Piston Slap: 38,000 Impala Police Cars Recalled, Chevrolet Claims Victory?

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
piston slap 38 000 impala police cars recalled chevrolet claims victory

TTAC commentator Sinistermisterman writes:

Why isn’t Sajeev all over this one like a rash? GM recalls 38,000 cop cars.

Sajeev answers:

Well, I do have a job outside of TTAC! But you have a good point. To wit: OMG SON PANTHER LOVE FTW!

The obvious “niche” rant about the need for a proper American sedan with a proper frame aside, there could be a bad batch of parts and not a failure of the entire platform. Cop-spec Impalas have unique control arms, since the civilian version is just fine. But this shows the value (or lack thereof) in a wrong-wheel drive, fleet specific application. Time is money, and the Impala just wasted a lot of time for fleet managers around the country. But the Impala is history, there’s no more FWD in GM’s cop car coffers.

So who is the real loser? Ford. The Crown Vic killers are the only folks offering a wrong-wheel drive cop car, so the writing is on the wall: spindles, ball joints, half-shafts and control arms in a FWD platform are a big threat to Law Enforcement. No matter how you beef ’em up!

And who is the winner? Chevy. But not the Caprice, the Tahoe. When the dust settles on Panther Love in the next 2-3 years, there will be another clear winner in Cop Car land: a durable, versatile, comfortable and fuel-efficient body-on-frame Chevrolet Tahoe.

Don’t buy the fuel efficiency comment? I suspect many fleets are used to budgeting for 4-speed automatic Panther levels of gas suckage, so a lateral move to the 6-speed Tahoe won’t raise eyebrows in their communities.

And if they do? Well, have a look at the alternative’s lack of control (arm). Off to you, Best and Brightest!

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  • Pinzgauer Pinzgauer on Aug 16, 2012

    Saw a Nissan Altima NYC Police Car sitting in the Bronx the other day. Makes me wonder how the CVT will hold up to police use.

  • Acuraandy Acuraandy on Aug 18, 2012

    Ask any cop, other than major urban areas, FWD is useless. Too weak.

  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
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  • Sid SB Not seen a Core without the performance pack yet. Prefer the more understated look of the Core vs the Circuit, but both are great fun to drive.