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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 12
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,267 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 engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #10

Jul 052004

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Traction control light is lit when car is put in reverse.. there is no wheel spin when this happens. Also vehicle stalls at idle, whining noise on acceleration dealer says could be intake gasket leaking.. will not replace. Dealer says computer test shows no problem. Smell of anti-freeze in cabin at intermittent times. Cannot locate leak.

- Old Hickory, TN, USA

problem #9

Aug 122001

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,689 miles
Low coolant sensor has failed (4) times (beginning with the first at 35,800 miles). Dealership has flushed coolant system and replaced the sensor on each occasion. Each sensor has failed at about 20,000 mile span. Currently on fourth sensor which has failed on 5-27-04.

- Bloomville, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 212004

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Coolant leak around thermoplastic intake manifold. This coolant leak developed around 42000 mi and is a design flaw that the dealer admits. Also dex-cool is falsley advertised that it can go 150,000 or 5 years. Most consumers aren't aware that it turns acidic and destroys gaskets and other cooling system components. I feel the coolant leak and associated dex-cool problems demonstrates GM failure to correct a known defect. Unfortunatley the consumer pays dearly right as warranty expires. GM should replace thermoplastic intake manifold with something more durable and heat resistant.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #7

Dec 092003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


When the heating system was turned on there was a strong anti freeze odor within the cabin. The odor caused a burning irritation in the eyes and nose. This was caused by the heater core leaking anti freeze into the cabin of the vehicle onto the driver's side floor.

- Deatsville, AL, USA

problem #6

Sep 082003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
At 47000 miles and only 9000 of these miles were put on by me. I just bought it 5 months ago. The lower intake gasket had to be replaced. Costing me $813.37 this is a common problem in the 3800 engines. Mine is the 3400 and I'm told by the repair person that it is common in these to. Why won't GM help me pay this repair work.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 252002


  • 37,000 miles
Any time the vehicle is turned on message center light indicates that the coolant level is low. Consumer checked the coolant levels several times to find them up to par. Vehicle had been taken to several mechanics who could not determine why the message center light would not go off. Manufacturer and the dealer have been notified.

- Sodus, NY, USA

problem #4

May 052003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Chronic coolant leak on 2001 Impala ls. Dealer replaced manifold under warranty. Also in first 2 years, wheel bearing, intermediate steering shaft required replacement, as well as roof molding.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 022002

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3800 engine. Thermoplastic upper intake manifold warped and leaked coolant with 18,000 miles on the car. Repaired under warranty by GM. This is a $700 repair. What happens when the car is out of warranty. GM continues to engineer cost and reliability out of the 3800 engine.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #2

Jan 172003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,325 miles
Engine coolant leak resulting from upper plenum ( manifold) being warped with only 26300 miles on vehicle. 2001 Chevrolet Impala ls V6 3800 series II engine.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 302001


  • miles
While driving the vehicle stalled while driving 70 mph, the passenger side headlamp blew, the roof molding was lifting on both sides, the drivers side window leaks air and the window hits hard in the top of the door jam, when going over bumps the vehicle shakes and there is a clunking noise under the vehicle, the dealer replaced the steering shaft and the tie rod ends yet the problem still exist. Nlm

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

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