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My 2014 LTZ Limited came with factory 18" (235/50R18). No rubbing noticed.
I use the 16" wheels (235/60R16) from my retired 2005 Impala for the winter tires.
FYI: If the car has the police package, the over-sized brakes will not fit inside the 16" wheels.
That is what I wanted to know and since i am striving for a LTZ trim I should be fine with 18' rims and I plans to stick with the suspension that is for that trim line, not changing to LT or LS struts. How do you guys find the interior lighting of the car? I understand there is just a single dome light that come on when you open the door and not the mirror lights. I am thinking of adding LED lighting to the car for added brightness.
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A post 2005 Impala will not, to my knowledge, have a column shifter with bench seats, if that's worth anything to you.
A bench seat was available as an option in the 2012's as a 6 passenger car. Those did come with a column shift rather than the floor/console shifter. That option was about $1000 above the front buckets. With 4 kids my wife and I seriously considered the front bench, however our oldest daughter was already driving then and we settled with the standard lt.
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You should consider a 2014 LTZ. Adaptive Cruise Control was first available in the 2014 model. It's awesome.
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You should consider a 2014 LTZ. Adaptive Cruise Control was first available in the 2014 model. It's awesome.
Assuming you are talking about the 2014 Impala not the limited modem, I thought about it but they cost to much here and there will be far more parts for a 8th gen impala then the newer ones and the interior looks much more DIY friendly despite plastic. I also like the sleeker look of the 8th gens.

This reminds me the arm rest on the drivers door is that just hard plastic?

The only thing i will miss from the Aurora to the impala really is the automatic dual climate control.
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You should consider a 2014 LTZ. Adaptive Cruise Control was first available in the 2014 model. It's awesome.
Assuming you are talking about the 2014 Impala not the limited modem, I thought about it but they cost to much here and there will be far more parts for a 8th gen impala then the newer ones and the interior looks much more DIY friendly despite plastic. I also like the sleeker look of the 8th gens. This reminds me the arm rest on the drivers door is that just hard plastic? The only thing i will miss from the Aurora to the impala really is the automatic dual climate control.


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Adaptive cruise control? Lazy man's excuse to not pay attention while driving. That plus lane assist, auto dimming lights, backup cameras, automatic parallel parking, backup beepers, all designed to make us say "why not just make the car drive itself" instead of "why are we taking control away from the driver instead of teaching people to drive?" Even the dual climate control I admit I see no point to in such a confined environment at an automotive cabin. Wouldn't the two different temperature settings merely interfere with each other? And automatic climate control doesn't seem that much a better option either. Had it in the truck I drove last year, was kinda nice but I've never found anything wrong with the standard controls.
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Adaptive cruise control? Lazy man's excuse to not pay attention while driving. That plus lane assist, auto dimming lights, backup cameras, automatic parallel parking, backup beepers, all designed to make us say "why not just make the car drive itself" instead of "why are we taking control away from the driver instead of teaching people to drive?"
Many of these are steps leading up to self-driving cars. The sensors for some of these functions are also needed for self-driving, so implementing these lesser features allows the sense and control technologies to be vetted and verified before moving up to fully automated driving. That is, features such as lane assist and collision avoidance (and many others) are all building blocks for self driving cars.


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Even the dual climate control I admit I see no point to in such a confined environment at an automotive cabin.
This could be one of those features that affects the purchase decision without really being a helpful feature, other than helping the dealer sell more cars

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Yeah, I'll stick with a car that does what I tell it to do, haha.

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Yeah, I'll stick with a car that does what I tell it to do, haha.
Oh, don't get me wrong - I'm old school, for sure. I was just pointing out that all this stuff is leading up to self-driving cars.

I'm not ready to turn the wheel over to a computer. The aviation guys have been automating the cockpit for decades, and they still have issues to resolve. (737max comes to mind.) And, IMNSHO, automated driving is about 10 billion times more complex than auto-pilot.

The computer can take my wheel when it pries it from my cold, dead hands Can you tell I'm a Luddite? (Sort of, anyway.)

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That is what I wanted to know and since i am striving for a LTZ trim I should be fine with 18' rims and I plans to stick with the suspension that is for that trim line, not changing to LT or LS struts. How do you guys find the interior lighting of the car? I understand there is just a single dome light that come on when you open the door and not the mirror lights. I am thinking of adding LED lighting to the car for added brightness.
Definitely helped, and made the car feel classier. I used the good Sylvania Zevo bulbs for my interior. More expensive than the Ebay stuff, but no flickering or other issues.

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This is true is sickening what a dealership can do to sell you a car at what you think is a good deal, makes me fell good about purchasing a used impala, I save a ton of money in the long run and I get more car despite not having touch screens and such! I think its a poor decision for someone under 30 with a minimum wage job to make payments on a new car, especially your first new car buying experience and you let the dealer learn that. I am not a fan of extra sensors in a car just to fail or malfunction. I am excited for my purchase. Another question I have is what king of lug nuts are on the LTZ's? Do they have exterior threads for caps?
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.... Another question I have is what king of lug nuts are on the LTZ's? Do they have exterior threads for caps?
No exterior threads, no caps. Just chrome acorn style lug nuts.
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12x1.5. 19mm (3/4") hex. Open or closed end will work fine. For appearance and protection, I prefer the capped over the external threads.
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12x1.5. 19mm (3/4") hex. Open or closed end will work fine. For appearance and protection, I prefer the capped over the external threads.

Do these nuts have any corrosion issues? I am thinking of getting intrigue external threaded nuts so i can use the caps in my intrigue rims, the front hubs are the same on these cars so they should fit with my intrigue winter rims and use the impala ones for the LTZ rims.


This for example: https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...=1382284&jsn=8
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Those will work fine. May also try the lugnutguys.com online.
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