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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 1 of 4)

problem #71

Apr 232016

Impala 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles

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

In April I was driving G the car noticed that the temperature kept going on up and a smell was coming from under the hood. I took it to several mechanic and they all say its my I take manifold and/or head gasket. Also when [xxx] was driving [xxx] the car before anything the car would cut off while in a gear other than park. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #70

Feb 012016

Impala

  • miles
When I am driving down any road, stopped and turning the ABS system engages causing grinding noise. Loss of power and periodically brakes lock up and gas pedal locks. When pulling off from a stop I can not accelerate & RPM goes almost red line, car starts to jerk and and transmission doesn't shift. I have to let off gas pedal and allow to shift. It has stalled numorus times when pulling into traffic and almost caused me to be hit. The service traction control/ABS warning light dings and stays lit. I manually turn off ABS but problem still occurs. Also the wiring thru out the car has failed to my rearview mirror, domelights and radio panel. My gas mileage has significantly decreased. The problem started around the beginning of the year and has progressively gotten worse to the point I and scared to drive my car.

- Baker, FL, USA

problem #69

Dec 022015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The part needed for the repair was not available. 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. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Doniphan, MO, USA

problem #68

Jun 302016

Impala

  • 158,000 miles

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

While driving on highway got a faint fuel smell (not seen in past). Shortly another motorist flagged me and said he saw flames under the car. I pulled over and evacuated vehicle. Smoke and flames came from engine. The vehicle has been maintained no recent engine work. Car had been running fine with no problems.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #67

Mar 102016

Impala

  • 30 miles
Yes my engine oil is leaking and it making my car hot and I think my oil pan is full of oil every time I put oil in it it run straight out and I can't drive my car more than 20 minutes straight or it will just cut complete off and my brakes is going out they want stop on time

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #66

Feb 012016

Impala

  • 200,040 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While driving various speeds, smoke appeared from the front of the vehicle. The contact lifted the hood and observed oil leaking from the engine. The contact wiped the engine clean, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine gasket failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was approximately 200,040.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #65

Aug 112014

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 numbers: 14V400000 (electrical system) and 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was unable to supply the parts within a reasonable time frame so the contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The contact was to check with the manufacturer to determine if the parts would be supplied to a dealer to receive the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #64

May 022016

Impala

  • 193,000 miles
The engine caught on fire from oil leak

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #63

Mar 072016

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 45 mph, a strong odor of fuel was noticed and the oil warning light illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the parts for the recall were not available. 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 unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Swainsboro, GA, USA

problem #62

Apr 152016

Impala

  • 84,693 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the engine gasket failed and caused engine oil to leak onto the radiatior. The leak damaged the lower and upper intake manifold. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 84,693.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #61

Jan 092016

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); 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 issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #60

Apr 062016

Impala

  • 150,000 miles
Your recall 15757 is ineffective and soon to be a law suit if someone does not tell the dealer that they have to fix the problem not hide behind the fact that they still don't have the parts. I called newburgh and poughkeepsie and they don't have parts. I drive children in this vehicle and if anything law suit will be initiated

- Highland, NY, USA

problem #59

Dec 262015

Impala

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

- Moulton, AL, USA

problem #58

Feb 012016

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 recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #57

Mar 252016

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the engine valve cover gasket failed causing the engine oil spill on the manifold and emitted smoke. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. However, the dealer advised that parts were not available perform NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact also stated that the repair had exceeded a reasonable time. The failure mileage was not available.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #56

Jun 162015

Impala

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

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

problem #55

Feb 152016

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the parts for the recall were not available. 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. Parts distribution disconnect. The VIN was not available.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #54

Dec 012015

Impala

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

- Birmingham, IA, USA

problem #53

Mar 072016

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. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 05/03/16

- Stevenson, AL, USA

problem #52

May 202015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle was constantly running hot and stalling randomly without warning. The failures occurred after the dealer replaced the engine gasket and mentioned that the seals were defective. After the dealer made the repairs, fluid was leaking, which caused further failures with the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who kept the vehicle for longer than a week. The vehicle was parked at the contact's residence for over a year due to the failure. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was unable to confirm if they would be able to complete the recall repairs and stated that additional repairs may be required first. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The failure mileage was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was unable to confirm when the parts would become available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

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