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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 2
Average Mileage:
72,532 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #153

Jun 222015


  • 28,000 miles


As any serious car owner, I tried to address the cheaper items such as battery replacement and spark plugs, all have been replaced twice. Slowly all the electrical applications in my car began to stop working from the blinkers, radio, hazards, cruise control, car windows, and finally the car stopped starting. I was too broke to address it then, so every early morning my car would require a nice jump start to begin the day. This Impala would not start so often that I purchased a portable battery to jump it everywhere, even as simple as the gas station. At first I thought the parasitic drain (drain on the car battery) was coming from the dash cluster/instrument panel which was in line with the complaints I have discovered on google that the BCM was causing non-starter issues for other Impala. However, once the instrument panel was replaced my radio was still not working and eventually the car became a non-starter again; therefore, I suspected the root of the issue still hand not been discovered. I explained this to Mr. Mcghee, the owner of mcghees auto shop, he did a thorough job of combing all the intricate wires to determine finally an intermittent draw occurring from the amplifier in the trunk of the car. The solution to the problem, fixing the amplifier, cost a grand total of 220$ to have the actual part fixed; I did not want to risk placing a non-stock amplifier, my specific amplifier is no longer available, in the car. However, I like other consumers continually paid to replace parts that failed as it was not obvious there was an underlying malfunctioning in a particular application that made the essential product useless.

- Brandywine, MD, USA

problem #152

Jun 042015


  • 119,000 miles
Turn ignition to start all dash lights and power turns on. No crank no start wait about ten min try it again the car starts perfect.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #151

May 222015


  • miles
My car was recently serviced for the recall issue on the ignition, which I had the issue of the car turning off while driving several times before they fixed it, anyways while driving home yesterday (05/21/2016) my car again shut off this was after I took it to a chevolet dealer to have it fixed. Luckly no one was injured as I did cause a bit of panic on the road as I was trying to gain enough control to pull my car off the road.

- Ragland, AL, USA

problem #150

Jan 112015


  • 137,590 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer; however, the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,590.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #149

Feb 222014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The ignition switch was replaced on February 22, 2014.

- Moorhead, MS, USA

problem #148

Dec 012014


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred multiple times. On another occasion, the security and air bag warning lights was continuously illuminated. Also, the contact noticed that the steering column was loose which caused the vehicle to shake while driving at high speeds. The vehicle was taken the dealer for a diagnosis of the security light and the engine stalling. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000(electrical system). However, the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis of the steering column and the mechanic stated that the steering column was loose and needed to be repaired or tightened. The VIN had not been included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 08E063000 (steering) or 09E005000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 152,000.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #147

Mar 022015

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch replacement recall and seeks reimbursement. The consumer also stated the intake gaskets were replaced.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #146

Feb 162015


  • miles
The contact owned a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that when attempting to turn on the vehicle, it made a loud noise and caught fire. The fire extended to the garage and house. The vehicle was destroyed and was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included on NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bellville, PA, USA

problem #145

Jan 262015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
My car was starting up fine prior to 4:00pm Monday afternoon. I drove home to let my son in the house to get money for the movie and when I got back in the car to start it up nothing.the key wouldn't turn at all. And the next day I went in to yemms chevorlet in galesburg il 61401 to see why it the ignition key wouldn't turn. The guy [xxx] was not in at the time. So I called Wednesday to see if he was in and I was giving a day to come in 1/31/2015 at 10 am to get a key.and was told if it is the ignition that yemms chevorlet was not going to fix it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Galesburg, IL, USA

problem #144

Jan 262015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #143

Aug 152014


  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated that the part was unavailable for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded the reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Itta Bena, MS, USA

problem #142

Nov 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala. Ignition recall. The consumer was informed the parts needed to be ordered. The consumer stated in November 2012, she had difficulty turning the key in the ignition.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #141

Dec 122014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
The security light came on and car shut off while I was driving the car at approx 30 mph. This happened several times since then while traveling at a higher rate of speed. Luckily I did not have an accident but, I am afraid to drive the car that an accident may happen. This is a very serious safety issue. I have researched the internet and came across many complaints the same as mine. How can it be that no recalls have been made on an issue so serious?

- Hooversville, PA, USA

problem #140

Dec 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Since GM performed safety recall # 14350 on our keys we've had more issues with our 2001 Impala not starting which has rendered it unable to be started currently. This is my second time posting since I originally posted on 10/24/14 regarding the car cutting out while driving. Since that time we've been having issues with the car intermittently not starting or failing to restart after driving it a short distance, like going to the store. A few weeks ago we had to spend $140 on a new battery after the mechanics told us that was the starting problem. Two days later it once again wouldn't restart after stopping at the store for a few minutes. The mechanic came and checked the car and tightened the battery terminal connections thinking that was the issue. A few days after the car wouldn't restart once again after a short visit to the store. That time a tow truck driver tried to jump it but it wouldn't start, so it was towed to the mechanic. Once at the mechanics the mechanic tried to start it and it started right up. He kept it for two days and tried starting it numerous times and every time it started. Since bringing it back home we've had problems once again with it not starting even though everything seems fine and the battery terminals are tight. Today the key fob would not open the door remotely nor would the car start. I've been researching these issues and see where in many instances people have found the ignition/key fob issues are related to the pass lock system keeping the car from starting or canceling the engine while running. GM needs to address these issues which are causing vehicles like ours to either not start or have engine failure while driving.

- Avon , NY, USA

problem #139

Nov 142014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 205,000 miles
Turned on vehicle and A/C blower, and cruise control not working.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #138

May 312014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala parked the vehicle with the engine running, put foot on the brakes, and accelerated slightly to start down the driveway after coasting down the incline, he tried to brake, but the pedal went to the floor and there was no power steering. Resulting in hitting a tree. The vehicle was totaled. As a result of the accident, the consumer sustained injury to his head and chest. The consumer believe the accident, was due to the ignition.

- Shavertown, PA, USA

problem #137

Apr 032009

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala car was totaled before recall was issued the consumer stated the air bag did not deploy.

- Silver Lake, KS, USA

problem #136

Sep 242008

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala recalled and customer is requesting refund. The dealer replaced the pass lock sensor.

- Brookhaven, MS, USA

problem #135

Sep 162014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition keys recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle had to be towed twice. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #134

Oct 282014


  • 86,000 miles
We've had numerous issues over the last few years including intermittent electrical issues, engine cutting out, engine lurching, and difficulty starting. Two particularly dangerous times were especially scary -- one time the engine cut out, without warning, while my son was driving in traffic, on a four lane road, with children in the car. The other time was when I was driving down a hill in a snow storm at night. The roads were slippery and I lost all power including the lights and power steering. We've spent at least $2000 for diagnostics/repairs for fuel system checks, electrical checks, new ignition, new ignition wires, new A/C compressor (A/C wouldn't cool), and one fuel injector replaced. For several months it didn't cut out but the engine would still lurch once in awhile. Four days ago my husband took it in for the key recall and the dealer said that the fuel injectors needed cleaning so we had it done. The car ran fantastic... until today when out of the blue, while driving down the road at 30mph, the engine cut out after going over a bump in the road. We called the dealer and they said to keep a journal of when the issue happens again.

- Avon, NY, USA

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