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7.8

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$375.00
Average Mileage:
110,268 miles
Total Complaints:
45 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (38 reports)
  2. replace bcm (3 reports)
  3. bcm bypass (1 reports)
  4. clean the 3 prongs and solder the wires directly to module (1 reports)
  5. dealer changed the ignition switch (1 reports)
  6. replaced & reprogrammed BCM (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Nov 112013

Impala LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

AS WITH MANY COMPLAINTS IVE SEEN I HAVE A PASSLOCK ISSUE WHERE THE CAR WILL NOT START. BUT THE WHOLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS BAD IN MY OPINION. OUR CAR SHUT DOWN WHILE DRIVING IT. WE LOST ALL POWER AND MECHANICS CAUSING US TO HAVE AN ACCIDENT INTO A PARKED CAR. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY YET THE IMPACT WAS GREAT ENOUGH TO TOTAL THE OTHER VEHICLE. WHILE OUR CAR STARTED RIGHT BACK UP I FEEL THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IN THE IMPALAS IF FLAWED. I HAVE FIXED THE ISSUES AND MOVED ON BUT HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE PASSLOCK MALFUNCTIONING AGAIN. SO I GO TO THE DEALERSHIP AND THEY WANT 400.00 SO I CALL THE COMPANY AND THEY SAY THEY CAN NOT HELP WITH THE ISSUE THAT SO MANY OF THEIR VEHICLES. HAVE HAD TO JUST WAIT 10 MIN AND TRY TO START AGAIN OR REPLACE THE SENSOR AGAIN AT ANOTHER 400.00. SO I WOULD SAY 1 PAYCHECK EVERY 6 MONTHS IS PRETTY GOOD INCOME FOR THE DEALERSHIP TO FIX THE PROBLEM OVER AND OVER, OR SHOULD CHEVROLET STEP UP AND FIX THEIR FAULTY SYSTEM DESIGN.

- , Litchfield, IL, USA

problem #44

May 022012

Impala V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

So i see i am not the only person with this annoying ass problem. I bought my impala after my previous car was totaled by a friend. I loved it at first; it drove smooth, gas milage was fair, and i didn't have a note. What else could you ask for as a 24 year old grad student with barely enough money to get by? A couple months after having the car i come out and the thing won't start but all the lights come on, ac works etc... decided to have it jumped and it worked so i shrugged it off as a glitch or something. As some others have noted; i noticed a security light on while i was out running errands in the Texas heat. Went in to a store, came out and the damn thing wouldn't start. Took me 30 minutes of just turning the key for it to finally come on. Didn't have the problem for months until i get ready to leave work one night and the same thing happened.... Now it has become a once a week thing and sometimes a twice daily thing. As of yesterday i have almost lost it with this vehicle. I had to leave it over night at work and i work at a damn chevy dealer! I have put way too much money into this car and i have no more to GIVE because that is what i seem to be doing everytime itis supposedly fixed.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #43

Jun 042012

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

Well...well...well...It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has the "no-start" problem.

We should form a club and call it the " C. I. A" Chevy Impala Anonymous. Any ways.

Last time my car had its no start issue. I had my car towed to my mom's house so the boyfriend could take a look at it. How he came across this web site I have no idea, any ways he tried some of the suggestions and none of them worked. He asked me if the remote I had was the original. I told him no. I had it replaced because the original one, the chip inside broke.

So I don't know if this is a factor or not.

When the BF used the remote to unlock the doors and to start the car, well it would not start. Then he tried just using the key (no remote any shape or form) just the key to unlock the door and then start the car. Well the car started right up. He did this several times and using the key car starts...using the remote the car doesn't start (most of the time) why? Who the f*** knows.

So now when I use my car. I use the key to get in and of course start the car (fires right up) I hope I didn't jinx myself now.

I don't know if some of you have tried this already, just using the key to unlock the doors and start the car. If you haven't then go ahead and try it. See if it works for you, if it doesn't, well I tried.

I still love my car regardless of it's problems.

I'm also sorry for being long winded or blabber mouth what ever floats your boat.

Yes, there are probably spelling mistakes etc...deal with it.

- , Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #42

Mar 062012

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

MY 2001 HAS THE SAME ISSUES STARTING. SEVEN MONTHS INTO THE CAR HERE WE GO. SECURITY LIGHT/NOT STARTING STRANDED AT 1AM AT WORK. NEXT CAR WILL BE A TOYOTA...

- , Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #41

May 232006

Impala 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Absolutely outrageous. We replaced the key cylinder, the bcm twice, ordered new keys from the VIN. This is THE worst design flaw i ave ever experienced in a car.

- , Seatle, WA, USA

problem #40

Jul 012010

Impala 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Continual problems of no start - passlock problems. Began praying. Try removing 10 amp red fuse bottom right in panel - left of dashboard labelled CISTR/BCM and reinstall. This resets computer and has solved our problems. For convenience, we plugged in two wires instead of fuse and ran wires to a newly installed switch under dash for convenience. Don't forget - an in-line 10 amp fuse. We simply click switch on and off when we have problems (i.e. when car won't start). Has worked faithfully for two years. The idea came from Jesus, who my wife loves talking to - go figure :)

P.S. I charged her $5

- , Pontiac, Quebec, Canada

problem #39

Jan 212009

Impala ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

this has been a real pain and i hope this is a recall or a lawsuit because it has made us late for work, getting our kids to school not to mention if this was your only way to get away from someone trying to rob our kill you the damn car will not start to get you outta harms way! It started about jan 21st 2009 i think hell who knows, but has been on and off even now after i took it to the auto parts store, mech, everyone i knew and it's dec 2011,so i changed the ignition switch,relays,battery ,and the 4 ways and it still does it. I did see that after about 10 min of this b/s i could flip the key over and it would start, but if anyone could help i would as well as everyone else with this prob would be so grateful cause like others i like not having a car payment i just want the crazy thing to start when i say i wanna go. Thanks for this site and hope to have so good results from this page :)

- , Denver, NC, USA

problem #38

May 302011

Impala LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 290,000 miles

Got this car used of course in dec. 2007. Drove it back in forth to college 100 miles mon-thur. for about 6 months. It had 190,000 on it when I got it. First of all tires on this car are expensive and struts, brakes, rotors also. I have replaced brakes twice and put all four rotors on. Lost count on tires. At 210,000 the motor started knocking real bad and went out. No kidding 2 weeks later the transmission went too! So needless to say that's when I should of got rid of it but I'd put 1200 in it so I figured I would keep it awhile. The turn signal switch then quit. $250. Then it lasted for about 10,000.

My security light then started coming on then it finally stayed on. Then when it was warm outside I could hear I clicking in the dash and in the driver's side fuse panel. When this clicking would occur then my daytime running lights would flash and the air conditioning wouldn't work. Sometimes my automatic door locks wouldn't unlock when I would put it in park. Took it to the dealer and they run a diagnostic on it and come up with the BCM some kinda computer module thing and they replaced it and then it had to be reprogrammed which all this cost $331.

This car is nice when it's running right but seems like all I have done since is put $ in it I guess that's what I get for getting it used? Maybe it was a good car when it was new?

- , Queen City, MO, USA

problem #37

Oct 222011

Impala ES 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,356 miles

well i think gm need's to recall the 2000 and newer chevy impala and fix the passlock sh*t I'm afraid to take my new car for a ride. It would not start at walmart today so now I'm afraid to go very far with it should have keep my 1998 ford contour that had over 200000 miles on it now i have a 2001 impala with a bad gas gauge and a no start when it want's to grow some ball's gm recall these car's and fix them be the hero like toyota was with there recall it no wonder gm is going broke

- , Gorham, NH, USA

problem #36

Oct 072011

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

The problem with your Passive security system is your car battery. I had this problem for a month with my car not starting and my security system not working properly and I took it to my auto repair guy and he told me with the 2001 Chevrolet Impalas with all the features you need a fully charged battery for every thing to work properly, and with GM security system if the battery is not fully charged your security system will not work properly. If not your battery, then your alternator may not be charging your battery enough and may need to be replaced. I had my battery replaced and I never had a problem with my Passive Security system again.

- , Saint Albans, NY, USA

problem #35

Feb 252005

Impala LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Well when you go to start the car it won't turn on, just flashing security light blinks. Then you have to wait sometimes up to 3 hours for it to reset itself. It's such a hassle. I have read on every website possible that now seems to be a Chevy PROBLEM!!!! I have replaced the housing , tumbler wires and still doing the same thing not starting!! I have replaced the battery and still nothing. Who has time to wait for the car to start!! This car runs as though nothings wrong with it. I had dealerships look at it and say nothings wrong. HOW CAN THIS BE, SOUNDS LIKE A BIG DEFFECTIVE PART!! SUCKS!! CAN SOME ONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS OR A SOLUTION TO FIX THIS PROBLEM>>??

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #34

Nov 012008

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,253 miles

This has to be the biggest heap of junk gm ever put out. When it gets hot outside. the air conditioning and the radio do not work. All I hear is an annoying click from a relay in the dashboard on the passenger side. The security light comes on, then the TC light comes on, then the battery light, the low coolant ,oil,brakes lights come on one after another.

Once in while the door locks do not work or the trunk release won't function. So I drive with the windows down and that seems to cool the interior of the car to a point where everything seems to fix itself. The car always starts and I have never been stranded with a no start. Once in a while, during the night, I can hear the car horn for a short burst with no reason for it. Or the headlights will flash.

I've taken it to the dealer and they say the after market remote starter is the problem. The remote starter was installed by the dealer when I bought the car and have put over 60000 kms without a problem. So I had the remote starter removed by the dealer and the problem is still there.The ignition switch has been replaced, the pcm reprogrammed and I still have the problem.

Anyway, I have always owned chevy's from day 1. I presently have an impala and a malibu.The major problem I have with the car is that I can't even trade it in for another as no dealers want the vehicle. Unfortunately I will not be purchasing anymore GM products as they do not stand behind them.

- , Montreal, Quebec, canada

problem #33

Mar 112011

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,023 miles

I brought this car last summer from Best Motors of Hollywood,FL Ever since i brought this nightmare it's been pure hell. first i got ripe off with the price the dealer said he had a mechanic on duty to fix the ABS And Taction System on the car and they only jury rig the problem.The car continue still have this problem and now the ignition switch is now going.I have to play with the ignition until the car start and this very annoying.Then found the car had a recall on the wiring retainer.Had to have the radiator replace the had leaves all in the door like it was cover up somewhere.It's a nice car when it runs but when it break downs it breaks down.

- , Miami Garden, FL, USA

problem #32

Dec 082010

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

This lemon of a car has randomly not started ever since we purchased it. Of course, every time someone looks at it, the problem never happens! And it always decides not to start when you have somewhere important to be. This issue has made me late to work, my husband late to meet business clients, left me stranded at the grocery store with 2 small kids...the list goes on and on. With this problem in addition to the gas gauge, turn signals, and thermostat problems I am fed up with this car! If I had the money I would dump this car in a heartbeat!

- , Ashland, OH, USA

problem #31

Oct 082010

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

my 01 impala have problem starting it wont turn over when out side temp 45 or lower, my battery volt 14 good connecting at the starter 14 v, when turn the key switch the solenoid wire wire don't get fire. but after the out side temp get to 55 fine. I would like to know do the Theft system have any thing to do with this problem I having. Only when it cool it wont start. I have a new battery,starter. Why it start when it warn or hot out side.

Thanks

- , Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #30

May 012004

Impala YES 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

ok..the security light/battery light on the dash flashes...when i turn the key to the start position..nothing..at all...i have been late for work..stranded at the store..my wifes been late for work...the gm dealership said they've never heard of this problem'...i cant believe it hasn't been recalled after all these same complaints..anyways..after about 30 minutes it starts up no problem..like nothing at all had happened..then it'll be ok for a few weeks..then without warning, it does it again..at the most inopportune times. is there a recall?..does anyone know?..I've talked to people with Malibus that report the same problem..the anti theft kicks in for no apparent reason and the car will not turn over. im mad as hell and will not buy another gm car again.

- , Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #29

Jun 012010

Impala LX 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,301 miles

will put big yellow lemons on car and put on internet after i call newschannels car is possessed it now locks me in the car and windows wont roll down car wont start lights flash awful clicking noise in the glovebox i am becoming afraid of the car my family all knows if i am found dead in car that the heat killed me because the car won't let me out and they are to sue the chev corp.

- , El Reno, OK, USA

problem #28

Jul 042010

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

this car is a big piece of sh*t. i call it the ten minute car, because if you have to be anywhere add ten minutes. the problem first started about 6 years ago and progressively has become worse. if the key isn't read in the ignition right away you get locked out for ten minute.(leave ignition in the on position for car to cycle through, then exactly ten minutes later it will start. shut ignition off then start) i have taken it to "experts" to get fixed and they are clueless. as our friend from Canada said it happens more so when it is hot and humid, of course who want to sit in a car when its 100 degrees outside. one day it happened four times in one day, i have gotten to the point where i leave the car running and take the remote with me so i can keep the car running. Chevy really f*cked up on this one. i will never own another Chevy.

- , Panama City, FL, USA

problem #27

Jun 062007

Impala V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,598 miles

We all know the problem. The car won't start because of the anti theft system. It seems that this is a fairly common problem. I have also read that 2001 chevy malibus have the same problem. It used to be annoying because it happened infrequently but now it's happening several times a week. I'm not really sure why they haven't recalled this with so many people having the same issue. I'm getting ready to go to the dealer and see if they can disconnect the security system. It also used to start from turning the security on and off but, lately I have been letting the battery drain and then jumping it. ahhhhh

- , Mount Clemens, MI, USA

problem #26

May 222008

Impala V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Hey y'all...I've just read a few of the comments about the security light coming on and the car not starting...it was Memorial weekend back in 2008 I was going to drive my car down to Miami for a Reggae concert lol...but luckily I didn't...ended up leaving in my apartment complex & rented from Alamo...but yeh it was going on days leading up to the holiday weekend....I didn't know what it was...a few times when I tried to leave for lunch or to go home after a long day's work, it acted up & I gave it a few minutes then started again & it came on...but that day, it really wasn't trying to start....the Chevy/GM dealer is a few minutes from where I live so I drove there, left the car with them...I'm thinking I might need a battery til the mechanic was like it's the ignition that they have to replace...so they replaced it & gave me a 10% discount & I ended up payin like a lil over $400...they cut a master key for me, so on 1 side it's the original key & the other is the new key for the ignition...

since then it's been fine....right now I'm sitting at 166K miles and I'm at the mechanics now lol...because my security light came on the dash yesterday & this morning...my gas gauge & hot/cold gauge is doing their own thing...when I turn on my a/c the radio cuts off lol...I don't want to play the guessing game when it comes to gas...so hopefully it's no biggie & I could go back to my cozy bed before I go to work at noon lol...

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

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