We're parting ways with both our 2002 Impalas this week. They've done fairly well for us, but they're no longer worth the effort to keep them going - they need too much work to get them thru state inspection, so I've called a car place that's coming to get them.
Besides having misfires that are costly to repair, both cars have been thru hail storms. For sure, the silver one looks like moon scape up close
Both are still running, but I'm not up for a ring job (silver one, low compression on #1
, can't recall which). And, after recently doing some suspension and steering work on the white one, with all its other problems, I've decided I'm not going to put any more effort into it. Besides the p0305 misfire, it has lots of body damage thanks to my son, its primary driver. And I just can't see putting any more money into a 200 dollar car.
So we're getting rid of them. They've been mostly satisfying experiences. We bought the silver one new in 2002. It was a stripped down model, but still had a 6-way driver's seat, and it came with a combo cassette-CD player
It has 220k miles on it now, and the white one was retired at 240k miles.
Along the way, I learned a lot about car repairs, having done lower intake gaskets (twice) and swapping transmissions (twice) in my driveway along with several brake jobs and strut jobs, just to name a few.
I still have two w-bodies left, my 2007 SS and a 2013 with the 3.6. And the SS needs work to get it going again. With these other two out of the way, it will hopefully get the attention it needs. The AFM hardware is clattering, but I feel confident I can repair it.
Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of going-away pics of two of the cars I've talked about here many times here.