That is sad that the only Impala logo that came stock was the one on the dashboard, considering the commercials when the 8th gen first came on the market. They really used the Impala animal a lot in their commercials so deleting them was like giving it an identity crisis. Bought them used on eBay for like $8, brand new from GM would've been about $80 for both sides. Wasn't doing that, that's for sure!
I think my rear bowtie is fine, but it's the front that looks like garbage. I believe the one on my Malibu was also starting to get a bit of water in it, but it wasn't bad. My 2005 Impala had the gold bowtie, but I didn't like it because it was a gold car with a tan interior. So I decided to paint the bowtie blue like the previous years, mainly because it had cracked a bit on the side so water got in and it looked absolutely horrible and even one from the junkyard was more than I wanted to spend. Held up perfectly until I sold the car. I like to stay as factory as possible, especially if I uptrim the car, like from an LT to an LTZ.
So since you also have an LT, do you know if we have heated mirrors by default or are they plug and play? I still need to fix the rear defrost wire as my connector is burned. I added heated mirrors to my Malibu 1LT (LTZ clone) and I loved them and actually miss their use since my car has to live outside in the weather. I'm still learning a lot about this car but just don't have the time right not to tear things apart like I did with the Malibu.
Oh, and I didn't think my badging was lowered on my model. Are you saying that it would be on the "chrome" piece if that piece existed?