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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,683 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Impala lights problems

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2003 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Sep 302009

Impala

  • miles

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

After changing my battery on my car I notice now that my lights flicker on and off. There is also a clicking sound coming from underneath the dash and sometime my car will not start.

- Maynardville, TN, USA

problem #13

Sep 062009

Impala

  • 156,000 miles
Driving my 2003 Impala at night. Rear seat passenger rolled down window causing the head lights to shut off. Was able to activate bright lights before slowing car. Able to re-created the problems by rolling down the window and having the head lights turn off.

- St. Johns, MI, USA

problem #12

Jan 192009

Impala

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While driving various speeds at night, the headlights shut off and do not illuminate again. As a result, the contact must activate the hazard lights. For the past three months, she has not driven at night due to the failure. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Autryville, NC, USA

problem #11

May 142008

Impala

  • miles

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

2003 Impala highbeams when in use do totally go out blinkers just stop blinking after internet research common problem with Impala which GM won't take responsibility for. They recalled the Malibu how many people need to get killed before they take responsibility. No bailout for them. I cannot afford to fix their mistakes. I'm still paying for the car.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 102008

Impala

  • 65,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Impala, headlights turn off without warning while driving at night. This problem has happened on several occasions.

- Burton, MI, USA

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problem #9

Nov 262008

Impala

  • 83,300 miles
Headlights fail without warning. Occurs intermittently when high beams are engaged. Headlight dimmer switch was replaced. Old part is available.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 122008

Impala

  • 50,200 miles

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

My 03 Chevy Impala lights flash on and off all day long whether the car is on, off, or driving down the road I have gone to the dealer and they don't know what's wrong with it but they are willing to charge me $800 to try to fix it. Also the car does not start after it has rained.

- Middleport, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 062008

Impala

  • 92,500 miles
While driving at night and changing to high beams, the headlights went out. Continual moving of the lever got them to come back on. Less than a quarter mile later, the same thing happened, this time I was not trying to change to bright lights.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 182008

Impala

  • 72,000 miles
The headlights go out while driving at night on high beam, almost went off road, in July of 2008. Do not drive the car at night much. The lights still go out at night on highbeam, do not come back on for up to 40 seconds. Have started to leave the lowbeams on all the time, has not yet gone out on lowbeam.

- Gillette, WY, USA

problem #5

Sep 042008

Impala

  • 93,000 miles
I own a 2003 Chevy Impala and while driving at night and when I switch from high beams to low beams my lights go out....just recently while driving on the expressway, my light just went dark...after working the dimmer switch they came by on, this is scary and should be a safety recall.

- Twin Lake, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 142007

Impala

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. In August of 2007, while driving approximately 25 mph, the turn signals failed. Immediately following this incident, while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle overheated. The contact pulled to the side of the road, lifted the hood, and noticed smoke rising from the engine. She took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the mechanic informed her that the radiator was cracked and needed to be repaired. The repairs were made, but the vehicle overheated again months later. In August of 2008, body work was performed on the vehicle and afterwards the exterior lighting began to illuminate on and off automatically. She took the vehicle back to the body shop and was informed that the failure was due to a defective combination switch. The combination switch was replaced and the mechanic stated that the repair was unsuccessful; therefore, the original part was reinstalled. After the failed attempt to repair the failure, the mechanic performed a diagnostic test and stated that the failure was due to the combination switch. The manufacturer and dealer have not been notified. The current mileage was 171,920 and failure mileage was 150,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042008

Impala 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
While driving on a busy two lane highway at 4:00 am my headlight suddenly went out. I could not get them to turn back on, and could not see where I was at on the road. I did manage to safely pull to the edge of the road, and after trying several things to restore lights, I was able to hold the dimmer switch back and get high beam lights. I was able to complete my trim to work, using only high beams. Every time I tried to use low beams the lights would completely go out.

- White Cloud, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 142008

Impala 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Driving at night using the auto headlight function, the headlight fail (quit) on highbeam. At 75 mph this can be a life threatening experience, I was luckily on a straight road at the time. When it happened I tried turning the lights on with the switch, pushed and pulled it and that did not work. I came to a stop and was going to get out of the car and the lights came back on. This has happened about 9 times. It only does it on high beam setting, it has not done it when the switch is pulled to the "on" position as of yet.

- Gillette, WY, USA

problem #1

Dec 262007

Impala

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While driving various speeds at night, the exterior lighting failed sporadically and the contact would have to manually turn them back on. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The failure and current mileages were 45,000.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

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