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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,640 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012008


  • 38,000 miles


2001 chevorlet/Impala purchased new, current miles 51,000. Intermittant loss of directionals. * complete loss of directionals and emergency signals. Failed recent car inspection. Additional failures include: Complete brake loss at 38,000. Resulting in replacement of entire brake system. Firestone tire, West roxbury, MA stated on documents that "rotors were thinned down to size of sheet of paper &/or completely gone." Two tire blowouts at 35,000, also replaced by above repair shop, with 4 new tires. Battery leak with corrosion to extent of need of connection cables to be rebuilt for attachment. Battery replaced with new connections at 40,000 by sears auto body in dedham, MA. Passengar side wiper fixed and replaced after failure. Worked for 3 months and has failed again, has not at present been replaced/repaired. Care of car was updated and maintained according to all requirements/recommendations by manufacturer. No history of accidents. This including, oil changes, wiper blade changes, tire rotations with evey other oil change, which was done every 3 monts, etc. Brake inspection and pads changed on car 1 year before complete failure. Brake loss was thankfully uneventful only due to time of night and low traffic, only able to stop car with gliding to stop. Then towed to service station. On average my present yearly milage is probably less than 3000. I am the only driver/operator to this car and althogh mentioned #1 owner, my father originally purchased the car, (howard chevorlet, West roxbury, MA) but did not drive it. I currently am the title holder. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any recommendations that could help me. I feel that there is major failure that beyond my control and is dangerous to myself, others and most important to me, my 4 Y/O daughter. Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you (someone) soon. Teresa corrigan

- Dedham, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 272007

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevy Impala I went outside to start the vehicle and the battery was dead, it had enough power to power up the lights etc. However, it did not have enough power to start the engine. I than moved another vehicle up next to it and connected jumper cables. I waited for it to charge and turned the key. When I turned the key over, the plastic intake manifold violently exploded. I had a huge fire under my hood. The explosion shot parts across my yard. I had to use the water hose to put the fire out, the car was less than 10 feet from my home. I left it alone and contacted a dealership mechanic the very next day. I was told that they had recently had 2 of the same vehicles come in with the same problem, and that it was due to a faulty fuel pressure regulator and the fact that the manifold is made of plastic. This explosion could have very well killed someone. I have researched this issue, and found that there was a recall done on over 900,000 of these vehicles, however, when I contacted General Motors, my VIN # was not included in the recall list according to General Motors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 162004


  • miles
While riding down the highway with the windows in the up position, the entire glass on the drivers side fell inside the door. Took car to be repaired and discorvered the regulator had broken.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 052002

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,200 miles
Electrical problems causing accelerator to stick and using cruise control does the same. Causing wreck with injuries and no airbag deployment upon impact of crash with speed over 55 mph to head on into to tree. Could not stop car even when brakes were applied and had to turn key off to stop car from blowing up.

- Perry, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 072001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicles stalled in traffic, took vehicle to dealer, and they were not able to look at it at that time. Consumer took vehicle to another dealer, and they said that wires under the dash had been cut. Also the rear defrogger was inoperative, the overhead console was inaccurate, and the doors that move the airflow from the windshiled to the floor did not move the air to the specified area, the dealer ordered an actuator for the doors and for the airflow, an aftermarket device that was installed in the vehicle caused the vehicle to suddenly stall while driving.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

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