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I am currently looking at a black 2012 Impala LTZ with 113k KMs on it and being listed for $9000 CAD right now.
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I am currently looking at a black 2012 Impala LTZ with 113k KMs on it and being listed for $9000 CAD right now.
So roughly 70 thousand miles for around $6700 us. If it has been taken care of and is in good shape, that is probably a good deal. Good luck.
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If i get this impala i am thinking of putting these headlight fixtures on it:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevy-2006-...1&isGTR=1#shId

Anybody have any experience with these fixtures
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i will warn you about water issues/peeling clear coat issues on aftermarket impala headlights. spyderauto is a reputable brand with great customer service that i personally used and had great results. several other guys could vouch for them as well. the cheaper lights i tried just didn't hold up well or fogged badly.

Spyder Auto pick your light you want then search for the part numbers on ebay or amazon. they are pricey but you get what you pay for. installation of the halo's is actually pretty straight forward and easy. i even used spade terminals on my connectors to make the headlights pretty easy to pull after installation. just shrink wrap the connections to keep water out.
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i will warn you about water issues/peeling clear coat issues on aftermarket impala headlights. spyderauto is a reputable brand with great customer service that i personally used and had great results. several other guys could vouch for them as well. the cheaper lights i tried just didn't hold up well or fogged badly.

Spyder Auto pick your light you want then search for the part numbers on ebay or amazon. they are pricey but you get what you pay for. installation of the halo's is actually pretty straight forward and easy. i even used spade terminals on my connectors to make the headlights pretty easy to pull after installation. just shrink wrap the connections to keep water out.
Absolutely, positively, 100% agree with @Joes74challenger! I tried 2 different sets of aftermarket headlights and almost gave up (due to fitment and condendation/water-leak issues) until I tried a set of Spyder headlights. You'll pay a little more for the Spyder headlights, but they are much better than any of the no-name "cheap" aftermarket headlights. But even Spyder is not up to OEM quality. Some people still report clear-coat issues with Spyder headlights. Personally, I've a a set of Spyder CCFL Halo headlights on my 2012 for years now and haven't had ANY issues whatsoever. No clearcoat issues - no condensation issues - not even a burnt-out bulb. :-)

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I am curious as to why putting HID or LED bulbs into the Spyder housings will void the warranty...

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I am curious as to why putting HID or LED bulbs into the Spyder housings will void the warranty...
when i had to warranty mine for peeling that was one of the first questions. i said no i had not put HID's in the housing and the guy was genuinely surprised. i'm going to guess that due to the wild variances we've seen on these forums just in bulb designs they're probably concerned of a rogue manufacturer not specing everything out as they should be and then causing damage to their unit.

realistically to get them warrantied i had to go through amazon's 1 year anything auto warranty. which worked out pretty well, i got a full refund and the agent found them cheaper than i originally paid with another square whatever its called warranty.

spyder said they don't have a way to receive the warranty returns which is why they don't deal with it. i was amazed by this concept....how do you receive inventory then? LOL

either way i still loved the lights and had no problems using their company in the future again.
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I wonder if they are worried about HID/LED bulbs causing heat-related issues with the plastic housing? Is it possible that some of those bulbs get hotter than incandescent bulbs and/or may sit closer to the headlights plastic housing when installed (due to being longer), which may cause heat-related issues with the plastic (plastic deforming or melting) - or maybe the extra heat would impact the clearcoat somehow?

I've never used HID or LED headlights, so I'm not sure if they get hotter or not though?

This is just a wild guess... :-)
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^And a good guess at that. I was kinda thinking the same thing as both you and @Joes74challenger, but I did not know for sure. I am by no means a headlight expert, but my research and actual trials and tribulations have taught me a couple of things so far... LEDs are growing wildly in popularity... HIDs are falling in popularity. My guess here is cost and with modern LEDs getting to be more plug and play and comparable to halogen bulbs in size, I can see LEDs being exclusive before too long. We all know LEDs draw less power out out less heat.

I am on my second round of LED bulbs for the low beams and I feel pretty good about these particular ones I just ordered. I am looking to upgrade my headlamps more so for looks but that isn't high on the priority list at the moment.

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I love the "full sized" nature/stance/size of my Impala. For "todays cars" it is downright huge. Alas, in the 60's and 70's it wouldn't even be noticed for size. As far as the electronic/automated nature of everything on the car. Love the heated/cooled seats, the heated steering wheel (gets downright hot in winter). The auto cruise is ok, however, the emergency auto braking is NOT ok. Twice it has literally slammed on the brakes at incorrect times. Thankfully I was not rear ended.
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Those headlights are from Spec-D however i am looking at these tail lights from Spyder:

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Any experience with these tail lights?
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One other question i have is with the TPMS sensors in the tires how long do they last? Any reliability issues?
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One other question i have is with the TPMS sensors in the tires how long do they last? Any reliability issues?
the tpms sensors in the wheels are a sealed unit. when they die you have to replace the whole unit in the tire. i think i remember bell tire wanted 65 per tire or 130 per tire from the dealer. in 8 years that i owned it i had one fail. the other three were still going strong. the guy at belle tire even offered the deal of buy three and he'd throw in the 4th for free so definitely do your shopping before having the work done.

however the dealer claims about 6 years life expectancy so i could have been doing better than average. when they go out it is simply a light on the dash and you can't see the pressures for that one tire, not a big deal. get it fixed when you can is all (just keep an eye by manually checking the pressures yourself.

i found the tpms isn't exact compared to the gauges i own, but it's within a pound or two.
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i think i remember bell tire wanted 65 per tire...
I got ~60 at Discount Tire, so 65 is in the ballpark.


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i found the tpms isn't exact compared to the gauges i own, but it's within a pound or two.
Me, too. The frustration is that the alarm thresholds in the BCM (PCM?) are not adaptive. So if I want to run right at the lower limit (say, 32psi, for softer ride) and the reading is off by 2psi, showing 30 to the computer, then the warning light comes on, even tho the tire is actually at a good, safe pressure

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I've sometimes wondered why these TPMS systems can be so difficult at times, then it occurred to me that the name may be part of the problem

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