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Chevrolet Impala Police Cruiser

GM Chevrolet
Category: Patrol Vehicles & Equipment
Subcategory: Patrol Vehicles
Price: 20,000.00
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Description:

2005 Chevrolet Impala Police Cruiser 3800 Series II V6 Engine/performance package Front wheel drive 0-80 in 8 seconds

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  • Mike_and_draven_max30
    deadmansixx, Mon, 24 Sep 2007 07:03:50 UTC.
    1st review

    This car is very agile in town and takes curves very well. It is kind of small but i am 6' and weigh in at 280lbs so for me its a little tight. Overall I have no complains about its performance and the gas mileage is good,about 20 in town and 25 on the highway. I am about to upgrade to the 2007 Impala which is a little more roomier and a lot faster! Our town is only about 3000 population but I can get to any residence anywhere in town under 2 min. And no-one has escaped in a pursuit as of this date. Thank You GM/Chevrolet.

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    cezer79, Wed, 26 Sep 2007 19:00:28 UTC.

    Last year we traded in our Dodge Intrepids for Chevy Impalas. As much as I liked the Intrepids the Impalas have proven themselves to be a much more reliable patrol vehicle. I love that it sits higher and provides more space inside; especially with a cage.

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  • Capi__max30
    perl153, Wed, 26 Sep 2007 19:24:45 UTC.

    Love this car, fast, small, can get through snow and corn fields without too much trouble. This is my second one and it a year I'll put in for another. My first car had 110,000 miles in 4 yrs and no complaints, I'm at 60,000 now and all is good with this one.

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    Tony_Riffel, Wed, 26 Sep 2007 20:06:03 UTC.

    Our agency left Ford because of the extreme maintenance and repair costs. I now have an unmarked police parkage Impala as my Detective take home vehicle. It has a roomy enough trunk for most gear, but some are removing the spare tire for more space. The interior fits me fine, and it handles very well. I can't wait to see how the 2008 police package does in the Michigan State Police tests.

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    bfelton, Thu, 27 Sep 2007 00:12:33 UTC.

    I am a chevy man, but i wish it was rear wheel drive.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 01 Oct 2007 08:55:33 UTC.

    The Chevy Impala seems like a decent enough vehicle. I've driven a Vic and now have an Impala; the Chevy definitely lacks in the power catagory compared to the Vic, but the cornering and agility ability in the Impala are far superior. Being a municipal officer and always in the City limits, agility and cornering are what I need most. Great gas mileage as well.

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    RBALLARD, Wed, 03 Oct 2007 22:10:03 UTC.

    like the car never has left me hanging in a persuit. but not any room in the car for a tall person.

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    OCCD, Thu, 04 Oct 2007 04:09:27 UTC.

    Good handling and ride. Interior ok but cramped when filled with gear. This car is fast but accelerates too slowly, needs steeper gearing. High top end if you're in a place where that is useful. Good mileage and reliability.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 08 Oct 2007 17:48:11 UTC.

    I'm looking at gas cost with this one and it is cramp but will do the job. If I started my own Security Company this is the car of patrol choice but I preferre the Crown Vic

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  • Federal_agents_local__121_max30
    fedcop83, Sun, 21 Oct 2007 20:49:09 UTC.

    Overall a pretty decent ride. Just a quick question though, anyone else experiencing shitty gas mileage on Impala(new body style) 2006+ model years? We did a miles traveled vs. gallons of fuel taken cost comparison over 6 months at work, and the 2006 V8 Tahoes won. On average the Impalas are averaging about 9-11 mpg in town?? Any similar situations out there?

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  • Recon2_max30
    Delta5, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 19:10:45 UTC.

    Even in my small (Comparitively) organization,we like the Impalla/Caprice sedans from Chevy. Reason being is reliability and comfort.Most guys that work with us are very tall.(Im the smallest at 6'1") Crown Vic's...hey, its a Ford and those in the know can relate to this.Im just saying for the long haul make mine a Chevy!!! Got room to spare, all your gear doen't fly around like it's in a windstorm, and its a decent no nonsence ride that gets up when and where you need it to.If we didnt have this we would get a Taurus over the Crown Vic and that's just because of the need for leg room.

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    gwatson0008, Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:27:20 UTC.

    love it. handing is better then the vic, not as big but has enough room to get the job done

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  • Robertmitchum_max30
    bad_LT, Sat, 17 Nov 2007 21:33:16 UTC.

    The best urban police vehicle on the market. Ecellent for working through city traffic not built for rural areas though

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  • 140696_max600_2_max30
    Sophists, Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:53:48 UTC.

    This vehicle performs better than any Ford I've ever driven. Very agile and fairly quick off the line. Roomy in the front, but with a cage in the back, there's not much room for some of the larger suspects we put in there (no that I'm really that concerned about that issue).

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  • Chicago_police_max30
    jojo_g, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 18:14:10 UTC.

    THIS CAR IS GREAT I PERSONALLY OWN A 04 IMPALA IT MAY NOT BE AS HUGE AS THE CROWN VIC BUT THIS PUPPY CAN GET THE JOB DONE ,LOTS OF POWER AND AGILITY

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  • Autumn_leaves_max30
    rlindsey, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 18:25:35 UTC.

    For many years I drove a Police package CV. Now I drive an unmarked Police Package Impala. The Impala is small, the front wheel drive torqe is harsh and the gas mileage is terrible. One of my deputies just took possesion of a unmarked DODGE CHARGER HEMI - - WOW. If I wasn't his Sergeant, I would have fought for the car, but I try to take care of my people first. The Charger is powerful, fits well and gets great mileage for the performance it returns. I was told we picked the impala's as fleet vehicles due to the 5 year, 100,000 warranty. I don't know how long Chevy will be able to keep that up. I wish I had 5 minutes with the honcho's at Ford. I would like to ask them where they have been keeping their heads the last couple of years. They are losing a large fleet market. Too bad for them.

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  • Picture_050_max30
    djustis, Wed, 21 Nov 2007 04:28:56 UTC.

    Drives and handles well. Like the newer model more than the last except that theres a little less room because of the way the cage fits. Overall a good patrol car.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 21 Nov 2007 16:44:19 UTC.

    THEY ARE GOOD CAR,.A LITTLE ON THE SMALL SIDE HOWEVER THEY CAN MOVE!

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  • 03-11-08_0830_max30
    milcop2401, Fri, 30 Nov 2007 02:29:18 UTC.

    ive been driving this vehicle for about 4 years. i love the handling that this vehicle gives at high rates of speeds, super corning ability. my department has even upgraded to the new 2007's i like these vehicles just as good except for the fact that when you attempt to break at high speeds the rear end seams to get a little loose. the excelaration is even better in the newer impala. even for a bigger type guy which i am toping the scales at 250 and 6 feet in higth the vehicle has plenty of room. just not enough if you are an XXX type of guy...

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    Anonymous, Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:45:36 UTC.

    Went from a Ford interceptor to this, big difference. I'm getting used to it, not a bad ride, gas mileage is not to good for a smaller car (averages around 11mph). Front fenders on this model bend extremely easy when leaned against. Having said that, It has held up alot better than I expected. Has been great for getting around town in a hurry. We've had much better sucess with the later models though. I'll be uprading to a 2008 model after the first of the year.

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    hbg522, Thu, 27 Dec 2007 02:17:01 UTC.

    for comfort and gas you cant beat it.....but for pick up and pursuit its a joke! 0-80 in 8 seconds probably with a tailwind and down hill.

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  • Yeh_max30
    gyeh, Fri, 01 Feb 2008 04:28:48 UTC.

    Good inner city patrol vehicle. Impressed others driving Crown Vics during one of my Police Driving recertification class when I got the fastest time - good handling. Straight line acceleration was less impressive though. I miss the Caprice with LT1 which is the best among the the ones I have driven: Chevy Celebrity; Ford Taurus; Ford Crown Vic; Chevy Impala; and Chevy Tahoe.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 10 Feb 2008 17:10:44 UTC.

    I'm an investigator and do not use this car in a patrol capacity. It's perfect for the nature of my work. I am 6'2" and find this car has enogh room to be comfortable in. Gas mileage is good. This is a quick little car for a 6 cylinder. I would give this car 4 stars except for one problem. The is considerable road noise from the front end. I thought it was the tires, but those have been changed to a different model. My department has 20 2005 Impalas. Of the ones I have riden in, they all share this problem. I have riden in a 2007 Impala and have not heard the noise. I'm glad Chevy has resolved the problem. Again, great little car, coming from a Ford man.

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    bleu50, Tue, 12 Feb 2008 02:24:51 UTC.

    I have a 9C1 as a Detective unit. It will absolutely fly, it handles well, stops well and is far more comfortable than the Crown Vic. I used to have a 2001, I hated it, it seemed to die after going into 2nd gear and it had no passing power, also the brakes faded badly...Not so in the 07! I love the power seats that are standard in it as well. I dont think there is much room for a cage, but the CVPI doesnt have back seat room with a cage either, and I dont anticipate riding in the back either!

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    jcso5O, Fri, 15 Feb 2008 03:43:20 UTC.

    Last March (2007) I was issued a 2007 impala. It was equipped with Pureli Tires and I don't think it handled as well as my 2002 Impala. I participated in a department experiment with Good Year Tires. They handle much better. I prefer rear wheel drive. My 07 is roomier than my 02, but it is still tight. I think the 07 has way too many blind spots. I am constantly adjusting my view so I can see around the A post. When I check my blind spot on the highway, I have to really turn my neck to see around the B post. The gas mileage is ok I guess. I had to remove my full size spare to have enough room in the trunk. I think they are great family cars, but I'm not completely sold on Impala's as patrol cars.

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  • U_of_copatch_max30
    Lopezjp1, Fri, 15 Feb 2008 03:54:31 UTC.

    WE have two as detective cars and one left in the patrol fleet. They are OK but I think they are too small for all of the stuff (Tac Net, shotgun/rifle rack, radios, etc) and our larger officers. It's hard to watch the big officers trying to get in and out of the cars and I think it raises some officer safety factors in case they had to get out quick. Of course I'm just standing there watching them and there is no pucker factor working.

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  • Casey_max30
    tlwinkles379, Wed, 20 Feb 2008 11:57:00 UTC.

    My assigned take-home unit is a 2005 Impala and I love it. I have one of only 2 left on patrol. I have low miles and I would put it against a Crown Vic any day. In town it holds the road much better than a vic and in winter weather there's no comparision. However, on slick roads or the interstate I would prefer a Crown Vic.

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    Bookerjf, Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:55:25 UTC.

    Despite a rough start on the earlier models and inferior front frames, this car has come a long way. It is agile, and strong for its size, but is no match off the line with a CVI. The Special Services Package is not too comfortable after long periods of time. After being spoiled with the size and room of a CVI, this car does require a little getting used to. The front seat does have ample room for an average sized officer & partner. If you do install a partition, do not expect anyone in the back seat to enjoy the ride, as we have often had to cram other officers in to the back seats for transports. The trunk is ample for the vehicles' size, but can be quickly overstuffed if coming out of a CVI.
    Overall - routine patrol is perfectly suited for this car. I do not recommend it for highspeed enforcement as Chevy still has a few bugs to shake out. If given a choice, I would take a Ford CVI over this car any day.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:44:56 UTC.

    could not find the sucks button on this one. 50.000 miles and rtrans goes. o-80 may be if it had a rocket up its tail pipe. no room for tall people

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    Wardog6d, Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:12:36 UTC.

    Not impressed. under powered. Several mechanical issue's..

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    nickolas_whiting, Sat, 05 Apr 2008 13:43:25 UTC.

    Good reliable car, we would run them for 24 hours straight for 2 to 3 weeks and they would be fine...minus the usual damage that cops do to vehicles, ours didnt have any cup holders though? never understood why they would give a cop a car without a cup holder. Didnt really see this thing as fast fastest I could get one to go was about 110-115, my stock integra can do that....

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    bpd072, Sat, 05 Apr 2008 22:57:26 UTC.

    I do not care for the empala. the car does not handle well and the one I drove was in the shop more than out

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  • Terry_smith_max30
    mstrts1, Tue, 08 Apr 2008 03:42:12 UTC.

    Let me begin by saying that I am a General Motors fan. The Impala is an excellent family sedan. It is also a good vehicle for CID or Admin but as a patrol or traffic car, it just doesn't cut it. We have had repeated problems with the brakes. OEM replacement or after market "performance" parts haven't cured the brake situation. The car accelerates well and gets pretty good gas mileage but should you lean against the front fender you'll leave a dent that looks like you've been slamming perps into the front of the car. Room is adequate for all but the largest officers. Unless you can buy this car for 7 or 8 thousand less than the Dodge, DON'T DO IT!

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    Slicktop, Fri, 18 Apr 2008 03:27:22 UTC.

    I'll take my Crown Vic back any day of the week. I have an unmarked 05 Impala (I'm assigned to a traffic unit) and this car barely edges out my old 1994 Ford Taurus traffic car. The 06-08 are somewhat faster and keep up, if not out run a CV, but the 05 is just not designed to be a traffic car. Going from 45-0, clearing a small median, then chasing down a car is unbearable. 2005 was the first year my agency went with the Chevy, due to 3k cheaper than the CV. After a ton of complaints, we cancelled our order for 52 Impalas and ordered CV's. We have approx 500 patrol vehicles, 1100 vehicle in our agency total.

    36k on the ticker and I've had the ABS sensors replaced (1,400 dollar - Warranty job), the battery twice, something with the power steering unit (450 $ warranty job)and the bearing in the front wheels (can't remember how much that cost, it was 10k ago). It's left me stranded by not starting three times (just last week), took to Chevy Dealer and they couldn't find the problem (battery was fine). Other than that, I take it home, and don't pay for gas.
    BTW, I get 1 mile better per gallon, than I did in my CV.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 19 Apr 2008 02:38:06 UTC.

    Much better handling in the winter than the crown vic.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:40:39 UTC.

    Good handeling especialy in winter. Good safety.

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    starman4501, Wed, 30 Apr 2008 02:02:02 UTC.

    Not a fan.

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    ckslimus, Wed, 14 May 2008 02:28:01 UTC.

    I enjoy my impala. Its a little smaller than what I was used to driving.(Crown Vic) I do have to say it does get up and go. Was a secondary unit in a pursuit on the freeway, and my partners crown vic(2007) was not able to keep up with a v6 mustang. I passed the crown vic like nothing. My impala is an 05 with almost 80k on it. I had the speedo up to 135mph and the car felt very stable at that speed. My only wish is that it would be a little bigger.

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  • Policebear_max30
    egilpin, Mon, 26 May 2008 23:15:22 UTC.

    Best alternative to the Crown Vic. Great handling, front wheel drive which comes in handy during Missouri winters. The newer models are roomier and provide better acess to the trunk. GM seems to be making an effort to make this a better car with every subsequent model year. My Department has recently went all Impala, simply for the fuel savings. Overall, you cant beat a Crown Vic, but this is the next best thing.

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    Jerome06, Wed, 04 Jun 2008 15:08:34 UTC.

    Its small for us bigger guys but it hakdles nice.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 05 Jun 2008 22:06:20 UTC.

    Quick acceleration and responsive (too responsive) handling because of it's FWD system. This vehicle, in my opinion was a complete "flop" for the NYPD fleet. It's ground clearance was no match for the high rising manhole swells of city streets, so it had to be outfitted with skid plates to protect the engine. If you were in a 10-53 (vehicle accident) with this vehicle and the damage was serious enough, you definitely would have needed the "jaws of life" to get you out. The cockpit seating leaves much to be desired, especially for those of us who are over 6' tall. And if there was a cage behind you, "fuggedaboitt". Try enjoying an 8 hour + tour in this vehicle, and making numerous car stops, and you'll wish the days of the Caprice Classic was back!!!

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    mar12inla, Sun, 08 Jun 2008 10:10:19 UTC.

    Compared to previous patrol vehicles (Ford Taurus and Crown Vic), not as comfortable driving on hill streets. Always using caution with that gas pedal. Also problems with CD player and doors. No problem with handeling when going slow/on flat surface.

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  • Nc_doc_max30
    dragon1900, Tue, 17 Jun 2008 17:27:45 UTC.

    although this is a nice cruiser its becoming obsolete. the dodge charger and the ford intercepters are taking over. a good change. but the impala is more affordable than the charger and the intercepters

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    Nation618, Tue, 17 Jun 2008 22:49:17 UTC.

    Too small!!

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    Anonymous, Tue, 24 Jun 2008 21:58:30 UTC.

    Makes a fine patrol vehicle for city use, but it really isn't made for Rural county use. The vehicle isn't up to the beating of county use.

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    lawdog07, Sat, 12 Jul 2008 03:25:54 UTC.

    love it but i wish it was rear wheel drive

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    BLUEOFWATER, Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:36:21 UTC.

    VERY NICE CHEVY'S

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    luke3302, Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:59:36 UTC.

    Great for gas mileage but to cramped. Not enough room. Wish it were rear whel drive also.

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    lilcasino510, Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:22:05 UTC.

    Overall, it's a decent vehicle to drive in a city venue. It has a tighter turning radius than the Crown Vic and decent acceleration. Our department switched to these for a while and had to have the transmissions replaced in just about all of them. We have had multiple electronic malfunctions too....A/C, electric seat, mirror switches, heater fans going bad. Chevy did a good job beefing up the police package for the road but failed to give attention to interior items that are used more than a civilian would use them. For example, a person who owns one of these adjusts the seat very little whereas in a department owned vehicle the seat gets adjusted every time someone else gets in the car. Those systems wear out. They also ended up being more expensive than the Crown Vic's because Chevy doesn't have a program to outfit the light bars like Ford does. We also have the new model Impalas which are a lot better than the old. My only complaint there is the rear view mirrors are a lot smaller now.

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    Jkaz232, Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:41:56 UTC.

    Although I love the Chevy, the Crown Vic has much more power, as well as more room. The Impala takes too long to gain enough speed in a pursuit, or just doing a V&T stop.

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    Kerr2374, Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:57:29 UTC.

    This car is awesome. It is much better then the Ford Exploder, oops I mean Crown Victoria. I am 6-4 and still like this car better. I think it handels better, looks cooler, costs less in the long run. But maybe I am biast, did I mention that I HATE ford???

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    DISP24, Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:34:33 UTC.

    FRONT WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES ARE VERY DANGEROUS FOR POLICE VEHICLES

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    RickyDavis, Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:20:57 UTC.

    Okay I've posted about the impala before my feelings remain the same Impalas suck!!! I've put 30,000 miles on my 07. There is absolutely no room in these cars. i think i have a permanet dent on the right side of my head from hitting the roof everytime getting in. Dont get me wrong these cars would be great for detectives and admin but not for patrol. My car has been back to the dealer twice so far and i have to put brakes on it every 9,000 miles. As far as power this car has none. mostly because its a bone stock impala there is no police package on this car. I could go on and on about whats wrong with these cars but i wont. The good thing about this car is .......its new and thats it. Like i've said before any admin and city offical that puts officers in these vehicles just to save money means they do not care about their officers safety at all. In my opinon there should be no expense spared when it comes to their Police departments or Fire for that matter. In closing im sure ill get fired one day because ill end up stealing another officers crown vic just so i can feel safe while im on patrol. God i hope not !

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    NavyDavy, Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:04:07 UTC.

    Great car, great gas mileage!

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    SRT165, Sun, 03 Aug 2008 21:16:19 UTC.

    O-80 in 8 seconds? Don't believe it. This car is the worst vehicle a police officer can drive. It is not made for what we do on the street. It is slow and easy to fish tale. Worst car ever!!

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    onewolf80, Fri, 08 Aug 2008 00:48:46 UTC.

    I hate these units. But leave it to the political bureaucrats to save money on equipment. They are crappy on gas mileage and maintenance on them no matter how well you take care of them is ridiculous. They have a tendency to overheat, and if not properly rotated out of service or commission causes even more problems than they are worth. Enough said.

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    sgt_dunning, Sat, 09 Aug 2008 08:53:14 UTC.

    TO SMALL FOR ALL THE EQUIPMENT.

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    roccojc0311, Tue, 12 Aug 2008 02:48:42 UTC.

    never have had problems and always go

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    OldSeadog, Sun, 24 Aug 2008 09:09:17 UTC.

    DRIVER WELL BUT TOO SMALL

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    Autumn_19, Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:37:52 UTC.

    I personal own a 2003 Impala and I love my car. I love how it handles. Very little maitance needs to be kept up.

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    derby126, Wed, 27 Aug 2008 06:09:28 UTC.

    I drive a 2006 Impala as a patrol officer. I have had no real problems with the vehicle so far. The vehicle is short on room however makes up in speed, handleing and stealth. Most people dont realize the vehicle is a squad until I'm right on them. Very happy and would be willing to drive another one in the future.

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    FBD183, Sat, 30 Aug 2008 03:55:59 UTC.

    Not the Police Package they advertise it to be. Comes up short in all categories.

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    Radcop88, Fri, 05 Sep 2008 09:17:23 UTC.

    I had an Impala back in 2001 until a pursuit crash in 2003. Pictures in my profile of the results. The car was a decent car, but did have issues with the steering making a clicking noise that the dealer could never fix? It was a great car for a City Police Agency, but didn't handle dirt / off-road very well. I do personally own a 2004 Impala SS (Supercharged), and it's wickedly fast for a family car. It's been a great car...over 155,000 miles on it.

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    SGTJoshMN, Fri, 12 Sep 2008 01:49:11 UTC.

    The Impala Slick top 2002 black car works great for surveillance and seeking up on people.
    you don't get shot at. like a crown vic, in which everyone shoots at your.
    even if you are driving the civilian crown vic. drug dealers and criminals, all think any crown vic, out of service or even civilian are Law Enforcement.
    the V8 of a crown Victoria is good but rear wheel drive in winter sucks.
    fish tailing in crown vics are not fun.
    GM is better then ford that's my opinion

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    DJW739, Fri, 12 Sep 2008 20:54:48 UTC.

    As far as performance it rocks, when it comes to cabin space thumbs down, I am 6’1” and on a good day weigh in at 190 and it is a little tight on the leg room.

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    lonewolfcf, Sun, 14 Sep 2008 07:30:33 UTC.

    Horrible leg room front and back. If you put a cage in it, even worse. A couple of years ago we had ones without power seats. My partner 6'6" 310 and I, 6'3" 260, almost ruined the cage trying to push the seats back that extra inch. Luckily they had just enough flex. Made it very tough back seat passengers though, not that we really cared that much.

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    Hunter1443, Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:20:56 UTC.

    Not designed for police work. I am waiting for a charger.

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    MaceMan, Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:03:36 UTC.

    This vehicle handles well.

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    bishoparc, Wed, 24 Sep 2008 22:47:32 UTC.

    Pretty good car overall. Gets up quickly but isn't very comfortable if you have to sit it in it for extended periods of time. I prefer a Crown Vic over the Impala any day.

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    cjkollhoff, Thu, 25 Sep 2008 21:17:33 UTC.

    Have to many problems with this vehicle. the headlights go out, the transmissions slip gears, the AC dosn't work in the summer.

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    jhunph, Thu, 02 Oct 2008 20:57:47 UTC.

    This RMP is a very big improvment over our last RMP. I find roomy, fast and easy to maintain.

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    abcdef123456, Sun, 05 Oct 2008 08:02:57 UTC.

    This is my Departments patrol unit of choice. We have to work/drive in small places so the Impala is not too bad, but the older cars are just that older cars... to many problems since they drive over speed bumps and are driven at 30 mph most of the day...

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    Anonymous, Fri, 10 Oct 2008 01:37:00 UTC.

    The vehicle is very comfortable and handles real well. It also performs good and has good acceleration.

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    sno, Mon, 13 Oct 2008 01:25:24 UTC.

    Where I'm at thats all they use for the SO's nice cars though

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    Greg903, Sat, 18 Oct 2008 21:50:45 UTC.

    I don't care for them, for one they are too small, there isn't much room in the back with the cage, and not much trunk room. Good engine though, just bad design.

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    AST806, Wed, 22 Oct 2008 07:20:56 UTC.

    I drive a 04 Impala on duty. definately a brake eater but once I got the factory chip replaced with a high performance chip it runs like a rocket even with 100,000 miles on it.

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    TBL13x, Wed, 05 Nov 2008 11:34:40 UTC.

    I miss the extra room of my crown vic other than that just another standard police cruiser

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    Imposter, Fri, 07 Nov 2008 18:02:04 UTC.

    great handling, nice get up and go, very good vehicle...

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    Eddie329, Fri, 07 Nov 2008 21:03:39 UTC.

    We have one of these and never bought another. Stick with the Ford Crown Vic or the Charger.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:56:11 UTC.

    To small, Under powered, Break down constantly. Give me A Ford.

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    latechcop, Mon, 10 Nov 2008 04:31:23 UTC.

    This is one of the worst vehicles my depertment has ever owned. It is constantly in the shop. Still rattles after being fixed. After 50K the seat bottow falls out and it takes forever to get comfortable. It is one of the smallest vehicles ever used for patrol use. Big people can't get in and out without trouble, you have to climb in and out. If I could rate this vehicle lower than one star, nothing could stop me. Simply a POS!!!!!

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    WJB47, Sun, 16 Nov 2008 01:17:30 UTC.

    Horrible. Mine only has 56k miles, been through 2 transmission, a rack and numerous brake jobs. We tried the Impala for a few years to save money, but none of them held up well. We ended up spending more in the long run on maintenance than if we bought the CV. A previous poster said that they are good for detective/supervisory cars. I agree. I would atually by one for my family. But as a patrol car, sucks is too good a word.

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    night_sniper, Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:08:58 UTC.

    love this car!

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    Lamken101, Sat, 22 Nov 2008 14:52:33 UTC.

    Definately not a Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor, has no instantaneous acceleration. Shame on Chevrolet for selling our governments this crap. What's next? Hyundai police cars...Send these back to CANADA. Not much room in this vehicle, and it just does not feel safe. Message to county governments...Save the extra $500.00 and get a car that will last.

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    pdsniper282, Thu, 18 Dec 2008 05:13:58 UTC.

    Our agency purchased these vehicles from 2000 - 2003. Cons out weighed the pros for a patrol car. They handle like a go cart in the rain and handling corners. Deep / roomy trunk space. That's about all the good I can credit them for. They were extremely expensive on our maintenance budget. Interior and exterior molding was cheap and broke under normal use and wear. Poor acceleration and brutal to get in and out of. New Police Chief saved the day and immediately began phasing them out and rebuilding the fleet with Crown Vics. Our Sheriff's Office tried a few of them and immediately ceased purchasing them for their agency as well. They were even worse patrolling County roads,

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    Anonymous, Sun, 21 Dec 2008 14:25:38 UTC.

    Our agency started purchasing the Impalas in 2001 and has replaced all of our Crown Vics. The first thing that the agency gave up was the interiror space, we are now trying to load them with computers, cameras, and whatever else they think we need. However I do like the way the Impala handles compared to the Crown Vic and the front wheel drive is certainly an advantage over the rear wheel drive Crown when it comes to drivin in the snow. There have been some great improvements with the new body style and motor.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 25 Dec 2008 21:02:36 UTC.

    I own a 2005 Chevy Impala and am still proud of the performance and easy handling of this vehicle. I love the Impala.

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    alorenzen16, Fri, 26 Dec 2008 22:57:44 UTC.

    Drove one for two years and hated it. They are for meter readers not for everyday police use. Scrap it!!!!!!!

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    Army_MP_Dixon, Fri, 02 Jan 2009 16:31:50 UTC.

    The handling is great! It takes corners well and the gas milage is good. Your able to sneak up on a lot more though becuase no one really thinks of the impala as the police.

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    ppd8875, Sat, 03 Jan 2009 02:16:06 UTC.

    WAY TOOOOOOOOOO SMALL>>>>> I MISS MY FORD

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    luvv4life, Thu, 22 Jan 2009 12:37:47 UTC.

    My husband had one as his patrol car-got into a flash flood with it & we were able to save it. He loved his impala so much that he bought it from the Sheriff's Office when they rotated the fleet! Now it's my personal car, and I LOVE it!! This car has been thru A LOT of s**t and it's still going!

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    usmcayers5815, Fri, 13 Feb 2009 07:00:56 UTC.

    i give it 5 stars because for some reason i tend to park it and fall asleap

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    twilight09, Fri, 13 Feb 2009 13:19:47 UTC.

    Love the Impala cop cars.

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    AgentP, Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:15:40 UTC.

    These cars are junk... They should have never have created front wheel drive police cars. I have had mine hydroplane with brand new tires in just a little bit of rain. I never felt comfortable pushing this car to its limits like I do the crown vic and the charger.

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    MidnightMike, Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:30:51 UTC.

    Boy, do I miss my old Crown Victoria ! No room in the 2007 Impala, either in the trunk or the passenger compartment. Even with an LED lightbar, the electrical system cannot handle the load. I'm on my third battery and I've only had the car a year and a half. I have a 2007, which has more room than the first generation Impala, but the Crown Vic is still much more roomy, and durable. In addition to the batteries, I've had the A/C compressor sieze, and brake linings last only a few thousand miles. The brake dust dirties up the front wheels in less than one shift. Handles OK and acceleration is not bad, but this car is a significant step down from the Crown Vic.

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    Mustanger, Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:04:47 UTC.

    Decent vehicle. too small for County work, especially when all TAC gear is carried in it. Then add a recruits gear during training...it's too tight! The new 3900 V6 has more horsepower than the 2005 and earlier models though, which is a plus. I think the Crown Vic is a perfect workhorse for Police work; it has a lot of room and plenty of horses coming from the 4.6 V8.
    Also, the carpet interior in the Impalas are much harder to keep clean than the hard floors of the Vic. ...plus I'm a Ford guy

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    Anonymous, Tue, 03 Mar 2009 19:27:11 UTC.

    Great car for hugging curves but that is about it. Not a county patol car bad on tires brakes and axles. After 80K you can expect problems

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    Jsciarrino28, Wed, 18 Mar 2009 17:49:30 UTC.

    I miss having these radio cars.

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    bigron8911, Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:21:58 UTC.

    Great cars good speed and enough weight to throw around in a pushing match!

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    chad1020, Mon, 24 Aug 2009 03:03:42 UTC.

    I would have to say we run our impalas 24/7 and with all the use they hold up pretty good!!

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    Shabazz, Sun, 06 Sep 2009 18:16:53 UTC.

    These are a lot better than the Ford Crown Vics. Not as long and way easier to handle. It just lacks some of the muscle. It worked well for the NY City roadways.

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    swatcop2004, Fri, 02 Oct 2009 20:20:47 UTC.

    Ok I just got my 03 Impala back from repairs (it was just a window switch) and I had to drive an '01 CV for 2 weeks. I hated it! My Impala may not be as fast in the long run BUT it handles way better and does really well for the city use I put it through. I would only trade my Impala right now for one of our '08 Charger HEMI's! I am glad Ford is doing away with the CV, it is very old and so outdated!

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    HB613, Sun, 04 Oct 2009 21:26:02 UTC.

    just got my 2010 impala, love the rear wheel drive

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    mknoll413, Mon, 23 Nov 2009 06:23:08 UTC.

    I've only been driving mine a few weeks so the jury's still out. After 5 years with a Crown Vic, it's weird handling a front-wheel drive again. I've noticed less room in the front (don't care about the back, I'm not the one being arrested) and trunk.

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    Jima, Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:50:51 UTC.

    I have no major complaints about this Vehicle. I use a 2005 Impala. It is considerably slower than the 2006 and newer models. This vehicle handles very well and is very reliable.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:40:58 UTC.

    Great for a city patrol vehicle. Big front pillars make it difficult to see from inside. Not enough interior room. Good in the snow and ice with the proper tires.

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    MannBearPig123, Thu, 04 Feb 2010 12:47:19 UTC.

    I drive an "03. I'm not a big guy, but i'm cramped in the drivers' seat. Especially with the computer and all the extra electrical components i installed. Performance is squirrely, being FWD.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 04 Mar 2010 01:39:58 UTC.

    Hey I love this patrol car, roomy interior, a more "professional sporty" look to it. Drives very well.

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    Tengri, Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:02:28 UTC.

    I don't know what Impalas these other officers are driving on patrols but I hope I don't ever have to use them if they are truely that cramped. I have an '02 for my personal car and I love it. At my squadron we have a fleet of 01-09 impalas all are police package minus gun racks and they run great, handle well, and are pretty quick for what's under the hood. I have plenty of room for my gear which includes a flak vest with plates, helmet, gas mask, ticket books and normal notebooks, some manuals for job knoweledge and I still have room in the car and trunk for my partners gear. I love it and I hope that whatever issues my fellow officers have going on with your vehicles that they get cleared up.

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    RobersonC865, Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:55:18 UTC.

    Great Pick up,Responds well with handing on the road,Also not hard to maintain,Good Vehicle Life

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    NYTRDT1, Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:22:04 UTC.

    Stinko

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    Anonymous, Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:33:08 UTC.

    This vehicle is a "grocery getter", ok for mom to haul kids around town. Our department tired these for a few years and they do not hold up for patrol use. Maintenance costs and downtime on vehicles doubled.

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