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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 13
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,443 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Impala engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #51

Dec 232015

Impala

  • 170,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While driving and pulling into a fuel station, the contact parked and exited the vehicle. While the contact was in the store, the vehicle caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a junk yard lot. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #50

Dec 012015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact received notification of a recall for the engine, but the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #49

Dec 012015

Impala

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was parked, the contact discovered oil leaking from the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling ); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #48

Dec 012015

Impala

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 05/26/16

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #47

Feb 162016

Impala

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. After driving the vehicle for a short period of time, it caught fire. The contact stated that the fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Dec 012015

Impala

  • 58,083 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving with the cruise control was set at 75 mph, the vehicle emitted a strong-burning odor. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The approximate failure mileage was 58,083.

- Ochlocknee, GA, USA

problem #45

Dec 072015

Impala

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The parts were not available to schedule the recall repair appointment. The manufacturer was unable to provide a time frame of when the dealer would receive the parts. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Vinemont, AL, USA

problem #44

Dec 092015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #43

Dec 012015

Impala

  • 45,000 miles
Tamara recall. Margareta spohler has lost all independence, continues to pay taxes and insurance on car she is unable to drive, for fear of fire, living in a senior communities she must park car in garage, has maintained perfect service on vehicle under 45,000 miles and still smells new, company needs to get her a rental until this is resolved it has been two months with no answer claim # 8-1716640496. Nothing..she uses vehicle only source of transportation and independence for this 79 year old widow...get her a rental..or fix E problem. Two months unacceptable !! GM recall #15757. Letter dated December 2015.

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #42

Dec 012015

Impala

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the intake was leaking oil into the ignition switch, wires, and cam sensor. As a result, the components needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure occurred three times prior to this failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #41

Jan 012015

Impala

  • 185,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was parked after driving approximately two miles or longer, smoke appeared underneath the hood. The failure recurred on at least three other occasions. The contact also stated that the check engine waring indicator was consistently illuminated and oil had to be added every two weeks due to oil leaking from the vehicle. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #40

Dec 072015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Adena, OH, USA

problem #39

Dec 152015

Impala

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. After the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed oil leaking and a burning odor emitting from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #38

Dec 012015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #37

Dec 012015

Impala

  • miles
This car stalls while driving, or stationary. It has stalled in the middle of turning. It has stalled on city streets, main streets and highways, as well as waiting at a red light or stop sign. When the car stalls, it starts back up but after some time has passed. I know that I am not the only one with this problem. Sometimes I have to wait till the car is cooled down before it will start again. Please correct this issue for us.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #36

Oct 212015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #35

Sep 222015

Impala

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, a strong burning odor emitted through the air vents of the vehicle. There were no flames present. The contact noticed that a small amount of engine oil leaked onto the ground underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Haleyville, AL, USA

problem #34

Dec 102013

Impala

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle would start to shake with a knocking noise then it stalled without warning. In addition, the transmission leak fluid and failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #33

Dec 192015

Impala

  • 88,000 miles
Gasket for intake manifold allows oil to escape from engine. Eventually results in loss of oil pressure, which could lead to loss of engine power and/or vehicle control. Gaskets tend to fail routinely. This has been an issue since the car was new.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #32

Oct 142015

Impala

  • 162,000 miles
My vehicle caught fire while sitting in my driveway in the engine compartment. I think this might relate to recall 15757. The car was totalled.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

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