Gear: impala patrol cars


impala patrol cars

Category: Patrol Vehicles & Equipment
Subcategory: Patrol Vehicles
Price: to much
Average Rating:
(14 Votes)

2001, Front wheel drive

Member Reviews

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    LadyBlueKnight50, Fri, 07 Mar 2008 08:12:10 UTC.
    1st review

    even though I have managed to get almost 100 thousand miles of City patrol this vehicle is NO PATROL car. Large Officers can not even fit in it. It has a low clearance, no power I could go on and on but the repair cost and recalls we have had keep the vehicles down more then on duty. Just make sure you have a good set of jumper cables in the trunk. Thank goodness we are replacing them now.

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  • In_remembrance_max30
    thebig_d_58, Wed, 12 Mar 2008 07:31:29 UTC.

    we have the 07 impala's now, they're ok but they're no crown vic. big guys can hardly get in and out of them fast w/o bustin themselves up. although i've beat the heck out of these vehicles, i dont like them. plus front wheel drive vehicles in the bad weather makes for a very frustrating day

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  • 96562233-m_max30
    wdawson, Wed, 19 Mar 2008 18:41:55 UTC.

    The only plus I find for impala's is the gas mileage. This vehicle has not acceleration and has no room inside. For those not in the managment area, the gas mileage doesn't mean anything to you. It seems like they are always in the shop as they were not build to handle patrolling.

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  • Thin_blue_max30
    localfuzz, Wed, 02 Apr 2008 01:05:50 UTC.

    The impala has no room, especially for big officers! It has no power, but it does get decent mileage

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  • Casey_max30
    tlwinkles379, Thu, 03 Apr 2008 02:36:32 UTC.

    I am assigned a 2005 Impala as a take home unit and I love it. For city use you can't beat it.

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  • Policepatch_max30
    upd904, Thu, 03 Apr 2008 04:45:53 UTC.

    We've got two Impalas for our campus and they seem to be decent at best. I've noticed that they do have VERY limited space for those not much larger then myself (5'8", 170#). Also, no knowledge of the maintenance issues first hand, but the local city authorities have had numerous occurences where lights will totally go out on the units, as well as various other problems. I do like the Crown Vic, would like to see what the Chargers are like, but I will HAVE to be content with the Impala for now!

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  • Grim_reaper_max30
    GrimReaper, Thu, 03 Apr 2008 05:12:59 UTC.

    Our entire fleet is going Chevy... The Impala has some seroius officer safety issues... Door does not unlock with the handle, the actual locks must be used. Horrible when trying to get out quickly. There is only a key hole on the driver side. I have all over 6' partners who share this car, size isn't bad for me (5'7")... Tiny inside ...I feel for them everytime they get in or out. The trunk is so little I can't fit my all gear and a spare tire. I did get it up to 130 mph on the freeway to a run .... smooth but loud ride. No interior overheadlight, only on rearview mirror. The 2007 is much nicer than the 2003 I used to drive though, so I guess you can say they're workin on it....

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  • Nightrider_max30
    DREWis324atOSUPD, Fri, 04 Apr 2008 08:40:57 UTC.

    Okay...... here we go. My dept. ordered three of these vehicles in '04 or '05 and one was assigned to patrol. For the cost of two Crown Vics, you could order 3 Impalas... super. Well, that was before officers from the road had any say on that and before we realized most officers that are averaged sized or better have difficulty getting in and out or just plain feel that it is too small for them. I am a smaller officer and I fit comfortably in it; however I can see the valid points of the other larger officers that can barely fit in with their gunbelts, let alone put on their seatbelts if they wanted to.

    The car also is much lighter, so it has a tendancy to want to hydroplane on open grounds with water.. it is front wheel drive with huge understeering vs. the predictable rear wheeled Crown Vics and Chargers we know and love. The engine power is pathetic and is only really good as an errand car in my opinion and the lack of space up front leaves the trunk to hold the MDT/MCT in our configuration. So literally you need a trunk monkey to reset your computer or reset the aircard for internet service. The cabin space is so crampted that fitting a rifle/shotgun rack overhead will be very difficult if you have our set up because you will bust your noggin on the weapon or open weapon locking latch. People in general do not see you as the Po-Leece and it is difficult to reach the controls for climate and radio if you don't take them out. ON a good note, the black-out switch is handy and the electric seats are comfy for shorter ppl. Gas milages I'm positive is quite better than the big V8's as well... though we don't personally have to purchase our gas and I'm sure few agency's task their patrol officers with that too. Just my opinion, I drove one for over 2 years on third shift in a large city environment and freeway areas. Also, low clearance does not allow you to hit curbs comfortably as the other competitors allow. Stay safe out there, be careful.

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  • God_have_mercy_max30
    RickyDavis, Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:04:17 UTC.

    I drive an 07 impala.I'm 6' 230lbs. I don't feel safe in this vehicle ,I have a hard time getting in and out, which isn't safe. The cars my department bought are bone stock except the springs that means the first time I run code and stop the brakes are fine but the next intersection I come to i cant stop at and end up blowing the intersection. If I run faster than 85 around a decent curve it feels like the car is going to roll over. It has no power at take off. The interior room sucks. I would like to see my chief get in this car in full uniform! The gas mileage on this vehicle gets 180 miles a tank thats worse than the Crown Vic.Also it has a uni-frame if I get in a decent wreck it wont be pretty. Overall theres nothing good about this car as a police vehicle, to go to the store and buy groceries it would be great. They should use these vehciles for admin only not to put in patrol. By putting officers in this car just to save money makes me feel that they dont care about our safety!! If you ask me there should be strict guidelines about police vehicles and no compromising our safety. After all isn't our goal as police officers is to go home alive at the end of the night. I think that our admins across the country have been out of the field too long and need to take a stand and not put a price tag on our safety!!!!

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  • Yoda_biography_3_max30
    SGT213, Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:05:52 UTC.

    I drove the exact car that Officer Davis is in now. As soon as a CV became available, I put in a request and was lucky enough to get it. He is absolutely right, the car is falling apart and it has @22,000 miles only! Our city is tough on cars as we have RR crossings, highways, residential w/too many stops signs...This car doesn't hold up. I didn't see any appreciable difference in gas mileage either. When I first started policing, I drove a 1993 Caprice. A GREAT POLICE CAR. However, the LIMPala is no PoPo car. I give it one star for it's low speed maneuverabilty.

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  • Ronnie_max30
    Rocc, Wed, 01 Oct 2008 05:51:32 UTC.

    I drive a 2002 Impala which is the same as this car. It is actually a pretty good car. My 2002 has only 89,800 miles on it, and he most major probelm that I had with it is replacing a passenger hub assembly. Its good on gas. Its dependable. It has a stong sturdy frame and solid suspension. It handles well and does exceptionally well when driving cross country. I know because I did it twice in the car.

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  • Winter_uniform_max30
    OHMP, Wed, 01 Oct 2008 07:00:40 UTC.

    Heard theres not much room for a second man...Is this true

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  • 362_max30
    Berne_4, Sun, 16 Aug 2009 09:21:25 UTC.

    I'm not an Impala fan. And it's not because It's a Chevrolet either. There is no room, I don't like the performance, and it doesn't scream "Oh $#!@ the police are here!" Officer presence is key!

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  • Khris_20_max30
    Deputy_Km, Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:51:03 UTC.

    It may be agile but it doesn't have the muscle or endurance a crown vic is known for.

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