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2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,841 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Mar 252013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2001 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle explosion and caught fire before consumer had recall repaired.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #41

May 102013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and caught on fire. The fire department was called and the fire was extinguished. The contact was advised that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) for the spark plug retention wire, which had not been completed. The contact was advised that the defect was what caused the fire. The manufacturer advised that they would not repair the vehicle under the recall campaign. The failure and the current mileages were 130,000.

- Pikeville , KY, USA

problem #40

Apr 092012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 169,878 miles
On 4/09/12 at approximately 18:20 I got in the car that had been sitting all day in the driveway of my home and when I attempted to start it there was a loud explosion and smoke started coming out from under the hood. After feeling the hood I opened it and discovered a fire on the top of the engine and along the back side of the engine closest to the firewall. Fortunately since I was home I had quick access to an abc fire extinguisher and I ran into the garage and grabbed it and put out the fire. After the fire was out I noted the entire engine cover and the top of the engine under the cover was in pieces all over the engine compartment and it appeared the explosion was inside the air plenum/ intake manifold. I had the car towed to my local auto service location via aaa and contacted my insurance carrier the following day. Repairs included replacing the air plenum, fuel rail, injectors, fuels lines, ignition wires, fuel regulator, and various gasket kits and sensors. Based on internet research I have heard of the fuel regulator drawing raw fuel into the air plenum / intake manifold via a vacuum line which results in the explosion when you attempt to start the car.

- Rising Sun, MD, USA

problem #39

Mar 012011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Bought this car used and it was running fine for about a year till it got to the point that the car would not crank and security lock would pop up frequently now it almost takes an hour to crank it even if U hit the starter the stater moves but want crank the car I have spent over 4 grand on it trying to fix it but nothing works even checked fuses wires and computer box nothing looks bad cruise control stopped working awhile back too.

- Grenada, MS, USA

problem #38

Feb 062012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Secondary air pump failed.

- North Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #37

Oct 242011

Impala

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled unexpectedly without prior warning. Upon restarting the vehicle began to perform normally until reaching the destination where the failure recurred. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic four different times for the similar failure. The battery, starter, alternator, and rely switch were replaced at different times; however the problem persisted. Most recent, engine failed to start. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the consistent malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

- Montgomery , AL, USA

problem #36

Jan 062011

Impala

  • 161,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, she heard a noise from under the hood. Within seconds, the engine was on fire. The fire department was called and was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was advised that the vehicle could not be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was previously included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) but they were unable to assist with the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 161,000.

- Syracuse , NY, USA

problem #35

Dec 182010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 321,000 miles
01 Impala 3.8. I went to start the car. There was an explosion and the engine caught fire. The intake plenum exploded when I attempted to start the car. The car was not repairable. The potential for injury is great if someone is standing near the open engine bay. The car was well maintained and in excellent condition despite the high miles.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #34

May 012006

Impala

  • miles
Engine/low coolant level light on! overheating. Problems appear to be same as other owners of 2001 Impala's! had to replace engine. Still same problem w coolant.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #33

Aug 012010

Impala

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance when the contact was advised that the engine head gasket was failing. The dealer advised that the gasket was manufactured from plastic and would eventually, would not retain coolant from penetrating the engine and transmission. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #32

Jul 282010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles

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

Intake gasket failure. I noticed that the antifreeze in my vehicle was often low, so I took the vehicle to get diagnosed. The mechanic told me that I need to get the intake gasket replaced and that this was a common problem on Impala's. he stated that all of these vehicles will need to have the gasket replaced and that GM is aware that this is a problem, but since they haven't been forced to recall the vehicles, then they're going to replace the gaskets. This is quite an expensive repair and I can't afford to costs at this time. I contacted GM for assistance and they stated that the mileage on my car prevents me from being able to be assisted. I'm not sure why this issue hasn't made it as a recall because the cars will overheat and isn't something you normally expect to need to get fixed on a car.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

problem #31

Dec 262009

Impala

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. He stated that on December 26, 2009 the vehicle caught fire while it was parked and unoccupied. Two vehicles that were parked next to his also caught fire. The fire department stated that the fire initiated under the hood. The fire report was not available. The insurance company was investigating the cause of the fire. The vehicle was parked at his residence. He will contact the manufacturer. The current and the failure mileage were 85,000.

- Chapel , FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 162009

(reported on)

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer has a 2001 Chevy Impala with engine and suspension problems. The consumer stated several of the engine and suspension components failed due to oil damage. The consumer is seeking reimbursement.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #29

May 252009

Impala 6-cyl

  • 211,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving at an unknown speed, a tire flattened on the vehicle. The contact then noticed smoke underneath the hood of the vehicle. She opened the hood and found flames coming from the engine. She was able to extinguish the fire herself. She arrived home and called her independent mechanic to come to her residence and investigate. The mechanic stated that it was safe to drive the vehicle. The contact received a recall notice from General Motors, which stated "that some of these vehicles have a condition in which drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking. If the manifold is hot enough and the oil runs below the heat shield, it may ignite into a small flame and may spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel and beyond, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire." The failure mileage was 211,000. Updated 06/27/09 updated 06/23/09.

- Newborn, GA, USA

problem #28

Mar 272007

Impala

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving less than 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed flames under the hood. The vehicle exploded. The fire and police departments arrived at the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were less than 50,000.

- Haynes, AR, USA

problem #27

May 022009

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact noticed smoke underneath the hood of her vehicle. She lifted the hood and noticed a small fire between the alternator and several wires. The driver was able to extinguish the fire after a few minutes with a fire extinguisher. The fire department arrived after the fire was extinguished. The local GM dealer could not determine the cause of the fire; however, they confirmed that the manifold gasket was leaking and may have started the fire. One week later, the contact received a recall notice that stated "if the manifold is hot enough and the oil runs below the heat shield, it may ignite into a small flame and may spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel and beyond, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire". NHTSA campaign id number 09V116000 was referenced. No repairs have been made to the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were less than 100,000. Updated 8/10/09 updated 08/13/09.

- Whistler, AL, USA

problem #26

Jun 052009

Impala

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the remedy referenced in NHTSA campaign id number 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) would not sufficiently correct the failure. He stated that by installing two new spark plug wire retainers for free will not stop drops of engine oil from being deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking. The dealer did not assist. The failure and current mileages were 158,000.

- Martin, TN, USA

problem #25

Dec 012005

Impala

  • 38,000 miles
I purchased this car with 28,000 miles on it. Around 38,000 miles is when the problems started. The check engine light came on and it would not pass smog because of that. The thermostat gets stuck, the fan continues to run after car is shut off, the low coolant light comes on even when it is not low. The car smells like it is burning or running hot. The car now has 53,000 miles on it and I cant afford to get it fixed. It has expired tags on it because I cant get it to pass smog. I am really upset to find out this is a defect in the make of the car. It was hard enough to come up with the money to buy this car and now I cant drive it more then to work and back. I am hoping they will recall this car and I could finally get it fixed.

- Wrightwood, CA, USA

problem #24

Jan 152009

Impala

  • 45,000 miles
2001 no-start situation similar to hundreds of others that are posted on the internet for the 2000-2003 Chevy Impala & Malibu (there may be other model years with similar problems). The car will not crank when the key is turned to the start position. No noise when this happens but sometimes security light will come on. It is an intermittent problem that we've spent over $1000 trying to resolve. It occurs with no rhyme or reason and has put our daughter in dangerous situations. Car always starts eventually and it seems that it's just a matter of waiting a range of 10 minutes to 2 hours. Always a pain in the butt but sometimes a safety issue with bad weather and other factors. Local GM dealer not too concerned about our problem and GM corporation doesn't seem to care either. Maybe NHTSA can get gms attention to resolve this problem because it's obviously affects many people.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #23

Dec 312007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,121 miles
While jump starting vehicle intake manifold explodes. No start condition.

- Jackson, TN, USA

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