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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,699 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Jan 222004

(reported on)

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

While driving transmission slipped gears and lurched forward. Dealer replaced the original transmission with a rebuilt transmission. The rebuilt transmission also slipped gears and lurched forward. When vehicle was brought to the dealer on first failure of transmission, consumer noticed that the color of the fluid in the trans axle was different from the one in the bottle. Consumer decided to replace the transaxle and fluid after vehicle was driven for a number of miles because the fluid color gets darker. After repair, just after warranty period, transmission blew up then vehicle quit driving forward; transmission technician and could not tell the cause of failure. Consumer spoke to the service department manager and said there was a possibility of an axle bearing or bearing failure.

- Chamblee, GA, USA

problem #24

Jan 092004

(reported on)

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
While driving uphill vehicle slipped out of drive. The driver was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road and put it back into drive.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #23

Dec 182003

Impala

  • miles
I have a Chevrolet Impala 2001. Just last week the transmission completely went. I just received word from the transmission shop I took it to. The estimate is $1700. Which is ridiculous for a car with 38,500 miles. GM stated that since it is over warranty there is nothing they could do. Second they stated that the Impala would need to be at a GM dealer for them to even open a complaint with the issue. Why would I take it to a GM dealer to have them tell me sorry out of warranty and then charge me double the quote of a transmission shop. Fool me once shame on you. But fool me twice shame on me. Any advise you could offer would be appreciated.

- Swarthmore, PA, USA

problem #22

Feb 062003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

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

At 39,000 miles the transmission malfunctioned while shifting into gear, which caused a lurching movement every time. Initially, the transmission problem started at 26K miles. The dealer stated stated that the steering wheel rod needed replacing and lubrication. The difficulty returned. The dealer stated that nothing was wrong. The vehicle had begun to lurch into gear when stopped, skipped gears in reverse, and sometimes would not drop into proper gear.

- Plainville, CT, USA

problem #21

Jul 222003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,456 miles
Car won't move at times.removed transmission, inspected internal parts all okay except valve body replaced, sticking valve body and gaskets.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 022003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,523 miles
Car lurches, also makes grinding noise code-op-730 loosing communication with PCM replace PCM.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #19

Jan 282003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,236 miles

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

Customer states transmission slips, no shift, won't move forward or backwards, diagnosis found input carrier broken metal fragments all over transmission, replace parts and recon and clean case.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #18

Oct 212002

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,727 miles
Car running rough, wanted to stall, dealer found no problem.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #17

Nov 022003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Purchased 2001 Chevrolet Impala base model. I have 51,000 miles and my transmission went out on me. I had a diagnostic test which showed that there was an electrical problem within the the transmission. A new transmission had to be installed. This cost $2500. There is no reason for a car this age with this many miles to have such a problem, granted the warranty goes to 36,000 miles or 3 years whichever occurs first. I am very upset, and it basically solidified that I will never buy a GM car again.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #16

Aug 252003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,245 miles
My 2001 Impala began having loss of power/slipping during acceleration at low speeds around 30,000 miles, dealer looked at car and could not duplicat 2 times. Car scontiued to have the problem and dealer felt that the valve body should be replaced and toe set. At 37,400 miles I was driving along and suddenly loss operation of vehicle whil going through intersection, coasted into gas station tried all gears of car and was unable to move car forward or reverse. Had car towed to dealership. Transmission repair of planetaries and bands was performed that was August 25, 2003. On September 10 check engine light came on and I had it diagnosed at independent mechanic shop and was told that 2 transmission codes were coming up they were 742 and 748. GM extended warranty would not allow repair to be done by any one else but Chevrolet dealership, I took the vehicle into dealership on October 6 and was told on the 9th that they could not duplicate the problem. I will be picking up my car tomorrow and waiting for the next time that the check engine light comes on to take it back to the dealer.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #15

Sep 012003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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

We heard a low rumbling noise while accelerating from a stop, we barely made it through the next major intersection as the car was hardly moving forward any more and coasted to a boulevard off of a major road. The car jumped forward in park when we restarted it and then it would not respond whether we tried to put the car in drive or reverse. This is a 2001 vehicle now in need of a refabbed transmission for a whopping $2700! the dealer never opened the transmission to find out exactly what went wrong (they guess it's the gear set) and they refuse to let us get a 3rd party to examine it. They will charge us a $700 non-refundable core fee even if we return the core to them in a timely manner. Also, the time table for them to return the part to GM just went to 24 hours. Originally they said it usually takes around a week for them to send the part back!

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #14

Aug 082003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,500 miles
Transmission failure in 2001 Chevy Impala. Only 59K miles, transmission needs rebuild. Technical service bulliten 00-07-30-002B July 2002 lists problems that my car developed.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #13

Jul 212003

Impala 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,999 miles
Transmission died today. Coasted into a parking spot. 6-30-03 car was in for third 'low coolant' light. A costly correction was made by the dealer. Previously in 4-03 and 8-02, installed new sensor both times.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 022003

Impala

  • miles
While driving at any speed transmission jerked. Dealer inspected and stated the was the code-PO742. Consumer stated this vehicle was no longer on warranty.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #11

May 162003

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles
Automatic transmission failed when I was accelerating onto highway from light. Transmission did not respond to gas pedal application. One other vehicles almost collided with my vehicle from behind.

- Corinth, MS, USA

problem #10

Oct 102002

(reported on)

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ever since they rebuilt the transmission I roll backwards while waiting at traffic lights and am I in danger of hitting the cars behind me. If I go forward by putting my foot on the gas I am in danger of hitting the car in front of me. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**768330

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 102002

(reported on)

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ever since they rebuilt the transmission I roll backwards while waiting at traffic lights and I am in danger of hitting the cars behind me and if I go forward by putting my foot on the gas I am in danger of hitting the car in front of me. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**768329

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 142003

Impala

  • miles
Transmission went out, have to be completely rebuilt. Metal pieces were found in fluid. Vehicle previously in for service due to the pressure modulator in transmission went out. Felt like you were driving and shifting without a clutch if the car was a stick shift. Prior to that, the computer module went out, causing the battery to drain over night and having to jump start it. Before that, the automatic traction control system went out. Found out it was a faulty sensor in the back brake area. Before that, the front rotors were severely wrapped and had to be replaced.

- Ashville, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 282002

Impala

  • 44,000 miles
Automatic transmission failed. The dealership indicated that the transmission had disintegrated and needed to be replaced.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #6

Jan 072003

(reported on)

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When stopped on a moderate incline, the driver removed his foot from the brake and the car immediately began to roll down the grade.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

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