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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,784 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replaced ignition (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Impala engine problems

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2004 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


OK.........for all of you wondering about the Security light issue on your Chevy Impala and the car not cranking because the fuel pump shut down the car and you have to wait for it to restart, here is the cure. Took my car to local locksmith, he pulled the "Made in Mexico" ignition (Thank you GM) and replaced it w/ a "made in America" one. New keys, reprogrammed my remotes and WALA!!! No probs again! Seems the Made in Mexico one has a magnet in it that over time wears down and the computer tells the car HEY I'M BEING STOLEN and shuts down the fuel pump! This fix was only $200.00 and I an a happy camper know knowing I won't be stranded anymore and my car cranks every time now! Good luck!

- , Kemah, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 012010

Impala 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

ok...I got this car with 2 miles on it. My tranny is slipping and now it wont start. I called a tow truck which got there 3 hour later and the dam thing started. Drove it staight to auto zone and had them test my battery and alternator and everything was great. Go to leave and it wont start. What is going on...................I wait a hour and it starts slow. strugling to start. I really dont know what to do. everywhere i take it they say it checks out find. Not throwing any codes. Chevrolet needs to take responsiblity and fix it because i wont buy anouther car from them ..along with everyone i can tell.

- , Orangevale, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 202009

Impala LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Car suddenly won't start, even since the starter was replaced. That didn't fix it! So, what next, the switch? This has happened about 12 times already! Car was just purchased about 6 months ago(used car). We can drive around making stops then all of a sudden it stops starting up. Usually after 30-45 minutes it will finally start like it should have to begin with. Whats up with this freaking car?

- , Belton, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 192009

Impala V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,296 miles


I'm fed up and sick and tired on this on going problem with my car. I've been stranded 4 times within the last couple of months. My car will intermittently won't start. I turn the key and the engine won't start. There is no security lights, and the radio, lights, and horn fine. After letting it sit for about 45 mins to an hour, turn the switch and it starts. The dealership inspected the starter connections and battery terminals with no avail. The next time this occurred they did a complete electrical test and it showed no readings. Now they tell me there is nothing more they can do to re-create the problem. They have my car overnight and said it starts each time. They said they need to see the vehicle in its failed state before they can suggest or fix the problem. It's a unpredictable problem. I don't know when its going to happen again and if it does, by the time I have it towed to the dealership the problem with have then corrected itself. I am ANGRY. The last time this happened to me I was in the mall parking lot alone in the dark and I am a female. I purchased this car as a means of it being reliable and dependable to me and its not. I can't drive anywhere for fear that my car won't start again.

After reading all the other complaints, I will ask the dealership about the Passlock system concern. How do I contact GM about my complaint? Is there a recall for this problem?

- , N Charleston, SC, USA

problem #3

Jan 052009

Impala LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,189 miles

Car won't start after putting key in ignition!! I then hit lock button , the car started right up!! Call Chevy they states this will be estimated about $400 to $1000

- , Gary, Indiana, USA

problem #2

Nov 192008

Impala 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I hate with vengeance that the auto industry will not sell a "motor manual" for this car. I hate the fact that they want 200.00 for a code reader (when a 1985 Lincoln cost 45.00 for the same) They are rip off bastards. And to top it off, the impala has a trouble code setting that makes it run sh*tty until you fix it. Another rip off system. If and when I get it fixed, I will forever hate Chevy and buy foreign trucks and cars. I am sure that Chevy does not care - but reputation is part of business and their reputation sucks. F them.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282006

(reported on)


  • 65,000 miles

Sometime when i go to start the car it won't do anything, no noise at all. After i try for a while it does finally start, so far anyway. I have only had the car for about 3 months, but long enough for the warranty to expire.

- , Mchenry, MD, USA

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