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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,347 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 Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 082015


  • 100,000 miles


On two separate occasions I've been driving on the highway at highway speeds and when I go from bright to dim my headlights shut off. They come back on shortly after, it's only my headlights as I can see my side lamps illuminated. Quickly going back to bright seemed to bring them on quicker the second time they went out. These two issues both occurred as I was meeting another vehicle and went from bright to dim. They occurred over the time period of two months.

- Cincinnati, IA, USA

problem #18

Jul 132014


  • miles
The turn signals stop working and could pose a safety hazard as to not being able to signal which direction you traveling to. So other drivers would not be able to know that your are making a turn and could result in a crash. This is a very common problem on many GM vehicles not just the Impala, such as Grand Am, Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Alero, and more. The problem is in the hazard switch relay which also controls the turn signals which is a defective part and prematurely fails. General Motors should make a recall with how many vehicles have this problem and is a know issue on many of there cars.

- Nope, IL, USA

problem #17

Apr 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
I began experiencing problems with my turning signals. Approximately in April they began to not work automatically when instructed to use. In recent months they make noise as they are instructed to be used and well not function properly. Also, the emergency lights are inoperable at this time.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #16

Sep 062011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


All at once the car would not start depending on how key was in ignition. Could wiggle then start, sometimes had to wait a period of time before you could wiggle it and it started. Unreliable. At the exact same time the front end electrical seemed to all go haywire. Headlights not working properly. High beams with no low. Wipers went into upright position when car started and won't go down. All routine maintenance and tuneups were on schedule.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #15

Apr 092014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The vehicle will not start if the security light is flashing... I have to wait atleast 15-20 minutes with the key positioned in the on position until the security light stops flashing.. then it starts. Another problem is the brake light and the battery light comes on at the same time and the car feels like it wants to stall. Finally, if the car is running in park.....all of the exterior and interior lights starts to flash.

- Gary, IN, USA

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problem #14

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 #13

Aug 012011


  • 126,000 miles


My turn signals worked intermittently. Pressing the hazard switch a couple times fixed problem. Online forum said replace the hazard switch. Fixed the problem for about a month. Now, my car needs to be running and warmed up before the turn signals work correctly. Problem seems to be worsening has the temperature drops.

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #12

Jul 262011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 157,412 miles
Turn/ hazard signals intermittenly malfunction.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #11

Nov 222008


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the turn signals did not function. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer had been notified. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 144,000. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Beach Park, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 262010


  • 119,000 miles
The traction control system and ABS lights come on in my car and I have had everything replaced that the mechanic has told me too and its still on. This is on every time I drive the car. The ABS being on is very dangerous and I have kids. Please there is a lot of people complaining about this on this particular type of car Chevy Impala 2001 - 2002.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 192010


  • 125,000 miles


On the 2001 Impala the turn signals work intermittently. There is no consistency on when the issue happens, it suddenly starts. What actually causes it is unknown. Sometimes pushing the hazard button several times will correct the issue temporarily. The only way to fix this issue is to $400+ to replace the switch on a well known issue affecting 1000's of Impala owners over many years of the design.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #8

Jul 042010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
2001 Chevy Impala headlights went out on our way home from the fire works on July 4th. Lucky the cop stopped us at the corner while directing traffic. The multiswitch has gone out.

- Laingsburg, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 022010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
2000-2005 Chevy Impala experience flickering interior lights and exterior lights, faulty dash gauges, no shifter signs on dash, no manual interior lighting or exterior lights, no crank or start. Was told that a bad BCM was the problem. (body control module) part# gmab166 is very old for the make of car the it was put in. There is a NHTSA bulletin out and GM refuse to fix it. Bulletin $ 010603005 and 110501. Because of this hazard I crashed my car into the back of another going 65 mph when the car just suddenly stalled and there wasn't adequate brake pressure to stop the car.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 142010


  • 98,000 miles
On my 2001 Impala, the turn signals sometime fail to operate - I have found that I can turn on the emergency flashers and then disengage them to restart normal turn signals. Instrument lights also dim at times making it impossible to read speed or any other instruments - problems do not necessarily occur together but can and it does at times - random in problem occurrence I also have a gas gauge problem where it will read full when it is not and show different amounts. Now it is starting to shut off without warning it will however restart. But sometimes shutdown after a couple of restarts before it stays running. This has occurred over the past several months and appears to be getting worse; mileage approx 105,000.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #5

May 102009


  • 75,000 miles
The turn signal on my 2001 Chevy Impala intermittently does not work. This is a very serious problem, can cause accidents when driving. This problem is the same as the recall on the Chevy Malibu listed below, recall id # 03V327000 - exterior lighting:hazard flashing warning lights:switch. Please add this recall to the Chevy Impala before many serious accidents occur.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 102008


  • 141,551 miles
The turn signals and brake lights quit working in my 2001 Chevy Impala. After searching on line to see how to repair the problem I am finding that I am not the only person who is having or has had this issue happen to them. I am also finding out that it is because of a bad turn signal switch located on the steering column.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #3

May 152008


  • 90,500 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While at a red light, the contact attempted to activate the turn signal switch and it failed to operate. He believed that the bulbs or the fuse needed to be replaced; however, they were operable. The turn signal switch would not operate unless the contact turned the hazard light switch on and off. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure mileage was 90,500 and current mileage was 91,100.

- Wilmington , DE, USA

problem #2

Jan 012008


  • 15,000 miles
The turn signals/ hazard warning flashers work intermittently. The brake lights do not work when the turn signal is activated when they are not working. This is only on the side that the turn signal is turned to and this only occurs when the turn signals are not working. They seem to work better when it is cool and they seem to fail more often when it is warm or hot. Frequently the turn signals seem to work early in the day and they quit as the day gets warmer. There does not seem to be any other correlation to when they work. Some mornings they do not work and then after I park they might or might not work when the car is restarted. When the turn signals work normally there is no problem. When they do not work the brake light on the side that should be signaling quits working when the turn signals are activated but not working. When they are not working the brake lights do not work correctly if the turn signal is activated.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #1

Dec 142007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The headlights, tail lights, and interior lights would flicker intermittently. The contact heard a clicking noise and the lights dimmed. The dealer stated that the body control module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 26,000 and current mileage was 27,200.

- Easton, MD, USA

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