Unfortunately GM stopped producing the Impala SS in 1996 after a 3 year run. This marked the end of the "large" rear-wheel drive muscle car in the GM stable. It has been said that the explosion of SUV's caused the production change down in the Arlington, Texas GM Plant.
What a shame! These vehicles are now very sought after and represent future collectibles. They came in 3 color choices: BBB (black), DCM (dark cherry metallic) and DGGM (dark green gray metallic).
I first saw one of these beaSSts on the highway in 1994 and swore I would own one some day. I love the POWER (350 LT1) vette engine (but cast iron vs aluminum), ROOM for 5, LOW INSURANCE RATES, (rates based on grampa Caprice but policy pays based on SS VIN#) & STYLE.
I'm on 96' SS #2, #1 burned in winter storage. THAT should tell you how much I love these cars. It's one of the few vehicles I've had that can snap your head back upon acceleration when I'm already going 80MPH (on an empty freeway of course).
The cost of ownership/repairs has been minimal. The fun of driving it has been exceptional. BIG & FAST! Just make sure you change out the factory rear differential gasket, GM didn't put the correct bleeder holes in it & refuses to admit it.
The 94-96 Impala SS is not to be confused with the 2000+ front whl drive, 6 cyl Impalas.
Recommended info sites: NAISSO.com and Impala SS Forum.com