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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 2
Average Mileage:
72,617 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #135

Sep 162014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition keys recall notice. The consumer stated the vehicle had to be towed twice. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #134

Oct 282014


  • 86,000 miles
We've had numerous issues over the last few years including intermittent electrical issues, engine cutting out, engine lurching, and difficulty starting. Two particularly dangerous times were especially scary -- one time the engine cut out, without warning, while my son was driving in traffic, on a four lane road, with children in the car. The other time was when I was driving down a hill in a snow storm at night. The roads were slippery and I lost all power including the lights and power steering. We've spent at least $2000 for diagnostics/repairs for fuel system checks, electrical checks, new ignition, new ignition wires, new A/C compressor (A/C wouldn't cool), and one fuel injector replaced. For several months it didn't cut out but the engine would still lurch once in awhile. Four days ago my husband took it in for the key recall and the dealer said that the fuel injectors needed cleaning so we had it done. The car ran fantastic... until today when out of the blue, while driving down the road at 30mph, the engine cut out after going over a bump in the road. We called the dealer and they said to keep a journal of when the issue happens again.

- Avon, NY, USA

problem #133

Sep 012014


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #132

Feb 172009


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact stated that after several attempts the vehicle started. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V400000 (electrical system) however, the contact was concerned that the remedy did not repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #131

Aug 102014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The dealer refused to perform the recall repair since the contact no longer owned the original keys. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- West Newton, PA, USA

problem #130

Feb 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
This car has had major problems with the cooling system and when the car heats up my brakes don't work rite it is very scary at times when I don't know if my brakes are going to stop me from going into traffic or not. I have replaced many parts and it has not been fixed. My car is on the recall for the ignition switch but I'm not sure is this is a safe vehicle to drive around anymore. And my question to U guys is Y do these manufacturing company keep on getting to make unsafe cars and continue to be able to make money off the consumer. To me that is not fair. I have spent a lot of money to get my car repaired with no out come its still a P.O.S.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #129

Jul 152012


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While pulling into a gas station at 10 mph, the vehicle stalled and the security indicator illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Locust Grove, OK, USA

problem #128

May 042014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My daughter and her boyfriend were killed in a car accident driving home on highway 20 on May 4 of this year near newport Oregon. We just received a recall notice for the ignition and feel this may have been a contributing factor to the accident.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #127

Apr 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
I began experiencing problems with my turning signals. Approximately in April they began to not work automatically when instructed to use. In recent months they make noise as they are instructed to be used and well not function properly. Also, the emergency lights are inoperable at this time.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #126

Sep 062011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
All at once the car would not start depending on how key was in ignition. Could wiggle then start, sometimes had to wait a period of time before you could wiggle it and it started. Unreliable. At the exact same time the front end electrical seemed to all go haywire. Headlights not working properly. High beams with no low. Wipers went into upright position when car started and won't go down. All routine maintenance and tuneups were on schedule.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #125

May 162014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times. As an interim repair, the contact had to ignite two electrical wires under the hood to get the vehicle to start. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Port Allen, LA, USA

problem #124

Apr 092014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The vehicle will not start if the security light is flashing... I have to wait atleast 15-20 minutes with the key positioned in the on position until the security light stops flashing.. then it starts. Another problem is the brake light and the battery light comes on at the same time and the car feels like it wants to stall. Finally, if the car is running in park.....all of the exterior and interior lights starts to flash.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #123

Aug 152011


  • 186,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who replaced the sensor and the fuel filter, but the failure recurred. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,000.

- Elfmere, DE, USA

problem #122

Oct 102013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle as is, it was in good condition regularly maintenance, and I went to work over 2 months of having it when I pulled in to my jobs parking lot the whole car shut of was very close to causing a crash and scary it happen a few times and I was to fed up with it not knowing what was wrong with it and no body could figure the problem out it eventually, lost my job because I was late to many times due to the car cutting off and making me late, I finally decided it was unsafe and junked it for $300 and now I hear about the actual problem that was wrong with it, I think I should be entitled to something without getting a laywer knowing the problem wasn't my fault, and the problems it caused. Thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Wayne , IN, USA

problem #121

Aug 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
Car refuses to start. Security system locks up and it won't start for 10 minutes. Signal lights won't work when needed. May work one day, the next, no. This has been a problem for 6 years. The most recent episode was 8/13/14. I have had it in the shop 2-3 times after I bought it with no satisfaction. Getting really tired of this!! I really would like some answer to my problem. It is getting worse about not starting. On 3 different occasions, it took 20 minutes instead of 10.

- Pennington Gap, VA, USA

problem #120

Dec 112013


  • 102,000 miles
At times car not starting with key, have to use keyless auto start in those cases. Replaced battery and realized later that the battery wasn't the cause. Started doing it after had keyless entry installed in December, has happened multiple times. Didn't happen for several months but just happened yesterday.

- Byron Center, MI, USA

problem #119

Jul 242014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
This auto theft system, pass-lock in the ignition has caused myself and many other Impala owners to be stranded in the all kinds of unbearable weather, and unsafe conditions.the cars after being shut off will not start again until maybe 20 min car would not start after two days I had to leave it in the mall parking lot until I could find someone to tow it for me, there I was stranded a second time with my children in the car and it was above 90 degrees outside.this is very inconvenient I do not have the money for a mechanic to guess at whats wrong with my vehicle.its not the starter, or battery please do a recall on this issue.

- Dublin, GA, USA

problem #118

Jun 182014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
My infant and I was stranded for 3 days my car would not start all the lights came on but would not say anything.. when I investigated online I was informed thousands of people are having this same issue and it was the security system/ignition that locked me out of my own car..

- Elkhart , IN, USA

problem #117

Jun 122013


  • 155,000 miles
Security system is always locking up I have to wait 10 minutes before I can start car... I also know several other Impala owners and this is a problem for them too.. it's a very big inconvenience especially when you show up to work late because of it... it is so much of a problem I will never buy another Impala and probably never purchase a Chevy ever again!

- Mt Juliet, TN, USA

problem #116

Jun 152014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 150,012 miles
While driving through winding road, front left tire went into pothole causing ignition switch to turn engine off and lost power steering, causing loss of control and crash.

- San Juan, PR, USA

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