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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 2
Average Mileage:
72,929 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #110

Mar 032014


  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch failure, causing a loss of electrical power. The dealer informed the consumer, the ignition switch needed to be replaced.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #109

Mar 142013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and functioned normally but the failure recurred several times later. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Maywood, IL, USA

problem #108

May 012003


  • 39,750 miles
Morning of may, enter car and tried to turn key to on position to start, with no luck. Wiggle key in lock several times to finally release key so it would move into starting mode. This has been a major pain, it has gotten bad enough that key will just pull out of lock assembly even in running mode. GM has know about this problem for some time, and should apply a recall on this item even as far back as my 2001 Impala, would hate to have car shut off during driving mode of just left stranded for a stupid ignition key assembly problem. Please try to help in this area. Thanks

- Duncan, OK, USA

problem #107

Mar 082014


  • miles


The cooling overheat light went on and the car turned off on me and my child on the exit of the 170 fwy, it now makes a screeching sound like metal, the radiator leaks and something smells burned, the mechanic I went to that was close by said I have to now replace the engine and other expensive items that seem to fall under the 2001 Impala recalls, my fuel pump has an issue as well and the electrical problem even worse it turns of and on as it pleases.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #106

Oct 222011


  • 125,975 miles
Was driving on interstate doing about 70/72 miles an hour when car shut off. Lost power steering, power brakes & lights. Managed to get it to the shoulder of the road & stopped. Car did restart. Car shut off several time after that when slowing down for a stop light or stop sign. Spent over $600 trying to get it fixed. Feel GM should have advised their dealerships about the problem when it was discovered in 2004. If dealership had been aware of problem they would have been able to fix it instead of trying several other costly things. I would still be drive the Impala & not making a car payment.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #105

Jan 142009

Impala 6-cyl

  • 89,124 miles
The light went out on the speedometer. The instrument lighting cluster was replaced at the dealer for $614 and it went out again in about one year. It is out now. The speedometer speed cannot be read at night.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #104

Sep 172011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


When key is turned, dash lights come on but engine will not turn over. Radio will work, chimes will work, all interior and exterior lights work but engine will not crank. After some time, anywhere from 5 minutes to 1.5 hours, engine will turn over and car will start and run fine.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #103

Aug 012013


  • 110,000 miles
Car will not start and battery will not take a charge. The battery is good, however. This seems to be an electrical problem probably involving the BCM. Chevy should own up to this and repair for free. Once the battery is partially charged, lights flash, speakers hum, and things click. Its definitely a problem with several models.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #102

Sep 052012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Bought the car in August 2010 noproblem for ayear went to star thecar would not start security light was on had problems with it ever sense security light on car wont start unplug battery cable for 10 seconds it would start happens every few days went out tostart my car on Saturday 8/17 /13 car wouldn't start no crank no electrical systems not working.

- Mexico, MO, USA

problem #101

Jul 012008

Impala 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Car thinks it is being stolen, and it will not crank with original keys. Appears to be a security issue. Must wait at least 10 minutes before attempting to crank again. It will not crank (motor will not turn over to crank) for at least 10 minutes after attempting to crank. Nothing happens when key is turned to crank/on position. I purchased this car new, and I have had it checked out by an independent mechanic. After searching online, this appears to be a common problem that has not been addressed by GM. Please help the consumer/car owner with this very serious problem. Thank you.

- Amory, MS, USA

problem #100

Jun 262011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The security system prevented the car from starting.

- Margate, NJ, USA

problem #99

Dec 062012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 175,098 miles
When braking my car assumes I'm sliding (like on ice) and I'm not--car uses ABS unnecessarily. When driving off my car assumes my wheels are spinning and unable to grip--they aren't and car uses traction control unnecessarily. Similar to a breaking throttle cable, when trying to make a left turn on a busy street, traction control being activated could be very hazardous.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #98

May 132011


  • 80,000 miles
The passlock security system locks the car down, you have to wait around 10 minutes for the system to reset so the car can be started.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #97

Feb 282013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 99,777 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Impala and the gas gauge has a problem I would fill it up and the gauge would go right to E and the car would say check engine oil I just got a oilchange and low engine coolant.

- Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #96

Oct 162012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
There is a problem with the pass lock system which makes the car no start up.

- Pontiac , MI, USA

problem #95

Nov 062010


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the starter switch continuously failed and the vehicle could not be started. In addition, the headlights had become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that there was an electrical failure, such as the anti theft and pass lock systems, which constantly caused the entire electrical system to fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that they were unable to repair the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- Kittshill, OH, USA

problem #94

Jun 202012


  • miles
My car has a starting problem my security light use to stay on for a while and then one day (June 20 2012) my car wouldn't start at all it use to take up to 10 minutes and then it would start but now its completely nothing my security light use to also blink and then and for the first time its not started for 4 whole months I try everyday seeing will it start but it hasn't can U all please make this problem noticeable and do a recall.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #93

Feb 112012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the anti-theft system engaged and as a result, prevented him from starting the vehicle. The security warning lamp was illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the body control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #92

Jun 182012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 159,444 miles
Fathers day I was driving my Impala about 9 miles to my house everything was fine the engine wasn't hot no warning that somthing was wrong. I have always maintained my vechicle kept up with work on it anyways I drove it home parked it went inside and not even 5 min later there was smoke and a fire had started underneath my hood. Looked like it was somthing electrical and all I have on the vechicle for insurance is liability.

- Hazelton , IA, USA

problem #91

Feb 162012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
We have a 2001 Chevrolet Impala ls, and have had a couple incidents involving the vehicle anti theft system. The vehicle wouldn't start, and would display a security warning on the dash. Typically we had to wait about 10 - 15 minutes to try again, and the vehicle would start. I have looked online and have found many complaints about the anti theft failing on these vehicles not allowing them to start. GM has not issued a voluntary recall, and even after the alleged issue has been fixed by a dealership, many owners have complained the issue still exists.

- Titusville, FL, USA

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