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Old 02-25-2003, 11:45 PM   #1
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How reliable are these hogs? I'm not a Chevy nut but I've been thinking about getting one for a more adult type car that can actually transport people. I love the idea of getting the throaty V8. Anyone have any knowledge about the longevity of the LS1 engine in there?



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Old 02-25-2003, 11:56 PM   #2
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I have driven many miles in a 95 SS. Even though these cars are huge, they will definately get up and go. 0-60 in the mid-high 6's. Very strong top end and everything. The LT1 engine has been around for quite a while, so all the bugs have been worked out. 260 hp stock. The 94-96 SS are really holding their value too. I highly recommend a 94-96 SS. Its a mean car....
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Old 02-26-2003, 12:01 AM   #3
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There's a guy on clubsi with a daily driver, stock internals, stock injectors SS running deep in the 11's

http://www.cadwiz.net/cherrybomb/
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Old 02-26-2003, 12:04 AM   #4
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What I'm really concerned with is the durability. I know it's a sleepin beast. Looks like you're saying it will last though right LightSped?
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Old 02-26-2003, 12:18 AM   #5
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Exclamation I like that Impala... tis the last one that was worth a d@mn....

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There's a guy on clubsi with a daily driver, stock internals, stock injectors SS running deep in the 11's

http://www.cadwiz.net/cherrybomb/
Nothin like a RWD V8 with NAWS heheh

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Old 02-26-2003, 12:21 AM   #6
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Future classic... not too many around... and very sick "family" car.

If ya get one, do the right thing and take care of that beast!!

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Old 02-26-2003, 12:29 AM   #7
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I absloutly love those cars. My father nearly sold our new pontiac when they came out. Anyway, it has a Lt1 engine, not an LS1. They have been used for quite some time. As long as it's cared for it should last quite a while. Howvever good luck finding one of those cars. If you do it won't be real cheap. As mentioned above, that is a futre classic,

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Old 02-26-2003, 12:31 AM   #8
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Yeah I've seen how well they hold the value. How about parts replacement. I figure with the amount of LT1 engines out there parts won't be too much right?
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Old 02-26-2003, 12:53 AM   #9
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might not be in the same car class as the SS, but id rather drive this:

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Old 02-26-2003, 01:02 AM   #10
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Yeah i just want the SS cause I think it looks sleek and classy, like myself. Grand Nationals are bad ass though.
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impala and gn's look like pimp-mobiles id drive around either one
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Old 02-26-2003, 01:19 AM   #12
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I'd say go for it, they're badass and they hold their value well. Plus just about every motor mod you can do on a Camaro or a Vette of that time period, you can do on the Impala too.

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Old 02-26-2003, 01:24 AM   #13
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The 94-96 SS is very rugged. It is a body on frame design. The Impala SS is basically a Police Package 9c1 Caprice. This platform is very durable, and will last forever if taken care of. I would recommend buying a factory stock SS, and keeping it that way. If this is done, the value will stay high.

No one likes to buy modded out cars.
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Old 02-26-2003, 01:45 AM   #14
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Thanks for the input
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Old 02-26-2003, 02:03 AM   #15
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Yeah thumbs up on the Impala SS. My friend has a 1996 Black Impala SS with 70k miles on it so far. His is pretty much stock except for some bolt ons and a sweet audio system. The new Impalas suck now. FaastLegacy, as I've been informed the Impala SS has the same engine as the Camaro that is why you can do the same mods.

Well your best bet would be to do research here

http://www.impalassforum.com/cgi-bin...i?action=intro
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Old 02-26-2003, 08:06 AM   #16
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Yeah I've seen how well they hold the value. How about parts replacement. I figure with the amount of LT1 engines out there parts won't be too much right?

Everthing on that car is very common(ie engine, drivetrain, interior etc....) It just has a few special things that make it a nice car. The wheels being the most noticable. If you need to replace parts it shouldn't be bad at all. You are correct in saying there are allot of LT1 engines out there. However there are so much so that the factory reman engines probably aren't too bad in price either. Good luck in your search. Just to be safe do some reaserch and find a VIN from a SS. I just have this notion that some people are making replica's from regular capices. Just as there are many fake GTO's out there now. good luck

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Old 02-26-2003, 08:10 AM   #17
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http://www.impalassforum.com/

Another route is to find a 9c1 police package Caprice and put SS body parts on it.

Or find a V6 Caprice driven by Granny for cheap, and dropping an LT1 (or an LS1!) into it.

1/4 mi times fall like a rock with these cars if you install a less highway mileage-friendly differential.
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Old 02-26-2003, 09:43 AM   #18
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I love those cars! I would say get a 96 because I like the tail lights better on the 96 over the 94's some of the 95's have the newer lights but some have the older ones. IMHO.
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Go for a 95-96. The 1994 still had the column mounted shifter.
If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask. I have quite a bit of esperience with these cars
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Old 02-26-2003, 10:58 AM   #20
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check out this site...

http://www.regionofdoom.com

you can also contact the nasioc member "Impala SS Autox"

he own a real bad ass impala SS
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Old 02-26-2003, 11:03 AM   #21
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The only problem I have seen on a regular basis on the LT1 is the Opti-Spark distributor going out. This is a problem on any year, regardless of what fix GM tried to make for it. The long and short of it is that they get water in them (sometimes just from condensation) and corrode internally. GM tried multiple fixes, but none really worked and the problem presisted. It usually occures right around 50-75K miles... though I have seen it as early as 25K miles on F-bodies. It's not a cheap fix... upwards of $600.

On top of that, when servicing the Opti-Spark, you must remove the water pump. Sometimes, usually about the second time the pump is removed for whatever reason, the seals inside the pump become disrupted and it'll piss coolent out the weep hole. Again, not a cheap part and you don't know it has failed until AFTER you put the pump back on.

Otherwise, the motor is bulletproof. Seen a few intake leaks in the rear part of the intake, but the B-body is a whole lot easier to remove the manifold to reseal than the F-body.
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Talking This sounds like an awesome plan....

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.....Or find a V6 Caprice driven by Granny for cheap, and dropping an LT1 (or an LS1!) into it.....
I would got for the LS1 option myself or go crazy and put a 6spd in there tooo.....

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The only problem I have seen on a regular basis on the LT1 is the Opti-Spark distributor going out. This is a problem on any year, regardless of what fix GM tried to make for it. The long and short of it is that they get water in them (sometimes just from condensation) and corrode internally. GM tried multiple fixes, but none really worked and the problem presisted. It usually occures right around 50-75K miles... though I have seen it as early as 25K miles on F-bodies. It's not a cheap fix... upwards of $600.
Actually, the 1995-96 (97 had crank trigger and can't be used in Impala) Optispark had vaccuum vents put in it that work surprisingly good. Another reason I would stay away from another 1994 Impala.

Whenever I had to to a 1992-1994 Optispark change, I would try to get the person to upgrade to the 95-96 style because they are so much better in wet conditions.



That being said, Another thing to look at is Manifold Leaks. LT'1 are notorious for rear and front manifold leaks. They are pretty much guaranteed to have one. It's an easy enough fix though. You can re-seal one of those in an afternoon.

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Old 02-26-2003, 12:08 PM   #24
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Ive been keeping an eye out for an impala SS. Its one of the cars i plan on having in my collections. I plan on having a 96' Impala SS, WRX, 96' supra, 96 honda hb . All rebuilt, and my girl plans on getting a M3 and X5.



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Hey look what I found in the parking lot at work...





oh, and one of these too!




and yes, that was an NSX...



My parking lot OWNES... someday I'll post the Ferraris, Vipers, RUFs, and the GT-40... hehe!

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