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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?
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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?
I'm not sure about heated mirrors. I got mine in April, so the snow/ice was long gone. Will be interesting to see.

Yes, that chrome strip on the earlier models is right before the body contours downward a bit, where our badges sit now.

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Hmm, that's interesting. I'll have to check on that badging as now I can't remember. Hey, since yours is obviously a fleet too, do you have anything that looks like wires cut in the trunk lid loom? When I looked closer, it didn't look like any wiring inside the jackets at all, but something was obviously cut and I have no idea what since everything functions as it should.

I read that heated mirrors are plug and play if they're not already equipped. I haven't verified that but eventually I'm going to take another subscription out to that website to which I can't remember the name of it, but it has all sorts of electrical schematics and whatnot and basically anything and everything you want to know about the car. It would certainly be quite helpful in modifications!
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Hmm, that's interesting. I'll have to check on that badging as now I can't remember. Hey, since yours is obviously a fleet too, do you have anything that looks like wires cut in the trunk lid loom?
No, not at all.

Attached are pics of an 06-11, then my car. You can clearly see the difference of the badge placement on the trunk lid.
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Usually I catch onto stuff like that but I surprisingly miss it! Both look good to be honest.
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Interestingly, I do like how the chrome strip lines up with the reverse lamps on the 06-11. However, I like the monochromatic look of the 12-16 better.
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I like the dash over the glove box and the pin stripe under the windows from front to back. The hood & front clip are a bit on the plain style tho on your white one
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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 have also been looking on e-bay and amazon for the Impala badges to go on the pillars. What technique did you line them up and level them consistently to attach them? I can't imagine I would have the steady hand and spatial judgement to just wing it on attaching these things.

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I have also been looking on e-bay and amazon for the Impala badges to go on the pillars. What technique did you line them up and level them consistently to attach them? I can't imagine I would have the steady hand and spatial judgement to just wing it on attaching these things.
To be honest, I just wung it myself, in the dark at that. lol Well, I sort of looked at my previous gen Impala and looked to see where they were located on there. But I sort of measured up with my fingers and just guesstimated. It's actually harder to make sure they're around the same spot on both sides as one side could be higher or lower than the other, or closer to the rear 3rd window etc.
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To be honest, I just wung it myself, in the dark at that. lol Well, I sort of looked at my previous gen Impala and looked to see where they were located on there. But I sort of measured up with my fingers and just guesstimated. It's actually harder to make sure they're around the same spot on both sides as one side could be higher or lower than the other, or closer to the rear 3rd window etc.
Damn. I had a sneaking suspicion that "winging it" was going to be the response

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Haha, wish I could've given you better advice on that one!
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