liter V8, exclusive to the SS model, also features Active Fuel Management technology that seamlessly disables four cylinders in certain situations for improved fuel economy. The V8 provided the most excitement, but we found even the base V6 more than adequate - especially considering its highway mileage rating of 29 mpg. While we applaud the availability of E85 for both V6 engines, consumers will see a significant decrease in fuel economy when using the gasoline and ethanol mixture.

3.5-liter V6
211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 (E85), 18/29 (Gasoline)

3.9-liter V6
233 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (E85) 18/28 (Gasoline)

5.3-liter V8
303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 883 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

GM's Best Kept Secret

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Phenomenal value. Design is straightforward."

Cons: "Low quality Goodyear bulk tires."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought my 2012 Impala for $13,000 with 30k miles in Feb. 2013. Now 3 1/2 years later and a set of tires, brakes and routine maintenance, the car is humming right along just like the day I bought it. No squeeks or rattles, no major problems. The acceleration from the 3.6l is still exhilerating and gets 33 mpg on the highway. The car was voted most reliable large car by Edmunds."

I wanted to like this car.

By on Sunday, June 12, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Too many problems

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Looks, comfort, hwy mileage"

Cons: "Build quality, mechanical, city mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have had a 2010 LT for three years now. I wanted to like this car, and did when I bought it as a CPO with about 28k on it. It has been three years and I am just under 45k on it. The good: - I like how it looks. - Good power unless the A/C is on - Happy with the leather and layout; comfortable interior. - Good highway mileage. The bad and ugly: Three power steering pumps replaced by dealer, wheel bearings, all kinds of suspension and bushing noise, water leaks into the passenger-side cabin with A/C on (even though it is draining out to the ground as it should be), Bose system is fatiguing and impossible to upgrade, horrible heater/ac control (it tries to be automatic but isn't? Hard to explain until you have had to live with it. It really is a terrible setup...either blowing hot or cold with no way to get anything in-between), very bad blind spots both front and rear and the most dismal exterior rearview mirror shape ever designed, major mold issues with the HVAC (TSB issued, problem not solved after repeated attempts by dealer), horrendous panel-gaps and wind noise, scary-weak power window motors, transaxle starting to grind now at low temps under load, cooling fans now make a noise like a bearing is worn... I could probably list more but it is getting depressing to sit here and think about it. I wanted to love or even just like this car but it is the only car I have ever owned that I have wound up simply hating. It is a frustrating and boring car that looks nice. I still have bumper-to-bumper warranty on this car, but I have had it. I need to be able to drive my car, not let it sit at the dealership with the mechanics practicing on it. Just took a hit to trade out of it. I hated it that much."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

08 Chevy Impala Police car

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,300

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Runs great and gets me to work everyday"

Cons: "Windshield is cracked, passenger speaker broken"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Old US border patrol car, runs great, reliable, no rust but one small scratch on the back bumper. windshield is cracked and the passanger side door speaker doesn't work. This car gets me to and from work everyday and has never really given me issues!"

high maintenance vehicle

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great car to drive, fun, powerful, smooth,"

Cons: "poor drive line design, high mantanence"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Car has lots of power and runs very smooth. Handling is tight and precise. Engine had a dod lifter fail at 105K and another one fail at 165K. Harmonic balance failed at 173K. The front seat heater failed at 120K. The under dash solenoids failed at 125K. I replaced the oil pickup o ring at 173K as preventative maintenance, but it was square and melted to the tube. The transmission has 173K miles and needs a new torque converter and rebuild. It operates in 2nd and 3rd gear but not 1st and 4th. For a 4T65E HD trans, I would say it has inferior design features causing failures that could be avoided. disappointed in the drive train reliability. Such a fun car to drive........"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2007 Chevrolet Impala LS

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Rides very comfortable. Great gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this car new in 2007, so I've had it quite some time. About the only thing I've had to is oil changes and new set of tires. I've never had any other problems with engine, etc."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

WORST CAR EVER! I ADVISE YOU NOT TO BUY!!

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
2/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Good Bose system, looks nice"

Cons: "Horrible seats, horrible gas mileage, money pit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought the car back in 2014 with 46,000 miles. Ever since buying this car i put 3 torque converters into the car, 2 transmissions. The 4 speed auto transmission is garbage. the leather cracks easily, SEATS ARE SO UNCOMFORTABLE, the brakes are trash. Feels like a boat on the road. Recently bought 4 BRAND NEW tires and they are already worn and the wheel alignment is perfect. The turning radius is also horrible. I WOULD NEVER BUY ANOTHER AMERICAN MADE CAR AGAIN. Ill stick with a HONDA, TOYOTA, OR AN INFINITI. i would rather take public transportation before buying another gm car."

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