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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,837 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

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2000 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #71

Jun 162011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


No warning, no event leading up to the failure. 2000 Chevy Impala ls 3.8 stalls constantly. No check engine light comes on, so there is no way to know what is causing this. Seems to be a common problem all over just look it up on the internet, don't know why this is not a recall, it is very dangerous. I was traveling 70 mph in the fast lane on a major highway and the car just stalled, also stalled at a red light, also stalled traveling at about 10 mph and at 30 mph (almost rear-ended on both occasions). Chevy does not have an answer, Chevy mechanic told me this has been a common problem with all GM cars for years. Why is this not known to the public? they replaced the thermostat and it stalled about a mile down the road. Now they will try replacing the crankshaft position sensor but will not guarantee that this will solve the problem. Next they would try the mass air sensor. This is a known common problem that could be catastrophic if it happened at the wrong time. I know, I was almost killed on that major highway that day.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #70

Jun 012006


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the anti theft system was faulty. When he inserted the key into the ignition, it did not recognize the key and the vehicle would not start. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 93,000 and the failure mileage was 81,000.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #69

Mar 032011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Security light flashing, wont start or if it starts the radio and all cluster gauges wont work.

- Upton, KY, USA

problem #68

Feb 082009


  • 2,573,302 miles


Bought 2000 Chevy Impala on Feb 8,2009, and have had multiple really bad problems. Bad shake in front end, pulls to right really bad, has sevear cooling problems, turn signal failure more then working, gear shift problems, air bubbles backing up in coolant bottle, low coolant light always on, check engine ight always on major oil leakage under car body not on ground. Loss of coolant but no idea where its going. Serging problem in electrical system, and wiring conections and plugs not connected to anything. Icnition problems key wont stay in and can be pulled out with car running.have replaced radiator, all hoses, all gaskets, thermistate, water pump, belts, done tuneup, oil change, done brakes, replaced sencers, battery, and other things. Im pissed and very angry with Chevy and GM for all the problems they have with there vehicals and not fixing the problems.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #67

Jan 012004


  • miles
2000 Impala does not always start. Security issues not allowing start until at least 15 mins of trying.

- Lincoln Park , MI, USA

problem #66

Jan 282011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
2000 Impala, car has died 2 times since purchased 2 weeks ago for no reason while driving. All electrical still works but starter will not engage, after 5-30 minutes of waiting it will start. Chevy dealership says to change the ignition switch sometimes it helps. Chevy knows about this problem but wont do anything it. Also have the turn signal issue where they quit working until you turn on the flashers. Fuel guage doesnt work. All of the recalls have been done to this car. Why wont Chevy fix the dangerous one about the car stalling at freeway speed and loosing the power steering and power brakes do to a stalled engine. 119000 miles on the car.

- Belgrade, MT, USA

problem #65

Jan 202004

Impala 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Low/high beam switch (multi-function switch) while driving down the road and switching from low to high or vise / versa headlight will go out completely. Just told my wife leave the low beams on and never switch to the high beams..

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #64

Jan 172011


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that she was able to turn the key in the ignition but the engine would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician advised that the ignition would need to be replaced. The vehicle was left with the dealer for repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was not available.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #63

Sep 122010


  • 83,000 miles
I own a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The dimmer switch on the steering column has failed/misfunctioned several times and is now locked in a permanent "hi beam" position. The lights have totally failed in the past. A website named "" has cited many instances of this type of light failure, resulting in several near misses as regards serious accidents. T is very apparent (and evident from the number of complaints filed with your office) that this is a very serious safety issue for which Chevrolet is denying the existence and/or responsibility of any problem. They are simply ignoring this serious issue and trying to charge anywhere from $600 to $800 to fix this problem this problem apparently extends through many model years, from 2000 (or earlier)to 2007/2008. It is only a matter of time before someone driving at night is killed because of this defect. Please advise what you have done regarding prior complaints, and what you intend to do to resolve this issue..

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #62

Nov 282010


  • miles
My 2000 Chevrolet Impala has a problem a couple of times every month where it won't start up. I'll turn the key and nothing happens. So I'll just wait 15-30 minutes and it starts up fine. I've heard many other people having the same problem on all similar GM vehicles and was wondering why there has been no recall.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #61

Aug 012010


  • 115,000 miles


Turn signals have started not working intermittently. Not good if you have to merge into traffic on the highway. I have googled it and found that there are many complaints about this issue although not on this website. Most resources say it is the hazard switch.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #60

Sep 122010


  • 150,354 miles
Multi function head light switch I own a 2000 Chevrolet Impala I was driving home from work the other night the lights went off I had to hold the lever to engage the high beams the lights came back on as long as I held on to the lever. I went to the auto parts store to discover that this was a common problem with Chevrolet the replacement part was 330 dollars very expensive.

- Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #59

Nov 282009


  • 203,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the combination control switch was defective. Whenever the high beams were on and the low beams were activated they would not function independently. The gear lever box that was illuminated at night also failed. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 208,000.

- Minneapoolis , MN, USA

problem #58

May 152010


  • 114,000 miles
My daughter with her permit was driving the vehicle and the turn signals stopped working in the middle of traffic. Luckily she pulled over safely and I continued to drive home. The hazards worked fine and after some research, the hazard switch is the failure. This has been going on intermittently for a month and finally they would work only one time after car was turned on. My local dealer wanted $400 dollars for a $60 part and labor. Thank god for used parts and an easy dash remove only seven bolts instructions online. Do it yourself for cheap. My daughter at 16 did most of it as I told her with instructions. I do love Chevy will remain loyal but they need to wake up and solve some issues.

- Plympton, MA, USA

problem #57

Mar 072010


  • miles
The contact owned a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph and observed smoke coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road and the fire was extinguished. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The cause of the fire had not been determined. There was a recall defect which the manufacturer failed to honor. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure and current mileages were unavailable.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #56

Feb 102010


  • 99,000 miles
On Feb.10th or neighbor was attempting to jump start my car because the battery had failed due to a 3 day snow storm. After turned the ignition the second time, there was a loud boom. When we checked the engine, we noted the manifold cover had cracked into several pieces. Also the wires were on fire. My neighbor quickly extinguished the flames. Later, I went to my dealer(frank Z Chevrolet in dayton, oh. About the problem. I was told by the assistant service manager that the repairs could cost from $1,800-$2,000 mainly due to the fire damage. Since I have been unemployed for 18 months, I have not had the car towed to the dealer for an estimate of actual damage.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #55

Feb 102010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
My 2000 Chevrolet Impala is causing a great deal of financial hardships and is leaving me stranded in awkward situations. At unpredictable times it will not start. I turn the key and nothing. I took it to a GM dealer and they put a new ignition switch on the car and it was fine for 6 months. Cost $500. I often could wait 10 to 15 minutes and it would start. But it began happening more and more. I took it in to a mechanic, he ran the codes and determined it was the ignition switch. Cost $450 and within a month it began doing the same thing. I got stranded and had to have it towed to a GM dealer and they put a new battery on it and removed all the after market unlocking mechanisms and charged $550. Three days later we have the same problem. It seems to be connected to the pass lock system. There has to be a defect of some sort going on in the whole starting electrical system.

- New Liberty, KY, USA

problem #54

Apr 062006


  • 98,000 miles
Electrical signals quit working intermittently, will start if hazards are pushed.

- Quincy, IL, USA

problem #53

Aug 212009


  • 100,000 miles
Body control module, pass lock sensor, ignition switch. Will not allow car to start correctly often not at all. If research is done there is thousands of complaints on GM vehicles with this system having the same recurring problem. GM refuses to admit that this is an issue with this system. I have not personally had a injury caused by this problem but the potential for an injury is there. If I can not start my vehicle because of this problem it can and has left me in a position that is potentially hazardous.

- Evans , GA, USA

problem #52

Aug 282009


  • miles
My 2000 Impala pass lock system stops the car from starting for up to 45 minutes at a time. I try to start the car and it wont turn over or do anything. It happens every time I try to start the car. It leaves my family stranded when we try to go places. What were to happen if there were an emergency? I'd be stranded. Also the steering clunks alot when I turn.

- Redding, CA, USA

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