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Old 08-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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96 Impala SS or 06 Impala SS?

so my 2000 Impala had the tranny go out so i decided its time to save up for a new car i'm torn between the 06 and 96 Impala SS whats some pros and cons of one vs the other in your opinions
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Welcome! Damn, thats a good question. I'd definately lean towards the 96. But then, does the 06 get better gas mileage? Would you have to drive the car in the winter? The 96 has a 21 gallon tank, and that cost ME $75 to fill my Cappy when gas was $2.75/gal. I think the 06 has a smaller tank. Upkeep is what I'd look at. Would you need a winter car, etc. Thats a hard choice....still....rwd.......

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Welcome :)

Two entirely different animals. Really comes down to YOU and what YOU want in your next vehicle.

1996 pros:

Unique. Does not blend in.
Big car ride and feel.
Fits in better at a cruise night or car show

2006+ pros:

Safer vehicle overall
Increased performance and MPG

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Really only share the same name, entirely different cars that really cannot even be compared. 96 wayyyyyyy cooler.

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Tony, $2.75/gal $75 would be 27 gallons. L

06, ugly, generic, fwd, plagued with issues, but slightly better mileage.

96, pretty, unique, rwd, pretty damn reliable, but slightly worse mileage.

That is a tough one!

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Tony, $2.75/gal $75 would be 27 gallons. L

06, ugly, generic, fwd, plagued with issues, but slightly better mileage.

96, pretty, unique, rwd, pretty damn reliable, but slightly worse mileage.

That is a tough one!
Dang! Well, it was around that anyway. It was a while ago, and I am old....

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The '96 has a b i g g e r backseat too...


It would also depend on where you plan on parking it.
Garage? Is it deep enough for the '96?

I don't think mine is..?

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^^^Good Point!^^

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Just did a lil research & found the '96 is only 14" longer (& 5" wider)
I have a grand total of 41" to play w/ in my garage so it would fit but dayum that would be tight!

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Just did a lil research & found the '96 is only 14" longer (& 5" wider)
I have a grand total of 41" to play w/ in my garage so it would fit but dayum that would be tight!
When I had mine, it was a real tight squeeze into my garage! Had only inches in front and back!

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As said completely different animals. I can't even see how someone would ask this question because they are so different.

Right off the bat, do you want a 6yo FWD car or a 16yo rwd car that let's be honest is on a 70s chassis.

I don't like the w-body cars, my wife has one, it has been cheap and reliable to own but I just hate driving or riding in it. Very happy with the purchase as HER CAR.
To me FWD is WRONG I am more comfortable with RWD even in snow. In snow FWD is just slightly more idiot proof which is why people like it.

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IMHO it's simple, are you a "car" guy or are you a "tuner" guy ?

car guys will pick the '96 and a tuner the other one.

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Its true, fwd just doesn't drive right. It is a little more idiot proof, meaning if you break traction, you won't end up facing the other way. But if you know how to control a car, its not an issue. Its scary that all these fwd people DON'T know how to control a car, so when they do get that car starting to turn around on them, its a lot worse. The B-body is a lot more solid feeling car, with a lot more steering feedback, and intuitive throttle. The W-body cars are kinda flimsy feeling, steering can go from completely numb, to fighting you, and the throttle is electronic, and does pretty much what it wants, despite what you do with the pedal.

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need to think of the wow factor..the bbody just looks kick ass and deserves respect just sitting there, who knows how many w body ive walked by and never notice them, but a bbody or wagon im on it like white on rice, but not to be one sided if i were to get a family car i would look into a w body of sorts,just that the newer cars have so much crap in them that can brake and a nitemare to figure out whats wrong (not wanting never to go to a stealership for repair work)unless under warrenty,the old bbody could swing wrenchs no problem and dont need to tilt the motor to get to the plugs lol ah getting to old for this sh#t

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