2003 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

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2003 Chevrolet Impala
3.7
Average based on 22 reviews
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this is a good non luxury car

by from OH on May 14, 2010

I have been driving my 2003 impala for 5 years now. I bought it used and it had warranty for 100000 miles. Overall I am happy with it, but if you want something more stylish or luxury, this car is not...
I have been driving my 2003 impala for 5 years now. I bought it used and it had warranty for 100000 miles. Overall I am happy with it, but if you want something more stylish or luxury, this car is not for you. I has good gas milage, I think. I drive it to work and back ( altogether 64 mi 5 days a week. I have to fill it up once a week, but if I were to drive it on the weekend I will have to fill it up more. It is very spaceous inside, I have compared it to VW Passat. Goood value for the money, definetely
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Very solid first car

by from Indianapolis, IN on April 2, 2010

I got my Impala in December of 09 and it had 124,000 mi on it. Its a 3.8 litre V6 LS. I thought it was a lot of miles for an 03, even if they are mostly highway miles. It rides smooth and still has a ...
I got my Impala in December of 09 and it had 124,000 mi on it. Its a 3.8 litre V6 LS. I thought it was a lot of miles for an 03, even if they are mostly highway miles. It rides smooth and still has a little pep in the step. And other than changing the fluids, replacing a window motor, and changing the brake pads it hasnt given me much hastle. 129,000 mi and still running as if it were 29,000 miles in. Great car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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A really good vehicle, part 3

by from Cincinnati, OH on August 27, 2010

Our car was purchased new and now has 130k miles on it. It still gets good mileage. Recently, the 'traction active' light has started coming on when it shouldn't. Sometimes it will turn off right away...
Our car was purchased new and now has 130k miles on it. It still gets good mileage. Recently, the 'traction active' light has started coming on when it shouldn't. Sometimes it will turn off right away, sometimes it will stay on longer and actually cause the ABS and traction control to shut down. The warning lights on the dash give me a message. I called a shop and they said it could be a bad wire or something minor...or it could need a new hubs. For now, we are not repairing it...playing it by ear. The car has also started having trouble with the ignition switch. The antitheft thinks someone is trying to steal the car. My '98 Malibu had the same problem. The solution is to turn the car on for 10 minutes, then take the key out, put it back in, and try to start....repeat until it starts. The security light may or may not flash when this is happening and it gives the impression that the battery is very dead. This problem is very intermittent and therefore difficult to resolve. I would still buy this car again. It is still very solid and has little if any rust. We want to buy a new vehicle this winter, so putting new tires (min. $400) and another $500 in repairs for the other problems problem isn't going to happen. I would consider a new Impala if we didn't need more space.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Money Pit

by from IL on April 12, 2012

I have had this car for 9 months and the repairs are never ending! Tie rod, rack and pinion, catalytic convertor, tensioner & the radio fades?? Need an oil pan and trans is going! Previous owner had m...
I have had this car for 9 months and the repairs are never ending! Tie rod, rack and pinion, catalytic convertor, tensioner & the radio fades?? Need an oil pan and trans is going! Previous owner had maint. records. Car was taken care of and spotless. GM has had trouble with these trans!! Do ur own research. wish I did. Only 102K miles! A $6K car has turned into a $10k car!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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A really good vehicle

by from Cincinnati, OH on March 20, 2007

Our 2003 Impala LS is going on 4 years of service and has around 70k miles on it. I have changed the oil on it every 5k miles. We have had no problems with it. The salesman told us before we bought it...
Our 2003 Impala LS is going on 4 years of service and has around 70k miles on it. I have changed the oil on it every 5k miles. We have had no problems with it. The salesman told us before we bought it we would we get 30 MPG on the highway. I didn't really believe him, until we drove to Florida and did get 30 MPG. It also does pretty good around the city. The only problem we have is that there is no child safety locks on the back doors--they are controlled through the radio...which makes no sense to this parent of two. The original sticker was high, but because of a variety of discounts, the vehicle became a very good value compared to a comparably equipped import. I wish GM built more vehicles like this one...but in the USA.
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Purchased a used car

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GG

by from Fairfield,IL on May 16, 2011

we have been told that the brakes were designed too small for this vehicle. we had problems wtih rotors and pads!!! other then this the car is a real winner. Excellent gas mileage. best car I have eve...
we have been told that the brakes were designed too small for this vehicle. we had problems wtih rotors and pads!!! other then this the car is a real winner. Excellent gas mileage. best car I have ever owned.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Good Looks, but to many repairs.

by from Indianapois, IN on August 8, 2012

I bought my 03 Impala LS in Dec. of 2010 with 124,000 miles, it now has just under 150,000 mi, the car has pretty good looks and had some surprising power under the hood, has a comfortable ride and go...
I bought my 03 Impala LS in Dec. of 2010 with 124,000 miles, it now has just under 150,000 mi, the car has pretty good looks and had some surprising power under the hood, has a comfortable ride and good handling. At first there were just a few repairs needed, such as an oil change, brakes, and a window motor, then a few months later the A/C blower shorted out, nothing for a while and then just about everything that could go wrong did, I've had to replace the whole engine due to poor care from the previous owner, replaced half the trans, new headlights, new battery and alternator, then the entire transmission went out and has already been replace twice, thankfully under warranty, replaced the radiator twice, and not to mention all the lights and buttons I've had to replace. this is my first car and I have probly worked on it enough to be a qualified mechanic. I have kept it clean and took care of it to the best of my ability and its still falling apart on me. With the amount of money that has been put into this car ill have to drive it until the wheels fall off, which now doesn't seem to be that far away.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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I love it!

by from Saginaw, MI on April 28, 2011

I just bought another Impala after mine was in an accident. It had over 160,000 miles on it & it ran great! I was so upset when it was towed. My new Impala is 2008 & I love that one so far too.
I just bought another Impala after mine was in an accident. It had over 160,000 miles on it & it ran great! I was so upset when it was towed. My new Impala is 2008 & I love that one so far too.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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There's More!

by from Baltimore MD on June 25, 2012

Retired the car from work detail two years ago. Now has 256K on ODO. When asked if I have ever had the engine pulled, shocks or struts or AC replaced, the answer is no. Yes, it burns about one quart o...
Retired the car from work detail two years ago. Now has 256K on ODO. When asked if I have ever had the engine pulled, shocks or struts or AC replaced, the answer is no. Yes, it burns about one quart of oil between changes, but what do expect from the 3.8 liter engine? Still has more torque than a newer Mercury and a CVPI in my "fleet". Highly recommend with 3.8 powerplant only!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Replaced our Honda CR-V with this Impala.

by from Champaign, IL on January 16, 2010

We bought our LS model used in May 08 to replace our CR-V which had developed engine problems. So far it has been extremely good to us--good gas mileage, very smooth ride, and comfortable. My wife lik...
We bought our LS model used in May 08 to replace our CR-V which had developed engine problems. So far it has been extremely good to us--good gas mileage, very smooth ride, and comfortable. My wife likes the heated leather seats and I like the performance of the 3.8 V-6. The only issues we have had is that the ABS went out at 75,000 and it goes through tires pretty good. My minor complaint: no light in the spacious trunk!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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